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Movie Interviews

A 'Kind Of A Big Deal' Gets Even Bigger In 'Anchorman 2'

In a sequel, Ron Burgundy makes the leap from local to national news. "We felt like we needed to jack up the stakes," says director and co-writer Adam McKay. He and star Will Ferrell join Terry Gross to talk about making movies — and that epic 'stache.

A 'Kind Of A Big Deal' Gets Even Bigger In 'Anchorman 2'

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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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Religion

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

"Who am I to judge?" With those five words, Pope Francis "stepped away from the disapproving tone, the explicit moralizing typical of popes and bishops," writes columnist James Carroll.

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

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Music Reviews

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

You could look at Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba band as reuniting cousins who've drifted apart: jazz and folkloric Cuban music with its own family ties to the slave coast of West Africa.

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

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Tuesday

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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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Best Music Of 2013

Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

Jason Isbell's Southeastern, Kanye West's Yeezus and an assortment of remarkable women dominated the Fresh Air critic's year in listening.

Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

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Monday

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Remembrances

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

"I can't imagine anyone whom I'm less like than T.E. Lawrence," O'Toole told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1993. The handsome actor — who made his name in the 1962 epic film Lawrence of Arabia — died Saturday at the age of 81.

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

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Music

Holiday Music To Bring Folks Together

This Thanksgiving there were a lot of articles online about arming yourself with good information before arguing politics at seasonal dinners. With so much contention in the air, maybe music can help bring folks with opposing views together.

Holiday Music To Bring Folks Together

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Music Interviews

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Pianist Jimmy Amadie

With a career derailed due to severe hand problems, Amadie found a way to play the music he loved.

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Pianist Jimmy Amadie

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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'

With new songs and covers, La La Brooks' All or Nothing isn't just an attempted career comeback.

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

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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

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

At 77, Redford returns to his roots; Ella Fitzgerald's early years have been collected in a Chick Webb box set; and Michael Sheen talks about the "accuracy and invention" of taking on real-life roles.

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

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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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Remembrances

Celebrating The Centennial Of Lyricist Sammy Cahn

Cahn spoke with Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1985, and — as you'll hear — he'd sing his songs at the slightest provocation. He died in 1993, at the age of 79.

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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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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Michael Sheen plays Dr. William Masters, the senior member of a research team that conducted pioneering studies for more than three decades into the physiology of human sexuality. Michael Desmond/Showtime hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Michael Sheen On The 'Accuracy And Invention' Of Real-Life Roles

Sheen has made a name for himself playing real historical figures, including Mozart, Caligula, Prime Minister Tony Blair and British TV host David Frost. Now, in the Showtime drama Masters of Sex, he plays the part of groundbreaking sex researcher William Masters.

Michael Sheen On The 'Accuracy And Invention' Of Real-Life Roles

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Music Reviews

Ella Fitzgerald's Early Years Collected In A Chick Webb Box Set

"This is it," Webb said of Fitzgerald. "I have a real singer now. That's what the public wants."

Ella Fitzgerald's Early Years Collected In A Chick Webb Box Set

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Tuesday

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Politics

How ALEC Serves As A 'Dating Service' For Politicians And Corporations

Leaked internal documents reveal new insights into the goals and finances of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC brings together state legislators and representatives of corporations to develop model bills that lawmakers try to pass in their state legislatures.

How ALEC Serves As A 'Dating Service' For Politicians And Corporations

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Book Reviews

Frustrating Heroine Stars In Fresh, Feminist 'Nightingale'

Nina Borg, the heroine of Death of a Nightingale, is a Red Cross nurse on a mission to save the dispossessed. But she neglects her own family as she rescues those in need in Agnete Friis and Lene Kaaberbol's elaborately plotted page-turner.

Frustrating Heroine Stars In Fresh, Feminist 'Nightingale'

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Delia Ephron is a novelist and playwright. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, O, Vogue and the Huffington Post. Her older sister, writer Nora Ephron, died in June 2012. Elena Seibert/Penguin Group hide caption

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