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Fresh Air for February 22, 2014

Why does thunder rumble? Acoustic professor Trevor Cox explains that it has to do with the way lightning is a jagged line. "Each little kink is actually generating the sound, and the reason thunder rumbles is because the sound takes different time to come from different kinks because they're all slightly different distances from you," he says. Mariana Suarez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: David O. Russell, 'Last Of The Unjust,' And 'Sonic Wonders'

Fresh Air Weekend: David O. Russell, 'Last Of The Unjust,' And 'Sonic Wonders'

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Fresh Air for February 21, 2014

Alexander Payne arrives at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in 2012. Chris Pizzello/AP hide caption

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Director Alexander Payne On Mining Every Film For Comic Potential

Director Alexander Payne On Mining Every Film For Comic Potential

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In the film, which Miyazaki says is his last, the wind carries off the parasol of a fragile girl, Nahoko, into the hands of Jiro — who will fall in love with her. Studio Ghibli/Nibariki hide caption

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'Wind Rises' Is Exquisite, And Likely To Be Hayao Miyazaki's Last

'Wind Rises' Is Exquisite, And Likely To Be Hayao Miyazaki's Last

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Fresh Air for February 20, 2014

A '70s con artist (Christian Bale, right) is forced to team up with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper, left) in American Hustle, inspired by a real-life sting targeting corrupt politicians. Francois Duhamel/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make

At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make

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Fresh Air for February 19, 2014

Why does thunder rumble? Acoustic professor Trevor Cox explains that it has to do with the way lightning is a jagged line. "Each little kink is actually generating the sound, and the reason thunder rumbles is because the sound takes different time to come from different kinks because they're all slightly different distances from you," he says. Mariana Suarez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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One Man's Quest To Find The 'Sonic Wonders Of The World'

One Man's Quest To Find The 'Sonic Wonders Of The World'

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In 1975, Shoah director Claude Lanzmann (left) interviewed Benjmain Murmelstein, the last surviving Elder of the Jews of the Czech Theresienstadt ghetto, at his home in Rome. The resulting film is The Last of the Unjust. Cohen Media Group hide caption

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For A Rabbi Who Worked With The Nazis, Is Judgment 'Unjust'?

For A Rabbi Who Worked With The Nazis, Is Judgment 'Unjust'?

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Fresh Air for February 18, 2014

Jimmy Fallon took over as host of The Tonight Show on Monday. "I hope I do well," he told the audience. "I hope that you enjoy this." Theo Wargo/Getty Images for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon hide caption

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With Humor And A Nod To History, Fallon Takes Over 'The Tonight Show'

With Humor And A Nod To History, Fallon Takes Over 'The Tonight Show'

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