Tuesday

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Author Interviews

'All The Truth Is Out' Examines How Political Journalism Went Tabloid

Matt Bai says that while voters have always cared about candidates' characters, some news used to be off limits. His new book looks at Gary Hart's 1987 affair that destroyed his political ambitions.

'All The Truth Is Out' Examines How Political Journalism Went Tabloid
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Monday

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Lena Dunham's new collection of personal essays about her relationships, friendships and obsessive-compulsive disorder has received rave reviews. Autumn de Wilde/Courtesy of Random House hide caption

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Author Interviews

Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls'

Dunham says when she started writing HBO's Girls, she was drawn to characters with "a bit of a Zelda Fitzgerald lost, broken woman quality." Her new essay collection is called Not That Kind of Girl.

Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls'
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Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Jimi Hendrix Movie, 'Transparent' And Ron Perlman

Director John Ridley and star Andre Benjamin discuss the film Jimi: All Is By My Side; David Bianculli reviews the new drama Transparent; Ron Perlman talks about his book Easy Street (The Hard Way).

Fresh Air Weekend: Jimi Hendrix Movie, 'Transparent' And Ron Perlman
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Friday

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Author Interviews

What's Mittens Thinking? Make 'Sense' Of Your Pet's Behavior

Animal behaviorist John Bradshaw's books Cat Sense and Dog Sense detail what cat and dog owners should expect from their animals. Cat Sense originally aired Sept. 5, 2013. Dog Sense originally aired May 26, 2011.

What's Mittens Thinking? Make 'Sense' Of Your Pet's Behavior
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Movie Reviews

British Coalminers Strike With A Gay Coalition In 'Pride,' A Crowd-Pleaser

The film is based on a true story about the '80s strike Margaret Thatcher vowed to break. It's full of the Britain's best actors, and nearly every line makes you cackle or puts a lump in your throat.

British Coalminers Strike With A Gay Coalition In 'Pride,' A Crowd-Pleaser
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Television

In 'Transparent,' A 70-Year-Old Divorced Dad Comes Out As A Woman

The new drama, which launches Friday on Amazon Prime, stars Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman coming out to her three grown kids. Tambor acts the role without any hint of cheap humor.

In 'Transparent,' A 70-Year-Old Divorced Dad Comes Out As A Woman
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Thursday

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Iraq

Kurdistan Commanders Fight To Protect Iraq, But Hope For Independence

The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins discusses reporting from Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region, a town with a Jaguar dealership and sushi restaurants. Just 30 miles away is the Islamic State.

Kurdistan Commanders Fight To Protect Iraq, But Hope For Independence
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Wednesday

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Charles Blow is a New York Times columnist. Before that, he worked at the paper as the graphics director and design director for news. Beowolf Sheehan/Courtesy of hide caption

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Author Interviews

After Childhood Abuse, 'Times' Columnist Says He Chose Life Over Vengeance

Charles Blow says he was 7 years old when he was sexually abused by a cousin. His new memoir, Fire Shut Up In My Bones, is about what he says happened, his recovery and his bisexuality.

After Childhood Abuse, 'Times' Columnist Says He Chose Life Over Vengeance
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Tuesday

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Movie Interviews

From Sideman To Star: A New Film Captures Jimi Hendrix's Pivotal Year

Jimi: All Is By My Side focuses on the year Hendrix changed his name and recorded his first album. Director John Ridley and star André Benjamin (a.k.a. André 3000) talk about portraying the guitarist.

From Sideman To Star: A New Film Captures Jimi Hendrix's Pivotal Year
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Book Reviews

After WWI, A Mother And Daughter Must Take In 'Paying Guests'

Sarah Waters' spellbinding novel — about two women in 1920s London — is no simple period piece. Waters is a superb storyteller with a gift for capturing the layered nuances of character and mood.

After WWI, A Mother And Daughter Must Take In 'Paying Guests'
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Monday

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Ron Perlman On 'Sons Of Anarchy' And His Many On-Screen Transformations

Perlman played the ruthless leader of a motorcycle gang on the FX series. In his new book, Easy Street (The Hard Way), he talks about having a face "that was not ugly but surely one of its kind."

Ron Perlman On 'Sons Of Anarchy' And His Many On-Screen Transformations
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Television

Fall TV Preview: 'Gotham,' 'Scorpion' And 'Black-ish'

For major broadcast networks, Monday is the official start of the 2014-15 TV season. Fresh Air's critic has a not-very-long list of new shows you should make an effort to sample.

Fall TV Preview: 'Gotham,' 'Scorpion' And 'Black-ish'
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Saturday

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John Darnielle writes literary lyrics for the Mountain Goats, often telling stories about fictional characters or stories from his life. His new book, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. Lalitree Darnielle/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: John Darnielle, Pere Ubu And Australian Comic Josh Thomas

The Mountain Goats' singer discusses his novel, Wolf in White Van; Kevin Whitehead reviews Pere Ubu's album Carnival of Souls; Thomas talks about his sitcom Please Like Me.

Fresh Air Weekend: John Darnielle, Pere Ubu And Australian Comic Josh Thomas
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Friday

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Roosevelt's Polio Wasn't A Secret: He Used It To His 'Advantage'

In The Man He Became, historian James Tobin says, despite misimpressions to the contrary, Americans of Franklin Roosevelt's day were well-aware of his disability. Originally aired Nov. 25, 2013.

Roosevelt's Polio Wasn't A Secret: He Used It To His 'Advantage'
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Movie Reviews

A Detective's 'Walk Among The Tombstones' Is Gripping But Unsatisfying

In the '70s, novelist Lawrence Block created New York private investigator Matthew Scudder who chases extreme bad guys. Liam Neeson now plays the character the new grisly film directed by Scott Frank.

A Detective's 'Walk Among The Tombstones' Is Gripping But Unsatisfying
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