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Fresh Air Weekend: Ray Davies, Books For Jazz Lovers And Josh Brolin

Ray Davies discusses 50 years with The Kinks; jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews three jazz books out this holiday season; Josh Brolin, who stars in Inherent Vice, still wonders if he's good enough.

President Obama And The Courts: A Shift In Balance

Journalist Jeffrey Toobin notes how Obama's appointees are a new mix of ethnic minorities, women and gay judges. But a couple of these courts are hearing suits that could undo some of Obama's actions.

Examining The Myth Of The 'Superhuman' Black Person

Social psychology researcher Kelly Hoffman has been researching white perceptions of black physicality as "superhuman" for the last three years. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to Hoffman about her findings.

Taking Stock Of America's Toxic Sites And The Millions Living Near Them

A recent National Geographic article looks at toxic waste sites in the U.S. and the more than 49 million Americans who live near them. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with writer Paul Voosen about his piece.

Fresh Air Weekend: A Bob Hope Bio, Christmas Albums And An Accordionist

Richard Zoglin talks about Hope's life and legacy; rock critic Ken Tucker recommends holiday listening; and Will Holshouser plays songs from his new album.

Countering The 8-Hour Sleep Schedule

Many assume that sleeping 8 or 9 consecutive hours at night is instinctual. But in a recent essay in Aeon, Karen Emslie says that this sleep schedule is in fact distinctly modern.

What Does Its Chosen Banner Say About ISIS?

The so-called Islamic State is known for its social media savvy, but they also use more traditional propaganda: a flag. Tess Vigeland talks with vexillologist Ted Kaye about its design and history.

How One Family Is Reacting To Obama's Immigration Plan

This week, President Obama announced an executive action to protect millions from deportation. NPR's Tess Vigeland speaks with Arlete Pichardo about her reaction to the news, and how it will affect her family.

Fresh Air Weekend: Norman Lear, A Review Of Basement Tapes, Jon Stewart

Lear, co-creator of All In The Family, talks about his new memoir; Ken Tucker reviews an album of musicians using Bob Dylan's lyrics; Stewart talks about his future hosting the Daily Show.

'If We Left, They Wouldn't Have Nobody'

When an assisted living home closed in California, many residents were still there with nowhere to go. But a cook and a janitor stayed, without pay, and took care of them.