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Author Interviews

Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.

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Music Reviews

Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead's Arena Combat

In 1974, sound engineer Owsley Stanley crafted a superior live experience with an enormous conglomeration of amps and speakers called the Wall of Sound. Dave's Picks Volume 9 captures this era.

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Bryan Cranston, 'Redeployment' And A New Yorker Cartoonist

Cranston reinvents himself post-Breaking Bad; former Marine Phil Klay explores his Iraq experience through short stories; Bob Mankoff says humor is both a creative and a cognitive process.

Fresh Air Weekend: Bryan Cranston, 'Redeployment' And A New Yorker Cartoonist
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Interviews

'The Fall Of The House Of Dixie' Built A New U.S.

In a his book, historian Bruce Levine says that from the destruction of the South emerged an entirely new country, making the Civil War equivalent to a second American Revolution.

'The Fall Of The House Of Dixie' Built A New U.S.
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Television

'The Good Wife' Delivers A Game-Changing Stunner

Last Sunday, the CBS drama delivered something major and unexpected. If you don't know what happened, and don't wish to, you may not want to listen, but Fresh Air's critic has a lot to say about it.

'The Good Wife' Delivers A Game-Changing Stunner
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Movie Reviews

In 'Noah,' Earth And The Bible Get A Computer-Generated Reboot

Darren Aronofsky's latest film is a big-budget Bible story called, simply, Noah. Russell Crowe plays the title character, and the movie also features Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.

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Performing Arts

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

While Breaking Bad fans were watching him portray Walt in the series' final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself — playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way.

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation
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Author Interviews

'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs

Karen Russell's new book imagines a mysterious insomnia epidemic so serious that many are dying from lack of sleep. But the cure — sleep donations from babies — is hard to swallow.

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Book Reviews

'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it, lucidly tracing the moral, political and psychological curlicues of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs
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Tuesday

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Europe

How Crimea's Annexation Plays To Russians' Soviet Nostalgia

For those who viewed the end of the Soviet Union as a tragedy, Crimea was a chance to showcase Russia's strength. Now Russia may have changed its relationship with the outside world for years to come.

How Crimea's Annexation Plays To Russians' Soviet Nostalgia
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Book Reviews

'Thief' Delivers An Unfiltered Depiction Of Life In Lagos

Teju Cole's latest book describes a young New York doctor's visit back to his Nigerian hometown, where he encounters a Clockwork Orange world of misery and corruption.

'Thief' Delivers An Unfiltered Depiction Of Life In Lagos
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Author Interviews

'New Yorker' Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. His memoir is called How About Never — Is Never Good For You?

'New Yorker' Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It
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Music Reviews

After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return

On Feb. 5, 1953, Powell was uncommunicative face to face at the New York jazz club Birdland. But when he sat at the keys, it was a whole other story.

After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return
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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Blood Will Out,' An Opera Powerhouse And A Reading

Author Walter Kirn explores the depths of Clark Rockefeller's deception, mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick reflects on her career and Lloyd Schwartz shares a poem about friendship and loss.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Blood Will Out,' An Opera Powerhouse And A Reading
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Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior Is Biological

Adrian Raine argues that violent behavior has biological roots just like depression or schizophrenia. This raises questions about treatment, accountability and punishment, including the death penalty.

Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior Is Biological
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Movie Reviews

'Nymphomaniac': Chasing Sex, But Only On Her Terms

Charlotte Gainsbourg and newcomer Stacy Martin anchor Lars von Trier's four-hour inquiry into the nature of impulse and desire.

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Thursday

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Food

'Test Kitchen': Have Your (Gluten-Free) Cake, And Love Eating It Too

America's Test Kitchen knows how to make gluten-free food taste just as good as the regular stuff. The ATK team tells Fresh Air about the best packaged pasta, and the secrets of gluten-free baking.

'Test Kitchen': Have Your (Gluten-Free) Cake, And Love Eating It Too
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Music Reviews

Sara Evans: Country Power Ballads With A Punch

Surrounded on the charts by younger men and their big hits about drinking and partying, Sara Evans' hit-single success of Slow Me Down's title song all the more heartening.

Sara Evans: Country Power Ballads With A Punch
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