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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Matthew Weiner, Rachel Maddow

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner offers his thoughts on Sunday night's Season 5 premiere. Also, Rachel Maddow talks about her start in broadcasting, her life and her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.

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Earl Scruggs: The 2003 Fresh Air Interview

Banjo player Earl Scruggs, who helped shape the sound of American bluegrass music, died Wednesday. He was 88 years old. Fresh Air remembers Scruggs with excerpts from an interview.

Earl Scruggs: The 2003 Fresh Air Interview
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Author Interviews

Harry Crews On Writing And Feeling Like A 'Freak'

Writer Harry Crews had a hard life and didn't make it any easier for the characters in his novels. He died Wednesday at age 76. Fresh Air remembers the Southern novelist with excerpts from a 1988 interview.

Harry Crews On Writing And Feeling Like A 'Freak'
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Game of Throne's Peter Dinklage returns to the Lannister kingdom more influential than ever, thanks to a scroll that gives him power by proxy. Paul Schiraldi/Paul Schiraldi Photography hide caption

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Music Interviews

Paul McCartney Blows 'Kisses' To His Father's Era

McCartney recently released a collection of standards — songs he heard while growing up in Liverpool. He talks about several of those songs, and his own songwriting, from his home studio.

Paul McCartney Blows 'Kisses' To His Father's Era
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Sports

The 'Illegal Procedure' Of Paying College Athletes

For years, former sports agent Josh Luchs provided money and other benefits to college athletes, in clear violation of NCAA and NFL Players Association rules. He comes clean in a new memoir, Illegal Procedure.

The 'Illegal Procedure' Of Paying College Athletes
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Bessie and Boris Thomashefsky were mega-stars in the Yiddish theater world. Their story is told in a new documentary, written and conducted by their grandson, Michael Tilson Thomas. courtesy of Michael Tilson Thomas hide caption

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Media

Rachel Maddow: The Fresh Air Interview

The popular MSNBC host talks about her start in broadcasting, her life and her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, in which she argues that America's national defense has become disconnected from public oversight.

Rachel Maddow: The Fresh Air Interview
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Television

'Mad Men' Creator On What's Next For Don Draper

Matthew Weiner offers his thoughts on Sunday night's Season 5 premiere, the character development of Don Draper, and what may be in store for the staff of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

'Mad Men' Creator On What's Next For Don Draper
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Sonja Sohn is currently starring in the ABC drama Body of Proof. She is the founder of the Baltimore nonprofit ReWired for Change. Peter Konerko/Courtesy Sonja Sohn hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Jonah Lehrer, Sonja Sohn

Science writer Jonah Lehrer examines the science behind our creativity in his new book, Imagine. Also, actress Sonja Sohn explains why she chose to stay in Baltimore and start a non-profit after starring in the HBO series The Wire.

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Movie Interviews

Making 'The Muppets Movie' Was 'Dream Come True'

The filmmakers behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall have teamed up to create a new Muppet movie. "We set out to make a Muppet movie that harkened back to the late-'70s [and] early-'80s Muppets that we grew up with," says Jason Segel.

Making 'The Muppets Movie' Was 'Dream Come True'
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Elmo and Clash, on the Sesame Street set in 2006. Richard Termine/Sesame Workshop hide caption

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Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, celebrates his 40th birthday in the fifth season of Mad Men. Frank Ockenfels/AMC hide caption

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'Mad Men' Returns, Cocky And Confident As Ever

The AMC series Mad Men — winner of the Best Drama Series Emmy for each of its four seasons to date — returns March 25 after a 17-month hiatus. TV critic David Bianculli determines whether it was worth the wait?

'Mad Men' Returns, Cocky And Confident As Ever
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News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, testifying alongside his son James, said his July appearance before a British parliamentary inquiry in London was "the most humble day of my life." Parbul/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her little sister's place in a killing ritual televised to the masses. Lionsgate hide caption

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Movies

Acting Trumps Action In A 'Games' Without Horror

Suzanne Collins' best-seller about a televised killing tournament has come to the big screen, with a cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Lenny Kravitz and Stanley Tucci.

Acting Trumps Action In A 'Games' Without Horror
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Author Interviews

'Imagine' That: Fostering Creativity In The Workplace

Some companies are helping their employees become more creative and increasing their productivity, says science writer Jonah Lehrer in his new book, Imagine.

'Imagine' That: Fostering Creativity In The Workplace
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