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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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Journalist Examines Chaotic Fighting In Syria

The Guardian's Ghaith Abdul-Ahad calls the Syrian battle fluid and complicated. "There is chaos, there is no military planning, there is no organization," he tells Fresh Air. He reported for the PBS Frontline documentary The Battle for Syria, which airs Tuesday.
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Fresh Air Weekend: W. Kamau Bell, Michael Lewis

W. Kamau Bell, who hosts the new FX show Totally Biased, talks about how he got labeled as a "political comedian." Writer Michael Lewis was given unusual access to the president to write an article for Vanity Fair.
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'Chico & Rita': An Animated Film With A Cuban Beat

Director Fernando Trueba talks about his Oscar-nominated animated film Chico and Rita, which follows a pair of lovers who leave Havana's music scene in the 1940s to head to New York City. It's now out on DVD.
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Going Under The 'Boardwalk' With Michael Shannon

The actor plays a righteous federal agent who succumbs to all sorts of temptations on the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire. To build the character of Nelson Van Alden, he says, he worked out an elaborate back story about the agent's childhood. The third season starts Sunday.
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From Topless Bar To Biology: A Love Story

Susan McClinton says when she met her husband, Philip, 40 years ago, her life was headed in a bad direction. Together, they went back to school and helped each other change their lives.
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'Totally Biased' Comic On Race, Politics And Audience

Comic W. Kamau Bell's new show, produced by Chris Rock, mixes standup, sketches and interviews. Bell tells Fresh Air about the origins of his political humor and why it's important for him to have a multiracial audience.
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In Meetings, On The Court To Discover 'Obama's Way'

Writer Michael Lewis was given unusual access to the president for six months for an article for Vanity Fair. Lewis tells Fresh Air that he found a "weird disjuncture between his powers and his powerlessness."

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