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Author Interviews

Author Penelope Lively Shares 'The View From Old Age'

In Dancing Fish And Ammonites, the British writer reflects on growing older. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about adjusting to her husband's death and losing the desire for new things.

Author Penelope Lively Shares 'The View From Old Age'

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Remembrances

'Fresh Air' Remembers Comedian David Brenner

Brenner appeared on The Tonight Show more than 150 times, often as the substitute host. The comic died Saturday at 78. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1990.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Comedian David Brenner

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Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Wes Anderson, Driverless Cars And 'Overwhelmed'

The filmmaker discusses his latest project, The Grand Budapest Hotel; the once-futuristic concept is closer to becoming a reality; and author Brigid Schulte looks at the pressures on working moms.

Fresh Air Weekend: Wes Anderson, Driverless Cars And 'Overwhelmed'

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Interviews

In Digestion: Mary Roach Explains What Happens To The Food We Eat

With books like Stiff and Spook, Roach has built a reputation for making unpalatable subjects entertaining. In Gulp, she tackles the human digestive system, from the mouth on down.

In Digestion: Mary Roach Explains What Happens To The Food We Eat

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Television

NBC Hostage Drama 'Crisis' Takes Viewers On A Rare TV Trip

The show's season-long crime story follows a busload of kids whose field trip gets detoured by kidnappers. Critic David Bianculli says it could wind up being just as good — and intense-- as 24.

NBC Hostage Drama 'Crisis' Takes Viewers On A Rare TV Trip

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Thursday

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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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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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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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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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