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Jane Mayer: Obama In 'Impossible Bind' Over Donors

In this week's New Yorker, the journalist details how the electoral climate since the Citizens United ruling in 2010 has negatively affected the Obama campaign's appeal to Democratic donors. Mayer tells Fresh Air that Obama has to make a "terrible choice between his principles and politics."
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Summer Movies: Older Movies With Modern Themes

2012's big movies feature several themes: a band of heroes trying to save the day, time travel comedies, and a hero's return home, among others. Film buff Murray Horwitz suggests alternative movies to watch at home if you like those themes, but don't want to stand in long lines at the box office.
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Paul Auster Meditates On Life, Death And Near Misses

The author's new memoir, Winter Journal, is a history of his body — scars, panic attacks and near-death experiences. He tells Fresh Air how he got a reputation as a dirty fighter, why he doesn't drive and how hard it was to see his mother's dead body.
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From Politics To Pestilence: Everything Is Earlier

The seasons are showing up sooner, and girls are developing earlier. We get financial information earlier, and McDonald's just announced it's serving breakfast earlier. What effect will all this earliness ultimately have on our culture? It's too early to tell.
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The Marlon Brando Of Screen Dance, 100 Years On

Dancer-actor Gene Kelly would have been 100 this year, and his legacy of unparalleled athleticism and joyous, comic performance still looms large in popular culture. His versatility and his physical beauty were both part of his appeal.
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Mike Birbiglia: "Sleepwalk With Me"

The stand-up comic and frequent contributor to This American Life on life, his career and his new movie, which was co-written by Ira Glass.

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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug. 23

Free For All and a new Spike Lee Joint.

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PBS Remixes Bob Ross, Julia Child and Mister Rogers

Melissa Block talks to John Boswell, aka "Melodysheep," the producer behind the recent PBS auto-tune mixes that feature material from Mister Rogers, Bob Ross and Julia Child.
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Bill Hader On Sketch Comedy, His Love Of Old Films

Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader, nominated for an Emmy for his character Stefon, an obsessive clubgoer, says he needs a character to be funny. Hader tells Fresh Air that he doesn't know how people do standup — and that watching old films as a child sparked his interest in Hollywood.

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