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Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

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Mark Edens told his daughter Jessie about one night early in his career when he had to tell a woman her husband had died in a car accident. Edens was a police officer for 25 years. He told his story at StoryCorps in Atlanta. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Veteran Cop Recalls A Tough Night On The Job

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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

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'Real Romney' Authors Dissect His Latest Campaign

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Scenes in the movie Sleepwalk With Me -- about Mike Birbiglia's sleep disorder — made him emotional while filming them. Adam Beckman/IFC Films hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Mike Birbiglia, Ira Glass, Bill Hader

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Dr. David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and writer. He directs the Laboratory of Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine. Sharon Steinmann/Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Texas, Houston Medical School hide caption

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'Incognito': What's Hiding In The Unconscious Mind

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An Inmate Firefighter Finds His Proudest Moment

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Paul Auster is the author of fiction including The New York Trilogy and In the Country of Last Things. Lotte Hansen/Picador hide caption

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Paul Auster Meditates On Life, Death And Near Misses

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Bill Hader On Sketch Comedy, His Love Of Old Films

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President Obama is on record as opposing superPACs for normalizing gigantic donations, but his campaign has hesitantly decided to accept donations from such groups. He is shown above speaking during a campaign stop in Oskaloosa, Iowa, last week. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Jane Mayer: Obama In 'Impossible Bind' Over Donors

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Fresh Air Remembers Comedian Phyllis Diller

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Scenes in the movie Sleepwalk With Me -- about Mike Birbiglia's sleep disorder — made him emotional while filming them. Adam Beckman/IFC Films hide caption

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Mike Birbiglia, 'Sleepwalk'-ing On The Big Screen

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A Former Hostage In Somalia Remembers

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Susie Arioli's new album, All the Way, was released in June. Marianne Larochelle hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Susie Arioli, Frank Langella

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Donald Ray Pollock On Finding Fiction Late In Life

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