Tuesday

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Author Interviews

In Life And Fiction, Edward St. Aubyn Sheds The Weight Of His Past

The writer is best known for his semi-autobiographical novels about an Englishman from a posh but monstrous family. St. Aubyn's new book marks a departure.

In Life And Fiction, Edward St. Aubyn Sheds The Weight Of His Past

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Television

'The Maya Rudolph Show' And What It'll Take To Bring Back Variety

The comedian's prime-time NBC special is the latest rare attempt by network TV to revive the long-dormant genre. Fresh Air's critic doesn't think it succeeded, but he encourages TV to try, try again.

'The Maya Rudolph Show' And What It'll Take To Bring Back Variety

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Monday

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In Louie, Louis C.K. plays a comic who finds comedy in uncomfortable, touchy topics. K.C. Bailey/FX hide caption

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Television

Louis C.K. On His 'Louie' Hiatus: 'I Wanted The Show To Feel New Again'

The comic tells Fresh Air that after Season 3, he "aggressively forgot the show existed for a few months." Then he got back to work. Louie is now in its fourth season.

Louis C.K. On His 'Louie' Hiatus: 'I Wanted The Show To Feel New Again'

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Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Glenn Greenwald, 'Godzilla' And Todd Barry

Greenwald says he "erred on the side of excess caution" when writing about Edward Snowden's NSA leaks; David Edelstein reviews the latest Godzilla; and Barry tries a new stand-up strategy.

Fresh Air Weekend: Glenn Greenwald, 'Godzilla' And Todd Barry

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Friday

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Retired Major League Baseball player Mike Piazza's new autobiography, Long Shot, addresses the steroid controversy and recalls the first game after the Sept. 11 attacks. Simon and Schuster hide caption

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Interviews

Making It In The Big Leagues Was A 'Long Shot' For Catcher Mike Piazza

In his memoir, the catcher opens up about getting drafted in the 62nd round, his feud with Roger Clemens and what it's like to go into retirement. Leaving the game, he says, was "like a small death."

Making It In The Big Leagues Was A 'Long Shot' For Catcher Mike Piazza

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Movie Reviews

'Godzilla': A Fire-Breathing Behemoth Returns To The Big Screen

In the Japanese original, he was a thinly disguised symbol of the atom bomb, but in later films he fought other giant monsters and even space aliens. The latest Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards.

'Godzilla': A Fire-Breathing Behemoth Returns To The Big Screen

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Thursday

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Europe

Former Ambassador To Russia: Putin Has No Master Plan For Ukraine

Michael McFaul, ambassador to Russia from January 2012 to February 2014, says, "I've never seen [Putin] devote a speech to the necessity of reuniting Crimea with Russia. That came only recently."

Former Ambassador To Russia: Putin Has No Master Plan For Ukraine

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Wednesday

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National Security

Greenwald On NSA Leaks: 'We've Erred On The Side Of Excess Caution'

Journalist Glenn Greenwald says he and his team weighed the public's interest against the potential harm to innocent people when deciding how many of Edward Snowden's leaked documents to make public.

Greenwald On NSA Leaks: 'We've Erred On The Side Of Excess Caution'

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Tuesday

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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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Marc Maron is also the author of The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life As a Reluctant Messiah. Leigh Righton/Spiegel & Grau hide caption

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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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