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Author Interviews

For Military Couples, It's A Long Recovery 'When We Get Home'

Kayla Williams and Brian McGough met in Iraq in 2003. Williams' new memoir, Plenty of Time When We Get Home, describes their homecoming after McGough suffered physical and cognitive injuries in an IED explosion.

For Military Couples, It's A Long Recovery 'When We Get Home'

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Music Reviews

Hangin' Tuff: Eric Church Takes A Chance On 'The Outsiders'

Church uses the power he's accrued from hit records to make exactly the kind of album he wants.

Hangin' Tuff: Eric Church Takes A Chance On 'The Outsiders'

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"The term 'vegan leather' makes me think that you peeled a carrot and took the skin and made a jacket out of it," says Tim Gunn, pictured above at the Under the Gunn finale fashion show. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Tim Gunn, 'Borgen' And The Parenting Paradox

Project Runway's Tim Gunn "makes it work," John Powers says Borgen is Denmark's West Wing (but better), and Jennifer Senior explores the trials and triumphs of parenting in her book All Joy and No Fun.

Fresh Air Weekend: Tim Gunn, 'Borgen' And The Parenting Paradox

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Music Interviews

Fresh Air Celebrates The 50th Anniversary Of The Beatles' Arrival

On Feb. 7, 1964, the Beatles touched down at JFK airport. To mark the day, we'll listen back to a 1995 interview with Ringo Starr and a 2001 interview with Paul McCartney.

Fresh Air Celebrates The 50th Anniversary Of The Beatles' Arrival

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Critic David Edelstein says that The Monuments Men has "an all-star cast" — including Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett — but that "the stars are all low-wattage." Claudette Barius/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Movie Reviews

Masterpieces In Peril, 'Monuments Men' Protects, But Also Panders

George Clooney's film tells the largely true story of a World War II squad of art experts assigned to protect European masterworks from Nazi theft and Allied bombardment. Critic David Edelstein says the film is engaging and earnest, but a little formulaic.

Masterpieces In Peril, 'Monuments Men' Protects, But Also Panders

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Susan Crawford says that in cities like Seoul and Stockholm, high-speed, high-capacity networks are taken for granted. "It really is astonishing what's going on in America," she says. "We're falling way behind in the pack of developed nations when it comes to high-speed Internet access, capacity and prices." iStockphoto hide caption

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Music Reviews

Before He Joined Congress, A South African Janitor's Disco Past

Penny Penny put down his broom and picked up a mic for his 1994 debut, now reissued.

Before He Joined Congress, A South African Janitor's Disco Past

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Arts & Life

Tim Gunn: On And Off The Runway, 'Life Is A Big Collaboration'

"Make it work," the fashion guru tells designers on Project Runway. But life hasn't always "worked" for Gunn. He talks with Terry Gross about being bullied, being gay in the '60s and '70s, and how his mother thinks he should "dress more like Mitt Romney."

Tim Gunn: On And Off The Runway, 'Life Is A Big Collaboration'

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Book Reviews

Triumph Of The Bookworms: Two Novels To Cure Your Winter Blues

Alena, a reworking of Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca, takes place in the contemporary art world, while The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles is a "delicious French romp." Critic Maureen Corrigan says both novels are "exquisite vehicles of escape fiction."

Triumph Of The Bookworms: Two Novels To Cure Your Winter Blues

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The title of Jennifer Senior's book — All Joy and No Fun — contrasts the strains of day-to-day parenting with the transcendent experience of having a child. iStockphoto hide caption

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Author Interviews

Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting

Kids can be magical and maddening. The title of Jennifer Senior's book — All Joy and No Fun — contrasts the strains of day-to-day parenting with the transcendent experience of raising a child.

Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting

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Borgen's heroine is Birgitte Nyborg, superbly played by Sidse Babett Knudsen. Pilou Asbaek plays Don Draper-ish spin doctor Kasper Juul. MHz Networks hide caption

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Television

'Borgen' Is Denmark's 'West Wing' (But Even Better)

Critic John Powers says that Borgen, a Danish TV series about a woman who unexpectedly becomes Denmark's prime minister is "irresistibly bingeable." The third and final season has just been released on DVD.

'Borgen' Is Denmark's 'West Wing' (But Even Better)

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Remembrances

Philip Seymour Hoffman On Acting: An 'Exhausting' And 'Satisfying' Art

We listen back to interviews with Hoffman from 1999 and 2008, when he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross that carrying the emotional life of a character could be "burdensome." He was found dead on Sunday at age 46.

Philip Seymour Hoffman On Acting: An 'Exhausting' And 'Satisfying' Art

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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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Fresh Air Weekend: Ann Patchett, Ray Didinger And A Country Dilemma

Patchett reflects on her first marriage, the sports writer looks at the myth of the "dumb" football player and Ken Tucker considers the challenge of keeping country music commercially viable.

Fresh Air Weekend: Ann Patchett, Ray Didinger And A Country Dilemma

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Billie Jean King, seen here in 1977, learned to play tennis on the public courts near her Long Beach, Calif., home. Kathy Willens/AP/Press Association Images hide caption

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Music Reviews

Too Much Of A Good Thing? Jane Ira Bloom's Beautiful Ballads

On Sixteen Sunsets, the soprano saxophonist varies and honors melody like Billie Holiday.

Too Much Of A Good Thing? Jane Ira Bloom's Beautiful Ballads

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Sports

Sports Writer Ray Didinger On The Myth Of The 'Dumb' Football Player

Didinger, who has been covering football for decades, says there's a lot of thought that goes into successfully executing a football play. He tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, "I really don't think you can be truly a dumb guy and play this game at the NFL level."

Sports Writer Ray Didinger On The Myth Of The 'Dumb' Football Player

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Sports

Ron 'Jaws' Jaworski On What It's Like To Play The Super Bowl

Jaworski spent 16 years in the NFL, most of them with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team he took to the Super Bowl in 1981. Now the former quarterback works as a football analyst for ESPN. He tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies about what it feels like to play in the big game.

Ron 'Jaws' Jaworski On What It's Like To Play The Super Bowl

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