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Author Interviews

'Lawrence' Of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero

Scott Anderson's book explains how British officer T.E. Lawrence used his knowledge of Arab culture and medieval history to advance British causes. Originally broadcast Aug. 19, 2013.

'Lawrence' Of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero
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Jenny Slate plays Donna, a standup comic who gets pregnant after sleeping with an earnest, Vermont-bred business student named Max (Jake Lacy). Courtesy of A24 Films hide caption

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Movie Reviews

'Obvious Child': A Momentous Film Of Small, Embarrassing Truths

The indie film depicts a standup comic who decides to have an abortion after a one-night stand. David Edelstein lauds director Gillian Robespierre's courage.

'Obvious Child': A Momentous Film Of Small, Embarrassing Truths
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Thursday

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Hillary Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices, outlines her four years as secretary of state under President Obama. She talks about her vote for the Iraq War, women's rights and political "gamers." Patrick Smith/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Hillary Clinton: The Fresh Air Interview

Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices, outlines her four years as secretary of state under President Obama. She talks about her vote for the Iraq War, women's rights and political "gamers."

Hillary Clinton: The Fresh Air Interview
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Wednesday

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Music Interviews

In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. "His persona was so big to me," Phil Alvin tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together
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Tuesday

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"My early films look terrible!" says filmmaker John Waters. "I didn't know what I was doing. I learned when I was doing it. I never went to film school." Waters, who is known for films such as the outlandish Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, has written a new book, Carsick. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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Author Interviews

John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It

The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever" and admits he always kept his luggage with him.

John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It
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Book Reviews

'Rise And Fall' Carries On Vagabond Adventure Tale Tradition

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers — the latest from Imperfectionists author Tom Rachman — follows the travels of a young bookstore proprietor. It's a "strange" book that requires a bit of patience.

'Rise And Fall' Carries On Vagabond Adventure Tale Tradition
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Monday

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In Supermensch, talent agent Shep Gordon recalls arriving in Los Angeles in 1968, dropping acid and getting slugged by a woman who later identified herself as Janis Joplin. Dogwoof Films hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Invisible 'Supermensch' Avoided The Spotlight While Making Others Famous

Mike Myers' documentary Supermensch chronicles the work of Shep Gordon, who has "jump-started" the careers of superstar musicians and chefs. Now, it's Gordon's turn for a taste of celebrity.

Invisible 'Supermensch' Avoided The Spotlight While Making Others Famous
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Saturday

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Denzel Washington plays Walter Lee, the role played by Sidney Poitier in the 1959 Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun. Sophie Okonedo, known for her Academy Award nomination for Hotel Rwanda, plays Ruth Younger in her New York stage debut. Brigitte Lacombe hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Raisin In The Sun,' 'Orange Is The New Black,' China's 'Ambition'

A Raisin in the Sun returns to Broadway, Orange Is the New Black begins season two, and writer Evan Osnos talks about about China's economic expansion.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Raisin In The Sun,' 'Orange Is The New Black,' China's 'Ambition'
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Television

New Season Of 'Orange Is The New Black' Has A Strong, Unsettling Start

Netflix's women-in-prison series, based on a memoir by Piper Kerman, returns Friday. Fresh Air listens back to interviews with Kerman and series creator Jenji Kohan.

New Season Of 'Orange Is The New Black' Has A Strong, Unsettling Start
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Ansel Elgort (Augustus) and Shailene Woodley (Hazel) star in The Fault in Our Stars, the film adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel about two teens with cancer. James Bridges/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Movie Reviews

Beautiful Acting Aside, It Isn't Hard To Find Fault In 'Our Stars'

The adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars — about two teens with cancer — is among the year's most anticipated films, but David Edelstein wasn't impressed.

Beautiful Acting Aside, It Isn't Hard To Find Fault In 'Our Stars'
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Thursday

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Brothers rides down the front stretch before the 88th Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2012, in Baltimore. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images hide caption

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Sports

For Jockey Donna Barton Brothers, Horse Racing Runs In The Family

At the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, former jockey Donna Barton Brothers will interview the winner on horseback. Now an analyst for NBC, Brothers won more than 1,100 races before retiring in 1998.

For Jockey Donna Barton Brothers, Horse Racing Runs In The Family
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Allan Jones plays debonair leading man Gaylord Ravenal and Irene Dunne is the enchanting Magnolia in the 1936 film version of Show Boat, which has just been released on DVD. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution hide caption

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Theater

1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD

With an unforgettable story and score, the 1927 musical tackled complex racial issues. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz says the 1936 film version of Show Boat is the best — and it's now out on DVD.

1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD
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Law

'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration

In her new book, Nell Bernstein says America's juvenile justice system is overdue for reform. Time in jail as a child or teen, she says, is the best predictor of adult criminality and incarceration.

'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration
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World

A 'New Yorker' Writer's Take On China's 'Age Of Ambition'

On the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, author Evan Osnos discusses his new book that explores the tensions between China's economic expansion and its commitment to authoritarian rule.

A 'New Yorker' Writer's Take On China's 'Age Of Ambition'
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All Tech Considered

Have We Reached The End Of The Line For The Conference Call?

Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal considers why people still jump on frustrating conference calls. While tech startups aim to kill the PIN, he says, the phone bridges generations.

Have We Reached The End Of The Line For The Conference Call?
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