Thursday

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Arts & Life

Kristin Chenoweth Is 'A Little Bit Wicked'

From Broadway to Sesame Street, Kristen Chenoweth has tackled a wide range of roles, genres and media. Now, she tells her own story in her autobiography, A Little Bit Wicked.

Kristin Chenoweth Is 'A Little Bit Wicked'

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Book Reviews

Frances Perkins, 'The Woman Behind the New Deal'

Kirstin Downey's biography of FDR's Labor Secretary Frances Perkins paints an inspiring and substantive portrait of the woman who ushered in the 40-hour work week.

Frances Perkins, 'The Woman Behind the New Deal'

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Wednesday

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Economy

Fighting America's 'Financial Oligarchy'

Economist Simon Johnson discusses the next phase of the financial bailout. In the May issue of The Atlantic Monthly, Johnson insists that the U.S. government will have to get rid of its "financial oligarchy" to regain economic stability.

Fighting America's 'Financial Oligarchy'

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Tuesday

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Movies

Drew Barrymore, From 'E.T.' To Little Edie Beale

In the new film Grey Gardens, Drew Barrymore plays Little Edie Beale, the legendary eccentric made famous in the 1975 documentary of the same title. HBO's dramatization premieres April 18.

Drew Barrymore, From 'E.T.' To Little Edie Beale

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Monday

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Performing Arts

Remembering Gay Porn Icon Jack Wrangler

Jack Wrangler, an icon of gay adult films, died April 7. He appeared in more than 30 gay adult films and 20 straight adult films in the 1970s and 1980s. Fresh Air remembers him with an interview from 1985.

Remembering Gay Porn Icon Jack Wrangler

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Music Articles

Margaret Whiting On Jazz And Jack Wrangler

Singer Margaret Whiting married adult film icon Jack Wrangler in 1994. Fresh Air revisits a 1988 interview in which the singer talks about her relationship with Wrangler.

Margaret Whiting On Jazz And Jack Wrangler

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Friday

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Music Articles

Ian McLagan And The 'Faces' Of Rock And Roll

The keyboard player for The Faces and The Small Faces talks about playing snooker and skittle, making deals with Mick Jagger and how a broken-down van helped jump start his career.

Ian McLagan And The 'Faces' Of Rock And Roll

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Pop Culture

Denis Leary: Firefighters and Fiery Tempers

In Rescue Me, writer, actor and producer Denis Leary plays a macho fireman with a hot temper. The outspoken actor and comedian talks with Terry Gross about Rescue Me, dealing with fame and learning to ride horses.

Denis Leary: Firefighters and Fiery Tempers

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Thursday

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Books

Bruce Weber: How To 'See 'Em' Like A Pro

In his new book As They See 'Em, the journalist provides an insider's perspective on the dedicated umpires who face angry fans, disgruntled coaches and poor pay for the game they love.

Bruce Weber: How To 'See 'Em' Like A Pro

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Movies

'Let In' The Swedish Vampires

In Let the Right One In, Eli and Oskar are both lonely 12-year-olds — but one of them happens to be a vampire. Critic-at-large John Powers calls the Swedish film "the best vampire movie in the last 75 years."

'Let In' The Swedish Vampires

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Wednesday

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World

The 'Remarkable Life' Of Liberia's 'Iron Lady'

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, is the first democratically elected woman leader in Africa. Since taking office in 2006, Johnson Sirleaf has fought to reconstruct the state and rescue Liberia's failing economy.

The 'Remarkable Life' Of Liberia's 'Iron Lady'

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Movies

Sweet Success: Boden And Fleck On 'Sugar'

Hailed as "the best baseball movie ever," Sugar follows one young man's journey from a village in the Dominican Republic to a minor league baseball team in Iowa. Filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck talk about creating the film.

Sweet Success: Boden And Fleck On 'Sugar'

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Tuesday

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Pop Culture

Mike & Mel: Father-Son 'Amazing Race' Duo

Screenwriter Mike White and his father, gay rights activist Mel White, recently danced, ran and bobsledded around the globe as part of The Amazing Race. The duo talks about their relationship and reality-TV adventures.

Mike & Mel: Father-Son 'Amazing Race' Duo

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Books

The Well-Meaning, Bad Parent

Psychologist Richard Weissbourd contends that parents who are obsessed with their children's happiness are ignoring other important values — like goodness, empathy, appreciation and caring — that are necessary to a well-rounded personality.

The Well-Meaning, Bad Parent

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Monday

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Books

Russell Brand: Standing Up To Addiction

British comic Russell Brand is known for his outlandish appearance, sharp wit and no-holds-barred language. He's put his over-the-top comedy on the page with his new memoir My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-up.

Russell Brand: Standing Up To Addiction

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Music Articles

Prince's New Triple-Play

Pop legend Prince has a new triple-album release called Lotusflow3r. It features two solo albums by Prince and a debut album by Bria Valente, co-written and co-produced by Prince. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review.

Prince's New Triple-Play

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Friday

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Music Articles

Leonard Cohen: Zen And The Art Of Songwriting

The legendary singer-songwriter is touring the U.S. for the first time in 15 years. He joins Terry Gross to talk about his poetry, his songwriting and his time at a retreat called the Zen Center.

Leonard Cohen: Zen And The Art Of Songwriting

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