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'Reservation Dogs' co-creator says the show gives audiences permission to laugh

Sterlin Harjo says there's a tendency to be "very precious with Native people ... that's kind of how the world is trained to view us." The irreverent series follows four teens on a reservation. → Read More

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Nina Totenberg looks back on her decades-long friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The NPR legal affairs correspondent met the future SCOTUS justice in the early '70s, when Totenberg interviewed Ruth Bader Ginsburg for a story about a decision pertaining to women's rights. → Read More

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How lawyers from one giant DC firm influenced Trump's Supreme Court picks

Servants of the Damned author David Enrich says lawyers from the firm of Jones Day were deeply embedded in the Trump White House — and helped create policy designed to limit the federal government. → Read More

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Amanda Shires examines the fault lines in her marriage on her new album

Shires' album, Take it Like a Man, includes songs she wrote during a difficult period in her marriage to musician Jason Isbell. She sings and plays fiddle throughout this interview. → Read More

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Fresh Air's summer music interviews: Bruce Springsteen

In 2016, Springsteen spoke about New Jersey, masculinity and wishing to be his stage persona: "People see you onstage and, yeah, I'd want to be that guy. ... I want to be that guy myself very often." → Read More

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Fresh Air's summer music interviews: Motown legend Smokey Robinson

In addition to writing and producing most of his own records, Robinson also wrote for other Motown acts, including the Temptations, the Marvellettes and Marvin Gaye. Originally broadcast in 2006. → Read More

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Fresh Air's summer music interviews: Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash

Cash was 18 when her dad, Johnny Cash, gave her a list of 100 essential country songs to help her better understand the music that came before her. Originally broadcast in 2009. → Read More

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Fresh Air's summer music interviews: Lizzo

A self-described "showgirl at its finest," Lizzo initially thought she'd be a classical flautist. Though rap and pop won out, she still brings the flute into her music. Originally broadcast in 2019. → Read More

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Fresh Air's summer music interviews: Rap icon Jay-Z

In 2010, Jay-Z reflected on growing up in Brooklyn surrounded by drugs and violence. "One day, your best friend could be killed. The day before, you could be celebrating him getting a brand-new bike." → Read More

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Colson Whitehead returns to his home turf with 'Harlem Shuffle'

Whitehead says his novel was inspired by his love of heist movies. The story centers on a furniture store owner who has a side hustle trafficking in stolen goods. Originally broadcast Sept. 15, 2021. → Read More

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Undercover journalist in Afghanistan finds Taliban are abducting, imprisoning women

Filmmaker Ramita Navai has seen girls and women forced to marry Taliban members or arrested for violating the morality code. Her new PBS Frontline documentary is Afghanistan Undercover. → Read More

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New book chronicles how America's opioid industry operated like a drug cartel

Two Washington Post journalists say pharmaceutical companies collaborated with each other — and with lawyers and lobbyists — to create laws to protect the industry. Their new book is American Cartel. → Read More

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As 'Better Call Saul' wraps, Bob Odenkirk reflects on his life-changing heart attack

Odenkirk's near-fatal heart attack halted the production of the series' final season. Showrunner Peter Gould says Odenkirk's return to set was was "one of the most hopeful things imaginable." → Read More

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On HBO's 'Barry,' Bill Hader asks, 'Can you change your nature?'

Hader plays a hitman who enrolls in acting classes in the dark comedy, which he co-created. He's been nominated for Emmy Awards for both acting and directing Barry. Originally broadcast June 2019. → Read More

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Actor Henry Winkler reflects on his career, from the Fonz to 'Barry'

The Emmy-winning actor talks about struggling with typecasting after Happy Days, his family's immigration story and finding out in his 30s that he had dyslexia. Originally broadcast April 11, 2019. → Read More

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'A Strange Loop' writer and composer started out on Broadway as an usher

Michael R. Jackson's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is about a young Black gay musical theater writer named Usher, who works as an usher at a Broadway show — just like Jackson once did. → Read More

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This author's 'Normal Family' includes a sperm donor dad and 35 siblings

Chrysta Bilton's mother was a lesbian who asked a man she'd just met to be her sperm donor. It was only much later that Bilton learned the same man had donated sperm to countless other women. → Read More

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Denzel Washington: The Fresh Air interview

Washington was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2008, about the film The Great Debaters, which he directed and starred in. → Read More

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Fresh Air celebrates July 4 with soul singer Al Green

Green's string of hits in the '70s include "Let's Stay Together" and "Love and Happiness." He later became an ordained minister, and bought a church in Memphis. Originally broadcast in 1991 and 2000. → Read More

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'Noir Alley' host celebrates cinema's double crosses and doomed characters

Eddie Muller's book, Dark City, chronicles film noir from the '40s and '50s. He says the genre draws on a "very dark vision of existence." Originally broadcast Oct. 21, 2022. → Read More