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Author Interviews

Sissy Spacek's 'Extraordinary Ordinary Life'

The actress's film career has spanned more than four decades. She recounts some of her favorite memories from the sets of movies such as Coal Miner's Daughter, Badlands and Carrie in a new memoir, My Extraordinary Ordinary Life.

Sissy Spacek's 'Extraordinary Ordinary Life'

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A Sure-Footed Collection Of 'African Blues'

A new anthology from the Putumayo label celebrates the variations in African blues. Critic Milo Miles says the collection is delicate, airy and strong all the way through.

A Sure-Footed Collection Of 'African Blues'

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Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) celebrate their impending nuptials with their families before Violet drops a bomb: She's been accepted at a program at the University of Michigan, and wants to move there and postpone their wedding day. Universal Pictures hide caption

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Movies

A 'Five-Year Engagement' Leaves A Bitter Taste

The romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement reunites writer-director Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel, who made Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets together. This time, Segel and Emily Blunt play a couple whose relationship is tested by a major relocation.

A 'Five-Year Engagement' Leaves A Bitter Taste

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Following Garbage's Long Journey Around The Earth

Americans generate more trash than anyone else on the planet: more than 7 pounds per person each day. Journalist Edward Humes explores how that happened in his new book Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash.

Following Garbage's Long Journey Around The Earth

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With his growling vocals, Howlin' Wolf fought his way to the top of the cutthroat Chicago blues scene. Frank Driggs Collection hide caption

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Howlin' Wolf: A Blues Legend With An Earthy Sound

Sam Phillips once referred to Howlin' Wolf's voice as "where the soul of man never dies." Phillips, who worked with dozens of great Memphis musicians, never changed his mind. Rock historian Ed Ward examines the evolution of Wolf's singular talent.

Howlin' Wolf: A Blues Legend With An Earthy Sound

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Wednesday

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Television

Hugh Laurie's 'House': No Pain, No Gain

For the past eight seasons, the English actor has played Dr. Gregory House on the Fox medical series. During that time, Laurie's character has diagnosed dozens of patients suffering from rare ailments, while maintaining a serious addiction to Vicodin.

Hugh Laurie's 'House': No Pain, No Gain

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I, David Bianculli, Highly Recommend 'I, Claudius'

I, Claudius is loaded with bloody violence, graphic sex, tales of epic battles and intrigue and characters who are in danger of being killed at any time. The British miniseries has now been remastered and is available in a 35th anniversary edition DVD.

I, David Bianculli, Highly Recommend 'I, Claudius'

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Tuesday

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Anna Quindlen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer whose new memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, explores her past, present and future. Courtesy of the author hide caption

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Anna Quindlen: Over 50, And Having 'Plenty Of Cake'

The Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times columnist's new memoir explores her past, present and future — her relationships with her parents and children, her faith, her career and her feelings about herself over the past five decades.

Anna Quindlen: Over 50, And Having 'Plenty Of Cake'

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Monday

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In Bernie, Jack Black plays a local mortician who murders his live-in companion after she won't stop nagging him. The movie is based on a true story. Deana Newcomb/Wind Dancer Films hide caption

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After they leave their orphanage for the first time, Curly (Will Sasso) bears a heavy burden — his fellow Stooges, Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos, left) and Larry (Sean Hayes). Peter Iovino/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Carl Zimmer, The Three Stooges

Science writer Carl Zimmer profiles the scientists who are developing new antiviral drugs. Also, a conversation with the Farrelly Brothers about the new Three Stooges movie and Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Loudon Wainwright.

Fresh Air Weekend: Carl Zimmer, The Three Stooges

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Friday

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Levon Helm: The 2007 Fresh Air Interview

Helm, the longtime drummer of The Band who backed Bob Dylan and sang with Van Morrison, died Thursday. He was 71. Fresh Air remembers Helm with excerpts from his two appearances on the show in 1993 and 2007.

Levon Helm: The 2007 Fresh Air Interview

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Thursday

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After they leave their orphanage for the first time, Curly (Will Sasso) bears a heavy burden — his fellow Stooges, Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos, left) and Larry (Sean Hayes). Peter Iovino/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation hide caption

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Movie Interviews

The Stooges Are Back, And Nyukking Things Up Again

The Farrelly brothers' new film reimagines Moe, Curly and Larry in the present day, but retains the Stooges' trademark slapstick humor and sound effects. "We tried to keep it looking exactly like the Stooges did it," says Peter Farrelly.

The Stooges Are Back, And Nyukking Things Up Again

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Over the course of filming, Oscar (pictured above) learned how to use rudimentary tools and how to get along with the other members of his clan. Disney hide caption

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Animals

Following The Lives Of Chimpanzees On Screen

Filmmaker Alastair Fothergill spent three years in Western Africa, following a group of wild chimps. His Disney nature film Chimpanzee showcases a baby chimp named Oscar and the relationships he develops within his clan.

Following The Lives Of Chimpanzees On Screen

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From Dominican Roots, Bachata Is Here To Stay

During the last 20 years, bachata has risen from the back country of the Dominican Republic to take its place next to salsa in concert halls. Milo Miles considers bachata's humble beginnings and the continuing appeal of its simpler side.

From Dominican Roots, Bachata Is Here To Stay

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