Monday

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Music Articles

'Conchords': Music, Comedy, Clueless Kiwis

The HBO series Flight of the Conchords, about two lovable, musical losers from New Zealand at large in New York City, is out on DVD. Stars Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie join Fresh Air for a conversation and a few songs.

'Conchords': Music, Comedy, Clueless Kiwis

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Rock en Espanol, with Wrestling Masks

A concert and conversation with Los Straitjackets, the Nashville-based indie-rock band that's made a name performing Spanish-language tributes to surf-rock classics — from behind Mexican wrestling masks.

Rock en Espanol, with Wrestling Masks

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Friday

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Interviews

'Fresh Air' Reflects: Actress Nancy Cartwright

Our weeklong retrospective of the year's most entertaining interviews continues with Nancy Cartwright. You've probably heard her work, but you may not have known it was her. She's the voice of Bart Simpson.

'Fresh Air' Reflects: Actress Nancy Cartwright

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Nils Lofgren, On the Side and Out in Front

Nils Lofgren, best known as guitarist with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, also played for Neil Young and Crazy Horse early in that band's career. He's also had a notable solo career — and he founded the mid-1970s band Grin. Critic Milo Miles surveys his work.

Nils Lofgren, On the Side and Out in Front

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Thursday

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Ahmed Rashid on the Benazir Bhutto Assassination

Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, a regular guest on Fresh Air, returns to discuss developments in Pakistan, where former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto died today after an attack at a political rally that also killed at least 20 others.

Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid on Fresh Air

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Tuesday

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Interviews

Reilly and Kasdan, Having Fun with 'Walk Hard'

Actor John C. Reilly and director Jake Kasdan talk about their new film, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Kasdan woke up in the middle of the night with the concept and even the title for the spoof of music biopics. This interview was initially broadcast on Dec. 3, 2007.

Reilly and Kasdan, Having Fun with 'Walk Hard'

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Monday

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On Television

The Best Television Programs of 2007

David Bianculli, Fresh Air TV critic, shares his picks for the best television of 2007 and says he's looking forward to the 2008 seasons of ABC's Lost and HBO's The Wire. Bianculli is the author of Teleliteracy and Television's 500 Biggest Hits, Misses, and Events.

The Best Television Programs of 2007

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Friday

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Cronenberg & Mortensen, Making 'Eastern Promises'

Viggo Mortensen stars in Eastern Promises, due on DVD Dec. 23. David Cronenberg's thriller is set in London, in the dangerous underworld of sex trafficking; Cronenberg and Mortensen previously collaborated on 2005's A History of Violence.

Cronenberg & Mortensen, Making 'Eastern Promises'

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Arts & Life

Movie Madness (Some of it Genius) for the Holidays

Fresh Air's film critic is feeling a little overwhelmed, as he always does during this week in December. So today's review is a roundup, with notes on I Am Legend, Atonement, The Kite Runner, Charlie Wilson's War, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Sweeney Todd, and more.

Movie Madness (Some of it Genius) for the Holidays

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Thursday

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Music Articles

Gospel Music Historian Robert Darden

A Baptist deacon, R&B drummer and former gospel-music editor for Billboard magazine, Robert Darden is also a journalism professor at Baylor University, where he runs the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. He'll play some rare recordings for us.

Gospel Music Historian Robert Darden

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'Blade Runner' Director Ridley Scott

Twenty-five years after its debut, the dystopian-future classic Blade Runner has been released on DVD in a re-edited version called Blade Runner: The Final Cut. Director Ridley Scott talks about that release, as well as about his most recent film, American Gangster.

'Blade Runner' Director Ridley Scott

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'There Will Be Blood' Director Paul Thomas Anderson

Based on an Upton Sinclair novel, Paul Thomas Anderson's new film There Will Be Blood stars Daniel Day-Lewis as an oil prospector in the earliest days of the industry. Anderson's other films are the Oscar-nominated Boogie Nights and Magnolia, and Punch Drunk Love, starring Adam Sandler.

'There Will Be Blood' Director Paul Thomas Anderson

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A Critic Assesses The Year in Rehab (Er, Rock)

Fresh Air's rock critic runs down the best pop music of 2007, which he likes to call The Year in Rehabilitation. His picks include Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" and Britney Spears' "Piece of Me."

A Critic Assesses The Year in Rehab (Er, Rock)

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Remembering Jazz Saxophonist Frank Morgan

Frank Morgan, a bebop-jazz sax player who modeled his playing style after Charlie Parker's, died Dec. 14 at age 73. After some early successes, Morgan succumbed to heroin addiction, which led to 30 years of crime and imprisonment — and a long absence from the stage.

Remembering Jazz Saxophonist Frank Morgan

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David Edelstein's Top 10 Films of 2007

Fresh Air's arbiter of things filmic offers his annual year-end movies wrap-up. This time, his Top 10 list has 11 entries, as the number-nine slot features a tie. At the top: Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

David Edelstein's Top 10 Films of 2007

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