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Scenes in the movie Sleepwalk With Me -- about Mike Birbiglia's sleep disorder — made him emotional while filming them. Adam Beckman/IFC Films hide caption

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Sacha Baron Cohen plays Admiral General Aladeen, the authoritarian, anti-Semitic and unexpectedly sympathetic protagonist of The Dictator. Melinda Sue Gordon/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Author Interviews

Donald Ray Pollock On Finding Fiction Late In Life

The author worked in a paper mill and meatpacking plant for 32 years before becoming a writer. His second book The Devil All the Time, set in his hometown of Knockemstiff, Ohio, is now out in paperback.

Donald Ray Pollock On Finding Fiction Late In Life
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In Robot & Frank, a robot cares for an aging ex-burglar who has dementia. Frank Langella, who plays the burglar, says his character "becomes fond of the robot only because it is a tool for his wicked, wicked ways." Samuel Goldwyn Films and Stage 6 Films hide caption

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Music Articles

Autosalvage: The Psychedelic Band That Vanished

There are lots of stories about the band that got away. For rock historian Ed Ward, one of those groups has always been Autosalvage, a New York quartet who made one album and then stopped playing.

Autosalvage: The Psychedelic Band That Vanished
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Pennsylvania voters show identification as they sign in to vote during the Republican primary in Philadelphia in April. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images hide caption

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A new box set of early albums captures Jan Garbarek's forming saxophone sound — austere and astringent. Roberto Massoti/ECM Records hide caption

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How Jan Garbarek Came To Epitomize Nordic Jazz

Garbarek helped the ECM label find its emerging voice 40 years ago. A new box set of early albums captures the saxophonist's forming sound — austere and astringent.

How Jan Garbarek Came To Epitomize Nordic Jazz
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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the past year through June 2012 has been the hottest year in the continental U.S. since modern record-keeping started in 1895. Above, New Yorkers flocked to Coney Island to try to beat the heat in early August. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Paul Ryan has made changes to social safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security — often called "entitlements" — a key part of his political agenda. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Arts & Life

With Ryan's Ascent, A Few Thoughts On 'Entitlement'

The Republican vice presidential pick wants to take another look at programs like Medicare and Social Security. Fresh Air's resident linguist parses the word "entitlement" in its political and nonpolitical contexts.

With Ryan's Ascent, A Few Thoughts On 'Entitlement'
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Chris Rock stars as Julie Delpy's boyfriend in 2 Days in New York. Delpy directed the film, a follow-up to her 2007 romantic comedy 2 Days in Paris. Walter Thomson/Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Interviews

Fresh Air Weekend: Chris Rock, Dan Auerbach

This weekend: Chris Rock explains how doing well has affected his humor and how "the most fun thing" is being a dad. Ken Tucker says Black Keys member Dan Auerbach works wonders as a producer. And Dean Norris on playing good in Breaking Bad.

Fresh Air Weekend: Chris Rock, Dan Auerbach
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Writer David Rakoff died Thursday at the age of 47. In a 2010 interview with Terry Gross, he remembered friends he'd lost to AIDS. "All of the people that I know who did die, they didn't die because they want to live less than I do. They didn't die because their desire to continue existing was found wanting in ways that my own is somehow better." Paul Roossin/ hide caption

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"I don't believe I can offend you in a comedy club," Rock says. Star comedians use comedy clubs to try out new material. "I think that's the deal that's made when you see a famous guy in one of these clubs." Michael Parmelee/Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Gene Kelly stars as Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain. In celebration of the 1952 musical's 60th birthday, a newly restored print was released in theaters for a one-night public screening, and a new edition has been released on DVD and Blu-Ray. Warner Home Video hide caption

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60 Years Later, Still 'Singin' In The Rain'

The beloved musical celebrates its 60th birthday with a one-night screening of a newly restored print and a new reissue on DVD and Blu-Ray.

60 Years Later, Still 'Singin' In The Rain'
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Susie Arioli's new album, All the Way, was released in June. Marianne Larochelle hide caption

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Jazz Vocalist Susie Arioli Goes 'All The Way'

Listen to an in-studio concert and conversation with the Canadian singer and her longtime guitarist, Jordan Officer.

Jazz Vocalist Susie Arioli Goes 'All The Way'
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In Hope Springs, Kay (Meryl Streep) forces Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) into a week of couples therapy after she gets tired of — among other things — sleeping in separate bedrooms. Barry Wetcher/Sony Pictures hide caption

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