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Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six teachers Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., in 2012. His father has spoken to the media for the first time since the incident. Jason DeCrow/AP hide caption

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Around the Nation

For Sandy Hook Killer's Father, Tragedy Outweighs Love For His Son

Peter Lanza opened up to writer Andrew Solomon about Adam's life and how he tried to help him. Solomon says, "[Peter] would've liked to save the world and himself from the horror of what happened."

For Sandy Hook Killer's Father, Tragedy Outweighs Love For His Son

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Wednesday

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Movie Interviews

Wes Anderson: 'We Made A Pastiche' Of Eastern Europe's Greatest Hits

The Grand Budapest Hotel takes place in the fictional European country of Zubrowka on the eve of war. Anderson shot much of the film in Germany, drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape.

Wes Anderson: 'We Made A Pastiche' Of Eastern Europe's Greatest Hits

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Music Reviews

Box Set Illustrates Clifford Jordan's Impeccable Taste In Musicians

Starting in the late 1960s, the jazz saxophonist produced a series of recordings that came out on the musicians-owned Strata-East label. Those seven albums are now collected in a box set.

Box Set Illustrates Clifford Jordan's Impeccable Taste In Musicians

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Author Interviews

For Working Moms, Key To Balance May Lie In Elusive Leisure Time

If waiting for help when your car breaks down doesn't strike you as a leisurely activity, it may be time to reconsider. A new book looks at time management challenges of being a working parent.

For Working Moms, Key To Balance May Lie In Elusive Leisure Time

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Music Reviews

Angel Olsen: A Voice Of Confounding Power

Olsen has often been called a folk singer, but Ken Tucker says her new album — her first with a backing band — takes her music into an unclassifiable realm.

Angel Olsen: A Voice Of Confounding Power

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Monday

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Author Interviews

'Blood Will Out' Reveals Secrets Of A Murderous Master Manipulator

Author Walter Kirn thought he was befriending an eccentric Rockefeller, but his pal turned out to be an impostor wanted for murder. Kirn's new book explores the depths of that deception.

'Blood Will Out' Reveals Secrets Of A Murderous Master Manipulator

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Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: WWII Filmmakers, Kevin Young And Solitary Confinement

A look at how the military and Hollywood teamed up during World War II; poet Kevin Young says his new book has a blues sensibility; and how California convicts organized a statewide hunger strike.

Fresh Air Weekend: WWII Filmmakers, Kevin Young And Solitary Confinement

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Interviews

'Americanah' Author Explains 'Learning' To Be Black In The U.S.

When Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie moved from Nigeria to the U.S., she was suddenly confronted with what it meant to be a person of color in America. Her novel explores race in contemporary America.

'Americanah' Author Explains 'Learning' To Be Black In The U.S.

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Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Surgeon And 'How We Die' Author Sherwin Nuland

Nuland's book won a National Book Award and impacted the national debate about end-of-life care. He died on Monday at 83. Nuland spoke to Fresh Air in 1994.

Fresh Air Remembers Surgeon And 'How We Die' Author Sherwin Nuland

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Movie Reviews

'Grand Budapest Hotel': Kitsch, Cameos And A Gloriously Stylized Europe

Wes Anderson's new feature takes place at a resort hotel, between World Wars I and II. Fresh Air's critic says the visuals are so witty they transcend camp, but the dialogue isn't quite at that level.

'Grand Budapest Hotel': Kitsch, Cameos And A Gloriously Stylized Europe

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Thursday

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The July 8 hunger strike wasn't the first California's Pelican Bay State Prison has seen. Inmates in the prison's isolation unit also protested their conditions in 2011. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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How 4 Inmates Launched A Statewide Hunger Strike From Solitary

The California convicts overcame the extreme isolation of their imprisonment to organize a 30,000-prisoner-strong movement. Their goal? To end long-term incarceration in solitary confinement.

How 4 Inmates Launched A Statewide Hunger Strike From Solitary

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Music Reviews

Pharrell Williams: Just Exhilaratingly Happy

To hear G I R L, you'd think Pharrell's world consisted of grooving on catchy beats and flirting with women. It's a lightweight image that draws gravitas from his prolific work ethic.

Pharrell Williams: Just Exhilaratingly Happy

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Wednesday

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Seen here in 1935, the building that housed Manhattan's Democratic Party, known as Tammany Hall, still stands today. AP hide caption

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Author Interviews

The Case For Tammany Hall Being On The Right Side Of History

In a new book, Terry Golway takes a sympathetic view of Manhattan's infamous political machine. He says, "Tammany Hall was there for the poor immigrant who was otherwise friendless in New York."

The Case For Tammany Hall Being On The Right Side Of History

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Book Reviews

'Schmuck' Revisits The Golden Age Of Radio, And A Bygone Manhattan

Ross Klavan's novel follows two radio sidekicks in midcentury New York: golden-voiced straight man Ted Fox, who has an eye for a good-looking dame, and funnyman Jerry Elkin, a veteran of World War II.

'Schmuck' Revisits The Golden Age Of Radio, And A Bygone Manhattan

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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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Author Interviews

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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Author Interviews

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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