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Fresh Air opens the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics. Terry Gross hosts this multi-award-winning daily interview and features program. The veteran public radio interviewer is known for her extraordinary ability to engage guests of all dispositions. Every weekday she delights intelligent and curious listeners with revelations on contemporary societal concerns.

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10:02am

Mon January 20, 2014
Author Interviews

The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 4:35 pm

Demonstrators march down Constitution Avenue during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Martin Luther King may not have had a vote in Congress, but he and the movement he helped lead were integral to getting the civil rights bill introduced. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of that bill, now known as the Civil Rights Act.

Among other things, the act outlawed discrimination in public accommodations — including restaurants, hotels and motels — ending the era of legal segregation in those places.

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10:02am

Mon January 20, 2014
Music Reviews

Lafayette Gilchrist: An Old Soul, At Ease In A Modern World

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 11:57 am

Lafayette Gilchrist.
Leo H. Lubow

For someone who came to piano rather late, at 17, Lafayette Gilchrist has dug deep into its history. He loves the old piano professors who'd pack the punch of a dance band into two hands at the keyboard. Players like Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson and Willie "The Lion" Smith could keep going for hours without exhausting their folkloric materials.

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3:05pm

Fri January 17, 2014
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Roger Ailes, Rosanne Cash And Sonia Sotomayor

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 10:34 am

In addition to being the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor was New York state's first Hispanic federal judge.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

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:

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9:59am

Fri January 17, 2014
Interviews

'Klansville, U.S.A.' Chronicles The Rise And Fall Of The KKK

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 1:07 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 14, 2013.

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9:59am

Fri January 17, 2014
Movie Reviews

Jack Ryan Gets A Makeover, And A Quick Trip To Moscow

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 1:05 pm

Chris Pine and Keira Knightley anchor Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, opposite Kevin Costner as a CIA veteran and Kenneth Branagh as the story's big bad.
Larry Horricks Paramount Pictures

A franchise is what we used to call a Burger King or a Shell station, but nowadays the word appears more often in relation to movies: the Star Wars franchise, the Hunger Games franchise, the Jack Ryan franchise — or in the case of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, the Jack Ryan franchise reboot. I don't know what's more depressing: that what fires up studio execs is the hunt for a new franchise or that critics have adopted this business lingo uncritically.

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11:56am

Thu January 16, 2014
All Tech Considered

Hackers? Techies? What To Call San Francisco's Newcomers

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 2:59 pm

Protesters in San Francisco block a Google bus, which shuttles employees from the city to its location in Silicon Valley.
cjmartin Flickr

"There goes the neighborhood." Every so often that cry goes up in San Francisco, announcing a new chapter in American cultural history, as the rest of the country looks on. There were the beats in North Beach, then the hippies in the Haight, then the gays in the Castro. Now it's the turn of the techies who are pouring into my own Mission neighborhood, among other places. Only this time around, the green stuff that's perfuming the air is money, not weed.

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11:56am

Thu January 16, 2014
Author Interviews

Book Chronicles The Building Of Roger Ailes' Fox News Empire

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 3:00 pm

Roger Ailes is the subject of a new book by New York Magazine contributing editor Gabriel Sherman. He describes Ailes' rule inside Fox News as "absolute."
Jim Cooper AP

Fox News CEO and President Roger Ailes has succeeded in turning a television news network into an unprecedented force. Fox News is the most dominant media organization in America, generating more than a billion dollars in profit and earning the highest ratings of any cable news network.

Gabriel Sherman writes about Ailes' success with Fox News in his new book, The Loudest Voice In The Room: How The Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News — And Divided A Country.

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1:39pm

Wed January 15, 2014
Politics

Why The GOP Is Winning The Statehouse War

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 4:18 pm

Texas is one of 23 states in which Republicans have control of both the state legislature and the governor's office.
Eric Gay AP

While the federal government is divided and gridlocked, some states have become political monopolies where one party controls both the state legislature and the governor's office.

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9:54am

Wed January 15, 2014
Music Reviews

The Soul Singer Who Never Quite Made It

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 1:46 pm

James Govan (left) with producer and engineer Mickey Buckins in the studio.
Courtesy of Ace Records

12:04pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Book Reviews

Chang-rae Lee Stretches For Dystopic Drama, But Doesn't Quite Reach

ilbusca iStockphoto

Dystopia is all the rage these days, especially in young adult fiction: There's the "Hunger Games" trilogy of course; Veronica Roth's "Divergent" series, in which Chicago has gone to the dogs; Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series, inspired by a nightmare vision of Manhattan; and Stephanie Meyer's non-Twilight novel, The Host, where Earth has been colonized by alien parasites.

