Monday

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Author Interviews

Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that the overuse of antibiotics, as well as now-common practices like C-sections, may be messing with gut microbes.

Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

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Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Mad Men' And 'Frozen'

Edie Falco discusses sobriety, The Sopranos, and Nurse Jackie's self-medication. We tell you everything we're allowed to about Mad Men, and we talk princesses with the songwriters behind "Let It Go."

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Mad Men' And 'Frozen'

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Friday

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Interviews

At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make

David O. Russell, director of American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, first spoke with Terry Gross back in 1994. In February, he told her that after 20 years, he's finally met his aspirations.

At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make

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Mad Men — starring Jon Hamm as Don Draper — returns for its seventh and final season Sunday on AMC. Michael Yarish/AMC hide caption

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Television

Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men'

The AMC period drama returns Sunday, with the usual shroud of secrecy that makes it difficult — but not impossible — to review. Fresh Air critic David Bianculli does his best.

Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men'

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Thursday

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Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez tell Terry Gross about the inspiration for "Let It Go" and a "very strong strike across the bow at all princess-myth things" song that didn't make the film.

Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology

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Wednesday

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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