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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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Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

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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Interviews

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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Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' Is An Openhearted Directorial Debut

Joseph Gordon-Levitt also wrote and stars in the film, about a prolific seducer and porn addict who changes his ways when Scarlett Johansson's character enters the picture. Critic David Edelstein says Don Jon is smart, with a subversive touch.

Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' Is An Openhearted Directorial Debut

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Thursday

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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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Middle East

Meet The Iranian Commander Pulling Strings In Syria's War

Qassem Suleimani is the chief of a powerful branch of Iran's Revolutionary Guard. He is considered to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans during the Iraq War, and now he is helping to prop up Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

Meet The Iranian Commander Pulling Strings In Syria's War

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Tuesday

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Author Interviews

'Reaped' Is A Reminder That No One Is Promised Tomorrow

In Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward recalls the deaths of five young men in her life, which she believes were all connected to being poor and black in the rural South. "It made me feel that I wasn't promised some long life. ... That's not a given for me."

'Reaped' Is A Reminder That No One Is Promised Tomorrow

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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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Music Interviews

Elton John: The Fresh Air Interview

The pop star has a flair for the extravagant, to say the least, but his new album is stripped down. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the "Elton John excess," his fear of sex as a young man, and how Liberace's example encouraged John to make the piano a star instrument.

A More Reflective Leap On Elton John's 'Diving Board'

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Fresh Air Weekend

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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Soderbergh's Liberace, 'Behind The Candelabra'

In his HBO film, the acclaimed director examines the five-year relationship between the flamboyant entertainer and Scott Thorson, who was 40 years Liberace's junior and still a teenager when they met. Michael Douglas plays Liberace and Matt Damon plays Thorson.

Soderbergh's Liberace, 'Behind The Candelabra'

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James Gandolfini plays a divorced TV archivist who falls in love with a divorced masseuse, played by Julia-Louis Dreyfus, in Nicole Holofcener'€™s Enough Said. Lacey Terrell/Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Movie Reviews

Gandolfini Is So Vivid In 'Enough Said,' You Forget He's Gone

The late actor stars opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the new comedy about a divorced TV archivist who falls in love with a divorced masseuse. David Edelstein praises Louis-Dreyfus' farcical timing, as well Gandolfini's ability to change his rhythm and demeanor.

Gandolfini Is So Vivid In 'Enough Said,' You Forget He's Gone

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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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