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Fresh Air for January 27, 2014

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On This Spanish Slave Ship, Nothing Was As It Seemed

On This Spanish Slave Ship, Nothing Was As It Seemed

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Fresh Air for January 25, 2014

Joaquin Phoenix's Her character, Theodore, has a job writing intimate — and sometimes erotic — cards and letters on behalf of other people. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Joaquin Phoenix And A Self-Help Skeptic

Fresh Air Weekend: Joaquin Phoenix And A Self-Help Skeptic

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Fresh Air for January 24, 2014

Prior to filming, director Paul Greengrass kept the pirate crew and the boat crew separate to make the hijacking scenes feel more authentic. "The hair did stand up on the back of our heads," says Tom Hanks, above. Hopper Stone, SMPSP hide caption

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Tom Hanks Is 'Captain Phillips' In High-Seas Hostage Drama

Tom Hanks Is 'Captain Phillips' In High-Seas Hostage Drama

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Fresh Air for January 23, 2014

Ann Patchett is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. Her other books include Truth & Beauty, The Magician's Assistant and Run. Heidi Ross/Courtesy of Harper hide caption

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Patchett: In Bad Relationships, 'There Comes A Day When You Gotta Go'

Patchett: In Bad Relationships, 'There Comes A Day When You Gotta Go'

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On 'Hard Working Americans,' Songs For The Ordinary Joe

On 'Hard Working Americans,' Songs For The Ordinary Joe

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