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Deceptive Cadence

For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'

The mezzo-soprano discovered opera as a 22-year-old pre-med student. She took "a crack at a singing career" and has been at the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years. Now she's helping emerging singers.

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Television

When Your Best Friend Is A Star — And You're Her Minion

The British import Doll & Em is another inside-Hollywood comedy from HBO; Emily Mortimer and her real-life friend Dolly Wells play outsize versions of themselves.

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For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'
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Thursday

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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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Music Reviews

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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Wednesday

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Author Interviews

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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Movie Interviews

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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Tuesday

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Politics & Pop Culture

Larry Wilmore On 'Breaking Taboos' At The White House Correspondents' Dinner

The Nightly Show host discusses his controversial performance at Saturday's event. He tells Fresh Air that his use of the N-word was an artistic decision.

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Religion

Remembering Jesuit Priest And Anti-War Activist Daniel Berrigan

Berrigan, who died Sunday, was a leading figure in the Catholic left. He and his brother Philip served prison time for burning draft cards to protest the Vietnam War. Originally broadcast in 1988.

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