Saturday

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Max Beckmann's biblical and political triptych Departure (right) hangs on the same wall as Adolf Ziegler's Four Elements triptych, which Hitler owned. Both pieces are part of the Neue Galerie's "Degenerate Art" exhibit. Courtesy of Hulya Kolabas for Neue Galerie New York hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Chris O'Dowd, The Nazi War On Modern Art And Cannes

The actor plays Lenny in a revival of the theatrical adaptation of Of Mice and Men; a New York exhibit reunites works from two Nazi art shows; critic John Powers discusses the festival's winners.

Fresh Air Weekend: Chris O'Dowd, The Nazi War On Modern Art And Cannes

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Joaquin Phoenix's Her character, Theodore, has a job writing intimate — and sometimes erotic — cards and letters on behalf of other people. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Interviews

Phoenix To Self: 'Why Am I Talking About This? ... Joaquin, Shut Up'

The elusive actor tells Fresh Air about his new film, Her -- but he insists he's not really that interesting. "If I was driving and I heard this, I'd change the channel," he says.

Phoenix To Self: 'Why Am I Talking About This? ... Joaquin, Shut Up'

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Music

Jazz Pianist Ted Rosenthal Has A Feel For Gershwin

Rosenthal has played George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" solo and with symphonic and jazz orchestras. Now he's recorded a version for jazz trio as part of an all-Gershwin album.

Jazz Pianist Ted Rosenthal Has A Feel For Gershwin

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Thursday

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From The Screen To Broadway: Chris O'Dowd Takes On 'Of Mice And Men'

The Irish actor was introduced to a large American audience through the film Bridesmaids. He's now playing Lenny in the revival of the theatrical adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic.

From The Screen To Broadway: Chris O'Dowd Takes On 'Of Mice And Men'

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The Neue Galerie exhibit's empty frames represent paintings that were lost or destroyed by the Nazis. They appear beside works that survived Nazi rule, like George Grosz's Portrait of the Writer Max Hermann-Neisse (lower right). Courtesy of Hulya Kolabas for Neue Galerie New York hide caption

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Fine Art

'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art

In 1937, two Nazi art shows aimed to teach the public to despise modernist art and show them what art should be. An exhibit at New York's Neue Galerie reunites works from both landmark shows.

'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art

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Wednesday

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Maya Angelou's most recent autobiography, Mom & Me & Mom, looked back on her complicated relationship with her mother. Doug Mills/AP hide caption

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Author Interviews

'Fresh Air' Remembers Poet And Memoirist Maya Angelou

In 1986, Angelou spoke to Terry Gross about Southern influences in her writing, her love of autobiography and how, as a traumatized young girl, poetry inspired her to start speaking again.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Poet And Memoirist Maya Angelou

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Tuesday

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Commentary

150 Years After Marx, 'Capital' Still Can't Shake Loose Of 'Das Kapital'

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century evokes another famous tome with "capital" in its title, and makes comparisons inevitable.

150 Years After Marx, 'Capital' Still Can't Shake Loose Of 'Das Kapital'

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Over the next few years China will build a multi-billion dollar railway linking the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Nairobi (shown here), based on an agreement signed earlier this month by East African and Chinese officials. It's one of many examples of China's increasing economic engagement with African countries. Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Books

China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers

In China's Second Continent, Howard French explores the Chinese presence in 15 African countries. The relationship goes beyond economics: more than a million Chinese citizens have migrated to Africa.

China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers

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Monday

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Maj. Frank Capra sits at his War Department desk in Washington on March 6, 1942. Capra's non-War Department films include It's A Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. AP hide caption

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Interviews

During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty

A new book looks at how the military and Hollywood directors teamed up during the war. The films they made helped show Americans what was at stake, and served as evidence during the Nuremberg Trials.

During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty

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Saturday

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In Louie, Louis C.K. plays a comic who finds comedy in uncomfortable, touchy topics. K.C. Bailey/FX hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Louis C.K., Miles Davis And A Military Dog

The comic's show, Louie, is now in its fourth season; Davis' performances at New York's Fillmore East are now out in full; and a Marine dog adjusts to civilian life.

Fresh Air Weekend: Louis C.K., Miles Davis And A Military Dog

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Friday

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Television

HBO's 'The Normal Heart' Looks At The Early Days Of The AIDS Crisis

On Sunday night, HBO presents a new TV version of Larry Kramer's 1985 play. Kramer himself wrote the adaptation, which stars Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts.

HBO's 'The Normal Heart' Looks At The Early Days Of The AIDS Crisis

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Movie Reviews

'The Immigrant': An Ellis Island Period Drama From James Gray

In the director's latest film, Marion Cotillard plays a Polish woman trying to free her sister from the island's infirmary and Joaquin Phoenix co-stars as a shady businessman.

'The Immigrant': An Ellis Island Period Drama From James Gray

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Thursday

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In this image from the June issue of National Geographic, Jose Armenta and his wife, Eliana, relax with their Boston terriers Oreo and Sassy, and Zenit, a German shepherd they adopted from the Marines. Adam Ferguson/National Geographic hide caption

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The Impact of War

Civilian Life Taught This Military Dog Some New Tricks

As a bomb-detecting dog, Zenit the German shepherd never chased his tail or dug holes. Those are skills he learned after he was adopted by his former professional partner, Cpl. Jose Armenta.

Civilian Life Taught This Military Dog Some New Tricks

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Book Reviews

A Second Posthumous Collection From Rock Critic Ellen Willis

The Essential Ellen Willis focuses on the writer's explicitly feminist culture criticism. It was edited by Willis' daughter, who published an earlier collection of her mother's essays in 2011.

A Second Posthumous Collection From Rock Critic Ellen Willis

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Remembrances

'Fresh Air' Remembers Civil Rights Activist Vincent Harding

Harding died Monday at 82. He wrote several speeches for Martin Luther King Jr., including his controversial 1967 speech opposing the war in Vietnam. Harding spoke to Fresh Air in 1988.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Civil Rights Activist Vincent Harding

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David Koch is one-half of politically and economically powerful duo known as the Koch brothers. He and his brother, Charles, are tied in sixth place on the list of the wealthiest men on the planet. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP hide caption

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How The Koch Brothers Remade America's Political Landscape

Charles and David Koch have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to bring their libertarian views into the mainstream. In a new book, Daniel Schulman looks at the roots of their ideology.

How The Koch Brothers Remade America's Political Landscape

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German troops march towards Paris' Arc de Triomphe in 1943. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Book Reviews

'Chameleon' Has Cabaret, Spies And A Plot Fit For Lifetime

Francine Prose's latest novel was inspired by a 1932 photo of two lesbians, one of whom was in the Gestapo. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's an ingenious excursion into the Parisian demimonde.

'Chameleon' Has Cabaret, Spies And A Plot Fit For Lifetime

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