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Sarah Silverman won an Emmy in 2008 for her video I'm F******* Matt Damon, which appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. Steve Agee hide caption

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Joan Rivers says that she would like a "77th facelift" for her 77th birthday. The brash comedian stars in a new documentary about her career in comedy. Seth Keal/IFC Films hide caption

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Jay-Z tells Terry Gross one of his earliest rhymes, which he wrote when he was just 9: 'I'm the king of hip-hop / Renewed like the Reebok / The key in the lock / Words so provocative/ As long as I live." The hip-hop artist says that when he looks back on that rhyme now, he thinks, "Wow, that was pretty prophetic." Jay Mohegan via Random House hide caption

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The Best of Fresh Air 2010

Jay-Z: Interviewed And 'Decoded'

Jay-Z is one of the most successful hip-hop artists of all time. On Fresh Air, he discusses growing up in Brooklyn surrounded by drugs and violence, and the stories behind many of his famous songs.

Jay-Z: Interviewed And 'Decoded'

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When James Murphy was 22, he was offered a writing job on the sitcom Seinfeld but turned it down to focus on his musical career. Ruvan Wijesooriya hide caption

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Inside LCD Soundsystem With Frontman James Murphy

The pop-dance-electronic group's founder tells Terry Gross why he stopped complaining about other bands and decided to start making his own music instead. LCD Soundsystem's latest album is called This Is Happening.

Inside LCD Soundsystem With Frontman James Murphy

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Sondheim, shown here in 1974, won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Sunday in the Park with George. He has also received eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy awards and a Kennedy Center Honor. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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A New York Times/CBS News poll found that 30 percent of people under 45 said the use of devices like smart phones and personal computers has made it harder to concentrate. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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In July 2009, Time magazine held an online poll asking who America's most trusted newscaster was; Jon Stewart won with 44 percent of the vote. Comedy Central hide caption

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Jon Stewart: America's Ruling King Of Fake News

In an interview with Terry Gross, taped in front of a live audience in New York City, the Daily Show host deconstructs his upcoming "Rally to Restore Sanity" on the National Mall and explains how The Daily Show comes up with material.

Jon Stewart: America's Ruling King Of Fake News

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Comedian Aziz Ansari won the Jury Award for "Best Standup" in 2006 at HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Andrew H. Walker/Getty hide caption

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The Rise Of 'Parks' Funny Tool Aziz Ansari

Comedian Aziz Ansari has appeared on HBO's Flight of the Conchords, ABC's Scrubs and MTV's Human Giant. Nowadays he stars opposite Amy Poehler on NBC's workplace comedy Parks and Recreation.

The Rise Of 'Parks' Funny Tool Aziz Ansari

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Futurama's clueless starship commander Zapp Brannigan is just one of the many cartoon characters voiced by Billy West over the years. Matt Groening/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Keith Richards is ranked 10th on  Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Deborah Feingold hide caption

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Keith Richards On 'Life' With The Rolling Stones

The guitarist opens up about his music, his legendary journeys on the road with The Rolling Stones and his occasionally contentious relationship with lead singer Mick Jagger in a new memoir called Life.

Keith Richards On 'Life' With The Rolling Stones

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Brian May wrote "We Will Rock You," "I Want It All," "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Tie Your Mother Down," among other Queen hits. courtesy of Queen hide caption

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Music Articles

Swinging Christmas Music From Rebecca Kilgore And Pals

In time for the holidays, Fresh Air presents an in-studio concert. Singer Rebecca Kilgore, trombonist Dan Barrett and pianist Rossano Sportiello played at the NOLA studios in Manhattan.

Swinging Christmas Music From Rebecca Kilgore And Pals

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Tracey Thorn's third album focuses on the small details in life: weddings, singles bars and the size of one's jeans. Edward Bishop hide caption

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The Best Music Of 2010

Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2010

Fresh Air's pop music critic, Ken Tucker, picks the best music of 2010, including albums by Tracey Thorn, Kanye West and Arcade Fire. He also pays tribute to Kate McGarrigle, the Canadian singer who died of cancer last January.

Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2010

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Television

Bianculli Picks The Best (And Worst) TV Of 2010

Fresh Air's TV critic rounds up the hottest and the nottest of the year that was. Worth watching? A BBC America import about a choir director teaching people to sing. Jersey Shore? Makes Bianculli want to shower.

Bianculli Picks The Best (And Worst) TV Of 2010

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After hiring a U.S. Marshal to find her father's killer, Mattie (Hailee Steinfeld, left) joins forces with Texas Ranger LaBeouf (Matt Damon), who's tracking the same man. Wilson Webb/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Movies

From The Coens, A Grittier Sort Of Truth Out West

Joel and Ethan Coen's new take on the novel that inspired the 1969 film classic True Grit takes the story back out of John Wayne territory, setting it in a more brutal frontier and rendering it darker, colder, more grotesque.

From The Coens, A Grittier Sort Of Truth Out West

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In this file photo from 2001, a migrant child sits atop a pile of unrecyclable computer waste imported to Guiya, China, from other countries. Basal Action Network hide caption

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Sofia Coppola was nominated for an Academy Award for her film Lost in Translation. Her new project, Somewhere, won the Gold Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Stephen Dorff, Going Hollywood In 'Somewhere'

In Sofia Coppola's new film, the actor plays an aimless, lonely young movie star who is forced to re-examine his life when his 11-year-old daughter unexpectedly moves in. Dorff explains how the role required a delicate balance between acting and real life.

Stephen Dorff, Going Hollywood In 'Somewhere'

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