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Interviews

The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act

The act, which turns 50 this year, ended the era of legal segregation in public accommodations, like restaurants and hotels.

The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act

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Music Reviews

Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly

The country singer treats the classic songs on her new album like living, vital pieces of art that can withstand being taken apart, thought about and re-imagined.

Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly

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Author Interviews

Embarrassing Stains? This Housekeeping Guide Gets That Life Is Messy

Jerry Seinfeld joked that if you have bloodstains on your clothes, you have bigger problems than the laundry. But Jolie Kerr helps with all the stains in a new book, My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag.

Embarrassing Stains? This Housekeeping Guide Gets That Life Is Messy

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Television

HBO Fills Sunday Night Lineup With Entertaining Power Struggles

This week, HBO airs the season premieres of two returning series — Game of Thrones and Veep -- and launches a new series called Silicon Valley. Fresh Air's TV critic has seen them all.

HBO Fills Sunday Night Lineup With Entertaining Power Struggles

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Wednesday

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All Tech Considered

While Warning Of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.S. Launches Its Own Attack

The NSA managed to penetrate the networks of the giant Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, documents show. Journalist David Sanger says cyber-espionage is an "entirely new field of conflict."

While Warning Of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.S. Launches Its Own Attack

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Music Reviews

Jon Langford Sings Our Impulse To Destroy

The Mekons and Waco Brothers veteran often places his left-wing politics front and center in his music and his art. Here Be Monsters has a way of mixing pretty melodies with harsh criticisms.

Jon Langford Sings Our Impulse To Destroy

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Author Interviews

On A 'Rigged' Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference

"The stock market is rigged," Michael Lewis says. In his new book Flash Boys, he describes how computerized transactions known as high-frequency trading are creating an uneven playing field.

On A 'Rigged' Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference

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Book Reviews

This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish'

Maggie Shipstead tells the story of a disciplined dancer who can't make it into the spotlight. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Shipstead is "Edith Wharton with a millennial generation edge."

This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish'

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Author Interviews

Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.

Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

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Music Reviews

Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead's Arena Combat

In 1974, sound engineer Owsley Stanley crafted a superior live experience with an enormous conglomeration of amps and speakers called the Wall of Sound. Dave's Picks Volume 9 captures this era.

Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead's Arena Combat

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Bryan Cranston, 'Redeployment' And A New Yorker Cartoonist

Cranston reinvents himself post-Breaking Bad; former Marine Phil Klay explores his Iraq experience through short stories; Bob Mankoff says humor is both a creative and a cognitive process.

Fresh Air Weekend: Bryan Cranston, 'Redeployment' And A New Yorker Cartoonist

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Interviews

'The Fall Of The House Of Dixie' Built A New U.S.

In a his book, historian Bruce Levine says that from the destruction of the South emerged an entirely new country, making the Civil War equivalent to a second American Revolution.

'The Fall Of The House Of Dixie' Built A New U.S.

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Television

'The Good Wife' Delivers A Game-Changing Stunner

Last Sunday, the CBS drama delivered something major and unexpected. If you don't know what happened, and don't wish to, you may not want to listen, but Fresh Air's critic has a lot to say about it.

'The Good Wife' Delivers A Game-Changing Stunner

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Movie Reviews

In 'Noah,' Earth And The Bible Get A Computer-Generated Reboot

Darren Aronofsky's latest film is a big-budget Bible story called, simply, Noah. Russell Crowe plays the title character, and the movie also features Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.

In 'Noah,' Earth And The Bible Get A Computer-Generated Reboot

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Performing Arts

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

While Breaking Bad fans were watching him portray Walt in the series' final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself — playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way.

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

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Author Interviews

'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs

Karen Russell's new book imagines a mysterious insomnia epidemic so serious that many are dying from lack of sleep. But the cure — sleep donations from babies — is hard to swallow.

'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs

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Book Reviews

'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it, lucidly tracing the moral, political and psychological curlicues of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

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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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