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Music Articles

Ray Davies: Rock Legend Rocks On

Rock legend Ray Davies joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross to discuss his career with the '60s British band The Kinks, and as a solo artist. He also describes a harrowing incident in New Orleans that nearly cost him his life.

Ray Davies: Rock Legend Rocks On

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Arts & Life

Taking the Measure of 'The Other Boleyn Girl'

Fresh Air's film critic reviews The Other Boleyn Girl, a costume drama from director Justin Chadwick. Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson play sisters battling for the affection of England's King Henry VIII.

Taking the Measure of 'The Other Boleyn Girl'

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Thursday

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Music Articles

'Passing Strange,' a Musical With a Rock Swagger

Musicians Stew and Heidi Rodewald speak with Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli. They're the founders of a band they call The Negro Problem. Their new Broadway musical, Passing Strange, is an autobiographical look at Stew's journey through music.

'Passing Strange,' a Musical With a Rock Swagger

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Music Articles

Reviewed: A Biography of the 'Queen of Trumpet'

Fresh Air's jazz critic reviews Mark Miller's High Hat, Trumpet, and Rhythm: The Life and Music of Valaida Snow. It's a biography of jazz singer and musician Valaida Snow, aka "Little Louis."

Reviewed: A Biography of the 'Queen of Trumpet'

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Wednesday

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Music Articles

From Vampire Weekend, World Music with a Bite

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the self-titled debut album from the band Vampire Weekend. The quartet has drawn praise — and pointed criticism — for its hooky, globally influenced pop.

From Vampire Weekend, World Music with a Bite

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Tuesday

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Books

Memoirs of Meth Addiction from a Father and a Son

Drug addiction doesn't just affect the addict, it changes the whole family. Journalist David Sheff and his son Nic join Fresh Air to talk about Nic's addiction to methamphetamine and the separate memoirs they've written about the experience.

Memoirs of Meth Addiction from a Father and a Son

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Monday

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Book Reviews

John Edgar Wideman's 'Fanon,' A Novel Biography

Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews John Edgar Wideman's new book, Fanon (a Novel), which mixes fiction, biography and memoir in an effort to capture the life and mind of psychiatrist and revolutionary Frantz Fanon.

John Edgar Wideman's 'Fanon,' A Novel Biography

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Music Articles

Dengue Fever: Vintage Cambodian Pop Remixed

Inspired by Sinn Sisamouth and other Cambodian stars of the '60s and '70s, brothers Zac and Ethan Holzman created a fusion cover band — complete with a former Cambodian pop star who had recently moved to Los Angeles.

Dengue Fever: Vintage Cambodian Pop Remixed

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Interviews

Anderson, Recreating 'Blood' History

Paul Thomas Anderson, nominated for an Academy Award for his role directing There Will Be Blood, talks about his experiences recreating history in this drama that follows the tensions between a wealthy oil man and a fundamentalist boy-preacher.

Anderson, Recreating 'Blood' History

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Interviews

An Oscar with your 'Ratatouille'?

Ratatouille, an animated film about a rat who becomes a chef in a Parisian restaurant, is nominated for five Academy Awards, including best animated feature. Director/writer Brad Bird and comedian/actor Patton Oswalt chat about making a believable fantasy film.

An Oscar with your 'Ratatouille'?

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Thursday

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Journalist Patrick Cockburn on Iraq's Tenuous Calm

The cease-fire that's kept Shiite militias in check for months is in danger of unraveling. And some U.S.-backed Sunni militias are growing restless. Patrick Cockburn, author and Iraq correspondent for The Independent in London, offers observations on war in Iraq.

Journalist Patrick Cockburn on Iraq's Tenuous Calm

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Wednesday

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Interviews

Michael Specter: Count Carbon Along With Calories

That guilty feeling after a big meal? It might be about more than calories and cholesterol. New Yorker science writer Michael Specter explains how carbon emissions released during food production are having an impact on the environment.

Michael Specter: Count Carbon Along With Calories

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Edward Lucas on 'The New Cold War' with Russia

Repression in Vladimir Putin's Russia, journalist Edward Lucas writes, is matched by a new aggression abroad. It amounts to what Lucas calls "a new Cold War" fought with cash, natural resources, diplomacy and propaganda.

Edward Lucas on 'The New Cold War' with Russia

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Tuesday

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Bart Ehrman, Questioning Religion on Why We Suffer

Religious studies professor Bart D. Ehrman joins Fresh Air to discuss human suffering as it is addressed in the Bible. If there is an all-powerful and loving God, he asks, why do human beings suffer?

Bart Ehrman, Questioning Religion on Why We Suffer

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Monday

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Books

Bananas, A Storied Fruit With An Uncertain Future

Americans consume more bananas than apples and oranges combined. Dan Koeppel, author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World, gives us a primer on the expansive history — and the endangered future — of the seedless, sexless fruit.

Bananas, A Storied Fruit With An Uncertain Future

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Music Articles

Summing Up Drew Gress' 'Irrational Numbers'

Fresh Air's jazz critic reviews The Irrational Numbers, the new album from improvisation-oriented bassist Drew Gress. In truth, he says, the numbers the band plays are less "irrational" than pleasantly unpredictable.

Summing Up Drew Gress' 'Irrational Numbers'

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