Tuesday

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Europe

How Crimea's Annexation Plays To Russians' Soviet Nostalgia

For those who viewed the end of the Soviet Union as a tragedy, Crimea was a chance to showcase Russia's strength. Now Russia may have changed its relationship with the outside world for years to come.

How Crimea's Annexation Plays To Russians' Soviet Nostalgia

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Book Reviews

'Thief' Delivers An Unfiltered Depiction Of Life In Lagos

Teju Cole's latest book describes a young New York doctor's visit back to his Nigerian hometown, where he encounters a Clockwork Orange world of misery and corruption.

'Thief' Delivers An Unfiltered Depiction Of Life In Lagos

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Monday

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Author Interviews

'New Yorker' Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. His memoir is called How About Never — Is Never Good For You?

'New Yorker' Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

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Music Reviews

After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return

On Feb. 5, 1953, Powell was uncommunicative face to face at the New York jazz club Birdland. But when he sat at the keys, it was a whole other story.

After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Blood Will Out,' An Opera Powerhouse And A Reading

Author Walter Kirn explores the depths of Clark Rockefeller's deception, mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick reflects on her career and Lloyd Schwartz shares a poem about friendship and loss.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Blood Will Out,' An Opera Powerhouse And A Reading

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Interviews

Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior Is Biological

Adrian Raine argues that violent behavior has biological roots just like depression or schizophrenia. This raises questions about treatment, accountability and punishment, including the death penalty.

Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior Is Biological

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Movie Reviews

'Nymphomaniac': Chasing Sex, But Only On Her Terms

Charlotte Gainsbourg and newcomer Stacy Martin anchor Lars von Trier's four-hour inquiry into the nature of impulse and desire.

'Nymphomaniac': Chasing Sex, But Only On Her Terms

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Thursday

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Food

'Test Kitchen': Have Your (Gluten-Free) Cake, And Love Eating It Too

America's Test Kitchen knows how to make gluten-free food taste just as good as the regular stuff. The ATK team tells Fresh Air about the best packaged pasta, and the secrets of gluten-free baking.

'Test Kitchen': Have Your (Gluten-Free) Cake, And Love Eating It Too

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Music Reviews

Sara Evans: Country Power Ballads With A Punch

Surrounded on the charts by younger men and their big hits about drinking and partying, Sara Evans' hit-single success of Slow Me Down's title song all the more heartening.

Sara Evans: Country Power Ballads With A Punch

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Wednesday

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Deceptive Cadence

Dolora Zajick: 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'

The mezzo-soprano discovered opera as a 22-year-old pre-med student. She took "a crack at a singing career" and has been at the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years. Now she's helping emerging singers.

For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'

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Dolly Wells (left) and Emily Mortimer have been real-life friends since childhood. Now they're co-starring in an inside-showbiz comedy airing on HBO. HBO hide caption

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Television

When Your Best Friend Is A Star — And You're Her Minion

The British import Doll & Em is another inside-Hollywood comedy from HBO; Emily Mortimer and her real-life friend Dolly Wells play outsize versions of themselves.

When Your Best Friend Is A Star — And You're Her Minion

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Tuesday

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Author Interviews

Cannibals And Colonialism: Solving The Mystery Of Michael Rockefeller

The son of one of America's wealthiest families disappeared off the island of New Guinea in 1961. Writer Carl Hoffman explains how he thinks Rockefeller died and why the truth was kept hidden.

Cannibals And Colonialism: Solving The Mystery Of Michael Rockefeller

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Music

Jazz Composer Tries Something New With 'A Trumpet In The Morning'

Musician Marty Ehrlich doesn't play much on his new album; instead, he conducts an ensemble that performs his compositions. He tells Fresh Air about his first album devoted to his orchestral music.

Jazz Composer Tries Something New With 'A Trumpet In The Morning'

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Book Reviews

What U.S. Learned From 'Heathen School' Wasn't Part Of The Lesson Plan

The 19th century Connecticut school sought to convert young men from Hawaii, China, India and the Native American nations and then send them home as Christian missionaries. It did not go as planned.

What U.S. Learned From 'Heathen School' Wasn't Part Of The Lesson Plan

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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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