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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'The Simpsons' And Author Stephan Eirik Clark

Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with The Simpsons' creator, writers and actors ahead of the show's marathon on FXX. Author Stephan Eirik Clark talks about his new novel Sweetness #9.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'The Simpsons' And Author Stephan Eirik Clark
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Friday

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Werner Herzog's 1972 film Aguirre, the Wrath of God was shot along the Amazon in Peru. It probes one of the filmmaker's themes: an unsentimental look at humankind's relationship to landscape and nature. Courtesy of The Shout! Factory hide caption

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Movie Reviews

Werner Herzog's Audacious Early Films Showcased In New Boxed Collection

The 71-year-old German filmmaker made daring movies in the 1970s that pushed viewers into unsettling mental spaces. The tremendous boxed set Herzog: The Collection highlights his authentic style.

Werner Herzog's Audacious Early Films Showcased In New Boxed Collection
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Interviews

Werner Herzog Talks About Madmen And Caves In Interviews From 'Fresh Air' Archives

Werner Herzog talked with Fresh Air in 1998 about his volatile relationship with actor Klaus Kinski, who died in 1991. In 2011, Herzog discussed the documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

Werner Herzog Talks About Madmen And Caves In Interviews From 'Fresh Air' Archives
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Thursday

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GlobalPost co-founder and CEO Phil Balboni says what he'll remember about Foley (above) is the way he showed "such incredible courage" as his captors took his life. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Middle East

GlobalPost CEO Shares Details Of Fight To Save James Foley

Foley was held hostage in Syria for nearly two years before he was killed by his captors. GlobalPost co-founder Phil Balboni tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the efforts to win his release.

GlobalPost CEO Shares Details Of Fight To Save James Foley
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Book Reviews

Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat

In his first graphic novel, Jules Feiffer, 85, has returned to the seedy comic strips, hard boiled novels and B movies of his youth. Maureen Corrigan says it's "a mulligan stew of murder and desire."

Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat
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Wednesday

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Television

Prepare For 'The Simpsons' Marathon With Interviews From The 'Fresh Air' Archives

Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with the show's creator, writers and actors.

Prepare For 'The Simpsons' Marathon With Interviews From The 'Fresh Air' Archives
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Tuesday

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Shots - Health News

Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System

In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."

Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System
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Remembrances

'Fresh Air' Remembers Former Vermont Sen. James Jeffords

Jeffords died Monday at the age of 80. In 2001, the moderate Republican decided to switch to an independent, tipping control to the Democrats. At the time, he explained his decision to Terry Gross.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Former Vermont Sen. James Jeffords
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Monday

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Author Interviews

'Sweetness #9' Satirizes Food Wars And Artificial America

The novel is about a flavor chemist who tests a sweetener on lab rats and monkeys and finds side effects the company covers up. Author Stephan Eirik Clark says he was inspired by Fast Food Nation.

'Sweetness #9' Satirizes Food Wars And Artificial America
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The Salt

Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book, Proof: The Science of Booze, explores these and other scientific mysteries of alcohol's effect on the body.

Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks
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Saturday

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The Titan II intercontinental-range missile, pictured in 1965, sits ready for launch on its 150-feet-deep underground launchpad. "The one warhead on a Titan II had three times the explosive force of all the bombs used by all the armies in the second world war combined — including both atomic bombs," says investigative reporter Eric Schlosser. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Eric Schlosser, Spoon's New Album And 'The Knick' Creators

Eric Schlosser's discusses his new book Command and Control; Ken Tucker reviews Spoon's They Want My Soul; The Knick creators talk about their new drama set in a New York hospital in 1900.

Fresh Air Weekend: Eric Schlosser, Spoon's New Album And 'The Knick' Creators
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Friday

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Remembrances

In Acting And In Life, Lauren Bacall 'Loved The Idea Of Adventure'

Lauren Bacall died Tuesday in New York at the age of 89. In 1994, she talked with Fresh Air about her early career, working with Marilyn Monroe and her intense love affair with Humphrey Bogart.

In Acting And In Life, Lauren Bacall 'Loved The Idea Of Adventure'
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Thursday

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Television

How 'The Knick' Creators Capture Turn-Of-The-Century Operating Scenes

The drama is set in a New York hospital in 1900, when surgeons were developing new techniques. Series creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and medical historian Stanley Burns talk about the show.

How 'The Knick' Creators Capture Turn-Of-The-Century Operating Scenes
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Science

A Scientist's Mission To Break The Itch-Scratch Cycle

Dr. Gil Yosipovitch is a leading scientist in the field of itch. He says he hopes to gain more respect for the debilitating power of chronic itch — and to get more doctors on the search for a cure.

A Scientist's Mission To Break The Itch-Scratch Cycle
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Compared with The Trip, in The Trip to Italy Coogan (right) is gloomier and Brydon is more ambitious. Courtesy of IFC Films hide caption

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Movie Reviews

British Comedians Take A 'Trip To Italy' And Make Fun Of Each Other

In the sequel to The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon drive around Italy, instead of England, and engage in lively banter. The film isn't freighted with ambition, but it's extremely enjoyable.

British Comedians Take A 'Trip To Italy' And Make Fun Of Each Other
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Politics

'This Is A Congress That's Really Doing Nothing,' Says NYT Reporter

Congressional reporter Jonathan Weisman gives his take on the 113th Congress, including how House Speaker John Boehner has little sway, and business in the Senate has virtually ground to a halt.

'This Is A Congress That's Really Doing Nothing,' Says NYT Reporter
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Television

Case Closed: Agatha Christie's Detective Poirot Solves His Last TV Mystery

After decades on air, Poirot's 13th and final season begins Aug. 25. David Suchet still stars as detective Hercule Poirot, but you won't find the show on PBS. So where is it?

Case Closed: Agatha Christie's Detective Poirot Solves His Last TV Mystery
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