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Health Care

'Good Doctor' Puts Past Medical Practices Under An Ethical Microscope

In a new book, bioethicist and internist Barron Lerner recalls how he came to question some of his father's medical practices — practices that were common among many doctors of that generation.

'Good Doctor' Puts Past Medical Practices Under An Ethical Microscope

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Music Reviews

Ray LaMontagne Finds The Bright Side On 'Supernova'

The achievement of Supernova is that, five albums in, LaMontagne hasn't settled into a formula or a fall-back recurring mood. Here, the singer-songwriter explores a sunny, psychedelic side.

Ray LaMontagne Finds The Bright Side On 'Supernova'

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Monday

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President George Bush examines the devastation at the Pentagon with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Sept. 12, 2001, a day after a hijacked airliner slammed into the building. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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National Security

'Frontline' Doc Explores How Sept. 11 Created Today's NSA

PBS looks at the origins of the agency's surveillance program and the extraordinary steps top government officials took to give it legal cover and keep it hidden.

'Frontline' Doc Explores How Sept. 11 Created Today's NSA

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Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Sam Baker And Roz Chast

A musician finds grace in the wake of destruction and a cartoonist reflects on caring for aging parents.

Fresh Air Weekend: Sam Baker And Roz Chast

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Interviews

Marc Maron: A Life Fueled By 'Panic And Dread'

The comedian turned his life around when he started "WTF with Marc Maron" out of his garage in 2009. He has parlayed the popularity of the podcast into a new television show called Maron.

Marc Maron: A Life Fueled By 'Panic And Dread'

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Movie Reviews

'God's Pocket' Is Horrifying, Humanist And Heartbreaking

Many people will find God's Pocket depressing, but once you get past the despair and carnage it's full of life. In one of his last film roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as hapless Mickey Scarpato.

'God's Pocket' Is Horrifying, Humanist And Heartbreaking

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Television

'Penny Dreadful' Is Wonderful, But 'Rosemary's Baby' Is Dreadful

Critic David Bianculli reviews the two new TV programs in the horror genre competing for viewers and attention: NBC's modern-day remake of Rosemary's Baby and Showtime's Victorian Penny Dreadful.

'Penny Dreadful' Is Wonderful, But 'Rosemary's Baby' Is Dreadful

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Thursday

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Author Interviews

A Cartoonist's Funny, Heartbreaking Take On Caring For Aging Parents

In Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast combines text, cartoons, sketches and photos to describe her interactions with her parents during the last years of their lives.

A Cartoonist's Funny, Heartbreaking Take On Caring For Aging Parents

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Movie Reviews

Two Italys Take A Road Trip In 'Il Sorpasso'

The 1962 comic drama follows two young men: one who smacks of Italy's joyless '50s and one who embodies the prosperity and recklessness of the '60s. The film is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Two Italys Take A Road Trip In 'Il Sorpasso'

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Wednesday

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Author Interviews

From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Colson Whitehead's new book was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker for Grantland. It's a sharp observational tale of the game, those who play it and how it changed him.

From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

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Among Hill Street Blues' many innovations, says David Bianculli, was focusing on a large ensemble cast instead of one or two central stars. Pictured here: Veronica Hamel as Joyce Davenport, Daniel J. Travanti as Capt. Frank Furillo and Robert Prosky as Sgt. Stan Jablonski. David Sutton/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images hide caption

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Television

'Hill Street Blues' Created Two Eras For TV Drama: Before And After

In 1981, NBC presented a new police series that went on to make TV history. Hill Street Blues has just been released on DVD in its entirety for the first time.

'Hill Street Blues' Created Two Eras For TV Drama: Before And After

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Tuesday

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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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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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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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