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Author Interviews

Baratunde Thurston Explains 'How To Be Black'

From the comedian and digital director of The Onion, a satirical self-help book for anyone who has a black friend, wants to be the next black president or speak for the black community.

Baratunde Thurston Explains 'How To Be Black'

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Living most of his life in an iron lung forces Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) to see the world from a different point of view. Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Gary Clark Jr.'s Blak and Blu is an eclectic romp through the blues. Frank Maddocks hide caption

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Gary Clark Jr.: A Raucous Blues Shout

On Blak and Blu, you can hear the roar in Clark's blues guitar. But critic Ken Tucker says Clark remains a work in progress.

Gary Clark Jr.: A Raucous Blues Shout

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Book Reviews

'Master' Jefferson: Defender Of Liberty, Then Slavery

In Master of the Mountain, historian Henry Wiencek uses an explosive interpretation of evidence to show how, by the 1780s, Founding Father and slave owner Thomas Jefferson had gone from championing equality to rationalizing an abomination.

'Master' Jefferson: Defender Of Liberty, Then Slavery

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Michael Feinstein (right) worked for six years as Ira Gershwin's cataloger and archivist. Simon & Schuster hide caption

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Tuesday

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Jack Bishop is the editorial director at America's Test Kitchen, where every day a near army of professional chefs test, test, then retest recipes to arrive at the best possible result. Larry Crowe/AP hide caption

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Food

'Test Kitchen' Chefs Talk The Science Of Savory

America's Test Kitchen experts Jack Bishop and Bridget Lancaster join Fresh Air to explain what makes a great marinade — and why you might want to add an anchovy or two to your next beef stew.

'Test Kitchen' Chefs Talk The Science Of Savory

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Tyler Perry is currently starring in the new action thriller Alex Cross, which opens in theaters on Friday. Sidney Baldwin/2012 Summit Entertainment LLC hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Tyler Perry Transforms: From Madea To Family Man

Best known for being the man behind Madea, Perry is now starring in the action thriller Alex Cross. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that his Madea character is a cross between his mom, his aunt and Eddie Murphy.

Tyler Perry Transforms: From Madea To Family Man

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Roxy Music's eight studio albums are now collected in one box set, titled The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982. Keystone/Hulton Archive hide caption

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More Than This: The 'Complete' Roxy Music

Ed Ward connects the dots of the British band's eight studio albums, which were just collected in a box set.

More Than This: The 'Complete' Roxy Music

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Tig Notaro, Louis C.K., Nate Silver

Tig Notaro manages to find humor in a cancer diagnosis and Louis C.K. explains why he called Notaro's set "masterful." Statistical analyst Nate Silver says humility is key to making accurate predictions.

Fresh Air Weekend: Tig Notaro, Louis C.K., Nate Silver

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Author Interviews

The Man Who Tracks Viruses Before They Spread

Nathan Wolfe travels to the viral hot spots of the world, where viruses first jump from animals to humans. The scientist spends his days tracking emerging infectious diseases before they turn into global pandemics.

The Man Who Tracks Viruses Before They Spread

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CIA agents Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) and Jack O'Donnell (Bryan Cranston) plan a risky mission to save six Americans trapped in Iran. Claire Folger/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Thursday

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Technology

In Digital War, Patents Are The Weapon Of Choice

New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg says that consumers and innovation are the big losers in the patent wars. "Patents have become a toll gate on the road of innovation," he says.

In Digital War, Patents Are The Weapon Of Choice

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For Ron Miles, the better he knows how a tune works, the less he has to play to put it across. John Spiral hide caption

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Ron Miles Finds Wide-Open Spaces On 'Quiver'

For Miles, the better he knows how a tune works, the less he has to play to put it across.

Ron Miles Finds Wide-Open Spaces On 'Quiver'

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'Signal' And 'Noise': Prediction As Art And Science

Statistical analyst Nate Silver says humility is key to making accurate predictions. Silver, who writes the New York Times' FiveThirtyEight blog, has just written a new book called The Signal and the Noise.

'Signal' And 'Noise': Prediction As Art And Science

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Iris DeMent's Emotionally Complex 'Sing The Delta'

Sing the Delta is the roots-folk singer-songwriter's first album of new songs in 16 years.

Iris DeMent's Emotionally Complex 'Sing The Delta'

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Health

When Prolonging Death Seems Worse Than Death

Counselor Judith Schwarz says that for terminally ill patients who are suffering, prolonging death can seem like a worse fate than death itself. Schwarz is a patient supporter with the nonprofit organization Compassion & Choices.

When Prolonging Death Seems Worse Than Death

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Commentary

One Debate, Two Very Different Conversations

Linguist Geoff Nunberg has been puzzling over President Obama's performance in the presidential debate last week. Looking at who the candidates were addressing their answers to shows that Romney was doing something unusual, he says.

One Debate, Two Very Different Conversations

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