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Book Reviews
12:59 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Harper Lee's 'Watchman' Is A Mess That Makes Us Reconsider A Masterpiece

Cover detail from Go Set a Watchman.
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Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 2:11 pm

As another Southern writer once said, "You can't go home again." In Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, which takes place in the mid-1950s, a 26-year-old Scout Finch takes the train from New York City home to Maycomb, Ala., and finds the familiar world turned mighty strange.

TV and air-conditioning have changed the landscape, and beloved childhood friends like Dill and her brother Jem have vanished. Others, like Calpurnia, look at Scout, here called by her grown-up name of "Jean Louise," as though she were, well, a white lady.

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Fresh Air Weekend
11:17 am
Sat July 11, 2015

A Big-Hearted, 'Tangerine' Vision Of LA's Crime-Riddled Streets

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (left) and Mya Taylor (right) (shown here with James Ransone) play transgender sex workers in Tangerine.
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Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:27 am

When Tangerine premiered six months ago at the Sundance Film Festival, it quickly became known as "the movie that was shot entirely on a smartphone." It's the sort of talking point that makes Sean Baker's raw and exuberant ensemble comedy seem a lot more gimmicky than it really is, and it doesn't begin to account for how gorgeous the movie looks.

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Fresh Air Weekend
11:17 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Freeing Amy Winehouse From Her Tabloid Legacy

Amy Winehouse performs at London's Music of Black Origin Awards in 2007.
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Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 11:56 am

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Music Reviews
12:39 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Duke Ellington's 'Plank Session' Offers Snapshots Of A Jazz Master At Work

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 2:09 pm

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Author Interviews
12:39 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 2:09 pm

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Politics
12:20 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

From DOMA To Marriage Equality: How The Tide Turned For Gay Marriage

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Movie Reviews
12:20 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

'Tangerine', A Teeny-Budget Comedy That Packs An Emotional Wallop

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Movie Interviews
2:07 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Documentary Seeks To Free Amy Winehouse From Her Tabloid Legacy

Amy Winehouse performs at London's Music of Black Origin Awards in 2007.
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When Amy Winehouse, the British musician who sang memorably about her refusal to go to rehab, died due to problems related to drugs, alcohol and bulimia in July 2011, she was nearly as famous for her personal struggles as she was for her music. Just 27, Winehouse had been tabloid fodder for years.

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Book Reviews
2:19 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 10:35 am

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Movie Interviews
2:19 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Filmmaker And Speech Pathologist Weigh In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'

Filmmaker David Thorpe practices vocal exercises he learned from a speech pathologist in an effort to alter the way he speaks. In Do I Sound Gay?, Thorpe searches for the origin of the "gay voice" stereotype.
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Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 10:35 am

Is there such a thing as a "gay voice"? For gay filmmaker David Thorpe, the answer to that question is complicated. "There is no such thing as a fundamentally gay voice," Thorpe tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But, he adds, "there is a stereotype and there are men, to a greater or lesser extent, who embody that stereotype."

In his new film, Do I Sound Gay?, Thorpe searches for the origin of that stereotype and documents his own attempts to sound "less gay" by working with speech pathologist Susan Sankin.

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