Thursday

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Kumail Nanjiani (from left), Martin Starr, Thomas Middleditch, Zach Woods and T.J. Miller star in Silicon Valley, Mike Judge's new sitcom about young programmers trying to hit it rich. Isabella Vosmikova/HBO hide caption

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Television

'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really Making The World Better?

Mike Judge's HBO sitcom pokes fun at programmers hoping to hit it rich. It's not the first time Judge has satirized the workplace: His 1999 cult film Office Space explored desk-job-induced ennui.

'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really Making The World Better?

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Book Reviews

'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated

Critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two graphic novels — one about a Yiddish advice column in the early 1900s and another about a regiment of African-American soldiers who fought during World War I.

'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated

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Music

A Duo's Debut Album: A Collaboration From 'The Both'

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo began performing together in 2012, when Leo was Mann's opening act. Mann began joining Leo onstage during his set. Their debut album is "The Both."

A Duo's Debut Album: A Collaboration From 'The Both'

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Wednesday

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What motivated Edward Snowden to leak NSA secrets? Bryan Burrough, Suzanna Andrews and Sarah Ellison explore Snowden's background in an article for Vanity Fair. The Guardian/Getty Images hide caption

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National Security

Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker

What motivated the former NSA contractor to divulge carefully guarded NSA secrets? A new Vanity Fair article takes a look back at the "kid from the Maryland suburbs."

Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker

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Crime writer Giorgio Scerbanenco was born in Kiev in 1911, grew up in Rome and worked for decades as a journalist in Milan. Olycom/Melville House hide caption

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Book Reviews

Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir

A crackling new translation of Giorgio Scerbanenco's crime novel Private Venus has just been released. Critic John Powers read it in a single sitting.

Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir

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Tuesday

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Author Interviews

Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War

In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.

Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War

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Monday

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According to Dr. Martin Blaser, the overuse of antibiotics has contributed to killing off strains of bacteria that typically live in the gut. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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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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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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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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A '70s con artist (Christian Bale, right) is forced to team up with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper, left) in American Hustle, inspired by a real-life sting targeting corrupt politicians. Francois Duhamel/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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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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Frozen is the tale of sisters Anna and Elsa, whose relationship is captured in music by songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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Music Interviews

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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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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"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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