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Music Interviews

A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'

John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of X join Fresh Air to discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. "[It] didn't matter how old you were."

A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'
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Interviews

Fresh Air Weekend: Questlove; 'Elvis & Nixon'; Tom Hanks

The Roots' drummer Questlove discusses the artistry involved in creating a great meal. Critic David Edelstein reviews Elvis & Nixon. Tom Hanks discusses his new movie, A Hologram for the King.

Fresh Air Weekend: Questlove; 'Elvis & Nixon'; Tom Hanks
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Books

'New Yorker' Cartoonist And TV Producer Writes 'Honest Portrait' Of His Parents

Bruce Eric Kaplan's illustrated memoir I Was A Child describes his life in New Jersey in the '60s and '70s. He says the book is a way of keeping his parents alive. Originally broadcast April 2, 2015.

'New Yorker' Cartoonist And TV Producer Writes 'Honest Portrait' Of His Parents
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Music Reviews

Musicians Pay Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson On 'God Don't Never Change'

A range of musicians, including Tom Waits and Sinéad O'Connor, cover gospel-blues performer Johnson on a new tribute album. Critic Milo Miles says the record's tracks are striking and inventive.

Musicians Pay Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson On 'God Don't Never Change'
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Remembering Harry Wu, 'Troublemaker' For The Chinese Communist Party

Wu, who survived 19 years in Chinese labor camps, died Tuesday. Born in China, Wu had lived in the United States since 1985 and was an active proponent of human rights. Originally broadcast in 1994.

Remembering Harry Wu, 'Troublemaker' For The Chinese Communist Party
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Movie Reviews

A White House Meeting Brings Together 2 Lost Souls In 'Elvis & Nixon'

A new film imagines what happened when Elvis Presley met President Nixon on Dec. 21, 1970. Film critic David Edelstein says Elvis & Nixon "shows the crazy-making insulation of celebrity."

A White House Meeting Brings Together 2 Lost Souls In 'Elvis & Nixon'
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Television

If 'Carmichael Show' Topics Feel Uncomfortable, That's Because They're Real

Jerrod Carmichael says that the complicated family debates on his NBC comedy series are inspired by real life. "I grew up in a household that's very argumentative ... in a very healthy way," he says.

If 'Carmichael Show' Topics Feel Uncomfortable, That's Because They're Real
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Music Reviews

Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Revisits Past Performances With 'Holding The Stage'

The 85-year-old saxophonist's new album features live recordings made between 1979 and 2012. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead calls Holding The Stage a "mixed bag" with a few "real gems."

Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Revisits Past Performances With 'Holding The Stage'
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Book Reviews

Mother And Daughter Come Together At The Card Table In 'The Bridge Ladies'

Betsy Lerner writes about joining her 83-year-old mother's weekly bridge club in her new book, which critic Maureen Corrigan calls a "smart and colorful memoir."

Mother And Daughter Come Together At The Card Table In 'The Bridge Ladies'
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Wednesday

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Music Interviews

Questlove On Prince, Doo-Wop And The Food Equivalent Of The 'Mona Lisa'

In his new book, somethingtofoodabout, The Roots' drummer discusses the artistry involved in creating a great meal. "I'm more obsessed with the journey ... than the destination," Questlove says.

Questlove On Prince, Doo-Wop And The Food Equivalent Of The 'Mona Lisa'
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Tuesday

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Movie Interviews

Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'

"No matter what we've done there comes a point where you think, 'How did I get here?' " Hanks says. He plays an American businessman working in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert in his new film.

Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'
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Music Reviews

Sturgill Simpson Moves Into Uncharted Waters In 'A Sailor's Guide to Earth'

Rock critic Ken Tucker says Simpson deepens his range and reconnects country to R&B on his new record, a concept album about becoming a father.

Sturgill Simpson Moves Into Uncharted Waters In 'A Sailor's Guide to Earth'
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Politics

'Alter Egos' Dissects Hillary Clinton's Tenure As Obama's Secretary Of State

Mark Landler of The New York Times discusses Clinton and Obama's contrasting views on America's role in the world. Clinton, Landler says, was often the hawk, more willing to intervene with force.

'Alter Egos' Dissects Hillary Clinton's Tenure As Obama's Secretary Of State
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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Autism; New Historical Fiction; The Future Of Yellowstone

John Robison, who is on the autism spectrum, talks about TMS treatment. Maureen Corrigan reviews two suspenseful new novels. David Quammen warns that Yellowstone National Park may be "loved to death."

Fresh Air Weekend: Autism; New Historical Fiction; The Future Of Yellowstone
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Author Interviews

Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Originally broadcast Oct. 20, 2015.

Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'
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Movie Reviews

'Huntsman' And 'Tale Of Tales' Put A Modern Spin On Classic Fairy Tales

Critic David Edelstein reviews The Huntsman: Winter's War, a sequel to the 2012 movie, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Tale of Tales, an adaptation of a group of 17th century Italian folk stories.

'Huntsman' And 'Tale Of Tales' Put A Modern Spin On Classic Fairy Tales
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Music

Remembering Legendary Musician Prince, A 'Strikingly Original' Icon

Rock critic Ken Tucker says Prince, the singer, songwriter and instrumentalist who died yesterday at his home in Minnesota, was "the most inventive and prolific pop musician of his generation."

Remembering Legendary Musician Prince, A 'Strikingly Original' Icon
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Shots - Health News

Electric Currents And An 'Emotional Awakening' For One Man With Autism

Switched On author John Elder Robison says the emotional empathy he gained after receiving transcranial magnetic stimulation was intense. "It's like I lost a protective shield," he says.

Electric Currents And An 'Emotional Awakening' For One Man With Autism
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