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Fresh Air for December 20, 2013

Jason Isbell was previously a member of Drive-By Truckers. His solo albums include Sirens of the Ditch and Here We Rest. Eric England/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Isbell Locates His Musical Compass On 'Southeastern'

Jason Isbell Locates His Musical Compass On 'Southeastern'

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Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price, pictured above in 1983, died Monday at age 87. AP hide caption

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Fresh Air Remembers Country Music Artist Ray Price

Fresh Air Remembers Country Music Artist Ray Price

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In the sci-fi romance Her, a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) finds love in a rather unexpected place — with a computer operating system named Samantha. Warner Bros. hide caption

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A Man And His Machine, Finding Out What Love Is

A Man And His Machine, Finding Out What Love Is

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Fresh Air for December 19, 2013

Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate reprise their roles as competing news anchors in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Gemma LaMana/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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

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

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President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a "selfie" with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Narcissistic Or Not, 'Selfie' Is Nunberg's Word Of The Year

Narcissistic Or Not, 'Selfie' Is Nunberg's Word Of The Year

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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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