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Remembrances

Remembering Activist Poet Amiri Baraka

Baraka was one of the key black literary voices of the 1960s. The political and social views that inspired his writing changed over the years, from his bohemian days as a young man in Greenwich Village to his later years as a Marxist. He spoke to Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1986.

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Interviews

Julian Fellowes On The Rules Of 'Downton'

On the hit PBS Masterpiece series, the social rules the characters have always known are changing as the world events of the 20th century unfold.

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Music Reviews

Rosanne Cash: Seeking A 'Thread' Through Southern History

Ken Tucker says The River & The Thread is a travelogue; a timeless work of comfort and quiet joy.

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Author Interviews

After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," retired police officer Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." Originally broadcast April 21, 2015.

After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories
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Power Trio Mixes Old And New, And The Result Is 'Perfection'

Jazz stars David Murray, Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington first played together last year in New York. Now they come together with the new album, Perfection. Critic Kevin Whitehead has a review.

Power Trio Mixes Old And New, And The Result Is 'Perfection'
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Movie Reviews

Superheroes Engage In All Out 'Civil War' In The Latest 'Captain America' Film

The new movie from Marvel Studios features almost all the members of the Avengers superhero collective. Critic David Edelstein calls it an irresistible hodgepodge of special effects and superheroes.

Superheroes Engage In All Out 'Civil War' In The Latest 'Captain America' Film
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Author Interviews

Newly Released Documents Detail Traumas Of China's Cultural Revolution

Historian Frank Dikötter says newly opened archives offer fresh details about the chaos China experienced in the 1960s, when Chairman Mao urged students to take to the streets.

Newly Released Documents Detail Traumas Of China's Cultural Revolution
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Beyoncé Is 'At The Height Of Her Powers' In 'Lemonade'

The pop star's latest release extols the potency of black womanhood in the roles of mother, wife, lover and artist. Rock critic Ken Tucker calls Lemonade a feat of "invention and imagination."

Beyoncé Is 'At The Height Of Her Powers' In 'Lemonade'
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To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy

Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally known squash player.

To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy
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From 'Once' To 'Sing Street': Director John Carney Infuses Movies With Music

The Irish director and screenwriter talks to Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado about his new film, which tells the story of a young teenager in 1980s Dublin who discovers pop music and starts a band.

From 'Once' To 'Sing Street': Director John Carney Infuses Movies With Music
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