Saturday

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Interviews

Fresh Air Weekend: Marc Maron; Reconsidering Millennial Speak; Susan Silverman

Marc Maron talks about sobriety and his "uncomfortable" comfort zone. Linguist Geoff Nunberg weighs in on the phrase "I feel like." Rabbi Susan Silverman discusses anxiety, faith and adoption.

Fresh Air Weekend: Marc Maron; Reconsidering Millennial Speak; Susan Silverman
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Friday

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Pop Culture

Comedian Maria Bamford Finds Humor In Uncomfortable Topics

The star of the new Netflix series Lady Dynamite has used comedy to address her serious struggles with OCD, bipolar disorder and suicidal thoughts. Originally broadcast July 18, 2013.

Comedian Maria Bamford Finds Humor In Uncomfortable Topics
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Movie Reviews

'Weiner' Offers A Riveting, Close-Up View Of A Scandal In Progress

In 2013, a documentary team followed former Congressman Anthony Weiner in his bid to become mayor of New York. When a scandal hit, the cameras kept rolling. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Weiner.

'Weiner' Offers A Riveting, Close-Up View Of A Scandal In Progress
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Thursday

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Politics

In New Political Warfare, 'Armies Of Video Trackers' Swarm Candidates

New Yorker writer Jane Mayer discusses conservative activist James O'Keefe's latest botched sting operation, and the new kind of political opposition research O'Keefe pioneered.

In New Political Warfare, 'Armies Of Video Trackers' Swarm Candidates
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Television

In Its Retelling, 'Roots' Is Powerful, Must-See Television

This weekend, an eight-hour remake of the 1977 miniseries begins airing on A&E, Lifetime and The History Channel. TV critic David Bianculli says the new Roots deserves to be seen and talked about.

In Its Retelling, 'Roots' Is Powerful, Must-See Television
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Author Interviews

'Mirror Test' Reflects On The Consequences Of The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan

While serving as a State Department adviser in Iraq and Afghanistan, J. Kael Weston instigated a military mission that resulted the death of 31 service members. His memoir revisits the tragedy of war.

'Mirror Test' Reflects On The Consequences Of The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan
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Tuesday

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Marc Maron On Sobriety And Managing His 'Uncomfortable' Comfort Zone

The comic recently played out his own fictional relapse on his IFC show, Maron. He says relapse is "a very real fear of mine. I'm glad it happened in fiction and not in real life."

Marc Maron On Sobriety And Managing His 'Uncomfortable' Comfort Zone
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Commentary

Irked By The Way Millennials Speak? 'I Feel Like' It's Time To Loosen Up

While some of his colleagues have criticized the current trend of starting sentences with the phrase, "I feel like," linguist Geoff Nunberg says it's just a case of generational misunderstanding.

Irked By The Way Millennials Speak? 'I Feel Like' It's Time To Loosen Up
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Monday

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Author Interviews

Susan Silverman On Anxiety, Adoption And Making A Family In An Uncertain World

In Casting Lots, the rabbi and mother of five explains how Judaism helped her come to terms with her anxiety. She says she and her sister, comic Sarah Silverman, are "two sides of the same coin."

Susan Silverman On Anxiety, Adoption And Making A Family In An Uncertain World
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Music Reviews

Little Scream Casts A Dreamy Spell With 'Cult Following'

Musician Laurel Sprengelmeyer — aka Little Scream — refers to prayer, devotion, heaven and Satan on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls Cult Following a "testament to desire and endurance."

Little Scream Casts A Dreamy Spell With 'Cult Following'
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Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Kenya Barris; 'A Bigger Splash'; Novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris says his own family experiences inspire the show. John Powers reviews the film, A Bigger Splash. Nguyen discusses The Sympathizer and his escape from Vietnam.

Fresh Air Weekend: Kenya Barris; 'A Bigger Splash'; Novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Friday

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Interviews

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

After five seasons as Walt on Breaking Bad, Cranston reinvented himself as Lyndon B. Johnson in the play (and now the HBO film) All the Way. Originally broadcast March 27, 2014.

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation
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Movie Interviews

The 'Other Woman' Tries To Fix The Marriage She Destroyed In 'Maggie's Plan'

In Rebecca Miller's comedy, an affair leads to divorce and remarriage — until the new wife decides she wants out. Critic David Edelstein says that Maggie's Plan doesn't quite come together.

The 'Other Woman' Tries To Fix The Marriage She Destroyed In 'Maggie's Plan'
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Politics

A Reporter On The Panama Papers: The Basic Idea Is 'To Hide True Ownership'

Documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm have offered new insight into how easy it is for the rich and corrupt to hide their assets. McClatchy's Kevin Hall has been reporting on the documents.

A Reporter On The Panama Papers: The Basic Idea Is 'To Hide True Ownership'
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Book Reviews

'Eleven Hours' Vividly Depicts The Beauty And Brutality Of Childbirth

Pamela Erens' new novel takes place in the maternity ward of a New York hospital as a pregnant nurse assists in another woman's labor. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a fierce read.

'Eleven Hours' Vividly Depicts The Beauty And Brutality Of Childbirth
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Kenya Barris On 'Black-ish' And What Kids Lose When They Grow Up With More

Barris' ABC comedy series was inspired by his own family experiences. He says the show is about "raising your kids in a different environment than you were accustomed to being raised in."

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