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Fresh Air for December 18, 2013

Pope Francis began his papacy in March. In his first year as pope, columnist James Carroll says, Francis has put unprecedented focus on "the dilemma of the vast majority of human beings who simply don't have enough to live decently." Filipo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Francis' First Year, A 'Radical Pope' Seeks To Save His Church

In Francis' First Year, A 'Radical Pope' Seeks To Save His Church

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Michele Rosewoman (bottom right) is joined by batá percussionists in performance with her New Yor-Uba Ensemble in 2013. Tom Ehrlich/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Michele Rosewoman Goes Back To Afro-Cuban Jazz's Future

Michele Rosewoman Goes Back To Afro-Cuban Jazz's Future

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Fresh Air for December 17, 2013

Joel (left) and Ethan Coen wrote and directed Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man and True Grit. Their latest film is Inside Llewyn Davis. Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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The Coen Bros. On Writing, 'Lebowski' And Literally Herding Cats

The Coen Bros. On Writing, 'Lebowski' And Literally Herding Cats

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Jason Isbell's Southeastern was Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker's favorite album of 2013. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

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Fresh Air for December 16, 2013

Peter O'Toole rides across the desert in Jordan during the filming of Lawrence of Arabia in November 1961. He says that at first, learning to ride a camel was "impossible." AP hide caption

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The Camels Were 'Impossible': Peter O'Toole Remembers 'Arabia'

The Camels Were 'Impossible': Peter O'Toole Remembers 'Arabia'

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With new songs and covers, La La Brooks' All or Nothing isn't just an attempted career comeback. Jacob Blickenstaff/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Former Girl-Group Singer Goes 'All Or Nothing'

A Former Girl-Group Singer Goes 'All Or Nothing'

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Fresh Air for December 14, 2013

In All Is Lost, Robert Redford plays an unnamed sailor, stranded at sea on a badly damaged yacht. Daniel Daza/Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Robert Redford, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Sheen

Fresh Air Weekend: Robert Redford, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Sheen

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Fresh Air for December 13, 2013

Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall

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American songwriter Sammy Cahn, pictured above in 1987, would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. He died in 1993, at the age of 79. David Gaywood/AP hide caption

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Celebrating The Centennial Of Lyricist Sammy Cahn

Celebrating The Centennial Of Lyricist Sammy Cahn

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A '70s con-artist couple (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) are forced to team up with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper, right) in American Hustle, inspired by a real-life sting targeting corrupt politicians. Francois Duhamel/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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A 'Hustle' With Flow (And Plenty Of Flair)

A 'Hustle' With Flow (And Plenty Of Flair)

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