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Billie Jean King, seen here in 1977, learned to play tennis on the public courts near her Long Beach, Calif., home. Kathy Willens/AP/Press Association Images hide caption

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Interviews

Pioneer Billie Jean King Moved The Baseline For Women's Tennis

A PBS documentary looks at King's legacy as both a tennis champion — she has a record 20 Wimbledon titles — and the leader of a female player uprising that demanded fairer treatment and pay. She tells Fresh Air about the challenges of being a female player before there was a women's league.

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Music Reviews

Too Much Of A Good Thing? Jane Ira Bloom's Beautiful Ballads

On Sixteen Sunsets, the soprano saxophonist varies and honors melody like Billie Holiday.

Book Reviews

Midwestern Memoir Tracks 'Flyover Lives' Of Author's Forebears

Diane Johnson often writes about American heroines living in France, but when she began her memoir, she found herself drawn back to her native ground in America's heartland. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Flyover Lives "lets scenes and conversations speak for themselves, accruing power as they lodge in readers' minds."

Bemsha Swing Jessica Williams 0:29

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    Jessica Williams
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    And Then There's This
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    Second Floor Music/timeless Holland

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Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) Deodato 0:29

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    Prelude
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    King

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Gershwin's Skyline (I Loves You Porgy) Jane Ira Bloom 1:05

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    Jane Ira Bloom
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    Gershwin's Skyline (I Loves You Porgy)
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    Sixteen Sunsets
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    Outline

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Machine Gun The Commodores 0:29

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    The Commodores
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    Machine Gun
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    Boogie Nights [Original Soundtrack]
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    Capitol

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...And Justice for All Metallica

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    ...And Justice for All
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    ...And Justice for All
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    Elektra

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On the Street Where You Live Cootie Williams

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    Cootie Williams
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    On the Street Where You Live
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    Cootie Williams in Hi Fi
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