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Comedian Maz Jobrani's Ideas For Iran's New Internet

Iranian-American comic and actor Maz Jobrani reacts to the news that Iran is considering severing its links to the Internet and creating its own internal one. Jobrani is a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.
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A Close Look At Your Bills' 'Fine Print'

In his new book, The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, author David Cay Johnston examines the fees that companies have added over the years that have made bills incrementally larger. He tells Fresh Air that companies are misusing language to "confuse people."
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Kelly Macdonald: Strong Woman On The 'Boardwalk'

The Scottish actress plays Margaret Thompson, a young Irish widow who marries a corrupt politician on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Macdonald, who got her start in Trainspotting, tells Fresh Air that she enjoys playing a "strong character" for a change.
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Artist Experiments With Portraits Of Random Strangers

Artist Nicole Bourgea has created 10 life-size oil paintings of random people she has met this year. On Oct. 1, she will place each portrait back at the location where she first saw the subject with a note: "If this is you, this painting is yours to take."

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Nelly Furtado Inspires 'The Spirit Indestructible'

The singer-songwriter has gone multiplatinum in dozens of countries, winning a Grammy, a Latin Grammy and Canadian and British equivalents. Furtado describes her fifth album, out this month, as fun, with lots of big beats and adrenaline but also a spiritual thread.
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Watch This: Filmmaker Kevin Smith's Varied Tastes

Writer-director Kevin Smith discusses his favorite movies and TV shows with NPR's Steve Inskeep. His picks include the classic baseball movie The Bad News Bears and the popular AMC zombie drama The Walking Dead.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 20

Anil Revri's 'Wall for Peace'

Enemies, peace, and dancing by memory.

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Debunking The 'Myth Of The Muslim Tide'

In his new book, Doug Saunders says there are those who believe immigration and high birth rates will make Muslims a majority in Europe in coming decades — and their hostility to Western values makes them a threat. Saunders tells Fresh Air that such fears are based on inaccurate assertions of fact.
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'Life Of Objects' Tells A Cautionary WWII Fairy Tale

Susanna Moore tells the saga of an ambitious girl, a family's artistic fortune and a world at war. Young heroine Beatrice Palmer is whisked off to Berlin where she is put to work packing up priceless artwork in a wealthy family's mansion.

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