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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: George Takei, 'The Honorable Woman,' Dom Flemons

George Takei talks about the new documentary To Be Takei; David Bianculli says The Honorable Woman is not to miss; Dom Flemons discusses his first album since leaving Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Fresh Air Weekend: George Takei, 'The Honorable Woman,' Dom Flemons
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Music Interviews

Fresh Air Pays Tribute To James Brown, 'Godfather Of Funk'

James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In '80s and '90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.

Fresh Air Pays Tribute To James Brown, 'Godfather Of Funk'
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Movie Reviews

Sailing Through Space With 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'? Hilarious

The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.

Sailing Through Space With 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'? Hilarious
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Thursday

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Africa

Kidnapping Is A Lucrative Business For Al-Qaida, Documents Show

Last year, journalist Rukmini Callimachi found thousands of al-Qaida documents in Timbuktu in Mali. She tells Fresh Air about al-Qaida's strategy of kidnapping Europeans and demanding ransoms.

Kidnapping Is A Lucrative Business For Al-Qaida, Documents Show
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Television

Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding

The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She's a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.

Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding
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Wednesday

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Music Interviews

Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

Prospect Hill is Flemons' first album since leaving the band Carolina Chocolate Drops. By coincidence, the multi-instrumentalist recorded the album the day Pete Seeger died.

Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots
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All Tech Considered

Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?

Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."

Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?
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Author Interviews

In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns

Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.

In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns
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Book Reviews

'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess

Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.

'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess
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Monday

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Movie Interviews

From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei'

George Takei is famous for his role as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek. Now a new documentary, To Be Takei, delves into his personal story — including growing up in Japanese internment camps, and coming out.

From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei'
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Music Reviews

Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With

Jenny Lewis achieved musical fame as part of the indie band Rilo Kiley, which broke up in 2011. Her third solo album announces a new chapter in her career — and perhaps her life.

Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With
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Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,' 'Hard Day's Night,' Arthur Allen

A new book is a manual for transgender; John Powers reviews the restoration of A Hard Day's Night; Arthur Allen talks about his book The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,' 'Hard Day's Night,' Arthur Allen
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Movie Reviews

Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man'

The late actor hit his peak in the adaptation of John le Carre's 2008 novel. The movie isn't a clean piece of storytelling, but Hoffman connects with viewers on a level most actors never approach.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man'
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Iraq

Human Rights Watch Researcher Reports ISIS Abuses In Iraq

Letta Tayler recently returned from Iraq, where she documented stories about the militant Islamist group ISIS and abuses by the Iraqi government. She tells Fresh Air what she learned.

Human Rights Watch Researcher Reports ISIS Abuses In Iraq
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Book Reviews

'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story

Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut novel is about a family that emigrates from Odessa to the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. It's a funny tale full of insider knowledge and offbeat words.

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Wednesday

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Animals

Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained

Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.

Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained
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Movie Reviews

'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day's Night, a spectacular restoration is in theaters and on DVD. The black-and-white photography of the Beatles is gorgeous, and the movie isn't half bad.

'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy
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