Wednesday

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Author Interviews

Getting 'An Education' (And More) From Nick Hornby

Author and screenwriter Nick Hornby joins Fresh Air host Terry Gross to discuss his new novel, Juliet, Naked, and his screenplay for the new movie An Education.

Getting 'An Education' (And More) From Nick Hornby

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Author Interviews

For Parents, The Return Of Tough Love?

Your kids are perfect — just don't tell them that. NurtureShock, the new book by Po Bronson, explores how Americans have misunderstood the role of praise in parenting and what we can do to save our kids from ourselves.

For Parents, The Return Of Tough Love?

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Tuesday

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Author Interviews

Dan Fante, Confronting His Demons On The Page

Novelist and playwright Dan Fante writes about alcoholism, drug addiction and failed attempts at literary success — all of which he has experienced himself. He discusses the process of reliving his past on paper.

Dan Fante, Confronting His Demons On The Page

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Monday

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Remembrances

Journalist, Nixon Speechwriter William Safire

The New York Times columnist and political spitfire, who died Sept. 27 of pancreatic cancer, left behind an indelible legacy in speechwriting and political reporting. We remember Safire with a conversation from the Fresh Air archives.

Journalist, Nixon Speechwriter William Safire

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Friday

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Television

The Men Behind AMC's Hit 'Mad Men'

The reign of AMC's Mad Men continues with a new season and another Emmy. Terry Gross discusses the show's success with executive producer Matthew Weiner and actors Jon Hamm and John Slattery.

The Men Behind AMC's Hit 'Mad Men'

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Music Interviews

The Twisted Words Of Nick Cave

The Australian singer-composer and his band The Bad Seeds are best known for his angry, twisted ballad-like lyrics. Their most recent albums were last year's Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! and Live at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Twisted Words Of Nick Cave

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Thursday

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Wednesday

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Music Reviews

Steve Lehman, Finding A Computer-Assisted 'Flow'

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the latest CD by alto saxophonist Steve Lehman and his octet. In Travail, Transformation & Flow, Lehman continues his work using computer models to create and drive his improvisation.

Steve Lehman, Finding A Computer-Assisted 'Flow'

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Tuesday

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Author Interviews

Matt Latimer, Struck 'Speech-Less' By The D.C. Noise

Matt Latimer, speechwriter to President George W. Bush during his last months in office, says his old boss didn't always stick to the script. His new tell-all memoir recounts more than one startling comment that Latimer says his boss made behind closed doors.

Matt Latimer, Struck 'Speech-Less' By The D.C. Noise

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Book Reviews

A Waltz Through Depression-Era Art And Culture

Morris Dickstein's dazzling new cultural history of the Great Depression, called Dancing in the Dark, is one of those "everything but the kitchen sink" kind of books — that really works.

A Waltz Through Depression-Era Art And Culture

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Monday

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Author Interviews

Karen Armstrong Builds A 'Case For God'

In her new book The Case for God, the author — a former nun — argues that religion is a practical discipline that can teach us to discover new capacities of the mind and heart.

Karen Armstrong Builds A 'Case For God'

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Friday

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Music Articles

Remastering, And Re-Appreciating, The Beatles

The Beatles Remasters promises a clearer sound and truer look at the group's music catalog. Rock historian Ed Ward takes another listen to the iconic British band and finds that there's always more to discover.

Remastering, And Re-Appreciating, The Beatles

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Movies

Campion's 'Bright', Poetic Romance

Set in the 19th century, Jane Campion's Bright Star centers on the unconsummated affair of John Keats and his Hampstead neighbor. Reviewer David Edelstein says the film doesn't have a single less-than-perfect performance.

Campion's 'Bright', Poetic Romance

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Thursday

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Television

Ted Danson, On Life (And 'Death') After 'Cheers'

The TV star has been captivating audiences for over 20 years — ever since he ran a little bar called Cheers on the famous TV sitcom of the same name. This fall, the actor stars as an aging hotshot in need of a little spice in the new HBO series Bored to Death.

Ted Danson, On Life (And 'Death') After 'Cheers'

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