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Don't Feel Too Bad For Sad-Sack Bob Schneider

Schneider's Burden of Proof is a frequently beautiful, often morose, downcast album. You get the sense that, when he sings about not connecting with someone he loves, he's also singing about not connecting with a bigger audience.

Don't Feel Too Bad For Sad-Sack Bob Schneider
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Fresh Air Weekend: Elton John, 'Masters Of Sex' And 'Merchants Of Meth'

The pop star discusses his fear of sex as a young man, John Powers critiques the new Showtime series' retrograde portrayals of sex and Mother Jones' Jonah Engle looks at where meth cooks' and pharmaceutical companies' interests intersect.

Fresh Air Weekend: Elton John, 'Masters Of Sex' And 'Merchants Of Meth'
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Vijay Iyer is on faculty at New York University, The New School and the School for Improvisational Music. Jimmy Katz hide caption

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Jeremy Denk: Playing Ligeti With A Dash Of Humor

The pianist's latest album features some of the most difficult etudes ever written for solo piano by the Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti.

Jeremy Denk: Playing Ligeti With A Dash Of Humor
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt --€” in his writing and directing debut --€” plays Jon, a porn addict with no interest in relationships until Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) changes things. Relativity Media hide caption

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Key methamphetamine ingredient pseudoephedrine is most easily found in cold and allergy medicines. Ann Heisenfelt/AP hide caption

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Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan portray pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson in a new Showtime series. Craig Blankenhorn/Showtime hide caption

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Lucy Schwartz Is In Love With Her Own Voice, And That's OK

Frequently on her new album Timekeeper, Schwartz sounds like a throwback to another era. Her singing sometimes possesses the spirit of a more lighthearted Laura Nyro, and she has a healthy fondness for The Beatles.

Lucy Schwartz Is In Love With Her Own Voice, And That's OK
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Television

TV Trips Into Fall, But These Days Who Knows Where To Look?

TV critic David Bianculli points to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andy Samberg, and The Blacklist, starring James Spader, as shows to watch this season. Other debuts, like The Michael J. Fox Show and The Crazy Ones, show plenty of potential.

TV Trips Into Fall, But These Days Who Knows Where To Look?
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Fresh Air Weekend: Linda Ronstadt, Charles Manson And Robbie Fulks

Ronstadt reflects on her long career, Jeff Guinn explores the rise of a cult leader and Ken Tucker reviews Fulks' new album.

Fresh Air Weekend: Linda Ronstadt, Charles Manson And Robbie Fulks
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Robbie Fulks: Exhilarating And Bitter On 'Gone Away Backward'

The singer's new album is a work of great, accomplished craft about the pointlessness of crafting anything you care about, because the world is just going to ruin it on you.

Robbie Fulks: Exhilarating And Bitter On 'Gone Away Backward'
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