Friday

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Remembrances

'Fresh Air' Remembers Soul Singer And Songwriter Bobby Womack

Womack sang for a gospel group with his brothers called the Valentinos. It's All Over Now was their first international hit. Womack, who died June 27 at the age of 70, talked with Terry Gross in 1999.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Soul Singer And Songwriter Bobby Womack

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Movie Reviews

In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible

Boyhood is about a boy in Texas whose parents have separated. Filmed over 12 years, audiences watch him grow up — and his worldview evolve. The cumulative power of the movie is tremendous.

In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible

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Ellar Coltrane, who plays Mason in the new movie Boyhood, was 6 years old when director Richard Linklater picked him for the role. Courtesy of Matt Lankes hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age

Writer-director Richard Linklater says picking the film's star was vital because he had to guess what he'd be like at 18. "I just went with a kid who seemed kind of the most interesting."

Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age

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Books

10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life

Jacqueline Winspear's debut mystery, Maisie Dobbs, set in England around World War I, came out in paperback a decade ago. A new edition testifies to the enduring allure of the traditional mystery.

10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life

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Music

Fred Hersch Knows His Trios

Fred Hersch pulls together jazz piano traditions that have little in common. Kevin Whitehead says the classic piano, bass and drums trio format suits Hersch best of all in a review of Floating.

Fred Hersch Knows His Trios

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The decline of honeybees has been attributed to a variety of causes, from nasty parasites to the stress of being transported from state to state to feed on various crops in need of pollination. iStockphoto hide caption

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The Salt

Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.

Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

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The threat is both viral and vampire in The Strain, a show about the sudden outbreak of a disease that kills most of its victims — then begins to mutate them into another species entirely. Michael Gibson/FX hide caption

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Television

'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control

This week, two new TV series begin in the threats-from-nowhere genre: Extant on CBS and The Strain on FX. The better of the two, The Strain, about a disease outbreak, is effectively creepy.

'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control

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Journalist Brian Krebs spends time in the dark areas of the Internet, where hackers steal data off credit cards and sell the information in online underground stores. Krebs has learned computer code and how to get onto black market websites and cybercrime networks. iStockphoto hide caption

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All Tech Considered

The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Side

Brian Krebs, who broke the Target security breach story last year, says cybercriminals are "some very bad people." He tells Terry Gross about how they have found creative ways to taunt him.

The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Side

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In the new French film Violette, Emmanuelle Devos plays a fictionalized character based on Violette Leduc, the trailblazing French novelist. Courtesy of Adopt Films hide caption

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Movie Reviews

'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like

The film Violette is a fictionalized portrait of Violette Leduc, the trailblazing French novelist who was considered difficult. The strangely gripping movie captures a key moment in feminist history.

'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like

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Remembrances

'Fresh Air' Remembers Screenwriter Paul Mazursky

Mazursky wrote such films as Next Stop, Greenwich Village; An Unmarried Woman; and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. He died last week at the age of 84. He talked with Terry Gross in 1991 and 1999.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Screenwriter Paul Mazursky

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Remembrances

'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor

Taylor was best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the TV sitcom Designing Women. Taylor's other TV series included Buffalo Bill and Dave's World. He chatted with Terry Gross in 1990.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor

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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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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Joel McHale, 'Friendship,' And 'The Great Fish Swap'

Comedian Joel McHale talks bad TV and filming a thriller; Maureen Corrigan says Friendship is a startlingly nice novel; and author Paul Greenberg discusses why most of the fish we eat is imported.

Fresh Air Weekend: Joel McHale, 'Friendship,' And 'The Great Fish Swap'

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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. Originally broadcast June 11, 2014.

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

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Roger and Chaz Ebert attended a benefit awards dinner in Chicago in October 2011. Just over a year later, Ebert agreed to be filmed for a documentary. And then his cancer returned. Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images hide caption

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Movie Interviews

'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.

'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

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Movie Reviews

In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life

Keira Knightley plays a heartbroken singer-songwriter who teams up with a drunken producer in Begin Again. Irish director John Carney, who had a surprise hit with the musical Once, hit his mark again.

In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life

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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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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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