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Sales Take Center Stage: To Boost Morale, Companies Burst Into Song

Industrial musicals were like Broadway shows, only written and performed for corporate sales meetings or conventions. And as ridiculous as the songs were — "My bathroom, my bathroom is a private kind of place" — they were often delivered by very talented people.

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Vince Giordano: The Fresh Air Interview

Giordano has been obsessed with 1920s jazz since he first heard it on his grandparents' Victrola. His band the Nighthawks performs the music heard on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

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Tuesday

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Marc Maron On Sobriety And Managing His 'Uncomfortable' Comfort Zone

The comic recently played out his own fictional relapse on his IFC show, Maron. He says relapse is "a very real fear of mine. I'm glad it happened in fiction and not in real life."

Marc Maron On Sobriety And Managing His 'Uncomfortable' Comfort Zone
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Commentary

Irked By The Way Millennials Speak? 'I Feel Like' It's Time To Loosen Up

While some of his colleagues have criticized the current trend of starting sentences with the phrase, "I feel like," linguist Geoff Nunberg says it's just a case of generational misunderstanding.

Irked By The Way Millennials Speak? 'I Feel Like' It's Time To Loosen Up
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Monday

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Susan Silverman On Anxiety, Adoption And Making A Family In An Uncertain World

In Casting Lots, the rabbi and mother of five explains how Judaism helped her come to terms with her anxiety. She says she and her sister, comic Sarah Silverman, are "two sides of the same coin."

Susan Silverman On Anxiety, Adoption And Making A Family In An Uncertain World
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Music Reviews

Little Scream Casts A Dreamy Spell With 'Cult Following'

Musician Laurel Sprengelmeyer — aka Little Scream — refers to prayer, devotion, heaven and Satan on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls Cult Following a "testament to desire and endurance."

Little Scream Casts A Dreamy Spell With 'Cult Following'
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Fresh Air Weekend: Kenya Barris; 'A Bigger Splash'; Novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris says his own family experiences inspire the show. John Powers reviews the film, A Bigger Splash. Nguyen discusses The Sympathizer and his escape from Vietnam.

Fresh Air Weekend: Kenya Barris; 'A Bigger Splash'; Novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen
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