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Fine Art
12:45 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Could The Masterpiece Be A Fake? Profit, Revenge And 'The Art Of Forgery'

In 2010 the Detroit Institute of Arts hosted the exhibit "Fakes, Forgeries, and Mysteries" — about how experts figure out whether artworks are authentic. Above, a painting titled A Female Saint (left) that was once attributed to Italian artist Sandro Botticelli is exhibited alongside The Resurrected Christ (right), a Botticelli painting from around 1480.
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Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 1:24 pm

Michelangelo is known for masterpieces like the Sistine Chapel and the statue of David, but most people probably don't know that he actually got his start in forgery. The great artist began his career as a forger of ancient Roman sculptures, art scholar Noah Charney tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

By the time Michelangelo's forgery was revealed, the Renaissance master was famous in his own right. But many other artistic forgers continue to copy the work of past artists in the hopes of passing their creations off as authentic.

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It's All Politics
1:56 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Obama Visits Marc Maron's Garage; Cats Annoyed They Were Shut In Bedroom

Comedian Marc Maron's WTF podcast might not seem like the place for a typical presidential interview, but several months ago the White House reached out to Maron to see if he'd be interested in having Barack Obama as his guest. "I just didn't think that it would ever happen," Maron says.

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Remembrances
1:05 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Listen Back To A 1988 Conversation With Composer Gunther Schuller

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Fresh Air Weekend
10:25 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Apatow, 'Inside Out,' And Kumail Nanjiani

Apatow (who dressed up as Harpo Marx for Halloween in 1975) was one of the youngest kids in his grade. "When you're little, that year is impactful," he says. "You are smaller, you are behind in every possible way."
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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Author Interviews
12:26 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

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Movie Reviews
12:26 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Pixar's 'Inside Out' Is A Mind-Opening Masterpiece

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Movie Interviews
12:46 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

'Love & Mercy' Brings The Life Of Brian Wilson To The Big Screen

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Television
12:08 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

HBO's New Sunday Lineup Is Full Of Pleasant Surprises

In Ballers, Dwayne Johnson (left) plays an ex-Dolphin who is trying to make the transition from pro football player to financial planner for wealthy athletes. His boss is played by Rob Corddry, from The Daily Show.
Jeff Daly HBO

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 4:55 pm

Last weekend, HBO presented the season finales of its three Sunday night prime-time spring series, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep. This weekend, HBO unveils its new Sunday night lineup: the all-new second season of True Detective, and two new comedies, Ballers, starring Dwayne Johnson, formerly known as the wrestler called The Rock, and The Brink, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black.

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Author Interviews
12:08 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Judd Apatow: A Comedy-Obsessed Kid Becomes 'Champion Of The Goofball'

Apatow (who dressed up as Harpo Marx for Halloween in 1975) was one of the youngest kids in his grade. "When you're little, that year is impactful," he says. "You are smaller, you are behind in every possible way."
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Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 12:07 am

As a kid, Judd Apatow was obsessed with comedy. "No other kids in my school cared about it at all," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "There was no one to talk about it with."

That's all different now. Today, Apatow says there's a "giant culture of comedy nerds." But as a kid, he was on his own — and in some ways, that worked in his favor. "Back then I was alone and I had a little confidence about it because I felt like: 'This is my thing. This is the only thing that only I know about,'" he says.

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Author Interviews
12:47 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

What Etgar Keret Learned From His Father About Storytelling And Survival

Etgar Keret's work has been published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and he's contributed to This American Life.
Yanai Yechiel Courtesy of Riverhead Books

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 11:01 am

As Israeli writer Etgar Keret waited for his son to be born, victims of a terrorist attack were being brought into the same hospital. "The idea that you bring your son into a world in which he can be hurt and killed by a random and violent act — it's kind of discouraging," Keret tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It's scary enough ... assuming the responsibility of being a parent without having that in your face the day that your son is being born."

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Music Reviews
2:25 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Dawes' New Album Grapples With Regret Without Getting You Down

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This is FRESH AIR. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of the new fourth album from the band Dawes called "All Your Favorite Bands." The California quartet is led by lead vocalist and main songwriter Taylor Goldsmith.

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Book Reviews
2:18 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Morally Messy Stories, Exquisitely Told, In Mia Alvar's 'In The Country'

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 4:00 pm

The initial "selling point" of Mia Alvar's debut short story collection, In the Country, is its fresh subject matter: namely, Filipinos living under martial law in the 1970s in their own country and in exile, working as maids, engineers, teachers, health care workers and hired hands in the Middle East and the United States.

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It's All Politics
2:15 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Fueled By Fear, How Richard Nixon Became 'One Man Against The World'

In his new book One Man Against the World, Tim Weiner explores some of the questions surrounding the presidency of Richard Nixon, pictured above in the Oval Office on Feb. 19, 1970.
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Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 3:52 pm

Richard Nixon's presidency has always been one surrounded by questions and controversy: Why did he wiretap his own aides and diplomats? Why did he escalate the war in Vietnam? Why did he lie about his war plans to his secretary of defense and secretary of state? What were the Watergate burglars searching for, and why did Nixon tape conversations that included incriminating evidence?

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Fresh Air Weekend
10:06 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Inside Out,' Shamir Bailey And 'The End Of Plenty'

The new animated Disney/Pixar film Inside Out takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl — a mind controlled by five emotions, each voiced by a different actor. From left: Sadness, Anger, Fear (behind Anger), Disgust and Joy.
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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Remembrances
11:02 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Listen Back To A 1990 Interview With Actor Christopher Lee

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 12:43 pm

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