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Todd Barry's New Stand-Up Strategy: 'Does Anyone Want To Talk To Me?'

Last year, the comedian teamed up with Louis C.K. to film a tour in which all he did was crowd work, or engage the audience in improvised conversations.

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In 'Hotel Florida,' Three Couples Chronicle The Spanish Civil War

Biographer Amanda Vaill's new book delves deeply into the lives of journalists like Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, whose documenting of the war helped shape public perception.

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tUnE-yArDs: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

On Nikki Nack, Merrill Garbus worries over the notion that she's just an accumulation of her influences, and she fights back wonderfully.

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Todd Barry's New Stand-Up Strategy: 'Does Anyone Want To Talk To Me?'

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Covering Hillary Clinton, A Candidate 'Forged In The Crucible' Of Conflict

As a reporter for The New York Times, Amy Chozick's beat is Hillary Clinton. But, Chozick says, it's hard to get to know a candidate who "has been so scarred" by her decades in the public eye.

Covering Hillary Clinton, A Candidate 'Forged In The Crucible' Of Conflict

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Tuesday

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Media

The Rise And Fall Of FOX News CEO Roger Ailes

Ailes resigned last week amid allegations of sexual harassment. Biographer Gabriel Sherman joins Fresh Air to discuss the accusations, as well as Ailes' influence on political discourse in America.

The Rise And Fall Of FOX News CEO Roger Ailes

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Book Reviews

Dystopian Novel Challenges Misogyny As 'The Natural Way Of Things'

Charlotte Wood's short, gripping book focuses on 10 women who have been sent to a prison camp after various sex scandals. Critic John Powers calls The Natural Way of Things a ferocious novel.

Dystopian Novel Challenges Misogyny As 'The Natural Way Of Things'

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Music

The Enduring Musical Influence Of Electric Guitarist Charlie Christian

Born in 1916, Christian died when he was just 25 years old. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead calls him "the single greatest influence on a signature 20th-century instrument."

The Enduring Musical Influence Of Electric Guitarist Charlie Christian

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No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.

No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

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Music Reviews

R&B Singer Maxwell Is Majestic — And Vulnerable — On 'blackSUMMERS'night'

Maxwell creates an atmosphere of free-floating sensuality on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the record is "dreamy and roomy enough to accommodate a wide array of emotions."

R&B Singer Maxwell Is Majestic — And Vulnerable — On 'blackSUMMERS'night'

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