Fresh Air

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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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1:06pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Author Interviews

Years After Historic Ruling, Execution Still A 'Random' Justice

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 2:44 pm

Execution witness Don Reid stands in the death chamber of the Texas State Penitentiary on July 31, 1972, where he officially watched 189 men die in the heavy oak electric chair. The Supreme Court struck down capital punishment on June 29 of that year.
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In the mid-1970s, Arkansas' electric chair was being used by the prison barber to cut hair, and the execution chamber in New Hampshire was being used to store vegetables. That's because in 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court shocked the nation by striking down Georgia's death penalty law, effectively ending executions in the United States. But the decision provoked a strong backlash among those who favored the death penalty, and within four years the high court reversed course and issued a set of rulings that would permit the resumption of executions.

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10:16am

Thu September 19, 2013
Music Reviews

Robbie Fulks: Exhilarating And Bitter On 'Gone Away Backward'

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 1:06 pm

Robbie Fulks' new album is titled Gone Away Backward.
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Robbie Fulks has been recording since the mid-'90s, making music that's difficult to categorize. He's written country songs about how compromised most country music is, and while he's fond of folk and bluegrass, he pleases concert audiences with covers of hits by Michael Jackson and Cher. Fulks' new album, Gone Away Backward, is one of his most sustained and subtle efforts.

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1:33pm

Wed September 18, 2013
Author Interviews

Bio Credits Manson's Terrible Rise To Right Place And Time

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 3:10 pm

Charles Manson is escorted to his arraignment on conspiracy and murder charges in 1969.
AP

Lots of listeners read all kinds of messages into The Beatles' White Album, but nothing compares to the album's impact on Charles Manson. He heard it as a message to him and his followers — known as "The Family" — that the world was on the verge of an apocalyptic race war in which blacks would rise up against their white oppressors and enslave them.

This battle would be set off by an event called Helter Skelter, after the eponymous Beatles song, and Manson planned to lead his followers into the desert, where they would hide until the chaos ended.

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1:04pm

Tue September 17, 2013
The Fresh Air Interview

In Memoir, Linda Ronstadt Describes Her 'Simple Dreams'

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 9:37 am

Linda Ronstadt performs in 1970.
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With a career that spans rock, pop, country and everything in between, Linda Ronstadt knows no genre, only what her voice can accomplish. Her most famous recordings include "Heart Like a Wheel," "Desperado," "Faithless Love," and many more. But last month, Ronstadt revealed that she has Parkinson's disease and can no longer sing.

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12:38pm

Mon September 16, 2013
Author Interviews

Barnard President: Today's 'Wonder Women' Must Reframe Feminism

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 3:06 pm

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There was a time when Debora Spar was used to being the only woman in the room. As a professor at Harvard Business School, she was surrounded by what she describes as "alpha men of the academic sort — men with big egos and big attitudes and an awful lot of testosterone."

Then, in 2008, she found herself in the opposite situation: She became the president of Barnard College, the women's college affiliated with Columbia University, where "there was barely a male in sight."

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