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Fresh Air for August 7, 2014

Between 2006 and 2010, Jason Hamacher made many trips to Syria to photograph and record ancient chants. Jason Hamacher/Lost Origins Productions hide caption

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Before War, A Punk Drummer Preserved Syrian Chants

Before War, A Punk Drummer Preserved Syrian Chants

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Dave Douglas (left) and Uri Caine. Jeff Countryman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

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

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

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Fresh Air for August 6, 2014

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

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

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Fresh Air for August 5, 2014

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

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

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Fresh Air for August 4, 2014

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

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

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Fresh Air for August 2, 2014

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: George Takei, 'The Honorable Woman,' Dom Flemons

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

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