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For MacArthur 'Genius,' 'Love' Is The Essence Of Her Art

Visual artist Carrie Mae Weems has been celebrated for her art and activism for decades, and now she can add a MacArthur "genius" grant to her collection. In a conversation with NPR's Michel Martin, Weems discusses life, love and turning 60.
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Why Is The Higgs Boson A 'Big Whoop' For All Of Us?

The physicists who discovered the so-called 'God Particle' were awarded the Nobel Prize this year, but one writer says people still aren't paying enough attention. Scientist Ainissa Ramirez tells host Michel Martin why more people should care about the Higgs Boson, and why they probably won't.
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Breaking Bad,' Holland's 'Prism,' Pitcher Jamie Moyer

Writers Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz talk about the finale of the AMC series. Dave Holland's Prism features one of the loudest bands of the bassist's career. And in a new memoir, Just Tell Me I Can't, Moyer explains how he became a better pitcher in his 40s than his 20s.
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Pioneering 'Masters Of Sex' Brought Science To The Bedroom

William Masters and Virginia Johnson became famous in the 1960s for their research into the physiology of human sexuality. In Masters of Sex, biographer Thomas Maier explores the duo's research methods, which for years remained shrouded in secrecy. Originally broadcast July 30, 2013.
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300 Sandwiches: The Secret To Boyfriend's Heart?

New York Post reporter Stephanie Smith sparked a firestorm online when she wrote about her plan to make her boyfriend 300 sandwiches - in exchange for an engagement ring. Host Michel Martin talks to Smith about her project and the reaction to it.
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Flying Above Colorado, Photographer Has 'Rare Perspective'

John Wark has made memorable photos of some of the recent fires and floods in Colorado — while piloting his own plane. He says the distance from his subjects changes the photography experience.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Elton John, 'Masters Of Sex' And 'Merchants Of Meth'

The pop star discusses his fear of sex as a young man, John Powers critiques the new Showtime series' retrograde portrayals of sex and Mother Jones' Jonah Engle looks at where meth cooks' and pharmaceutical companies' interests intersect.
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Jeremy Denk: Playing Ligeti With A Dash Of Humor

The pianist's latest album features some of the most difficult etudes ever written for solo piano by the Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti. "Ligeti took the piano to places it had never been before," he says, "and makes demands of the pianist and the mind that had never been made before."
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Vijay Iyer: Self-Taught Jazz Pianist Goes 'Solo'

A jazz pianist and bandleader, Iyer is one of the most critically acclaimed musicians of the past decade. He also has a masters in physics. Here, he explains why he decided to switch to a full-time career as a jazz musician, and describes what influenced his album Solo.
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The Competing Interests Behind Smokey Bear And The Crying Indian

The company behind iconic public service campaigns like Smokey Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog has been around since the 1940s. But how much is really known about the Ad Council? Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks to author Wendy Melillo about her book How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America.

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