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'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.

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Jon Stewart On The 'Daily Show': 'I'm Still Really Proud Of The Work We Do'

Stewart talks about his future hosting the show known for its political satire. "It is unclear to me," he tells Fresh Air. "The minute I say I'm not going to do it anymore, I will miss it like crazy."

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Bob Dylan's Atmosphere Captured In New Basement Tapes

A batch of lyrics that Bob Dylan wrote in the late 1960s were given by Dylan to producer T-Bone Burnett, who came up with the idea to have some contemporary musicians set the words to music.

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Bennett Miller On Making The True-Life Crime Film 'Foxcatcher'

Foxcatcher is about wealthy heir John du Pont who hosted Olympic wrestlers on his estate. The director talks about casting Steve Carrell, the challenge of filming wrestling scenes and his film Capote.

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Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To Experience'

Lear, who co-created All In The Family, has written a new memoir at the age of 92. He tells Fresh Air about getting involved in politics and how his storylines addressed subjects like racism.

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How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation'

Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.

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An In-Depth Look At The U.S. Cyber War, The Military Alliance And Its Pitfalls

In the book @War, Shane Harris reports that U.S. intelligence agencies, sometimes aided by corporations, are trying to dominate cyberspace. It's "changing the Internet in fundamental ways," he says.

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Holy Smokes 'Batman,' The '60s Series Is Out On DVD

Various rights issues kept the original Batman from home-video release until now. Young viewers may be surprised by its pop-art sensibility, vibrant colors — and that it was played for laughs.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Jon Stewart, Peter Mendelsund And A Review Of Bob Dylan

Stewart talks about his debut film Rosewater; Mendelsund discusses how he designs book covers; Ed Ward reviews Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes.

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Eric Hofbauer Takes On Stravinsky, Messiaen

The Boston jazz guitarist tackles the Rite of Spring and Quartet for the End of Time on a pair of new CDs.

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'Foxcatcher': A Bloated True-Crime Story Based On Wealthy Heir John du Pont

The film is based on du Pont's fraught relationship with two Olympic wrestlers. Wealth isn't enough — his identity hinges on winning. It's a fascinating case study, but as drama, it's one sick joke.

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'Getting On' With It: A New HBO Show Doesn't Tiptoe Around Death

Set in the geriatric extended-care wing of a California hospital, Getting On is a different kind of workplace comedy. Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer adapted the show from a BBC series.

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Jon Stewart's Debut Film Shows 'Humor Survives' In The Bleakest Conditions

Rosewater is based on Maziar Bahari's experience of being tortured in an Iranian prison. "His humor sustained him," the Daily Show host says. "And I found that incredibly empowering."

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Author Richard Ford Says 'Let Me Be Frank' About Aging And Dying

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's new book centers on Frank Bascombe, a 68-year-old man dealing with his aging body, a dying friend and his ex-wife, who has Parkinson's.

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Bob Dylan's 'Basement Tapes' Formed A Legend

During a hiatus, some tapes surfaced of new songs Bob Dylan been writing: the infamous Basement Tapes. These songs have been collected in a box set.

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