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Politics

As Summer Recess Looms, Congress Remains Inactive

The last week before the long summer recess is usually crunchtime for Congress, but that hasn't been the case for the 113th. New York Times correspondent Jonathan Weisman joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross to discuss why this Congress has passed so few laws.

As Summer Recess Looms, Congress Remains Inactive

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Tuesday

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Author Interviews

Pioneering 'Masters Of Sex' Brought Science To The Bedroom

William Masters and Virginia Johnson became famous in the 1960s for their research into the physiology of human sexuality. In Masters of Sex, biographer Thomas Maier explores the duo's research methods, which for years remained shrouded in secrecy.

Pioneering 'Masters Of Sex' Brought Science To The Bedroom

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Book Reviews

With 'Arrangements' And 'The Rest,' Two Debut Novelists Arrive

Maggie Shipstead mocks the pretensions of New England WASPs, while Jessica Lott executes unexpected riffs on the student-professor relationship plot. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two stellar fiction newcomers.

With 'Arrangements' And 'The Rest,' Two Debut Novelists Arrive

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Music Reviews

'The Edenfred Files': Darryl Harper's Blues-Infused Jazz

On the clarinetist's latest album, the blues might be modernized or tweaked, but it's never far away. Fresh Air's jazz critic says The Edenfred Files is modest in a good way, like a musical chapbook or novella. The scale suits Harper's pointedly focused music.

'The Edenfred Files': Darryl Harper's Blues-Infused Jazz

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Monday

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Television

John Gallagher Jr. On 'Newsroom' Dialogue And Staging Green Day

In addition to playing a cable news producer on Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama, Gallagher is a Tony Award-winning Broadway performer. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about starring in a punk rock musical and rehearsing Sorkin's Newsroom scripts.

John Gallagher Jr. On 'Newsroom' Dialogue And Staging Green Day

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China Beach did for Vietnam what M.A.S.H. had done for the Korean War. Left to right: Robert Picardo, Concetta Tomei, Nancy Giles, Jeff Kober, Marg Helgenberger, Brian Wimmer, Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Ricki Lake and Ned Vaughn. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. hide caption

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Television

This Summer, Vintage TV Shows Thrive On DVD

The stack of recent DVD releases of old TV series keeps getting higher. Fresh Air critic David Bianculli picks four that he believes are the TV equivalent of a fun summer read.

This Summer, Vintage TV Shows Thrive On DVD

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Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Former Louisiana Congresswoman Lindy Boggs

Boggs moved to Washington in 1941, when her husband was elected to Congress. After his plane disappeared on a campaign trip through Alaska, she ran for his seat and won, becoming the first woman elected to Congress from her state.

Fresh Air Remembers Former Louisiana Congresswoman Lindy Boggs

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Friday

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Interviews

Tig Notaro On Going 'Live' About Her Life

Tig Notaro walked onstage hours after finding out she was diagnosed with cancer, and talked about it in a standup comedy set that Louis C.K. described in a tweet as masterful. Notaro spoke with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the set, titled Tig Notaro: Live.

Tig Notaro On Going 'Live' About Her Life

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Jackie, Lynn and Sue — pictured here at age 7 — are three of the children featured in the landmark 1964 documentary 7 Up. The series returns this year with 56 Up, checking in with a group of 14 men and women whose lives have been documented since they were kids. First Run Features hide caption

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Michael Apted, Aging With The '7 Up' Crew

Every seven years since 1964, the director has caught us up on the lives of 14 everyday people in his acclaimed 7 Up series. Apted was 22 when the series began, and the subjects were 7. In the latest episode — 56 Up — the subjects are well into middle age.

Michael Apted, Aging With The '7 Up' Crew

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Ginger's (Sally Hawkins) best moments happen while in the company of a persistent suitor named Al (Louis C.K.). Merrick Morton /Sony Classics hide caption

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Movie Reviews

'Blue' Rhapsodies: Woody Allen, In Need Of New Tricks

Blue Jasmine finds the filmmaker stuck in old ruts; though his technique is as sound as ever, his worldview seems to have congealed decades ago. Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins and Alec Baldwin star in a story inspired by Bernie Madoff and Blanche DuBois.

'Blue' Rhapsodies: Woody Allen, In Need Of New Tricks

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Thursday

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Philanthropic and business leaders have come together to revive the core of Detroit, which recently filed for federal bankruptcy protection. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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Author Interviews

A Metro 'Revolution': Cities, Suburbs Do What Washington Can't

Even as Detroit files for bankruptcy protection, Bruce Katz says many American cities are showing promising signs of renewal. In The Metropolitan Revolution, he writes that, together, cities and suburbs have the power to take on the challenges Washington won't.

A Metro 'Revolution': Cities, Suburbs Do What Washington Can't

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Wednesday

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In his latest book, Savage Continent, Keith Lowe takes a look at Europe in the years directly following World War II. Picador hide caption

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Book Reviews

'My Lunches With Orson' Puts You At The Table With Welles

For years, there were rumors that filmmaker Henry Jaglom had taped hours of his conversations with Orson Welles but that the tapes had been lost. They weren't. Now the transcripts have been released in a new book, edited and introduced by Peter Biskind.

'My Lunches With Orson' Puts You At The Table With Welles

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Tuesday

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Author Interviews

A Reclusive Novelist Reckons With His Legacy '& Sons'

In a new novel, David Gilbert tells the story of a famous, aging writer whose children do not feel as warmly toward him as his readers do. Gilbert wrote the book as his own father was getting older and his son was approaching his teen years.

A Reclusive Novelist Reckons With His Legacy '& Sons'

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Carline Ray, who sang with The International Sweethearts of Rhythm and Mary Lou Williams died on July 18 at the age of 88. Jazz Promo Services hide caption

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Middle East

Morsi's Ouster In Egypt: A 'Bookend' For The Arab Spring

As the Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times, David Kirkpatrick has covered events in the region since January 2011. He says that the toppling of the democratically elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi throws the changes of the Arab Spring into question.

Morsi's Ouster In Egypt: A 'Bookend' For The Arab Spring

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Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Jason Isbell, 'Cuckoo's Calling,' 'Orange Is The New Black'

Isbell earned a name for himself while playing with Drive-By Truckers, but on Southeastern, he finds a new level of emotional honesty. Readers have been circling back to a "debut" novel they'd initially overlooked. Netflix recently unveiled its exclusive series: Orange Is the New Black.

Fresh Air Weekend: Jason Isbell, 'Cuckoo's Calling,' 'Orange Is The New Black'

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