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Pop Culture
2:27 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

For Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, Getting Personal Is Complicated

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Nanjiani moved to the U.S. for college and stayed to pursue his comedy career. He stars in the HBO series Silicon Valley, now ending its second season. The new season of his Comedy Central show, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, premieres June 30.
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Music Interviews
2:14 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Remembering Les Paul, On What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday

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Author Interviews
2:14 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

India's 1947 Partition And The 'Deadly Legacy' That Persists To This Day

British Maj. T.J. Monaghan (left) and Pvt. H. Farabrother of the Inniskilling Regiment of Northern Ireland, walk through wreckage after riots destroyed parts of the Punjab suburb of Amritsar, India, in March 1947.
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Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 3:49 pm

Mahatma Gandhi, who used passive resistance in the fight for Indian independence, is known worldwide as a symbol of peace. But Americans know much less about the violence that erupted when the British pulled out of India in 1947.

After Muslim leaders demanded their own state, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs attacked each other in riots and massacres. In his new book, Midnight's Furies, Nisid Hajari explores the partition that created Pakistan as a separate state, the violence surrounding the partition and why those tensions persist to this day.

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Book Reviews
1:26 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Bombs Blast And Time Marches On In 'A God In Ruins'

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Music Reviews
1:26 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

New Release Brings Overdue Recognition For Soul Singer Jackie Moore

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 2:20 pm

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Books
1:26 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

As Global Population Grows, Is The Earth Reaching The 'End Of Plenty'?

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Interviews
1:06 pm
Sat June 6, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Carey Mulligan, The Apple Watch, A Neurosurgeon's Memoir

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Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 12:49 pm

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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Theater
1:10 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

'Gershwins And Me' Tells The Stories Behind 12 Songs

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RUDY VALLEE: When you work with your brother Ira, which comes first, the words or the music?

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Movie Reviews
3:37 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

In 'Spy', Melissa McCarthy Shines Amid Crude Jokes And Chase Scenes

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Shots - Health News
3:37 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Pregnant Women With Depression Face Tough Choices, No Easy Answers

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Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can be harmful to the developing fetus. Pregnant women who suffer from serious depression face a difficult dilemma: Should they continue taking medication and risk unknown side-effects to the fetus, or go through their pregnancies trying to handle their depression without medication?

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Movie Reviews
4:43 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Malian Bandleader Bassekou Kouyate Merges Rock And Soul In 'Ba Power'

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This is FRESH AIR. Music critic Milo Miles has a review of the latest release from Bassekou Kouyate, a veteran bandleader and musician from Mali. Milo says rock and soul come together on his band's fourth album "Ba Power."

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All Tech Considered
4:43 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Infiltrating 'The Dark Net,' Where Criminals, Trolls And Extremists Reign

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Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 9:25 am

There's a side to the Internet most people have never visited. Tor Hidden Services, or the Tor Network, is an encrypted, hidden network of about 50,000 websites that can't be accessed with a traditional browser like Chrome or Firefox. Its users include criminals, trolls and extremists.

Author Jamie Bartlett, who chronicles the secret corners of the Internet in his book The Dark Net, likens it to the "Wild West."

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Books
1:16 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Four Books That Deliver Unexpected And Delightful Surprises This Summer

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This is FRESH AIR. Travel near and far, literary souvenirs and the cruise ship companionship of an animal are the subjects of the novels and works of nonfiction on Maureen Corrigan's list of early summer book recommendations.

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Music Reviews
1:16 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

The Gary Peacock Trio Balances Introspection And Drive In 'Now This'

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Movie Interviews
1:16 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Actress Carey Mulligan Stands Out Amid The 'Madding Crowd'

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Shots - Health News
2:43 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Those Yoga Poses May Not Be Ancient After All, And Maybe That's OK

Yoga practitioners celebrate the solstice in New York's Times Square in 2011.
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Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 2:02 pm

That yoga pose you've been practicing may not be as ancient as you thought. In fact, journalist Michelle Goldberg says that most of the poses that we do in modern yoga classes have no antecedent beyond 150 years ago.

"Probably the greatest myth is when you do these poses, when you do sun salutations or the warrior poses, that that there's some sort of continuity to what yogis were doing 3,000 years ago on the banks of the Ganges, and that's just not true," Goldberg tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Technology
2:43 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Apple's Watch: A Timepiece Designed To Give You Back Your Time

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 4:01 pm

The Apple Watch is not what I expected. Yes, it is beautiful. You can stand in the shower and watch water bounce off the screen as if it were a lotus leaf. The details of the hardware can be stunning like that.

But most of the features that really excited me when the watch was introduced have turned out to be disappointments. As a physical activity tracker, it's mediocre. The messaging system, which Apple seemingly lavished attention on, is no better than regular old texting. The hyped "crown" scroll wheel for navigation is a rarely used little flourish.

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Fresh Air Weekend
1:14 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: David Oyelowo, Highlights (And Lowlights) Of Cannes

David Oyelowo plays an American Army veteran living with his mother in HBO's Nightingale.
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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:

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Interviews
3:03 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

In 'Moone Boy,' Actor Chris O'Dowd Shares Memories Of Growing Up Irish

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Music Reviews
3:03 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Joanna Gruesome's 'Peanut Butter' Rises Above The Band's Gimmicky Name

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