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Edie Falco plays ER nurse Jackie Peyton, who is competent at her high-stress job but struggles with addiction. The sixth season of Nurse Jackie starts Sunday on Showtime. Ken Regan/Showtime hide caption

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Television

Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication

Falco plays ER nurse Jackie Peyton, who is competent at her high-stress job but struggles with addiction. The sixth season of Nurse Jackie begins Sunday on Showtime.

Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication

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Tuesday

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Author Interviews

A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen

Barbara Ehrenreich — a rationalist, atheist and scientist by training — has written a new memoir called Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.

A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen

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Family dramas have always been one of television's most difficult genres to do properly, without getting too sweet, too overwrought, or too predictable — but NBC's Parenthood finds the right balance. Above, Ray Romano as Hank, Mae Whitman as Amber, and Lauren Graham as Sarah. Colleen Hayes/NBC hide caption

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Television

'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right

Critic David Bianculli says family dramas have always been one of television's most difficult genres to do properly — without getting too sweet, too overwrought, or too predictable.

'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right

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Monday

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"If Jesus had not been declared God by his followers, his followers would'™ve remained a sect within Judaism, a small Jewish sect," says historian Bart Ehrman. iStockphoto hide caption

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Religion

If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

In How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman explores how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. "Jesus himself didn't call himself God and didn't consider himself God," Ehrman says.

If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

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Remembrances

Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism

Fresh Air listens back to our 1989 interview with Snow Leopard author and Paris Review co-founder Peter Matthiessen, who died Saturday at age 86. His new novel In Paradise comes out Tuesday.

Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism

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Saturday

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Jolie Kerr says when you have a fresh red wine stain, pouring table salt — no water — on it will suck it right up. "You can go pour some wine on your carpet tonight and try it out!" she says. iStockphoto hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Michael Lewis, Jon Langford, And A Housekeeping How-To

On a "rigged" Wall Street, milliseconds make all the difference. Jon Langford sings our impulse to destroy. And new cleaning guide that will help even with the embarrassing stains.

Fresh Air Weekend: Michael Lewis, Jon Langford, And A Housekeeping How-To

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Friday

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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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Thursday

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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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Monday

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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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