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Fresh Air Weekend: Mark Ronson, The Mountain Goats, Beau Willimon

Music producer Ronson gives the story behind the hit song "Uptown Funk"; Ken Tucker reviews the Mountain Goats' new album Beat The Champ; House of Cards creator Willimon discusses the show.

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In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

In 2001, Michael Finkel was fired for making up a story. Then he learns that a suspected murderer is posing as him, so he gets to know him. The best word for the drama is "dumb," says David Edelstein.

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Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Terry Gross. Originally broadcast June 30, 2014.

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On YouTube, A Global Archive Of Daily Life, Both Humble And Transcendent

The video-sharing website is now 10 years old. YouTube estimates that each day 432,000 hours of video gets posted on the service: a stunning record of our current civilization.

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The Story Behind Mark Ronson's Hit Song 'Uptown Funk'

The producer says there was a moment when his co-writers thought, "Maybe this song wasn't meant to be." He also describes working with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars.

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'Justified' Ends With An Unpredictable, Poetic And Memorable Finale

After six seasons on the FX network, Justified ended Tuesday. "What a triumph," says critic David Bianculli who adds that he loved the finale's "touches of grace" and "emphasis on character and tone."

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Billy Crystal And Josh Gad: Separated By A Generation But United By Laughs

The two play satirical versions of themselves on the new FX show The Comedians. But in real life they share "a lot of commonalities," says Crystal.

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The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Finds Refuge In The Ring

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says The Mountain Goats' concept album about pro wrestling is filled with a remarkable range of melodies and moods.

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Forget Right And Wrong: 'House Of Cards' Is About Pragmatism And Power

Kevin Spacey strangles a dog in the pilot, which creator Beau Willimon says producers balked at because they'd lose viewers. But "why not provide that litmus test right at the beginning?" he says.

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'The Children's Crusade': A Heavily Plotted Family Saga To Dive Into And Savor

Ann Packer's latest is about a young Navy doctor who, after the Korean War, builds a house south of San Francisco. Fifty years later, his four adult children argue over the property.

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Fresh Air Remembers Historian Stanley Kutler

In the '90s, Kutler helped uncover secrets of the Nixon administration: He and an advocacy group sued the National Archives for about 200 hours of White House tapes. Kutler died Tuesday; he was 80.

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How Young People Went Underground During The '70s 'Days Of Rage'

Bryan Burrough's new book describes the Weather Underground and other militant groups' tactics to protest the government. He interviews former radicals who had never gone on the record before.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Adam Driver, Kendrick Lamar's New Album, Philip Glass

Driver, who stars in While We're Young, talks about his days in the military; Ken Tucker reviews Lamar's latest album To Pimp A Butterfly; Philip Glass discusses his new memoir Words Without Music.

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In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria,' An Actress Faces Past, Present And Future In An Instant

Juliette Binoche plays an aging movie star who's about to appear in a play opposite an infamous young Hollywood actress. It's a hall of mirrors that sounds convoluted in the telling, but plays easily.

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Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

Dr. Kevin Fong explores how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, outer space and deep sea. He compares the exploration of medicine with the "explorers of the 20th century and every age before them."

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There Is A Rich World In Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly'

Fresh Air music critic Ken Tucker says the rapper's second album has an excitingly adventurous sound.

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