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Seth Meyers hosts the premiere of his talk show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, in February. "The trickiest part of this job the first week was just figuring out what to do with my hands," says Meyers, who was used to holding a microphone during standup. Remembering that he had pockets was key. Peter Kramer/AP hide caption

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Television

Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands

Meyers left a dream job hosting Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon. Meyers says not having a mic in hand — like he did in standup — took some adjusting.

Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands

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Music Reviews

For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option

Make My Head Sing... is an album of contradictions. It's full of unreliable narrators who sometimes revel in jealousy, willful insanity and drugs, even as her voice and the music suggest otherwise.

For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option

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Tuesday

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In her new book, Forcing the Spring, investigative reporter Jo Becker goes behind the scenes in the fight for marriage equality. Above, Eric Breese of Rochester, N.Y., joins hundreds of others to rally outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act on March 27, 2013. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Author Interviews

'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality

The strategy of going to the Supreme Court to challenge Proposition 8 was controversial within the gay-rights movement. Now, Jo Becker's new book is proving to be controversial as well.

'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality

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Monday

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Comic Hari Kondabolu's album Waiting for 2042 is a reference to the year the Census Bureau projects whites will be the minority in the U.S. "Don't worry, white people," he says. "You were a minority when you came to this country. Things seemed to have worked out for you." Kyle Johnson hide caption

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Pop Culture

For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke

Many comedians think that explaining jokes ruins jokes, but Hari Kondabolu doesn't mind. Especially when it comes to jokes about race and ethnicity, he's willing to explain until everyone gets it.

For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke

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Saturday

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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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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley'

Dr. Martin Blaser explains why modern medicine may not be doing your microbiome any favors. Aimee Mann and Ted Leo team up to become the duo "The Both." And Mike Judge pokes fun at programmers.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley'

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Friday

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On Inside Amy Schumer, the comic (here with Jon Glaser and Adrian Martinez) deploys everything from scripted vignettes to stand-up comedy and man-on-the-street-style interviews. Matt Peyton/Comedy Central hide caption

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Interviews

'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff

Amy Schumer's Comedy Central special was called Mostly Sex Stuff but her comedy is about more than that. In her stand-up and her show Inside Amy Schumer, she tackles racism, awkward moments and more.

'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff

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In Under The Skin, Scarlett Johansson plays an alien who adopts an English accent and cruises Scotland enticing hitchhikers into a darkened building. Film4 hide caption

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Movie Reviews

Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics

Every so often an arthouse director dips a toe into the horror genre and you realize vampires and space aliens are subjects too rich to be the property of schlockmeisters, says critic David Edelstein.

Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics

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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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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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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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Children play at the demolished compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Aqeel Ahmed/AP hide caption

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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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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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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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