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Music Reviews
1:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Ornette Coleman Returns With His Unmistakable Sound

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:58 pm

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Remembrances
1:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Fresh Air Remembers Lesley Gore Who Sang Hits Including 'You Don't Own Me'

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 2:24 pm

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Remembrances
1:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Fresh Air Remembers Former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:55 pm

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Movie Reviews
1:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

In These Six 'Wild Tales,' Humans Morph Into Destructive Forces Of Nature

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Television
2:42 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

For Host Larry Wilmore, A Year Of 'Extraordinary' Highs And 'Humbling' Lows

Larry Wilmore debuts Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Jan. 19.
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Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 3:12 pm

Larry Wilmore has been consumed with making his new late-night show prime viewing. And he wants to make one thing clear: He has "no desire" to host The Daily Show when Jon Stewart leaves later this year.

"I'm doing my show right now," Wilmore tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I'm very happy doing it."

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Music Reviews
3:00 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Robert Earl Keen Delves Into Bluegrass With A Texan Twang

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Media
3:00 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

David Remnick Looks Back On Tough Decisions As 'The New Yorker' Turns 90

David Remnick has been the editor of The New Yorker since 1998.
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Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 6:21 pm

When David Remnick took the job as editor of The New Yorker in 1998, he learned quickly to make firm decisions about contentious stories. Just a few months into the position, Remnick called Si Newhouse, the magazine's owner, to tell him about a piece he was running that was accusing "all kinds of high-level chicanery."

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Author Interviews
1:22 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

In Richard Price's New Novel, Haunted Cops And Cases They Couldn't Close

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 2:28 pm

Richard Price used a pseudonym for his new novel, The Whites, but in retrospect, he wishes he hadn't. "It was going to be different from my other books and I wanted to signal that," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But by the time he realized it was just "another damn book by me" it was too late to withdraw the pen name.

Price is the author of Clockers, the novel about police detectives and drug dealers that Price and Spike Lee adapted into a film. He also wrote for the HBO series The Wire, which was about police detectives and drug dealers.

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Music
3:04 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

The Furniture Company That Sang The Blues

Paramount Records, founded in 1917 by a furniture company in Wisconsin, found itself in a curious position by the mid-1920s: it was the leading blues label in America, and selling lots of records. J. Mayo "Ink" Williams, the first black record executive in America, had used his street smarts to attract a number of artists, and his best-seller was Blind Lemon Jefferson. Then, suddenly, Williams quit in 1927. But Paramount's greatest moments were yet to come.

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Author Interviews
3:04 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act

The act, which turned 50 last year, ended the era of legal segregation in public accommodations, like restaurants and hotels. Author Todd Purdum talks about the battles that surrounded it.

Originally broadcast Jan. 20, 2014.

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Fresh Air Weekend
11:34 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Photojournalist Lynsey Addario And Michael Keaton

Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist who has worked in war zones for well over a decade.
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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Twice Kidnapped, Photographer Returns To War Zone: 'It's What I Do': Lynsey Addario was taken captive in 2011 while covering Libya's civil war. With a gun to her head, she says she was thinking, "Will I ever get my cameras back?"

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Movie Reviews
1:52 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

If You Strip The Bondage, '50 Shades' Is A Conventional Love Story

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Remembrances
1:52 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

David Carr Called Himself 'Part Pirate, Part Thug' But Also 'A Decent Person'

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Remembrances
1:35 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Fresh Air Remembers '60 Minutes' Correspondent Bob Simon

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Movie Interviews
1:35 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

'Ida' Director Made Film To 'Recover The Poland' Of His Childhood

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