Tuesday

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As kids, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer were all obsessed with hip-hop and TV shows like Yo! MTV Raps. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Lonely Island: The Fresh Air Interview

Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer have produced some of the funniest Saturday Night Live material in recent memory. Here, they talk about comedy, Yo! MTV Raps and adolescence.

Samberg, Taccone And Schaffer: 3 Is Not A Lonely Island

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Miami-born Cécile McLorin Salvant learned about improvisation and sang with her first band after moving to France in 2007. J.R. Photography/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cécile McLorin Salvant: Making Old Songs New Again

The 23-year-old jazz phenom's debut album showcases her takes on vintage jazz and blues numbers by Bessie Smith, Fats Waller and others.

Cécile McLorin Salvant: Making Old Songs New Again

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The Deserters is Charles Glass' second book relating to World War II. His last book, Americans in Paris, told the story of the U.S. citizens who remained in the French capital after the 1940 German invasion. Penguin Press hide caption

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Colum McCann's new book imagines the intersections of three historic flights across the Atlantic Ocean. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Book Reviews

In 'TransAtlantic,' The Flight Is Almost Too Smooth

Colum McCann won the National Book Award for his 2009 novel, Let the Great World Spin, about a high-wire artist. Critic Maureen Corrigan says McCann's new novel, TransAtlantic, also has its head in the clouds.

In 'TransAtlantic,' The Flight Is Almost Too Smooth

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Jo Lawry, Judith Hill and Lisa Fischer are three of the backup singers profiled in the new documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. RadiusTWC hide caption

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Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall won both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, won this year's Man Booker Prize. Francesco Guidicini/ hide caption

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Fran Kranz stars as Claudio in Joss Whedon's new take on Shakespeare's classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Elsa Guillet-Chapuis/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Movie Reviews

Whedon's Touch Finds A Match With 'Much Ado'

Sandwiched into Joss Whedon's busy schedule of TV series and big-screen features was an unexpected low-budget adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing — shot in black and white. Film critic David Edelstein says it's a delight. (Recommended)

Whedon's Touch Finds A Match With 'Much Ado'

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Thursday

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As with many of his novels, Hiaasen sets his latest — Bad Monkey — in his home state of Florida. Knopf hide caption

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Author Interviews

Florida-Grown Fiction: Hiaasen Satirizes The Sunshine State

Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion and purpose about the state he loves. His latest book, Bad Monkey, is an offbeat murder mystery set in Key West.

Florida-Grown Fiction: Hiaasen Satirizes The Sunshine State

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Slaid Cleaves' music is influenced by singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Karen Cleaves/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Yoram Kaniuk speaks in 2008 at the AFI Fest premiere of Adam Resurrected, based on a novel he wrote. Michael Buckner/Getty Images hide caption

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Remembrances

Israeli Writer Yoram Kaniuk, 83, On Pain And Peace

Author and journalist Yoram Kaniuk died June 8 at age 83. He joined Fresh Air's Terry Gross in August 1988 to talk about fighting in the Israeli underground and his belief that, for Israelis and Palestinians, "the only way is to live somehow together."

Israeli Writer Yoram Kaniuk, 83, On Pain And Peace

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Wednesday

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Singer Merry Clayton performs in Hollywood during a celebration of Carole King and her music. Michael Buckner/Getty Images hide caption

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Movie Interviews

'20 Feet From' The Spotlight, There's Singing Worthy Of One

A new documentary directed by Morgan Neville profiles backup singers whose voices you know but whose names you probably don't: Lisa Fischer, Darlene Love, Judith Hill and Merry Clayton.

'20 Feet From' The Spotlight, There's Singing Worthy Of One

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Fame Studios And The Road To Nashville Songwriting Glory

One of America's great songwriters, Dan Penn has written dozens of soul classics, often with keyboardist Spooner Oldham. For a while, the two were on the staff of Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Ace Records has just released an entire CD of Penn's demos.

Fame Studios And The Road To Nashville Songwriting Glory

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James Franco (from left), Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride all play versions of themselves in the post-apocalyptic comedy This Is the End, written by Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg. Suzanne Hanover/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Barbara Mason had had one minor hit on Arctic by the time "Yes I'm Ready" came out in March 1965, and hit the Top 10 on both the R&B and pop charts. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Articles

Arctic Records: Drafting A Blueprint For The Philly Sound

Ed Ward takes a look at Philadelphia's long and complex history of black pop music. Specifically, he looks at small labels like Arctic, where several famous artists got their start — and which has just released a set of CDs covering all 60 of its single releases.

Arctic Records: Drafting A Blueprint For The Philly Sound

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Saturday

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David Cross (left) reprises his role as Dr. Tobias Funke, the sexually ambiguous brother-in-law of Jason Bateman's character, Michael Bluth, in Netflix's new season of Arrested Development. Netflix hide caption

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Brian Castner served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1999 to 2007, deploying to Iraq to command bomb disposal units in Balad and Kirkuk in 2005 and 2006. Joey Campagna/Courtesy of the author hide caption

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Interviews

'The Life That Follows' Disarming IEDs In Iraq

Brian Castner commanded two Explosive Ordnance Disposal units in Iraq, where his team disabled roadside IEDs and investigated the aftermath of roadside car bombings. He returned home a completely different man, which he details in his memoir, The Long Walk.

'The Life That Follows' Disarming IEDs In Iraq

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