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Just As American As Chorizo

The Fourth of July is full of parades, fireworks and food. But how did barbecuing become our national tradition? Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with culinary historian Jessica B. Harris about how migration and culture has shaped what Americans eat.

Does Macklemore Really Thrift Shop?

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are chart-topping rap sensations. In a special rebroadcast, they sat down last year with guest host Celeste Headlee to talk about their latest album 'The Heist' a few months before their fame hit its biggest heights.

How Slavery Almost Made It Into The Declaration

More than any other day of the year, the Fourth of July is a time to take pride in American history. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks to author Kenneth C. Davis about what you shouldn't forget this Independence Day.

A Familiar Wild West, But The Guy In The Mask? Who's He?

Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean director, Gore Verbinski, have already made one Western: The animated film Rango. So with The Lone Ranger, they were looking to do something a little different. Critic Bob Mondello says you can say that again.

Martin Luther King's Memory Inspires Teenage Dream

Martin Luther King Junior's famous "I Have a Dream" speech is fifty years old this summer. Tell Me More is asking listeners to use #MyDream on Twitter to share their own wishes and visions of the future. Fourteen-year-old Aubrey Moran from Mississippi shares her dream for kids her age.

Booker T: My Music Should Be The Soundtrack To Your Life

If you were to paint a picture of today's contemporary music styles, it might be colored by synthesizers and samples. But musician Booker T. is still making modern music with his trusted Hammond B3 organ. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Booker T about his new album Sound The Alarm.

Elisabeth Moss: From Naif To Player On TV's 'Mad Men'

As Peggy Olson on AMC's drama series, the actress has learned about her character's personality and development episode by episode, script by script, just like those of us who watch the show on TV. And she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that she prefers it that way.

'The Lone Ranger': Summer Fun With Manifest Destiny

Director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp have turned in a busy, expensive take on the masked lawman of the Wild West. It's long, tone-deaf, and ultimately crushingly bad.

Civil War Soldiers Needed Bravery To Face The Foe, And The Food

Tooth-breaking crackers infested with bugs. Ramrod rolls cooked on gun parts. Fake coffee made of peanuts and chicory. At Gettysburg and elsewhere, the rations faced by soldiers on both sides of the Civil War would make most of us want to surrender in dismay.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 3

This summer you can see two distinctly different exhibits: one of war photography, and the other featuring portraits of Parisian civilians.