Thursday

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John Oliver's new political satire Last Week Tonight airs on HBO. Oliver says the network gives him an almost "confusing amount of freedom." Eric Liebowitz/Courtesy of HBO hide caption

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Television

John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show

The comedian who was a correspondent on The Daily Show for 7 1/2 years now pokes fun on Last Week Tonight. Oliver talks about tasing his leg, temping for a thief and remaining an outsider.

John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show

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Wednesday

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Author Interviews

Writer Reflects On Aircraft Carrier's Mission To The Persian Gulf

Geoff Dyer spent two weeks aboard the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush for his book Another Great Day at Sea. He talks with Fresh Air about his book, and the carrier's latest position for possible air strikes.

Writer Reflects On Aircraft Carrier's Mission To The Persian Gulf

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The company Proteus has developed a computer that attaches to a pill and tracks the pill's absorption into the body. The technology has passed clinical trials. iStock hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Someday Soon You May Swallow A Computer With Your Pill

Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal explains how a tiny computer attaches to a pill you ingest to record how your body responds. It sounds crazy, he says, but it was approved by the FDA.

Someday Soon You May Swallow A Computer With Your Pill

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Music

A Double Dose Of Ronald Shannon Jackson's Free-Funk

Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society's Man Dance and its sequel Barbeque Dog are now available again as downloads, after being out of print for ages.

A Double Dose Of Ronald Shannon Jackson's Free-Funk

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Tuesday

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Joshua Ferris has written two other novels — The Unnamed and Then We Came to the End. Beowulf Sheehan/Courtesy of Little, Brown and Co. hide caption

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Author Interviews

Joshua Ferris Takes On Atheism In 'To Rise Again'

In Joshua Ferris' third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, the protagonist is a dentist wrestling with his atheism. Ferris says his character, like all dentists, is "chronically misunderstood."

Joshua Ferris Takes On Atheism In 'To Rise Again'

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Monday

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Allison Tolman plays Deputy Sheriff Molly Solverson in the FX TV series Fargo. It's a breakout role for the actress who had done only theater and commercials. Chris Large hide caption

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Interviews

'Fargo' TV Series Captures The Best And Worst Of America

The finale of the Fargo TV series airs Tuesday. The characters are different, like a deputy sheriff played by Allison Tolman. But writer Noah Hawley says the Coen brothers told him he "nailed it."

'Fargo' TV Series Captures The Best And Worst Of America

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Television

A-List Celebrities Flock To Late-Night 'Graham Norton Show'

The late-night talk show, imported by BBC America, has been around for years. TV critic David Bianculli says it's never been better — it's like eavesdropping on an all-star cocktail party.

A-List Celebrities Flock To Late-Night 'Graham Norton Show'

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Remembrances

'Fresh Air' Remembers Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott

Scott, who had a rare genetic condition that made him sound like a woman, was popular in '50s but didn't make any records between 1975 and 1992. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1992 about his comeback.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott

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In addition to managing careers, Gordon (left) was also instrumental in creating personas — he was the one who dreamed up some of Alice Cooper's (right) onstage antics. Dogwoof Films hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Supermensch,' Conference Calls And John Waters

This week Mike Myers talks about his Shep Gordan documentary, Alexis Madrigal explains why we still need conference calls, and Waters hitchhikes across America.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Supermensch,' Conference Calls And John Waters

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Friday

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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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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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"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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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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