Tuesday

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Studio Sessions

John Mellencamp, The Modern Mortal

Long a standout purveyor of rootsy, direct "heartland" rock, Mellencamp is in the midst of a folksy, pessimistic streak on his new album. He speaks to host Terry Gross about the spare sound and dark themes of Life, Death, Love and Freedom.

John Mellencamp, The Modern Mortal

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Book Reviews

'The Believers': Zoe Heller's Scathing Social Satire

By refusing to serve up even one likable main character, Zoe Heller's new novel raises implicit questions about readers' expectations about fiction. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan calls The Believers a "smart, caustic novel."

'The Believers': Zoe Heller's Scathing Social Satire

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Monday

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Middle East

Seymour Hersh: Obama To Spotlight Syria

Journalist Seymour Hersh reports that a major change in American policy toward Syria is underway. It's part of a broader strategy to bring peace to the Middle East and counter the influence of Iran.

Seymour Hersh: Obama To Spotlight Syria

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Commentary

The Ghost Of Populism Walks Again — Again

The term "populist" has been heavily used by the media lately, most often coupled with "rage," but also with "AIG" and "pitchfork." Linguist Geoff Nunberg examines the roots of the term as well as its current usage.

The Ghost Of Populism Walks Again — Again

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Friday

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Movies

James Franco: The Method Of 'Milk'

James Franco stars in the biopic Milk as Scott Smith, the boyfriend of gay activist and politician Harvey Milk. In November, Franco talked with Terry Gross about his role in Milk and his career in acting.

James Franco: The Method Of 'Milk'

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Race

John Hope Franklin: African-American Historian

John Hope Franklin died March 25 at the age of 94. As a historian, scholar, and activist Franklin advanced African-American causes throughout his career. Fresh Air remembers the historian and scholar with an interview from 1990.

John Hope Franklin: African-American Historian

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Movies

The Memorable Faces Of 'Goodbye Solo'

In Ramin Bahrani's new film, Goodbye Solo, a Senegalese immigrant cabdriver tries to save an elderly passenger who he suspects is suicidal. Reviewer David Edelstein calls it a "film of overflowing humanism."

The Memorable Faces Of 'Goodbye Solo'

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Thursday

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Wednesday

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Economy

Frank Partnoy: Derivative Dangers

Years before the current economic crisis, former derivatives trader Frank Partnoy warned about the dangers of tricky financial trading. He joins Fresh Air to explain how we got where we are.

Frank Partnoy: Derivative Dangers

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Music Articles

'Keep It Hid': Intimate, Thrilling Heartbreak

Dan Auerbach, the singer-guitarist for the Akron, Ohio-based rootsy blues-rock duo The Black Keys, broadens his style on his new solo album to include folk, country and even psychedelic elements. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review.

'Keep It Hid': Intimate, Thrilling Heartbreak

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Tuesday

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World

Mexican Media Baron On Drug-Violence Epidemic

Alejandro Junco de la Vega is the publisher of Mexico's most influential newspaper conglomerate. He discusses the rise of drug-related violence in Mexico and at the Mexican-US border.

Mexican Media Baron On Drug-Violence Epidemic

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World

Mexican Drug Cartel Violence Migrates North

Violence caused by Mexican drug cartels is spilling over the border into the United States. New York Times journalist Randal C. Archibold reports that home invasions and shootings related to the Mexican drug trade are spreading as far north as Canada.

Mexican Drug Cartel Violence Migrates North

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Monday

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Friday

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Movies

Documentary Celebrates 'Chris And Don'

The documentary Chris and Don: A Love Story chronicles the relationship of the late writer Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy. Bachardy joined Fresh Air in July 2008 to talk about their life together.

Documentary Celebrates 'Chris And Don'

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Thursday

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Books

A Veterinarian Advises How To 'Speak For Spot'

Navigating the world of veterinary medicine can be daunting, but one veterinarian believes she can help. Nancy Kay, a veterinarian with 20 years of experience, is the author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Longer Life.

A Veterinarian Advises How To 'Speak For Spot'

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Performing Arts

An Archival Interview With Natasha Richardson

Actress Natasha Richardson died Mar. 18 after suffering head injuries in a skiing accident. Richardson won a Tony for her work in Cabaret and appeared in many films. Fresh Air remembers the actress with an interview from 1992.

An Archival Interview With Natasha Richardson

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Wednesday

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Environment

In The Arctic, A Time-Lapse View Of Climate Change

Intent on documenting the effects of climate change, nature photographer James Balog ventured into ice-bound regions with 26 time-lapse cameras, which he programmed to shoot a frame every daylight hour for three years.

In The Arctic, A Time-Lapse View Of Climate Change

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