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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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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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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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Fresh Air Remembers Comedian Phyllis Diller

Comedian Phyllis Diller died Monday at the age of 95. In a 1986 interview with Fresh Air, Diller explains her routine when starting out, before she developed her persona as a crazed housewife.
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Mike Birbiglia, 'Sleepwalk'-ing On The Big Screen

The comedian co-wrote a film with Ira Glass, of public radio's This American Life, about his life and sleepwalking disorder. But making Sleepwalk With Me, based on Birbiglia's one-man show and comedic memoir, caused Birbiglia anxiety — which exacerbated his disorder.
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A Former Hostage In Somalia Remembers

Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan and a colleague were captured in 2008 while covering the civil war in Somalia and held for ransom. They spent more than a year in captivity before their families paid the kidnappers $1.3 million. Brennan shares his story, the subject of an hourlong broadcast on the National Geographic Channel.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Susie Arioli, Frank Langella

Canadian singer Susie Arioli gives an in-studio concert. Frank Langella discusses the ups and downs of his long career.

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