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Peter Bergman: Remembering The 'Firesign' Satirist

Peter Bergman, one of the founding members of the four-man surrealist comedy troupe The Firesign Theatre, died Friday of complications from leukemia. He was 72. Fresh Air remembers Bergman with excerpts from a 1993 interview.
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Black Leader For Southern Baptist Convention?

Pastor Fred Luter has led the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, the largest Southern Baptist church in New Orleans, for 25 years. He recently announced that he is seeking to become the first African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Maya Rudolph, William Shatner

Rudolph discusses her seven seasons on Saturday Night Live and her role in the raunchy comedy Bridesmaids. Also, actor William Shatner on the ups and downs of creating iconic characters, from starship captain James T. Kirk to lawyer Denny Crane.
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'1861': A Social History Of The Civil War

Historian Adam Goodheart explains how national leaders and ordinary citizens across the country responded to the chaos and uncertainty in 1861: The Civil War Awakening.
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A Mom Becomes A Man, And A Family Sticks Together

This spring, Les and Scott GrantSmith will mark their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple raised two daughters along the way. But 15 years ago, they hit a crisis that nearly broke the family apart. They solved it by embracing a unique approach — and each other.
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Maya Rudolph: The Fresh Air Interview

The comedian spent seven seasons on Saturday Night Live and went on to star in the raunchy comedy Bridesmaids. Now she's exploring what's funny about parenting in the new movie Friends with Kids and the TV series Up All Night.
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Book Of Revelation: 'Visions, Prophecy And Politics'

Princeton religious scholar Elaine Pagels puts the tales of death and destruction from the New Testament's final book into historical context in Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation.
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How Do You Ship A Horse To The London Olympics? Carefully, And Via FedEx

The elite athletes who travel to London for this summer's Olympic Games will include petite gymnasts, huge wrestlers — and elite horses, which compete in dressage and other events. The man whose job it is to get 50-60 horses to England says, "It's quite a logistical feat."
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Did The Fed Help Banks While Ignoring The Risks?

The Federal Reserve shrugged off warnings and let banks pay shareholders billions of dollars in dividends last year, despite warnings from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. ProPublica investigative reporter Jesse Eisinger says banks should have been forced to set aside the money as a rainy-day cushion.

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