Wednesday

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Country

Willie Nelson: The Songwriter at 75

Nelson turns 75 today (April 30), and to honor him, there's a major biography and a career-spanning box set. And there's an essay from Fresh Air's rock historian -- who once sang backup vocals on a Willie Nelson album -- about the legend's brilliant career as a songwriter.

Willie Nelson: The Songwriter at 75

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Studio Sessions

Willie Nelson, Live from the 'Fresh Air' Studios

Our celebration of Willie Nelson's 75th birthday continues with an excerpt from a 1996 visit with the outlaw-country legend. He joined us in our studios for a conversation — and a few songs, including "Amazing Grace," "Family Bible" and "Crazy."

Willie Nelson, Live from the 'Fresh Air' Studios

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Tuesday

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Poetry

'Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose and Letters'

Music critic Lloyd Schwartz first met poet Elizabeth Bishop when she moved to Cambridge in the early 1970s after living in Brazil for nearly 20 years. Now Schwartz has co-edited a new collection of work by the former U.S. Poet Laureate.

'Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose and Letters'

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Monday

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Arts & Life

Killer Penmanship in 'Death Note'

In the Japanese anime series Death Note, high school student Light Yagami is in possession of a super-powered notebook that allows him to kill anyone, simply by writing down the victim's name. Critic-at-large John Powers offers a commentary.

Killer Penmanship in 'Death Note'

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Friday

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Interviews

The Younger Affleck Steps into the Spotlight

Last year, actor Casey Affleck starred in two major Hollywood films: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Gone Baby Gone. Affleck discusses his most recent films, his famous older brother, and his early entrance to the world of acting.

The Younger Affleck Steps into the Spotlight

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Interviews

A-List Comedian Appears in a 'Bee' Movie

Comic and actor Jerry Seinfeld's latest project is the animated film Bee Movie, which he wrote and starred in. Seinfeld is best known for his work on the self-titled NBC series, which ran for nine seasons, earning the actor a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award.

A-List Comedian Appears in a 'Bee' Movie

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Arts & Life

Documentary Investigates Abu Ghraib Conditions

Fresh Air film critic David Edelstein reviews Standard Operating Procedure, a documentary from Errol Morris about the treatment of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib detention center in Iraq in 2003.

Documentary Investigates Abu Ghraib Conditions

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Thursday

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Interviews

Helen Hunt: The Spotlight Isn't Enough This Time

Oscar-winning actress stepped behind the camera to direct the new dramedy Then She Found Me. She helped adapt the script as well, from the novel by Elinor Lipman. And Hunt stars in the film alongside Bette Midler — who plays her birth mother.

Helen Hunt: The Spotlight Isn't Enough This Time

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Wednesday

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Interviews

Paul Polak, Tackling Global Poverty His Own Way

Paul Polak, founder of the nonprofit International Development Enterprises, has spent 25 years working to eradicate poverty. In Out of Poverty, he says simple technologies and a willingness to listen are key — and that government subsidies can do more harm than good.

Paul Polak, Tackling Global Poverty His Own Way

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Letter Men: Brothers Fight for Ojibwe Language

Brothers David and Anton Treuer are members of the Ojibwe nation from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. Both professors, they work to preserve the Ojibwe language, one of the few Native American languages in active use.

Letter Men: Brothers Fight for Ojibwe Language

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Tuesday

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Monday

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Interviews

Actor Kyle Chandler Coaches 'Friday Night'

Kyle Chandler plays Coach Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights, the NBC-TV series about the big drama of small-town Texas high-school football. The third season of the series will be shown on DirecTV before airing on NBC in 2009.

Actor Kyle Chandler Coaches 'Friday Night'

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Environment

On the Menu? Eco-Friendly Seafood

Tim Fitzgerald, a marine scientist with the Oceans Program at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), shares tips for selecting fish that are good for you — and for the environment. The EDF's "Seafood Selector To-Go" is available online and in a pocket-size guide.

On the Menu? Eco-Friendly Seafood

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Friday

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Politics

A Primary View from the Pennsylvania Press Box

As the race for the Democratic nomination heats up in Pennsylvania, campaigns are spinning the local press at a pivotal moment. Philadelphia Daily News senior writer and occasional Fresh Air guest host Dave Davies discusses the political battleground in his state.

A Primary View from the Pennsylvania Press Box

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