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Africa

Kidnapping Is A Lucrative Business For Al-Qaida, Documents Show

Last year, journalist Rukmini Callimachi found thousands of al-Qaida documents in Timbuktu in Mali. She tells Fresh Air about al-Qaida's strategy of kidnapping Europeans and demanding ransoms.

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Television

Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding

The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She's a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.

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Kidnapping Is A Lucrative Business For Al-Qaida, Documents Show

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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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Author Interviews

Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: 'No Doubt I've Gotten A Million Things Wrong'

Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting pages because "there was something untrue about them." Originally broadcast Sept. 15, 2015.

Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: 'No Doubt I've Gotten A Million Things Wrong'

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Movie Interviews

It's Hard to Tell Who's Shooting Whom In 'The Magnificent Seven'

Critic David Edelstein says that despite its irresistible plot, Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 classic Western is ultimately "just another formula revenge picture."

It's Hard to Tell Who's Shooting Whom In 'The Magnificent Seven'

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Thursday

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Brazilian actor Wagner Moura plays Pablo Escobar in Netflix's Narcos. Executive producer Eric Newman says Escobar was "very likely a sociopath, and certainly a terrorist." Juan Pablo Gutierrez/Netflix hide caption

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'Narcos' Producer On The Drug War, Colombia And Escobar's Son's Grievances

Before making Narcos, Eric Newman spent years researching Pablo Escobar's story. He says, "For us ... it was very important to show the most balanced look at the [drug] war we possibly could."

'Narcos' Producer On The Drug War, Colombia And Escobar's Son's Grievances

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Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers 'LA Confidential' Director Curtis Hanson

Hanson also directed The River Wild, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, 8 Mile and the TV movie Too Big to Fail. He died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 71. Originally broadcast in 1997.

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