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Music Interviews

Sam Baker: Finding Grace In The Wake Of Destruction

In 1986, a bomb planted by the Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path exploded in the luggage rack above Sam Baker. Somehow, during his long recovery, songs focused on empathy started coming to him.

Sam Baker: Finding Grace In The Wake Of Destruction

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Monday

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Television

Todd Barry's New Stand-Up Strategy: 'Does Anyone Want To Talk To Me?'

Last year, the comedian teamed up with Louis C.K. to film a tour in which all he did was crowd work, or engage the audience in improvised conversations.

Todd Barry's New Stand-Up Strategy: 'Does Anyone Want To Talk To Me?'

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Music Reviews

tUnE-yArDs: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

On Nikki Nack, Merrill Garbus worries over the notion that she's just an accumulation of her influences, and she fights back wonderfully.

tUnE-yArDs: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

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Book Reviews

In 'Hotel Florida,' Three Couples Chronicle The Spanish Civil War

Biographer Amanda Vaill's new book delves deeply into the lives of journalists like Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, whose documenting of the war helped shape public perception.

In 'Hotel Florida,' Three Couples Chronicle The Spanish Civil War

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Saturday

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This is the third time Alan Cumming has starred in Cabaret. Each of the productions with Cumming was directed by Sam Mendes. Rob Marshall choreographed both American productions and co-directed the new one. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Alan Cumming, 'Godzilla' And Matthew Weiner

Cumming is starring in Cabaret for a third time, critic John Powers considers the movie monster and Mad Men's creator reflects on the end of Don Draper's journey.

Fresh Air Weekend: Alan Cumming, 'Godzilla' And Matthew Weiner

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Friday

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Movies

Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why 'Godzilla' Endures

Unlike Jaws and Alien, whose creatures are soulless things to be destroyed, Godzilla resonates because of something that once defined the best monster movies — a sense of compassion for the monster.

Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why 'Godzilla' Endures

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Author Interviews

The Making Of 'Godzilla,' Japan's Favorite 'Mon-Star'

Steve Ryfle is the author of a book about the making of the film and its many sequels. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2004, on the film's 50th anniversary.

The Making Of 'Godzilla,' Japan's Favorite 'Mon-Star'

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Music

Review: Drummer Billy Hart's 'One Is The Other'

Hart has recorded hundreds of albums, backing, among many others, pianist Herbie Hancock. But he sometimes records under his own name too, especially now that he has a well-seasoned quartet.

Review: Drummer Billy Hart's 'One Is The Other'

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Remembrances

'Fresh Air' Remembers British Actor Bob Hoskins

Hoskins, who played a human detective in a world of cartoon characters in the acclaimed movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, died this week after contracting pneumonia. He was 71 years old.

'Fresh Air' Remembers British Actor Bob Hoskins

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Thursday

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Matthew Weiner says sometimes he wakes up in the middle of the night wondering if there'd even be a Mad Men without Jon Hamm, who plays Don Draper. Michael Yarish/AMC hide caption

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Television

'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner On The End Of Don Draper's Journey

Weiner is currently writing and shooting the show's final episodes. He tells Fresh Air, "I'm going to be leaving these characters in a place where they belong."

'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner On The End Of Don Draper's Journey

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Music Reviews

The Animals: The British Invasion That Wasn't

Largely ignored today, the rough-and-tumble quintet from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne gets reassessed in a new box set, titled The Mickie Most Years & More.

The Animals: The British Invasion That Wasn't

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Wednesday

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Sheldon Harnick (right) with the late Jerry Bock, his long-time musical collaborator. Together they worked on musicals like Fiddler on the Roof and Fiorello! Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images hide caption

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Music Interviews

At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

"Any successful lyricist has to be part playwright and has to be able to put himself into the minds and the hearts and the souls of the characters," Sheldon Harnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

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Exploring 'What We Left Behind' In Iraq

New Yorker writer Dexter Filkins finds an increasingly authoritarian prime minister — Nouri al-Maliki — sectarian violence, and concern for the future. Iraq holds parliamentary elections Wednesday.

Exploring 'What We Left Behind' In Iraq

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Monday

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This is the third time Alan Cumming has starred in Cabaret. Each of the productions with Cumming was directed by Sam Mendes. Rob Marshall choreographed both American productions and co-directed the new one. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images hide caption

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Theater

For Alan Cumming, Life Is (Once Again) A Cabaret

This is the third time Cumming has starred in the musical. He talks about the new production — everything from his costume (which he calls a "Wonder Bra" for men) to the darker themes of the show.

For Alan Cumming, Life Is (Once Again) A Cabaret

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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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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Seth Meyers And Hari Kondabolu

Seth Meyers talks about leaving Saturday Night Live to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon. And Hari Kondabolu describes his career path from immigrant-rights organizer to comedian.

Fresh Air Weekend: Seth Meyers And Hari Kondabolu

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Friday

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Marie Howe is the author of three collections of poetry. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

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Poet Marie Howe On 'What The Living Do' After Loss

"Poetry holds the knowledge that we are alive and that we know we're going to die," Howe says.

Poet Marie Howe On 'What The Living Do' After Loss

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Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco: 'I Finally Felt Like I Was Home'

Blanco, who read his poem "One Today" at Obama's second inauguration, is the first immigrant, Latino and openly gay poet chosen to read at an inauguration.

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco: 'I Finally Felt Like I Was Home'

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Tom Hardy plays the title character in the British film Locke — in which a man's life unravels in the course of a solo drive from Birmingham to London. He's the only person the audience sees in this film, written and directed by Steven Knight. A24 hide caption

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Movie Reviews

In 'Locke,' A Man's Life Unravels En Route To London

Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is the only person the audience sees in this daring film by Steven Knight. Viewers spend an hour and a half in the car with him, on a solo drive from Birmingham to London.

In 'Locke,' A Man's Life Unravels En Route To London

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