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Movie Interviews

Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

Actor Jack Black plays a kindly, small-town funeral director who murders a wealthy millionaire in the new film Bernie. Bernie is now out on DVD.

Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

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Music Articles

Shoes: After 18 Years, The Power-Pop Band Re-Ignites

The members of Shoes have cobbled together albums like stubborn craftsmen who know that their trade is at once outmoded and valuable. Ken Tucker says Ignition retains the same pop-rock rigor heard in the band's 1970s records.

Shoes: After 18 Years, The Power-Pop Band Re-Ignites

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Thursday

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Performing Arts

Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway

The actress plays Bess in the Broadway musical Porgy and Bess. The show, which won two Tony Awards, closes next month.

Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway

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Performing Arts

David Alan Grier's 'Sporting Life' On Broadway

The stand-up comedian and star of In Living Color played Sporting Life in the opera Porgy and Bess. The show, which won Tony Awards, closes on Broadway next month.

David Alan Grier's 'Sporting Life' On Broadway

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Wednesday

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Victor LaValle is also the author of Slapboxing with Jesus, The Ecstatic and Big Machine. E. Robateu/Random House hide caption

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Author Interviews

A Linguist's Serious Take On 'The A-Word'

In his new book, Ascent of the A-Word, linguist Geoffrey Nunberg looks at how the term took root among griping World War II GIs — and how its meaning evolved in the '60s and '70s. He tells Fresh Air that crude words are "wonderfully revealing."

A Linguist's Serious Take On 'The A-Word'

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Tuesday

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Monday

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Music Articles

Regina Spektor: The Fresh Air Interview

Spektor spent the first nine years of her life in the Soviet Union, where she and her family faced discrimination as Jews. She talks about Russia and her new album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, with Terry Gross.

Regina Spektor: On Growing Up A 'Soviet Kid'

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Book Reviews

In 'The Brontes,' Details Of A Family's Strange World

Juliet Barker has released a new edition of her landmark 1994 biography, The Brontes. Critic Maureen Corrigan says that even the 136 pages of footnotes are "thrilling," as readers are taken "deeper into the everyday realities" of the Brontes' "strange world."

In 'The Brontes,' Details Of A Family's Strange World

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Saturday

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Scenes in the movie Sleepwalk With Me -- about Mike Birbiglia's sleep disorder — made him emotional while filming them. Adam Beckman/IFC Films hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Mike Birbiglia, Ira Glass, Bill Hader

Comedian Mike Birbiglia talks about his new movie Sleepwalk With Me about his life and sleepwalking disorder. Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader, nominated for an Emmy for his character Stefon, says he needs a character to be funny.

Fresh Air Weekend: Mike Birbiglia, Ira Glass, Bill Hader

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Friday

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Joao (Gustavo Jahn) and Sofia (Irma Brown) are among the inhabitants of the Recife, Brazil, street where Neighboring Sounds takes place. Victor Juca/Cinema Guild hide caption

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Thursday

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President Obama is on record as opposing superPACs for normalizing gigantic donations, but his campaign has hesitantly decided to accept donations from such groups. He is shown above speaking during a campaign stop in Oskaloosa, Iowa, last week. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Author Interviews

Paul Auster Meditates On Life, Death And Near Misses

The author's new memoir, Winter Journal, is a history of his body — scars, panic attacks and near-death experiences. He tells Fresh Air how he got a reputation as a dirty fighter, why he doesn't drive and how hard it was to see his mother's dead body.

Paul Auster Meditates On Life, Death And Near Misses

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Wednesday

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Tuesday

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Mario Savio, shown here at a victory rally in UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza on Dec. 9, 1964, was the face of the free speech movement. AP hide caption

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Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Comedian Phyllis Diller

Comedian Phyllis Diller died Monday at the age of 95. In a 1986 interview with Fresh Air, Diller explains her routine when starting out, before she developed her persona as a crazed housewife.

Fresh Air Remembers Comedian Phyllis Diller

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