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'Inside' A Backup Singer's Journey To Center Stage

Jazz singer Catherine Russell spent years singing backup for performers like Paul Simon and David Bowie before starting a solo career. She's just released her third album, Inside This Heart of Mine.

'Inside' A Backup Singer's Journey To Center Stage

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The incognito British street artist Banksy offers few clues on whether the movie about his street art is real or a hoax. Courtesy Paranoid Pictures hide caption

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On March 4, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the oath of office administered by Chief Justice Charles E. Hughes. Four years later, Roosevelt would attempt to stack the Supreme Court with liberal justices. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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A Writer Enters The 'Land of Umpires'

To understand what it takes to be a professional umpire, journalist Bruce Weber became one himself. His adventures with fans, players and other umps are described in his book, As They See 'Em.

A Writer Enters The 'Land of Umpires'

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Tina Fey and Steve Carell star as a married New Jersey couple who attempt to rekindle their romance with a night on the town in New York. Mark Wahlberg co-stars as a security expert who flirts with Fey. Suzanne Tenner/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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On 'Date Night,' Fey And Carell Should Have Stayed In

Comedians Tina Fey and Steve Carell play a couple bored with their suburban existence in the new comedy Date Night. Critic David Edelstein says the comedic duo can't save a "bloated and generic" film.

On 'Date Night,' Fey And Carell Should Have Stayed In

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Johnny Gimble: 'The King Of The Swing Fiddle'

The Grammy-winning country-music fiddler is still recording new tracks 70 years after he picked up his first instrument. Gimble's new album, Playing With Friends, features Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Garrison Keillor.

Johnny Gimble: 'The King Of The Swing Fiddle'

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Paul Motian sometimes traces a thin watercolor line of rhythm through the heart of a performance, as if he could only play his drums one at a time. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kyle MacLachlan played FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, who headed the investigation of Laura Palmer's brutal murder on Twin Peaks. Michael Ontkean played Harry Truman, Cooper's assistant. Paramount hide caption

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Still Wrapped In Plastic: 'Twin Peaks' Turns 20

David Lynch's mysterious, groundbreaking serial drama premiered on April 8, 1990. Twenty years later, critic John Powers looks back at the cult series, which he says "smuggled avant-garde into prime time."

Still Wrapped In Plastic: 'Twin Peaks' Turns 20

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A 'Recovering Skinhead' On Leaving Hatred Behind

By 16, Frank Meeink had become one of the most well-known skinhead gang leaders on the East Coast. His defection from the white supremacy movement is the subject of his memoir, Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead.

A 'Recovering Skinhead' On Leaving Hatred Behind

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Remembering First Female Chief Of Cherokee Nation

As the chief of the Cherokee Nation for a decade, Wilma Mankiller championed health care and education — and tribe enrollment tripled. Mankiller died on Tuesday. Fresh Air remembers her with excerpts from a 1993 interview.

Remembering First Female Chief Of Cherokee Nation

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Wendell Pierce plays Antoine Batiste, a trombonist struggling to make ends meet, in the new HBO drama Treme. Pierce, a New Orleans native, also played Detective Bunk Moreland on the HBO series The Wire. Skip Bolen/HBO hide caption

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