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Music Interviews

Before War, A Punk Drummer Preserved Syrian Chants

Jason Hamacher wasn't trained as a photographer, a musicologist or a member of a religious community. The former Frodus drummer simply felt compelled to document this music.

Before War, A Punk Drummer Preserved Syrian Chants

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Music Interviews

Douglas and Caine Find 'Present Joys' In The Sacred Harp Songbook

The virtuoso jazz musicians perform from their new album of duets. It features hymns based on a tradition called shape-note singing, which dates to the early 1800s.

Douglas and Caine Find 'Present Joys' In The Sacred Harp Songbook

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On The Knick, the graphic scenes are riveting, says David Bianculli, though at times you may want to look away. Here, Clive Owen's character administers a shot. Mary Cybulski/Courtesy of HBO/Cinemax hide caption

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Television

Stick With 'The Knick,' A Medical Drama With Amazing Inventions

The new Cinemax show stars Clive Owen as a rude doctor in a New York City hospital in 1900. It may take a few episodes, but you'll care about the characters and their inventions.

Stick With 'The Knick,' A Medical Drama With Amazing Inventions

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Wednesday

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down on July 17 in eastern Ukraine. The New York Times reporter Sabrina Tavernise was one of the first reporters to arrive at the scene. Dmitry Lovetsky/AP hide caption

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Asia

Malaysia Flight Wreckage Was 'Like The End Of The World'

The New York Times' Sabrina Tavernise was among the first to arrive at the site of the downed flight in Ukraine in late July. She says it's hard to get the faces of the dead out of her mind.

Malaysia Flight Wreckage Was 'Like The End Of The World'

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Music

A Label Paramount To Early Blues And Jazz

Between 1917 and 1932, the label released thousands of records. Jack White's Third Man Records has joined with the reissue label Revenant to release the first of two packages documenting Paramount.

A Label Paramount To Early Blues And Jazz

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Tuesday

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In November 1973, when Ronald Reagan was governor of California, he talked with reporters about Watergate. In the years that followed, he spoke to Americans' anxieties with a simple message about America's inherent greatness. Paul Vathis/AP hide caption

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Books

How Ronald Reagan Used An 'Invisible Bridge' To Win Over Americans

Rick Perlstein's new book describes how Reagan emerged as the leader of a potent political movement during the turbulent mid-'70s. He says the soul of Reagan's appeal was how he made people feel good.

How Ronald Reagan Used An 'Invisible Bridge' To Win Over Americans

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Monday

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On Masters of Sex, Allison Janney plays Margaret Scully. Janney was nominated for an Emmy as outstanding guest actress in a drama series for her performance. Frank W Ockenfels 3/Showtime hide caption

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Television

Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her mother and her brother, who was an addict, helped inform her characters.

Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

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Television

How Interactive TV Is Older Than TV Itself

As technology gets more complex, TV producers aim to take advantage of it, such as relying on phoned-in votes from viewers. The interactive talent show, it turns out, predates TV itself.

How Interactive TV Is Older Than TV Itself

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Saturday

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George Takei's personal story is illuminated in the new, funny documentary To Be Takei. Victoria Will/AP hide caption

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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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Friday

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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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A neighborhood resident walks through a building in Timbuktu, used by al-Qaida-linked jihadi fighters for more than a year. Last year, The Associated Press found al-Qaida documents in the building. Rukmini Callimachi/AP hide caption

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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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Tuesday

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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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