Tyler Hicks Tells The Story Behind His Pulitzer-Winning Nairobi Mall Photos
April 24, 2014

The New York Times photojournalist happened to be nearby when Islamist militants launched an attack on shoppers inside an upscale Kenyan mall — he rushed inside and took photos as the event unfolded.

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Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands
April 23, 2014

Meyers left a dream job hosting Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon. Meyers says not having a mic in hand — like he did in standup — took some adjusting.

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For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option
By Ken Tucker

April 23, 2014

Make My Head Sing... is an album of contradictions. It's full of unreliable narrators who sometimes revel in jealousy, willful insanity and drugs, even as her voice and the music suggest otherwise.

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'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality
April 22, 2014

The strategy of going to the Supreme Court to challenge Proposition 8 was controversial within the gay-rights movement. Now, Jo Becker's new book is proving to be controversial as well.

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For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke
April 21, 2014

Many comedians think that explaining jokes ruins jokes, but Hari Kondabolu doesn't mind. Especially when it comes to jokes about race and ethnicity, he's willing to explain until everyone gets it.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley'
April 19, 2014

Dr. Martin Blaser explains why modern medicine may not be doing your microbiome any favors. Aimee Mann and Ted Leo team up to become the duo "The Both." And Mike Judge pokes fun at programmers.

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'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff
April 18, 2014

Amy Schumer's Comedy Central special was called Mostly Sex Stuff but her comedy is about more than that. In her stand-up and her show Inside Amy Schumer, she tackles racism, awkward moments and more.

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Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics
By David Edelstein

April 18, 2014

Every so often an arthouse director dips a toe into the horror genre and you realize vampires and space aliens are subjects too rich to be the property of schlockmeisters, says critic David Edelstein.

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A Duo's Debut Album: A Collaboration From 'The Both'
By Ken Tucker

April 17, 2014

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo began performing together in 2012, when Leo was Mann's opening act. Mann began joining Leo onstage during his set. Their debut album is "The Both."

'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really Making The World Better?
April 17, 2014

Mike Judge's HBO sitcom pokes fun at programmers hoping to hit it rich. It's not the first time Judge has satirized the workplace: His 1999 cult film Office Space explored desk-job-induced ennui.

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'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated
By Maureen Corrigan

April 17, 2014

Critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two graphic novels — one about a Yiddish advice column in the early 1900s and another about a regiment of African-American soldiers who fought during World War I.

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Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker
April 16, 2014

What motivated the former NSA contractor to divulge carefully guarded NSA secrets? A new Vanity Fair article takes a look back at the "kid from the Maryland suburbs."

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Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir
By John Powers

April 16, 2014

A crackling new translation of Giorgio Scerbanenco's crime novel Private Venus has just been released. Critic John Powers read it in a single sitting.

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FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel
By David Bianculli

April 15, 2014

The cable network premieres a new drama series tonight. It's called Fargo, and has the same title as the 1996 Coen Brothers movie. Critic David Bianculli says it's very definitely a wonderful show in that same wacky spirit – but it's just as important to note what this new Fargo is not. It's not a remake — and it's not a sequel.


Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War
April 15, 2014

In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.

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Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors
April 14, 2014

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that the overuse of antibiotics, as well as now-common practices like C-sections, may be messing with gut microbes.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Mad Men' And 'Frozen'
April 12, 2014

Edie Falco discusses sobriety, The Sopranos, and Nurse Jackie's self-medication. We tell you everything we're allowed to about Mad Men, and we talk princesses with the songwriters behind "Let It Go."

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Colbert Moves Into Letterman's Coveted Late Night Spot
April 11, 2014

CBS announced Thursday that the spot held by David Letterman for 21 years will go to Stephen Colbert.


Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men'
By David Bianculli

April 11, 2014

The AMC period drama returns Sunday, with the usual shroud of secrecy that makes it difficult — but not impossible — to review. Fresh Air critic David Bianculli does his best.

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At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make
April 11, 2014

David O. Russell, director of American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, first spoke with Terry Gross back in 1994. In February, he told her that after 20 years, he's finally met his aspirations.

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