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Fresh Air for August 31, 2012

In Bernie, Jack Black plays a local mortician who murders his live-in companion after she won't stop nagging him. The movie is based on a true story. Deana Newcomb/Wind Dancer Films hide caption

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Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

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Fresh Air for August 30, 2012

Audra McDonald plays Bess in the current Broadway production of Porgy and Bess. Michael J. Lutch/Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater hide caption

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Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway

Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway

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In Porgy and Bess, David Alan Grier plays the drug dealer Sporting Life, a role closely associated with Sammy Davis Jr. and Cab Calloway. Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater hide caption

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David Alan Grier's 'Sporting Life' On Broadway

David Alan Grier's 'Sporting Life' On Broadway

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Fresh Air for August 29, 2012

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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Victor LaValle On Mental Illness, Monsters, Survival

Victor LaValle On Mental Illness, Monsters, Survival

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Fresh Air for August 28, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in Powell, Ohio, on Saturday. AP Photo/Evan Vucci hide caption

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'Real Romney' Authors Dissect His Latest Campaign

'Real Romney' Authors Dissect His Latest Campaign

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Fresh Air for August 27, 2012

"To me, the voice is an instrument, just like any other instrument," Regina Spektor says. Shervin Lainez hide caption

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Regina Spektor: The Fresh Air Interview

Regina Spektor: On Growing Up A 'Soviet Kid'

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