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Why Your Cellphone Could Be Called A 'Tracker'

ProPublica investigative reporter Peter Maass says cellphone companies monitor where we are, who we call, what we buy — and often provide it to law enforcement when requested. "They are collecting a heck of a lot more information than we expect them to be collecting about us," he tells Fresh Air.
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Advocate Fights 'Ambient Despair' In Assisted Living

Martin Bayne entered an assisted living facility at 53 after he was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's disease. Now he writes about long-term care reform. He tells Fresh Air about recording residents' final days and how death is handled "very poorly" in facilities.
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REALS: Real Life Super Heroes Pursue A Better World

We meet Stormbringer and Culann, two real life super heroes living in our region. Plus, we hear about REALS, a new play about people who invoke their "super powers" to fight crime.

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Michael Strahan Bringing 'Booty' To Daytime TV?

New shows are hitting the airwaves this fall. Steve Harvey and Katie Couric are debuting talk shows. Former NFL star Michael Strahan brings his own style and flavor of comedy to Live with Kelly and Michael. Host Michel Martin checks in with Tampa Bay Times TV critic Eric Deggans.
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Same Streets, Different Lives In 'NW' London

Zadie Smith returns to old haunts in her latest novel, but it is a sobering homecoming. Where her first novel, White Teeth, was a wild ride into the diverse, vibrant rhythms of a city in transition, NW is a complex exploration of where the inhabitants of that world have landed.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 6

Hip-hop theater, a few famous men, and DC Shorts.

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Eva Longoria Offers DNC A Bridge To Latino Voters

Actress Eva Longoria has taken a large role in the Obama campaign and is scheduled speak at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night.
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Journalist Evaluates Obama, Romney Economic Plans

New York Times Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt compares Obama's and Romney's tax plans, Medicare plans and conflicting claims on whether Americans are better off now than four years ago. "I think it's fair to say the typical American household isn't better off, but the country is," he tells Fresh Air.
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Was Zadie Smith's Novel 'NW' Worth The Wait?

Zadie Smith wrote her last novel On Beauty seven years ago — a long time in the anxious world of publishing. Her new novel NW was released in the U.S. on Monday. Critic Maureen Corrigan asks: Was it worth the wait?

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