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Author Interviews

Kevin Young On Blues, Poetry And 'Laughing To Keep From Crying'

The poet describes his new book — about the death of his father and the birth of his son — as having a blues sensibility. "There are moments of humor even in the sorrow," he says.

Kevin Young On Blues, Poetry And 'Laughing To Keep From Crying'

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Fresh Air Remembers Literary Biographer Justin Kaplan

Kaplan died Sunday at 88. His biography of Mark Twain won a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize. He also edited two editions of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Kaplan spoke to Fresh Air in 1992.

Fresh Air Remembers Literary Biographer Justin Kaplan

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All Tech Considered

By The Time Your Car Goes Driverless, You Won't Know The Difference

The once-futuristic concept is closer than ever to becoming a reality. Parallel parking? Let the car find the perfect approach. Squeezing into a tight space? Hop out and use your smartphone.

By The Time Your Car Goes Driverless, You Won't Know The Difference

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Monday

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Maj. Frank Capra sits at his War Department desk in Washington on March 6, 1942. Capra's non-War Department films include It's A Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. AP hide caption

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During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty

A new book looks at how the military and Hollywood directors teamed up during the war. The films they made helped show Americans what was at stake, and served as evidence during the Nuremberg Trials.

During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty

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Music Reviews

Chuck Mead: Gleefully Sinister Country Serenades

Mead hooks the listener, eager to show us the bleak side of what seemed like a bright scenario. That's the way he operates during much of Free State Serenade.

Chuck Mead: Gleefully Sinister Country Serenades

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts a new TV series called Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey. It's an update of the influential 1980 PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Journey, hosted by Carl Sagan. Patrick Eccelsine/Fox hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: The Cosmos, Harold Ramis, And Protecting Your Data Online

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why the cosmos shouldn't make you feel small. Critic John Powers remembers Harold Ramis. And if you think you're anonymous online, think again.

Fresh Air Weekend: The Cosmos, Harold Ramis, And Protecting Your Data Online

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Colm Toibin's novel, The Testament of Mary, imagines the life of the mother of Christ in her later years. Steve Heap/iStockphoto hide caption

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A New 'Testament' Told From Mary's Point Of View

In The Testament of Mary, Colm Toibin imagines Mary's life 20 years after her son's crucifixion, what she might have done to ease her son's suffering. (Originally broadcast on Nov. 28, 2012.)

A New 'Testament' Told From Mary's Point Of View

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Movie Reviews

Liam Neeson's Action Chops Take Flight In 'Non-Stop'

Neeson became a bankable action hero in 2008 after the thriller Taken. Now almost 62, he's still getting out of tight corners with his fists. His new film unfolds on a transatlantic flight.

Liam Neeson's Action Chops Take Flight In 'Non-Stop'

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts a new TV series called Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey. It's an update of the influential 1980 PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Journey, hosted by Carl Sagan. Patrick Eccelsine/Fox hide caption

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Space

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains Why The Cosmos Shouldn't Make You Feel Small

The astrophysicist says that participating in a "great unfolding of a cosmic story" should make us feel large, not small. This spring, Tyson hosts a TV series called Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains Why The Cosmos Shouldn't Make You Feel Small

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Remembrances

Remembering Harold Ramis, Master Of The 'Smart Dumb-Movie'

Best known for Animal House, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, Ramis died Monday at 69. Critic John Powers says Ramis was like a favorite uncle who spices up the family reunion by spiking the punch.

Remembering Harold Ramis, Master Of The 'Smart Dumb-Movie'

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A vehicle inside the U.S. Consulate compound in Benghazi is engulfed in flames after an attack on Sept. 11, 2012. "There is no evidence whatsoever that al-Qaida or any group linked to al-Qaida played a role in organizing or leading the attack," says New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Middle East

In Benghazi, U.S. Intelligence Wasn't Focused On 'Homegrown Militants'

New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick spent months on the ground in Benghazi, Libya, trying to get to the bottom of the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate.

In Benghazi, U.S. Intelligence Wasn't Focused On 'Homegrown Militants'

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Book Reviews

These Stories Consider Solitude, With Echoes Of Emily Dickinson

It's been 15 years since acclaimed writer Lorrie Moore has brought out a new short story collection. Bark has some clunkers and some keepers, but critic Maureen Corrigan says it was worth the wait.

These Stories Consider Solitude, With Echoes Of Emily Dickinson

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Tuesday

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A fireboat sits amid ruins and debris on the piers at Black Tom Island in Jersey City, N.J., on July 30, 1916. Evidence pointed to German sabotage. In Dark Invasion, Howard Blum explores Germany's spy network and sabotage efforts in the U.S. at the beginning of World War I. AP hide caption

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During World War I, Germany Unleashed 'Terrorist Cell In America'

In Dark Invasion, Howard Blum explores the campaign of sabotage that Germany inflicted on an unsuspecting U.S. As ships and factories blew up, "no one really suspected a spy network," he says.

During World War I, Germany Unleashed 'Terrorist Cell In America'

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Ramis, shown here in Chicago in 2009, died of complications related to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis on Monday. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for The Second City hide caption

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Remembrances

Harold Ramis On Working At 'Playboy' And Writing 'Animal House'

The comedy actor, writer and director had co-written and planned to star in the long-awaited Ghostbusters III — but did not get the chance. He died Monday in Chicago at age 69.

Harold Ramis On Working At 'Playboy' And Writing 'Animal House'

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Music Reviews

Still 'Out To Lunch' 50 Years Later

Eric Dolphy's creativity was exploding early in 1964, and he was finding more players who could keep up. Out to Lunch is free and focused, dissonant and catchy, wide open and swinging all at once.

Still 'Out To Lunch' 50 Years Later

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Monday

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All Tech Considered

If You Think You're Anonymous Online, Think Again

In Dragnet Nation, Julia Angwin describes an oppressive blanket of electronic data surveillance. "There's a price you pay for living in the modern world," she says. "You have to share your data."

If You Think You're Anonymous Online, Think Again

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Vertical Scratchers: Slashed Chords, Fractured Poetry

Daughter of Everything is a superb pop album with one foot in the past and another in the future.

Vertical Scratchers: Slashed Chords, Fractured Poetry

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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

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

At last, Russell is making the films "he was meant to make." For a rabbi who worked with the Nazis, is judgment "unjust"? And we follow one man's quest to find the "sonic wonders of the world."

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

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The 86th Annual Academy Awards

Director Alexander Payne On Mining Every Film For Comic Potential

Payne says he first read Nebraska — about a man who is showing signs of dementia — as a comedy. We'll listen back to an interview with Payne originally broadcast on Dec. 2, 2013.

Director Alexander Payne On Mining Every Film For Comic Potential

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Interviews

Matthew McConaughey, Getting Serious Again

The leading man known for his good looks and charm has lately been taking on more serious roles in films such as Bernie, Magic Mike and Mud. We'll listen back to excerpts from an April 2013 interview.

Matthew McConaughey, Getting Serious Again

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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

The new film from the acclaimed Japanese animator spans 30 years and centers on a young man who dreams of designing the perfect airplane in the early 1930s. (Recommended)

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

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