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Though Fresh Air has been categorized as a “talk show,” it hardly fits the mold. Its 1994 Peabody Award citation credits Fresh Air with “probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights.” And a variety of top publications count Gross among the country’s leading interviewers. The show gives interviews as much time as needed, and complements them with comments from well-known critics and commentators.

Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands

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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.

For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option

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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.

'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality

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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.

For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke

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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.

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

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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.

'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff

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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.

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

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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.

A Duo's Debut Album: A Collaboration From 'The Both'

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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?

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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.

'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated

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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.

Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker

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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."

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

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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.

FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel

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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

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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.

Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

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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.