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At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, Kevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.

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'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles

In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims' relatives, witnesses and suspects.

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These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them

Megan Mayhew Bergman's stories about historical women are littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Al Michaels, Review Of Sleater-Kinney's New Album, David Morris

Broadcaster Al Michaels talks about anchoring the Super Bowl; Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Sleater-Kinney's latest album; Journalist David Morris talks about his book The Evil Hours about PTSD.

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Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

In the '60s, musicians left New Orleans, major labels lost interest, and Motown and Memphis took over the black music charts. But one producer didn't give up.

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In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

Scientists think an asteroid killed the dinosaurs. In today's extinction, humans are the culprit. Originally broadcast Feb. 12, 2014.

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Tom Varner's Got 'Nine Surprises' And A Big Band Is All Of Them

In 2005, jazz composer and french horn player Tom Varner left New York for Seattle, where he put together a nine-piece band of local players.

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Broadcaster Al Michaels Gets Ready To Provide 'Lyrics' For The Super Bowl

Michaels will anchor the Feb. 1 game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. He tells Fresh Air about falling in love with sports and the hardest sport to announce.

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Sleater-Kinney Comes Roaring Back With 'No Cities To Love'

Few bands re-form with their power as intact as Sleater-Kinney have; fewer still brag about their power, and make the claim something more than a brag.

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'Leviathan' And 'Red Army' Deliver A Peek Inside Russia, Now And Then

Leviathan follows a man who fights back after a corrupt mayor uses eminent domain to claim his house, and Red Army recounts the story of the Soviet Union's famous hockey team.

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Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing's Awkwardness And Sherlock's Sex Appeal

The actor gained critical acclaim — and a big following — for his role in Sherlock. Now he's up for an Oscar for his portrayal of eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

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'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore' Debuts In Slot Vacated By Stephen Colbert

On Monday night, Comedy Central premiered former Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore's new show. While Wilmore's sarcastic comments on clips were funny, the round-table discussion didn't sparkle.

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In 'The Evil Hours,' A Journalist Shares His Struggle With PTSD

While embedded with troops in Iraq, David Morris almost died when a Humvee he was riding in ran over a roadside bomb. His book explores the history and science of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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'Gateway To Freedom': Heroes, Danger And Loss On The Underground Railroad

While writing his new book, historian Eric Foner relied on a recently discovered record of slaves' escapes. He says the documents paint a "revealing picture" of life on the Underground Railroad.

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'Still Alice' Is A Triumph For Julianne Moore, But The Rest Of Film Is Thin

The movie is based on neuroscientist Lisa Genova's novel about a linguistics professor with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. While Moore is fascinating, the rest of the characters are half-formed.

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Skeptic Takes A Tour Of Self-Help's 'Promise Land'

Despite being the daughter of a child psychologist and self-help author, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro has spent her life recoiling from the self-help industry. She talks about how the industry helped her.

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