Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Audra McDonald, 'Weight Of The Nation'

Actress Audra McDonald talks about her Tony-nominated role in the Broadway musical Porgy and Bess. And obesity expert Kelly Brownell weighs in on a new HBO documentary series, The Weight of the Nation.

Fresh Air Weekend: Audra McDonald, 'Weight Of The Nation'

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Remembrances

Remembering Vidal Sassoon, An Iconic Hairdresser

The British hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, who created some of the most iconic hairstyles of the 20th century, died on May 9 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 84. Fresh Air remembers the trendsetter with excerpts from a 2011 interview.

Remembering Vidal Sassoon, An Iconic Hairdresser

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Mexican author Carlos Fuentes poses for a photo after a news conference in Mexico City on March 12. Fuentes died Tuesday at a hospital in Mexico City. He was 83. Alexandre Meneghini/AP hide caption

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Remembrances

A Conversation With Author Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes, one of the most influential writers in the Latin American world, died Tuesday at a hospital in Mexico City. He was 83. Fresh Air remembers the prolific author with excerpts from a 1987 interview.

A Conversation With Author Carlos Fuentes

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Thursday

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Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen. "The United States is doubling down on its use of air power and drones, which are swiftly becoming the primary focus of Washington's counterterrorism operations," writes Jeremy Scahill. Muhammad ud-Deen/AP hide caption

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Middle East

Why The U.S. Is Aggressively Targeting Yemen

Yemen is now considered to be "the greatest external threat facing the U.S. homeland in terms of terrorism," says investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill.

Why The U.S. Is Aggressively Targeting Yemen

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Wednesday

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Breasts are getting bigger and arriving earlier. They're also attracting chemicals and environmental toxins, which are getting passed along in breast milk. Photographer: B-D-S/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Movies

'The Dictator' Rules With A Satirist's Fist

There was Ali G, Borat and Bruno — and now, in The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen has a new character to add to his repertoire: the capricious ruler of an oil-rich country who travels to the U.N. to assert his right to have nuclear warheads.

'The Dictator' Rules With A Satirist's Fist

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Tuesday

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Theater

Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway

The actress is nominated for her fifth Tony Award for the Broadway musical Porgy and Bess. "There's very few quiet moments for Bess," she says. "They're all very big, very emotional. ... And to commit to that night after night after night is very difficult."

Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway

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Monday

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Your Health

Pounding Away At America's Obesity Epidemic

One-third of Americans today are obese, and another third are overweight. A new HBO documentary series, The Weight of the Nation, explores how our country got this way and what can be done to tackle the growing national health crisis.

Pounding Away At America's Obesity Epidemic

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The sun breaks through dense jungle foliage as South Vietnamese troops, joined by U.S. advisers, rest after a cold, damp and tense night of waiting in an ambush position for a Viet Cong attack that didn't come, January 1965. Horst Faas/AP hide caption

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Television

Johnny Carson Gets The 'Masters' Treatment

Monday night on PBS, American Masters presents a two-hour biography of Johnny Carson. Carson retired 20 years ago this month, and vacated a throne that TV critic David Bianculli says no one has managed to claim since.

Johnny Carson Gets The 'Masters' Treatment

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Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Lena Dunham, Gretchen Reynolds

The creator and star of HBO's new series Girls addresses the growing backlash against the show. And New York Times "Phys Ed" columnist Gretchen Reynolds shares some simple advice for staying healthy.

Fresh Air Weekend: Lena Dunham, Gretchen Reynolds

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Friday

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Music

Fresh Air At 25: A Live Musical Tribute

Friday marks the 25th anniversary of the day Fresh Air became a daily national NPR program. To celebrate, hear two delightful medleys of impromptu musical performances, culled from Fresh Air's archives.

Fresh Air At 25: A Live Musical Tribute

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Thursday

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Around the Nation

Horse Racing: America's Most Dangerous Game?

Two reporters for The New York Times detail their monthslong investigation of America's racetracks. Since 2009, more than 6,600 horses have broken down or showed signs of injury at U.S. racetracks, a rate much higher than in other countries.

Horse Racing: America's Most Dangerous Game?

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After Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) rises from the grave in the 1970s, 200 years after he was imprisoned, he returns to his ancestral home and befriends his descendants, including David Collins (Gully McGrath). Peter Mountain/Warner Brothers Pictures hide caption

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Movies

'Dark Shadows': A Vampire Returns, Without His Bite

Johnny Depp stars in Tim Burton's feature-film adaptation of the cult Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, about an 18th-century vampire transplanted to the 1970s. Critic and longtime Dark Shadows fan David Edelstein says the camp sendup of the show is lifeless and unfunny.

'Dark Shadows': A Vampire Returns, Without His Bite

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Wednesday

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