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Author Interviews

A Dominatrix Reveals All In 'Whip Smart' Memoir

Melissa Febos graduated from college with straight As and a prestigious internship. She also led a secret life as a dominatrix. Her memoir, Whip Smart, which details her time working in a sex dungeon in midtown Manhattan, is now available in paperback.

A Dominatrix Reveals All In 'Whip Smart' Memoir

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Remembering Jazz Lyricist And Poet Fran Landesman

Landesman, a songwriter and poet who wrote the words to the jazz standard "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," died on July 23. She was 83. Fresh Air remembers the iconoclastic lyricist with highlights from a 1988 interview.

Remembering Jazz Lyricist And Poet Fran Landesman

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Olivia Wilde stars as an elusive traveler, and Daniel Craig plays a stranger with no memory of his past in the sci-fi Western Cowboys & Aliens. Zade Rosenthal/Universal Studios hide caption

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Movies

When Aliens 'Attack' And Fight 'Cowboys'

The sci-fi Western Cowboys & Aliens and the low-budget British film Attack the Block both open this weekend. Critic David Edelstein says both movies bring people together from different walks of life — but only one is really worth seeing.

When Aliens 'Attack' And Fight 'Cowboys'

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A Libyan rebel fighter flashes a victory sign as an aircraft carrying supplies for the rebels departs along a guarded mile-long stretch of road being used as runway, outside of Rhybat in western Libya, on July 19. Gaia Anderson/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

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Henry Louis Gates Jr., is the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University. NYU Press hide caption

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Race

What It Means To Be 'Black In Latin America'

Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. looks at the cultural legacy of African slaves brought to Latin America.

What It Means To Be 'Black In Latin America'

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Tuesday

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In Sarah's Key, American journalist Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) tries to find out what happened during World War II on the property where she recently moved with her husband. Julien Bonet/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Kristin Scott Thomas: 'Sarah's Key' To A Dark Past

Actress Kristin Scott Thomas stars in the drama Sarah's Key, about the French roundup of Jews during the Nazi occupation. "It's something the French have been extremely wary of talking about," she says. "It's been hidden away for a very, very long time."

Kristin Scott Thomas: 'Sarah's Key' To A Dark Past

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Environment

Weather Warnings For A 'Climate Changed Planet'

This summer of record-breaking heat followed a spring that brought some of the most extreme weather on record. In her book The Weather of the Future, climatologist Heidi Cullen writes, "It's time to face the fact that the weather isn't what it used to be."

Weather Warnings For A 'Climate Changed Planet'

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Dana Spiotta was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award for her novel Eat The Document. Jessica Marx/ hide caption

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Book Reviews

'Stone Arabia': The Cost Of Artistic Commitment

Nik Worth is a failed musician who painstakingly documents his life and non-existent career, leaving his sister to worry about practical things like paying his rent. Dana Spiotta's new novel investigates the long-term costs of an artist's passion.

'Stone Arabia': The Cost Of Artistic Commitment

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Blake Shelton has just scored his fourth consecutive No. 1 county hit with "Honey Bee," from Red River Blue. Andrew Southam/Warner Music Nashville hide caption

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Blake Shelton: Out Of The Ordinary, A Country Everyman

Singer Blake Shelton scored his fourth consecutive No. 1 country hit with "Honey Bee," from his just-released album. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the album shows Shelton's playful, unpredictable side.

Blake Shelton: Out Of The Ordinary, A Country Everyman

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Ace Records: New Orleans Hits, Made In Mississippi

New Orleans went decades without a homegrown label to document its riches. Rock critic Ed Ward says this explains why many 1950s New Orleans classics were released by Ace Records in Jackson, Miss.

Ace Records: New Orleans Hits, Made In Mississippi

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Captain America (Chris Evans, center) was actually the first Marvel avenger, conceived in 1940 to do battle with Hitler. Jay Maidment/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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'Captain America': Nostalgic Fun, With Muscles

The latest Marvel Comics superhero movie stars Chris Evans as the 98-pound weakling who transforms into Captain America. Critic David Edelstein says the film "has an easy, classical pace and a lot of good, old-fashioned craftsmanship."

'Captain America': Nostalgic Fun, With Muscles

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Louisiana Rep. Noble E. Ellington has been a member of the state House since 1995. He serves on several committees, including Appropriations and the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. Louisiana House of Representatives hide caption

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Bob Ingersoll (left) spent nine years with Nim, the subject of an experiment to see if apes could communicate with humans using sign language. Ingersoll is now the president of Mindy's Memory Primate Sanctuary. Roadside Attractions hide caption

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'Project Nim': A Chimp's Very Human, Very Sad Life

Project Nim is the new documentary about a chimpanzee raised in a human household as part of an experiment to see if chimps could learn language. Director James Marsh and two of the people who cared for Nim talk with Terry Gross about the controversial study.

'Project Nim': A Chimp's Very Human, Very Sad Life

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This image provided by IntelCenter on Feb. 28, 2010, shows Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi in a posthumous video message posted on extremist websites. The al-Qaida double agent killed seven CIA operatives when he set off the 30-pound bomb strapped to his body at a fortified base in Afghanistan near the Pakistani border in December 2009. AP/IntelCenter hide caption

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Opinion

What The Word 'Compromise' Really Means

Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the compromises we refuse to make say the most about our character. "Sometimes we stand on principle for the heady satisfaction of showing that we can't be pushed around," he says.

What The Word 'Compromise' Really Means

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The Harrow and the Harvest is the first new album from Gillian Welch and David Rawlings since 2003. Mark Seliger/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gillian Welch & David Rawlings: The Fresh Air Interview

Welch and Rawlings perform an in-studio concert featuring several songs from The Harrow and the Harvest, and talk about many of the lyrics they've written over the years.

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings: The Fresh Air Interview

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