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The Internet: A Series Of 'Tubes' (And Then Some)

What does the Internet look like? Journalist Andrew Blum decided to find out. His new book, Tubes, is a journey into the Internet's physical infrastructure — where our data is stored and transmitted.

The Internet: A Series Of 'Tubes' (And Then Some)

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Movies

2012: Not The Best Year At Cannes

John Powers, Fresh Air's critic-at-large and the movie critic for Vogue, returns from this year's Cannes Film Festival. Though he says it wasn't the festival's strongest year, the experience once again left him feeling rejuvenated about the movies.

2012: Not The Best Year At Cannes

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Fresh Air Remembers Traditional Music Legend Doc Watson

Doc Watson, who was called "a living national treasure" for his virtuoso flat-picking and his repertoire of traditional folk and bluegrass tunes, has died. He was 89. Fresh Air remembers the blind guitar and banjo player with excepts from a 1988 interview.

Fresh Air Remembers Traditional Music Legend Doc Watson

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The Word 'Hopefully' Is Here To Stay, Hopefully

When The Associated Press said it would no longer condemn the use of the adverb "hopefully" in its style guide, most people shrugged. But the announcement was a red flag to people who have made the adverb the biggest bugaboo of English usage over the past 50 years.

The Word 'Hopefully' Is Here To Stay, Hopefully

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Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom opened the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. He received Academy Award nominations for The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Niko Tavernise/Focus Features hide caption

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Wes Anderson, Creating A Singular 'Kingdom'

The filmmaker's latest project, Moonrise Kingdom, recently opened the Cannes Film Festival. It's the story of a 12-year-old girl and boy who fall in love and then make a pact to run off into the woods together.

Wes Anderson, Creating A Singular 'Kingdom'

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Anti-Virtuoso Piano, Delicate And Despoiled

Masabumi Kikuchi's fully improvised album Sunrise features late, like-minded drummer Paul Motian.

Anti-Virtuoso Piano, Delicate And Despoiled

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Studio Sessions

Catherine Russell: An In-Studio Fresh Air Concert

The standards singer's new solo album, Strictly Romancin', explores the ups and downs of love. Russell sings several tracks from the record during this interview and performance.

Catherine Russell: An In-Studio Fresh Air Concert

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: David Alan Grier, Sacha Baron Cohen

The stand-up comedian and star of In Living Color was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Sporting Life in the opera Porgy and Bess. Also, actor and writer Sacha Baron Cohen on Borat, Bruno, Ali G., and his latest character, The Dictator.

Fresh Air Weekend: David Alan Grier, Sacha Baron Cohen

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Author Interviews

Examining 'The Leftovers,' After The Rapture

What if the rapture actually occurred? That's the plot of Tom Perrotta's novel The Leftovers, which examines the aftermath of an unexplained rapturelike event in which millions of people around the globe inexplicably disappear into thin air.

Examining 'The Leftovers,' After The Rapture

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Music Articles

How Wes Anderson Soundtracks His Movies

You might not recognize the name Randall Poster, but you're likely familiar with his work. Poster picks out and licenses music used in commercials, TV and film. He's worked closely with director Wes Anderson on films like Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom.

How Wes Anderson Soundtracks His Movies

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Theater

David Alan Grier's 'Sporting Life' On Broadway

The stand-up comedian and star of In Living Color was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Sporting Life in the opera Porgy and Bess. "I think the character of Sporting Life is a salesman so he has to be flamboyant, the life of the party," he says.

David Alan Grier's 'Sporting Life' On Broadway

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Book Reviews

'Right-Hand': A Lush Prequel To 'Mason's Retreat'

In The Right-Hand Shore, Christopher Tilghman returns to the racially charged landscape and the crumbling plantations of his book Mason's Retreat. Fresh Air critic Maureen Corrigan calls the prequel "the real deal."

'Right-Hand': A Lush Prequel To 'Mason's Retreat'

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Sacha Baron Cohen plays Admiral General Aladeen, the authoritarian, anti-Semitic and unexpectedly sympathetic protagonist of The Dictator. Melinda Sue Gordon/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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