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33:12

'Legacy of Violence' documents the dark side of the British Empire

By by 1920, the British Empire covered 24% of the Earth's land mass. Historian Caroline Elkins says British rulers portrayed themselves as benevolent, but used systematic violence to maintain control.

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07:35

'Both Sides of the Blade' is a French melodrama about intimacy and illicit desire

Both Sides Now is a jolt of a movie, full of hot-blooded sensuality one moment but then oddly cool and studied the next, almost as if it were deconstructing itself as it went along.

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21:34

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.

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20:25

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe says patriotism means demanding better of ourselves

Rapinoe has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights, pay equity and the Black Lives Matter movement. She was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Originally broadcast Nov. 9, 2020.

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52:29

How the Supreme Court's move to the right could further transform life in the U.S.

The court's super majority of conservative judges has already passed down rulings about abortion and the 2nd Amendment. New York Times journalist Adam Liptak says more legal upheavals are likely.

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08:44

Charming and catchy, Bartees Strange cuts across boundaries on 'Farm to Table'

As a Black artist in the indie-rock space, Strange makes distinctively original music. Where his debut album showcased a highly eclectic performer, his sophomore effort is even more impressive.

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42:46

A pediatric neurosurgeon reflects on his intense job, and the post-Roe landscape

Pediatric neurosurgeon Jay Wellons regularly feels the exhilaration of saving a child from near certain death — and sometimes the anguish of failing to prevent it.

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09:06

New releases help cement the legacy of Hungarian violinist Joseph Szigeti

Though he never became a household name, many music lovers regard Szigeti, who died in 1973, as the greatest classical violinist in living memory. This new collection captures his early recordings.

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34:58

How the Mexican revolution of 1910 helped shape U.S. border policy

Kelly Lytle Hernández's book, Bad Mexicans, tells the story of the rebels who fled from Mexico to the U.S. to publish an oppositional newspaper that would help spark revolution in Mexico.

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06:24

'The Poet's House' is a droll coming-of-age story — and an absolute keeper of a novel

The Poet's House is a closely observed, droll, coming-of-age story about an insecure young woman drawn into a shimmering clique of poets;

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08:55

In the Greek film 'Apples,' a mysterious condition leaves people without memories

Apples takes place in a pandemic, however, people aren't spreading a deadly virus; they're inexplicably losing their memories.

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42:35

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.

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42:15

'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.

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09:15

Pianist David Virelles shows off the depth and breadth of what he can do on 'Nuna'

Though he's been a New Yorker for over a decade, Virelles remains preoccupied with the rich, rhythmically charged music of his native Cuba. His new album shows where he's been — and where he's going.

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52:30

Did the Trump camp help far-right militia groups plan the Jan. 6 attack?

New York Times journalist Alan Feuer says some members of Trump's inner circle have close ties to the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, whose leaders have been charged with seditious conspiracy.

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52:30

Real life or satire? Novelist Mat Johnson says it can be hard to tell the difference

Novelist Mat Johnson believes that America has its own unique "flavor" of apocalypse. "It's hard not seeing the possible end of things in a variety of different ways," he says. Johnson's new satirical novel, Invisible Things, serves up one of those apocalyptic flavors.

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08:52

'Reality' podcasts draw on the appeal of reality TV — with mixed results

The podcast world is abundant with shows about reality TV. Now a few podcasts are trying to capitalize on reality TV popularity more directly, by emulating the genre's conceits, mechanics and style.

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42:38

A novelist's time in the MMA cage informed his book on memory loss and identity

"Really, the heart of the story is about misplaced loyalty and what we can do with memory and how fluid and malleable memory can be when we ... use it to fit the narrative that we've created in our mind," says novelist John Vercher.

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07:56

Life in the Middle Ages is more gross than engrossing in this ruthless novel

Maureen Corrigan says Ottessa Moshfegh's just-published novel, Lapvona, serves up plenty of sadism and stink, cannibalism and self-flagellation set in the Middle Ages.

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43:34

Joel Kim Booster reflects on the 'Pride and Prejudice' of Fire Island's party scene

Booster's film Fire Island, which he wrote and stars in, was inspired by the Jane Austen novel. The movie is a rom-com about a group of gay friends and explores racism and classism in their community.

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