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Pussy Riot members Yekaterina Samutsevich (left), Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass-walled cage in a Moscow court on Oct. 10, 2012. Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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IFC's The Spoils Of Babylon follows a sister (Kristin Wiig) and adopted brother (Tobey Maguire) caught up in a passionate romance. Katrina Marcinowski/IFC hide caption

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Television

On TV This Week: 'Babylon' Has Good Fun, 'Detective' Is The Real Deal

Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli says two new miniseries this week are worth special mention — and couldn't be more different. The Spoils Of Babylon is a miniseries soap-opera spoof on IFC; True Detective looks like the best HBO drama since The Wire.

On TV This Week: 'Babylon' Has Good Fun, 'Detective' Is The Real Deal

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Gary Shteyngart's work has been translated into 26 languages. Brigitte Lacombe/Courtesy of Random House hide caption

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Michelle Dockery's Lady Mary is in deep mourning as Downton Abbey returns for a fourth season on PBS. Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited hide caption

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'Downton' Returns, And It's As Rich As Ever

Downton Abbey is the most popular drama in the history of public television. And when the whole of the TV universe is fragmenting, that isn't just impressive — it's almost impossible. Critic David Bianculli ponders the hit show's unlikely success.

'Downton' Returns, And It's As Rich As Ever

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Saturday

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Alex Borstein (left) and Niecy Nash star as nurses in the HBO comedy series Getting On, which was modeled after the hit BBC series of the same name. Lacey Terrell/HBO hide caption

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Before Pearl Harbor, aviator Charles Lindbergh was so vocal about his opposition to U.S. involvement in World War II that he became an unofficial leader of America's isolationist movement. AP hide caption

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Music Reviews

When Memphis Made A Move On Nashville's Country Monopoly

A new nine-hour box set, titled Sun Country Box: 1950-1959, collects Sun Records' country output.

When Memphis Made A Move On Nashville's Country Monopoly

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While counting Netflix's microgenres, Madrigal discovered the streaming service's favorite adjective: romantic. It appears in 5,272 categories. Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Elton John tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that The Diving Board is "a very adult album." Joseph Guay/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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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Keegan-Michael Key (left) and Jordan Peele both started their careers at Second City, Peele in Chicago and Key in Detroit. Ian White/Comedy Central hide caption

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Interviews

For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic 'Power'

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele each have a white mother and black father, and a lot of the jokes on their Comedy Central show are about race. Peele tells Fresh Air that their backgrounds allow them to do characters others would feel uncomfortable doing.

For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic 'Power'

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Steve Young learned about industrial musicals when he started coming across compilations, like this one, in used record stores. (You definitely want to click to enlarge this.) Courtesy of Blast Books hide caption

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Sales Take Center Stage: To Boost Morale, Companies Burst Into Song

Industrial musicals were like Broadway shows, only written and performed for corporate sales meetings or conventions. And as ridiculous as the songs were — "My bathroom, my bathroom is a private kind of place" — they were often delivered by very talented people.

Sales Take Center Stage: To Boost Morale, Companies Burst Into Song

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Boardwalk Empire features music by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Abbot Genser/HBO hide caption

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Vince Giordano: The Fresh Air Interview

Giordano has been obsessed with 1920s jazz since he first heard it on his grandparents' Victrola. His band the Nighthawks performs the music heard on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

Vince Giordano: The Fresh Air Interview

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Kevin Spacey (left) and Robin Wright star in House of Cards, directed by David Fincher. The Netflix series, which follows a Machiavellian politician, is an adaptation of a BBC series of the same name. Hear an interview with Spacey and Fincher. Patrick Harbron/Netflix hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Our Favorite Books, TV, Movies And Music Of 2013

David Edelstein says it was a "miraculous year" for movies. David Bianculli says two Netflix shows this year changed the game. Maureen Corrigan says it's just a fluke that 9 of the 11 titles she picked were written by female authors. And Ken Tucker picks his 10 favorite albums.

Fresh Air Weekend: Our Favorite Books, TV, Movies And Music Of 2013

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