Tuesday

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Interviews

Actor Paul Rudd, Rewriting the Commandments

Paul Rudd, who co-starred in Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin, produced and stars in the new independent film The Ten — a series of irreverent vignettes that reinterpret the Ten Commandments for a modern audience.

Actor Paul Rudd, Rewriting the Commandments

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Massacre's 'Lonely Heart,' Claudia Quintet's 'For'

Critic Milo Miles reviews a pair of what he considers rarities — all-instrumental albums that don't belong to a clear school or style of music. But in the case of the band Massacre and the Claudia Quintet, he says that's a good thing.

Massacre's 'Lonely Heart,' Claudia Quintet's 'For'

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Monday

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Interviews

Robyn Meredith on an Eastern Rising

Forbes magazine writer Robyn Meredith talks about the economic realities behind her new book: The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us. Previously, Meredith wrote for The New York Times and USA Today.

Robyn Meredith on an Eastern Rising

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Remembrances

Actress Liv Ullman on Filmmaker Ingmar Bergman

Actress Liv Ullman, longtime muse of filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, talks about working with the legendary director, who died today at the age of 89. Bergman made more than 50 films, including The Seventh Seal, Cries and Whispers, and Fanny and Alexander.

Actress Liv Ullman on Filmmaker Ingmar Bergman

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Friday

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Arts & Life

'Simpsons Movie': Bigger, Longer, Underwhelming

Iconic series loses something when it's padded and ironed out to conform to Hollywood's templates; the film rarely captures the magic of the show, with its lunatic free-associations and its manic highs.

'Simpsons Movie': Bigger, Longer, Underwhelming

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Thursday

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Interviews

Al Jean, Getting Intimate with 'The Simpsons'

Al Jean knows Marge, Homer, Bart and the gang better than almost anyone. He's executive producer and writer for The Simpsons, and he's been with the show since it began. He says the new Simpsons movie is about "what happens when a man doesn't listen to his wife."

Al Jean, Getting Intimate with 'The Simpsons'

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Interviews

Cartwright: It's Bearable Being Bart's Likeness

Nancy Cartwright's work is widely heard and well loved, but not many people know it's her. She's the voice of Bart Simpson on TV's The Simpsons — and in the long-awaited feature film that hits theaters this week.

Cartwright: It's Bearable Being Bart's Likeness

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Wednesday

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Book Reviews

When Culture Collides with the American Dream

Min Jin Lee's debut novel Free Food for Millionaires tells the story of a young Korean-American woman whose Ivy League education exposes her to a glitzy, glamorous lifestyle she can't afford to maintain.

When Culture Collides with the American Dream

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Tuesday

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Monday

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On Television

Summer Shows: Women in Charge, Under Stress

Fresh Air's TV critic reviews two new cable shows featuring strong female leads: TNT's Saving Grace, starring Holly Hunter as a troubled detective, and the FX channel's Damages, starring Glenn Close as a powerful and ruthless attorney.

Summer Shows: Women in Charge, Under Stress

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Friday

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Arts & Life

Hollywood's Musical 'Hairspray,' a Little Too Bouffant

Fresh Air's film critic says Adam Shankman's candy-colored teeny-bopper parable feels fatuously energized, with the songs all blaring at one manic pitch and a heroine whose delusional optimism has peaked by the end of the opening number.

Hollywood's Musical 'Hairspray,' a Little Too Bouffant

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Thursday

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Interviews

Adam Shankman, Putting New Moves on 'Hairspray'

John Waters' Hairspray was a cult movie that became a hit Broadway musical. Now the stage musical returns to the big screen; we talk with director and choreographer Adam Shankman, whose earlier credits include the legendary musical episode of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.

Adam Shankman, Putting New Moves on 'Hairspray'

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Interviews

When 'Hairspray' Was New: Vintage John Waters

Filmmaker John Waters, a frequent Fresh Air guest, visited the show in 1988, the year the original, nonmusical Hairspray hit theaters. Another recent project is the CD A Date With John Waters, released in February 2007. This interview first aired Feb. 8, 1988.

When 'Hairspray' Was New: Vintage John Waters

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Wednesday

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Music Articles

Teddy Thompson, 'Up Front' About Loving Country

Singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson leaves his folk-rock roots and goes country on the self-produced album Up Front and Down Low, his first full-length disc since Separate Ways. It's largely a collection of classic tunes and lesser-known gems from country greats.

Teddy Thompson, 'Up Front' About Loving Country

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