Wednesday

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Politics

As Supreme Court Term Ends, Journalist Examines Its Decisions

The Supreme Court term ended Monday. The New York Times correspondent and lawyer Adam Liptak talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about what the decisions reveal about the nine justices.

As Supreme Court Term Ends, Journalist Examines Its Decisions

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Book Reviews

'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger

Emily Gould's first novel stars 30-something single women in New York City who are figuring out what's important in life. It's worth picking up for its sharp social observations and inspired wordplay.

'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger

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Tuesday

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Paul Greenberg says the decline of local fish markets, and the resulting sequestration of seafood to a corner of our supermarkets, has contributed to "the facelessness and comodification of seafood." J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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The Salt

'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat here is imported and often of lower quality. Why? Author Paul Greenberg says it has to do with American tastes.

'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

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All Tech Considered

Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much

For the first time, a computer passed the test for machines engaging in intelligent thought. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the real test is whether computers can behave the same way thinking people do.

Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much

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Monday

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Comedian Joel McHale spoke at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in May. He says everyone wanted to see his jokes ahead of time, but he likes keeping them a secret. Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Pop Culture

Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

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Saturday

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Director Gillian Robespierre (left) co-wrote Obvious Child as a short film in 2009 with an empowered lead female in mind. Jenny Slate, who starred as Donna in the feature film, says she was excited about the role. Courtesy of A24 Films hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Mary Gauthier, Miranda Lambert, The Women Behind 'Obvious Child'

Singer Mary Gauthier discusses what inspired Trouble & Love; Ken Tucker reviews Miranda Lambert's latest album Platinum; and the women behind Obvious Child talk farts, abortion and stage fright.

Fresh Air Weekend: Mary Gauthier, Miranda Lambert, The Women Behind 'Obvious Child'

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Friday

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Remembrances

'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Eli Wallach

Wallach made a career of playing the villain in films like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Magnificent Seven. He died Tuesday at the age of 98. Wallach talked with Terry Gross in 1990.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Eli Wallach

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Author Interviews

After The Rapture, Who Are 'The Leftovers'?

Tom Perrotta's 2011 novel examined the aftermath of an unexplained rapturelike event. A new HBO series inspired by The Leftovers begins Sunday. Originally broadcast Aug. 25, 2011.

After The Rapture, Who Are 'The Leftovers'?

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Movie Reviews

In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip 'Transformers,' See 'Snowpiercer'

Film critic David Edelstein says Snowpiercer — a dystopian film based on a French graphic novel — is far more invigorating and potent than Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.

In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip 'Transformers,' See 'Snowpiercer'

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Thursday

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Director Gillian Robespierre (left) co-wrote Obvious Child as a short film in 2009 with an empowered female lead in mind. Jenny Slate, who stars as Donna in the feature film, says she was excited about the role. Courtesy of A24 Films hide caption

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Movie Interviews

The Women Behind 'Obvious Child' Talk Farts, Abortion And Stage Fright

For her first feature film, director Gillian Robespierre says she wanted to cast Jenny Slate in the role as an empowered, funny woman. They tell Fresh Air what shaped them as women in comedy.

The Women Behind 'Obvious Child' Talk Farts, Abortion And Stage Fright

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Music

Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Has A Firm Grasp On Pop History

Lana Del Rey continues a time-honored pop tradition of developing a public persona that challenges fans to decide what's real and what's not.

Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Has A Firm Grasp On Pop History

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Book Reviews

'Most Dangerous Book': A Rich Treasury Charting James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

There are many heroes in Kevin Birmingham's new book about the novel that sparked a revolution, but James Joyce isn't one of them. The strength of The Most Dangerous Book lies in its subtle details.

'Most Dangerous Book': A Rich Treasury Charting James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

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Interviews

Dexter Filkins On ISIS And The 'Bitter Consequences' Of The Iraq War

The journalist who covered the war in Iraq, and its aftermath, details the militant Sunni Islamist group, the power it has in Iraq and Syria and how its war is destabilizing neighboring countries.

Dexter Filkins On ISIS And The 'Bitter Consequences' Of The Iraq War

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Tuesday

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"Music and books, I think, were the two things I trusted the most as a child," Mary Gauthier says. Jack Spencer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

Mary Gauthier De-Romanticizes Romantic Love

Trouble & Love is about a relationship that went bad. "I think that this is one where Mary finally gets the lesson," Gauthier tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Mary Gauthier De-Romanticizes Romantic Love

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Monday

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History

50 Years Ago, Students Fought For Black Rights During 'Freedom Summer'

A PBS documentary about the 1964 movement to get blacks to vote in Mississippi airs Tuesday. Freedom Summer director Stanley Nelson and organizer Charles Cobb discuss the dangers the students faced.

50 Years Ago, Students Fought For Black Rights During 'Freedom Summer'

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Interviews

'Fresh Air' Remembers Writer And Middle East Scholar Fouad Ajami

In 1988, Ajami spoke with Terry Gross about an essay he'd written about how political catastrophe came to Beruit, Lebanon, and how the city where he grew up became a land of cruelty and hatred.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Writer And Middle East Scholar Fouad Ajami

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Saturday

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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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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: John Oliver, Parquet Courts And Joshua Ferris

Comedian John Oliver pokes fun on his new show on HBO; Ken Tucker reviews Parquet Courts' third record; and writer Joshua Ferris discusses his latest novel about a dentist wrestling with his atheism.

Fresh Air Weekend: John Oliver, Parquet Courts And Joshua Ferris

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