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Director Alexander Payne On Mining Every Film For Comic Potential

Payne says he first read Nebraska — about a man who is showing signs of dementia — as a comedy. We'll listen back to an interview with Payne originally broadcast on Dec. 2, 2013.
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Matthew McConaughey, Getting Serious Again

The leading man known for his good looks and charm has lately been taking on more serious roles in films such as Bernie, Magic Mike and Mud. We'll listen back to excerpts from an April 2013 interview.
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Voting Rights: Time To Think Differently For Those Who've Done Time?

Attorney General Eric Holder wants states to restore voting rights to felons after they complete their sentences. Legal analysts Spencer Overton and Hans von Spakovsky look at the debate.
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Kiev Protester Talks Aims And Issues Of Ukrainian Opposition

Robert Siegel speaks with Viktor Andrusiv, a Ukrainian member of the Democratic Alliance who has been demonstrating in Kiev's Independence Square for months.
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North American Summit Like 'A Long But Rushed Lunch'

President Obama is back home after a meeting with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts at the summit of North American leaders. But one observer says the meeting was short on substance.
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Former Gadhafi Basketball Player Recalls Escaping Libya

Alex Owumi's dream of playing professional basketball led him to Libya, where he played on Moammar Gadhafi's team. Then the Arab Spring happened, and Owumi had to escape.
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In 'Passage,' Caro Mines LBJ's Changing Political Roles

The fourth volume in Robert Caro's monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson is The Passage of Power; it explores the period between 1958 and 1964 during which Johnson went from powerful Senate majority leader to powerless vice president to — suddenly — president of the United States. Originally broadcast on May 13, 2013.
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Extreme Medicine,' Lake Street Dive, 'When We Get Home'

Dr. Kevin Fong practices "extreme medicine" from deep sea to outer space. Lake Street Dive comes out with a new album called Bad Self Portraits. And a military couple describes their long recovery in Plenty of Time When We Get Home.
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At 77, Robert Redford Goes Back To His Roots

Redford says filming All Is Lost was a "pure cinematic experience — the way films used to be." He talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about how it's been "sort of weird" being known for his good looks, and about how he nearly wasn't cast in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. (Originally broadcast on Dec. 12, 2013.)
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Coping With The Cold Is About Survival For The Homeless

Extreme cold has hit many parts of the country this winter, bringing life-threatening challenges for the homeless. Host Michel Martin hears how they've been coping. She speaks with Jerry Jones of the National Coalition for the Homeless, and Liz Kuoppala of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless.

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