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10:55am

Tue January 14, 2014
Music Reviews

Uneven But Vital, Bruce Springsteen Has 'High Hopes'

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 12:04 pm

Bruce Springsteen's 18th album is titled High Hopes.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

High Hopes is a different sort of release for Bruce Springsteen. It features original and cover songs that had been performed live over the years, some never recorded in a studio setting, as well as a few older songs reconceived with new arrangements and musicians.

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10:39am

Tue January 14, 2014
Author Interviews

'What Everyone Needs To Know' About Today's Cyberthreats

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 3:46 pm

Even if cybersecurity isn't a subject you think about a lot, the data breach of credit card information from Target and Neiman Marcus customers has probably increased your level of cyber-anxiety.

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12:01pm

Mon January 13, 2014
Movie Reviews

Three Protesters, One 'Square': Film Goes Inside Egypt's Revolution

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 10:46 am

Before protesting in The Square, Khalid Abdalla (left) acted in such films as The Kite Runner, Green Zone and United 93.
Noujaim Films

A revolution is a bit like a writing a mystery novel. It's hard to start but even harder to come up with a satisfying ending.

They're still working on that in Egypt. Three years after the toppling of dictator Hosni Mubarak — the crowning moment of the Arab Spring — the army's running the country again; the elected president, Mohammed Morsi, has been arrested and charged with treason; the Muslim Brotherhood has been banned; and Tahrir Square's secular protesters are getting arrested. All this in the name of order and country.

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12:01pm

Mon January 13, 2014
Author Interviews

As A Latina, Sonia Sotomayor Says, 'You Have To Work Harder'

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 10:46 am

In addition to being the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor was New York state's first Hispanic federal judge.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Like most sitting Supreme Court justices, Sonia Sotomayor is circumspect when talking about the court; but she has written intimately about her personal life — more so than is customary for a Supreme Court justice.

"When I was nominated by the president for this position, it became very clear to me that many people in the public were interested in my life and the challenges I had faced," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "... And I also realized that much of the public perception of who I was and what had happened to me was not quite complete."

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7:02am

Sat January 11, 2014
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Emma Thompson, Gary Shteyngart, 'Babylon' And 'Detective'

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 10:25 am

In Saving Mr. Banks, Emma Thompson plays Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, who, Thompson says, hated the whole idea of having her book made into a film.
Francois Duhamel Disney Enterprises

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:

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12:08pm

Fri January 10, 2014
Remembrances

Remembering Activist Poet Amiri Baraka

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 12:48 pm

Playwright, poet and activist LeRoi Jones on June 30, 1964. Jones later changed his name to Amiri Baraka.
AP

The influential and controversial poet, playwright and essayist Amiri Baraka, formerly known as LeRoi Jones, was one of the key black literary voices of the 1960s. The political and social views that inspired his writing changed over the years, from his bohemian days as a young man in Greenwich Village, to black nationalism and later years as a Marxist.

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11:59am

Fri January 10, 2014
Movie Reviews

'Invisible Woman' Charts Charles Dickens' Hidden Relationship

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 12:30 pm

Transcript

DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies in for Terry Gross. The new film, "The Invisible Woman," charts the hidden relationship between Charles Dickens and a young actress for whom left his wife, but who for years never showed up in biographies of Dickens. It's the second film directed by Ralph Fiennes, who also plays Dickens and features Felicity Jones as the actress, Nelly Ternan.

Film critic David Edelstein has this review.

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11:58am

Fri January 10, 2014
Interviews

Julian Fellowes On The Rules Of 'Downton'

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 12:30 pm

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey.
WGBH/PBS

This interview was originally broadcast on Dec. 11, 2012.

Julian Fellowes may be the Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, but the English screenwriter, director and novelist says his background "was much more ordinary than the newspapers have made it." What he means is that he did not grow up with servants waiting on him hand and foot, as people have seen done for the Crawley family on Downton Abbey, the hit television series Fellowes created.

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10:29am

Fri January 10, 2014
Music Reviews

Rosanne Cash: Seeking A 'Thread' Through Southern History

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 12:30 pm

Rosanne Cash.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

For the past two decades, Rosanne Cash has lived with her family in Manhattan, but in 2008, she was asked if she wanted to help with a project to restore the childhood home of her father, Johnny Cash, in the small town of Dyess, Ark. She agreed and went down there to do some fundraising — and in the process, she and her husband, producer-songwriter-guitarist John Leventhal, took some car trips throughout the South, soaking up history and music.

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12:26pm

Thu January 9, 2014
Movie Interviews

Not-So-Cheery Disposition: Emma Thompson On Poppins' Cranky Creator

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 4:13 pm

In Saving Mr. Banks, Emma Thompson plays Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, who, Thompson says, hated the whole idea of having her book made into a film.
Francois Duhamel Disney Enterprises

Emma Thompson grew up in London, the daughter of two actors. She went to Cambridge University, then began performing in sketch comedy on stage and television before getting into dramatic roles.

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