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Interviews

Dean Norris On Playing Good In 'Breaking Bad'

Norris plays DEA agent Hank Schrader in the AMC series about a chemistry teacher turned meth cook. "He's a good cop, he just hasn't put the pieces together yet," Norris says.

Dean Norris On Playing Good In 'Breaking Bad'

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The new documentary Blackfish looks at the practice of keeping orca whales in captivity. EPK hide caption

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Pop Culture

Maria Bamford: A Seriously Funny Comedian

The comedian's routines tackle some of the really serious problems she has: OCD, bipolar disorder, suicidal thoughts. But you have to laugh, because she's that funny. Bamford talks to Fresh Air's Terry Gross about her parents and her Web-only programs.

Maria Bamford: A Seriously Funny Comedian

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J.K. Rowling recently revealed herself to be the author of the mystery novel The Cuckoo's Calling. Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images hide caption

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Music Articles

Jason Isbell: The Fresh Air Interview

The singer-songwriter earned a name for himself while playing with Drive-By Truckers and The 400 Unit, but on his new album — written after he got sober — Isbell finds a new level of emotional honesty. Here, he talks with Terry Gross about his life and plays songs from Southeastern.

Jason Isbell Locates His Musical Compass On 'Southeastern'

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Investigation Reveals A Military Payroll Rife With Glitches

A new investigative report from Reuters special enterprise correspondent Scot Paltrow details how the antiquated and error-ridden payroll system for the U.S. military is erroneously cutting soldiers' paychecks and causing terrible hardship.

Investigation Reveals A Military Payroll Rife With Glitches

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Sylvester's 1978 album Step II resulted in a couple of smash singles, "Dance (Disco Heat)" and "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)." Fantasy Archives hide caption

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Laughs And Drama Behind Bars With 'Orange Is The New Black'

Netflix recently unveiled its newest exclusive series: Orange Is the New Black, created by Jenji Kohan, who also created Weeds. All 13 one-hour episodes of the first season are available for streaming, and David Bianculli says the show is another Netflix success.

Laughs And Drama Behind Bars With 'Orange Is The New Black'

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Author Interviews

Christ In Context: 'Zealot' Explores The Life Of Jesus

Reza Aslan converted to Christianity when he was a teenager, but became more interested in Jesus than as a Messiah. His book, Zealot, considers Jesus in the context of the time and place he lived in.

Christ In Context: 'Zealot' Explores The Life Of Jesus

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Liev Schreiber, Tomi Ungerer And Jay-Z

As Ray Donovan, Schreiber plays a Hollywood fixer with some personal problems of his own. A new documentary explores the "far out" life of author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer. And critic Ken Tucker reviews Jay-Z's new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail."

Fresh Air Weekend: Liev Schreiber, Tomi Ungerer And Jay-Z

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Television

Back For More: Sorkin's 'Newsroom' Is A Serious Standout

Aaron Sorkin's HBO series The Newsroom, starring Jeff Daniels as cable news anchorman Will McAvoy, returns July 14 for its second season. TV critic David Bianculli says some critics find the show preachy, but he likes that it tackles serious and complicated subjects.

Back For More: Sorkin's 'Newsroom' Is A Serious Standout

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After a public meltdown and a wholesale staff defection, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) decides to take a different approach with his nightly news show. HBO hide caption

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Jeff Daniels: Anchoring The Cast Of 'The Newsroom'

The actor stars in Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama The Newsroom, playing an anchorman inspired to give up fluff pieces and return to hard-hitting journalism. The series returns for a second season starting July 14.

Jeff Daniels: Anchoring The Cast Of 'The Newsroom'

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Based on a true story, Fruitvale Station won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Michael B. Jordan stars as Oscar Grant and Ariana Neal stars as his young daughter, Tatiana. Cait Adkins/ The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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Movie Reviews

Introducing Oscar Grant, The Man Behind The Headlines

David Edelstein reviews Fruitvale Station, a dramatization of the last day of a man shot by San Francisco transit police in the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2009.

Introducing Oscar Grant, The Man Behind The Headlines

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Jay-Z's previous albums include Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint. He collaborated with Kanye West for Watch the Throne. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Music Reviews

Jay-Z Swings Triumphant Then Trivial On 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

The rapper's new album is his first collection since becoming a father with singer Beyonce. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the album is an uneven but intriguing collection of songs that tries to navigate a path between parenthood and an obsession with commercial success.

Jay-Z Swings Triumphant Then Trivial On 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

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Author Kate Christensen weaves her love of food and cooking into a new memoir. Michael Sharkey/Doubleday hide caption

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The Salt

'Eating On The Wild Side:' A Field Guide To Nutritious Food

Our modern fruits, grains and vegetables aren't nearly as nutrition-packed as their wild counterparts were thousands of years ago, says health writer Jo Robinson.

'Eating On The Wild Side:' A Field Guide To Nutritious Food

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Two New Jazz Albums Recall The Wide Open Spaces of The West

Oregon saxophonist Rich Halley takes inspiration from the Wallowa mountain range on his new album Crossing the Passes. On Boss of the Plains, Chicago-based trio Wheelhouse makes music that evokes the Great Plains and wind chimes on a porch when the weather changes.

Two New Jazz Albums Recall The Wide Open Spaces of The West

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