Execution witness Don Reid stands in the death chamber of the Texas State Penitentiary on July 31, 1972, where he officially watched 189 men die in the heavy oak electric chair. The Supreme Court struck down capital punishment on June 29 of that year. AP hide caption

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Years After Historic Ruling, Execution Still A 'Random' Justice

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Robbie Fulks: Exhilarating And Bitter On 'Gone Away Backward'

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Wednesday

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Television

Larry Wilmore On Being Nerdy, Breaking Taboos And 'The Nightly Show'

The self-deprecating former host of Comedy Central's The Nightly Show talks about getting his start and finding humor in politics. Originally broadcast Feb. 19, 2015; Aug. 20, 2015 and May 16, 2016.

Larry Wilmore On Being Nerdy, Breaking Taboos And 'The Nightly Show'

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Tuesday

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Actor Gene Wilder, who entertained audiences with his performances in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, The Producers and Blazing Saddles, died Monday. He was 83 years old. Art Selby & Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images hide caption

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Remembrances

In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

When he was 8, Wilder's mother had a heart attack, and he took it upon himself to cheer her up. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview with the comic actor, who died Monday at age 83.

In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

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Movie Interviews

Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'

"No matter what we've done, there comes a point where you think, ... 'When are they going to discover that I am, in fact, a fraud?' " Hanks says. Originally broadcast April 26, 2016.

Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'

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Music Reviews

Hip-Hop Meets Disco On The Electrifying Soundtrack To 'The Get Down'

A new drama series on Netflix chronicles the rise of early hip-hop music in the late '70s. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the show's soundtrack is dense, complex and delightful.

Hip-Hop Meets Disco On The Electrifying Soundtrack To 'The Get Down'

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