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Terry Gross

Fresh Air opens the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics. Airs Monday through Friday at 9 p.m. on Red River Radio HD3 With NPR News Headlines at 9:01

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12:29pm

Thu March 27, 2014
Performing Arts

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 2:15 pm

Over the course of Breaking Bad, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) metamorphosed from a high school chemistry teacher to a notorious outlaw.
Ursula Coyote AMC

In the 2008 pilot of AMC's Breaking Bad, high school teacher Walter White fails to interest his chemistry students in the study of change. But over the course of the series, Walt himself came to exemplify radical change, using his knowledge of chemistry to become a master meth cook, and transforming himself into a notorious outlaw who was willing to kill, when necessary, to keep his operation running.

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1:50pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Author Interviews

'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 3:42 pm

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Imagine an America that has been plagued for years by a mysterious epidemic of insomnia — an affliction so serious that many are dying from lack of sleep. That's the futuristic premise of Karen Russell's new novella, Sleep Donation.

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1:50pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Book Reviews

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

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 7:13 pm

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Here's an old joke you may have heard: "How many Vietnam vets does it take to screw in a light bulb?" Answer: "You wouldn't know, you weren't there."

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1:05pm

Tue March 25, 2014
Europe

How Crimea's Annexation Plays To Russians' Soviet Nostalgia

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 8:13 pm

An activist carries a Russian flag during a rally on Sunday in eastern Ukraine.
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According to political scientist Kimberly Marten, Russia's decision to annex Crimea from Ukraine may have changed its relationship with the outside world for many years to come.

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1:05pm

Tue March 25, 2014
Book Reviews

'Thief' Delivers An Unfiltered Depiction Of Life In Lagos

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 2:07 pm

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Let's get the negative stuff out of the way first. Teju Cole's Every Day Is For The Thief is not much of a novel. Forget plot or character development: This is a piece of writing that's all about setting. If you take what Cole is offering here and value it on its own terms, you'll probably appreciate the curious magic at work in this slim not-quite-a-novel. In chapters that stand as separate, short vignettes, Every Day Is For The Thief describes a young New York doctor's visit back to his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria.

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