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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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Remembering Activist Poet Amiri Baraka

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Rosanne Cash: Seeking A 'Thread' Through Southern History

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Tuesday

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Afghanistan

'Kingdom' Examines Afghanistan Through The Prism Of The Karzai Family

Journalist Joshua Partlow was in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, a time of corruption, government dysfunction and civilian hostility to U.S. military operations. His new book is A Kingdom of Their Own.

'Kingdom' Examines Afghanistan Through The Prism Of The Karzai Family

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Music

The 1961 Fishing Trip That Launched The Beach Boys

Rock historian Ed Ward takes us back to California's Redondo Pier, where Dennis Wilson and his cousin Mike Love first decided to write a song about surfing. The Beach Boys were formed soon afterwards.

The 1961 Fishing Trip That Launched The Beach Boys

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Monday

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Movie Interviews

'Deepwater Horizon' Director On The BP Oil Spill And The 'Addictive Dance' For Fuel

Peter Berg discusses his new film, which recreates the final hours of the oil rig that exploded and sank, causing the BP oil spill. Eleven rig workers died trying to prevent the disaster.

'Deepwater Horizon' Director On The BP Oil Spill And The 'Addictive Dance' For Fuel

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Music Reviews

Angel Olsen Sings With Fierceness And Fatalism On 'My Woman'

Though Olsen sets pain and frustration to music in her latest album, critic Ken Tucker says it's clear that the singer is "very much in control of her emotions and her life."

Angel Olsen Sings With Fierceness And Fatalism On 'My Woman'

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Saturday

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A group of seven bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns (played by Byung-hun Lee, Ethan Hawke, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio and Martin Sensmeier) band together to protect a village in Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven. Sam Emerson/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Director Antoine Fuqua; 'Designated Survivor'; Ryan Speedo Green

Fuqua discusses his remake of The Magnificent Seven. Critic John Powers reviews the ABC series, Designated Survivor. Opera singer Green recounts his journey to becoming an opera singer.

Fresh Air Weekend: Director Antoine Fuqua; 'Designated Survivor'; Ryan Speedo Green

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