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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Emma Thompson, Gary Shteyngart, 'Babylon' And 'Detective'

The actress takes on Mary Poppins' acerbic creator, the novelist recounts his emigration from the USSR to the U.S. and David Bianculli says two new miniseries are worth special mention — and couldn't be more different.

Fresh Air Weekend: Emma Thompson, Gary Shteyngart, 'Babylon' And 'Detective'

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Julian Fellowes On The Rules Of 'Downton'

On the hit PBS Masterpiece series, the social rules the characters have always known are changing as the world events of the 20th century unfold.

Julian Fellowes On The Rules Of 'Downton'

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Movie Reviews

'Invisible Woman' Charts Charles Dickens' Hidden Relationship

A new film explores the affair between Dickens and a young actress for whom he left his wife, but who for years never showed up in biographies of Dickens. It's the second film directed by Ralph Fiennes, who also plays Dickens.

'Invisible Woman' Charts Charles Dickens' Hidden Relationship

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Rosanne Cash: Seeking A 'Thread' Through Southern History

Ken Tucker says The River & The Thread is a travelogue; a timeless work of comfort and quiet joy.

Rosanne Cash: Seeking A 'Thread' Through Southern History

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In Saving Mr. Banks, Emma Thompson plays Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, who, Thompson says, hated the whole idea of having her book made into a film. Francois Duhamel/Disney Enterprises hide caption

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Not-So-Cheery Disposition: Emma Thompson On Poppins' Cranky Creator

When it came to turning her children's book into a movie, Thompson says, P.L. Travers was patronizing, demeaning, rude, and "reminded me of Margaret Thatcher." Thompson plays the acerbic author in Saving Mr. Banks.

Not-So-Cheery Disposition: Emma Thompson On Poppins' Cranky Creator

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Kenny Clarke, Inventor Of Modern Jazz Drumming, At 100

The drummer known as "Klook" was a founder of bebop — and a man endlessly open to possibilities.

Kenny Clarke, Inventor Of Modern Jazz Drumming, At 100

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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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'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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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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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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