Monday

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Television

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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Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Mike Birbiglia; 'Zero Day'; 'Veep' Showrunner David Mandel

Birbiglia discusses his new film, Don't Think Twice. John Powers reviews Zero Days, a documentary about computer malware. Veep's David Mandel talks about the current season of the show.

Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Mike Birbiglia; 'Zero Day'; 'Veep' Showrunner David Mandel

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Friday

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Politics

Block The Vote: A Journalist Discusses Voting Rights And Restrictions

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed racial discrimination in voting. But author Ari Berman says a 2013 Supreme Court ruling blocks the enforcement. Originally broadcast Aug. 10, 2015.

Block The Vote: A Journalist Discusses Voting Rights And Restrictions

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Movie Reviews

'Star Trek Beyond' Is An Unapologetically Wild Ride, Steeped In Human Drama

The Enterprise has been destroyed and its inhabitants have been thrown to the winds in the latest of the Star Trek series. Critic David Edelstein calls it a well-made action-adventure film.

'Star Trek Beyond' Is An Unapologetically Wild Ride, Steeped In Human Drama

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Law

Recent Police Shootings Stir A Memory For A Former Philadelphia Officer

Tom Gibbons had to retire from the police force after being shot three times during a traffic stop in 1970. He then became a reporter and covered the police for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Recent Police Shootings Stir A Memory For A Former Philadelphia Officer

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Code Switch

'I'm Petrified For My Children': Will Racism And Guns Lead To America's Ruin?

Novelist Mat Johnson says the nation's unresolved racial legacy, our love of guns and our method of policing have put the country on a fatal and disastrous path.

'I'm Petrified For My Children': Will Racism And Guns Lead To America's Ruin?

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Law

Why A Black Teen Who Was Beaten By Police Decided To Join The NYPD

Eric Adams joined the police department intent on reforming it. "If I was not a voice for change it would bother me," he says. He was on the force for 22 years. Now he is Brooklyn's borough president.

Why A Black Teen Who Was Beaten By Police Decided To Join The NYPD

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Television

'Veep' Showrunner On Politics And The 'Thankless Task' Of Being Second In Command

David Mandel, the Emmy-nominated writer, director and executive producer of the HBO series Veep, discusses the current season of the show, his work on SNL and the 2016 presidential election.

'Veep' Showrunner On Politics And The 'Thankless Task' Of Being Second In Command

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Movie Interviews

Fresh Air Remembers Garry Marshall, Creator Of 'Happy Days' And 'Laverne & Shirley'

Marshall, who died yesterday at the age of 81, was a noted writer and director of both television and film. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1991, shortly after the release of his movie, Frankie and Johnny.

Fresh Air Remembers Garry Marshall, Creator Of 'Happy Days' And 'Laverne & Shirley'

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Tuesday

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Mike Birbiglia says his new film, Don't Think Twice, is like a "Big Chill-type comedy set in the world of an improv theater." Bryan Bedder/Getty Images hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Comic Mike Birbiglia On His Best Failure And The 3 Rules Of Improv

Birbiglia says the failure of his sitcom pilot is the best thing that could have happened to him, artistically. His new film, Don't Think Twice, tells the story of an improv comedy group.

Comic Mike Birbiglia On His Best Failure And The 3 Rules Of Improv

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Fine Art

Met's 'Unfinished' Exhibit Offers A Glimpse Of The Artistic Mind At Work

The inaugural show at the Metropolitan Museum's Met Breuer branch raises the question of what makes a finished work of art. Critic Lloyd Schwartz calls it "an astonishing gathering of masterpieces."

Met's 'Unfinished' Exhibit Offers A Glimpse Of The Artistic Mind At Work

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Author Interviews

Novelist Grapples With The Conflicted Feelings Of Caring For Aging Parents

Author Cathleen Schine says that living far away from an elderly parent can create feelings of guilt as well as those of relief. Her darkly comic new novel is They May Not Mean To, But They Do.

Novelist Grapples With The Conflicted Feelings Of Caring For Aging Parents

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Movie Reviews

'Zero Days' Documentary Exposes A Looming Threat Of The Digital Age

Filmmaker Alex Gibney's new documentary focuses on the large-scale implications of computer malware. Critic John Powers calls Zero Days an important — and chilling — film.

'Zero Days' Documentary Exposes A Looming Threat Of The Digital Age

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Music Reviews

Jazz Pianist Dan Cray's 'Outside In' Features Slow Tempos, Meandering Melodies

Much of the music on Cray's new album stems from a year he spent teaching at the University of Nevada in Reno. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Outside In is a reminder of the power of open spaces.

Jazz Pianist Dan Cray's 'Outside In' Features Slow Tempos, Meandering Melodies

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Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Christopher Eccleston; 'Underground Airlines'; Comic Jessi Klein

Actor Christopher Eccleston discusses The A Word and The Leftovers. Maureen Corrigan reviews Underground Airlines. Inside Amy Schumer writer Jessi Klein discusses comedy, ageism and motherhood.

Fresh Air Weekend: Christopher Eccleston; 'Underground Airlines'; Comic Jessi Klein

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Music Interviews

Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard On Small-Town Life, Big-Time Music

Howard was raised on her father's junkyard in the small town of Athens, Ala. "It was a really interesting way to grow up," she tells Fresh Air. Originally broadcast Jan. 28, 2016.

Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard On Small-Town Life, Big-Time Music

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Movie Reviews

Despite Its Charm, 'Ghostbusters' Remake Comes Up Short On Laughs

Paul Feig's remake of the 1984 hit stars four actresses as the ghostbusters. Critic David Edelstein says while the concept for the movie is solid, the film itself "has no satirical ideas of its own."

Despite Its Charm, 'Ghostbusters' Remake Comes Up Short On Laughs

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Marine ecologist Neil Hammerschlag says he can sometimes identify sharks like Emma (pictured) by the way they move. "It's pretty cool to be able to jump in the water and say, 'Hey look, there's Emma the tiger shark!' " Neil Hammerschlag hide caption

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Science

A Marine Ecologist On Swimming With Sharks And What 'Jaws' Got Wrong

Neil Hammerschlag has looked inside the mouth of a wild tiger shark and lived to tell the tale. He says that sharks pose only a very small risk to people: "Humans are not on the shark's menu."

A Marine Ecologist On Swimming With Sharks And What 'Jaws' Got Wrong

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Music Interviews

An Opera Percussionist Traces Her Path 'From Juilliard to the Orchestra Pit'

Patti Niemi has been a percussionist for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1992. She speaks with Fresh Air's Sam Briger about performance anxiety, muscle memory and her memoir, Sticking it Out.

An Opera Percussionist Traces Her Path 'From Juilliard to the Orchestra Pit'

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