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Alabama Judge Says Raising Money To Be Elected Is 'Tawdry'

Mixing judges with campaign contributions can lead to conflicts of interest. Fresh Air talks to retired Judge Sue Bell Cobb and the Center for American Progress' Billy Corriher.

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No Hits, No Problem: Captain Beefheart's Major Label Run

In 1970, Warner Bros. Records had an unusual philosophy: they'd sign artists and, instead of wanting a hit single immediately, they'd develop them over several albums. Hence, Captain Beefheart.

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Open A Critic's 'Poetry Notebook' And Find The Works That Shaped Him

Clive James was diagnosed with leukemia a few years ago. "There is a grief in all poetry," he writes in his latest book of essays. "Poetry holds itself together, and eventually we ourselves do not."

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Art Pepper's Startling Intensity Captured On Live Recordings

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Art Pepper played like he was making up for lost time.

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How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival

Kevin Kruse's book looks at how industrialists in the '30s and '40s recruited clergy to preach free enterprise. And under the Eisenhower administration, Christianity and capitalism moved center stage.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Graham Yost, Review Of Courtney Barnett, 'American Crime'

Graham Yost stays true to writer Elmore Leonard while making the FX show Justified; Ken Tucker reviews Barnett's first full album; creator John Ridley and actor Benito Martinez discuss American Crime.

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In 'While We're Young,' The Border Between Ridicule And Sympathy Is Thin

Noah Baumbach's new comedy is about a couple in their 40s who befriend 20-something hipsters and go wild. It gets off to a fun start, but two-thirds of the way through takes a surprising turn.

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An Oncologist's 'Biography Of Cancer' Adapted Into A Documentary

In The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee chronicled how our understanding of cancer has evolved. Starting Monday, Ken Burns' three-part documentary will air on PBS.

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Courtney Barnett Makes Ennui Vivid On Debut Album

Barnett just released her first full album called Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Critic Ken Tucker says she somehow manages to infuse with a freshness rare in any songwriter.

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'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard

The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard's novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, "I look at this show as Elmore Leonard's show, and we're all in service of him."

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Journalist Says Ted Cruz's Message Is Clear That 'Compromise Is For Losers'

When Cruz announced his presidency, he said: "It's time to reclaim the constitution." The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin discusses the strict legal philosophy that has shaped Cruz's political agenda.

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Do You Believe In Ghosts? You Might After Reading This Book

Sante Fe's most famous ghost is Hannah Nordhaus' great-great-grandmother. Her new book, American Ghost, is mix of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal investigation.

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'American Crime': A Series Packed With 'Emotional Honesty' About Race

The show revolves around a murder case in which nearly all the characters are part victim and part aggressor. Creator John Ridley and actor Benito Martinez explain.

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James Corden Hits Late-Night TV With His Own Skill Set And Mindset

The Late Late Show with James Corden fills the post-David Letterman time slot on CBS. TV critic David Bianculli says that based on first impressions, Corden will "settle in nicely."

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Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices

John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld's Christopher Dold says such criticism is "unfounded."

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Fresh Air Weekend: Daniel Genis, 'Seymour' Documentary And Norman Blake

Genis, who served 10 years in prison for armed robbery, writes about prison life; John Powers reviews Seymour: An Introduction; Bluegrass musician Norman Blake releases an album of original songs.

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