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After 3 Decades Of Mugabe, Could Zimbabwe Get A New Leader?

Zimbabwe is gearing up for elections this week, and 89-year-old President Robert Mugabe is hoping to continue his grip on power. NPR's Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is in Harare for the vote. She joins host Michel Martin to talk more about what's at stake.
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Fresh Air Remembers Former Louisiana Congresswoman Lindy Boggs

Boggs moved to Washington in 1941, when her husband was elected to Congress. After his plane disappeared on a campaign trip through Alaska, she ran for his seat and won, becoming the first woman elected to Congress from her state.
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John Gallagher Jr. On 'Newsroom' Dialogue And Staging Green Day

In addition to playing a cable news producer on Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama, Gallagher is a Tony Award-winning Broadway performer. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about starring in a punk rock musical and rehearsing Sorkin's Newsroom scripts.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Maria Bamford, 'Lunches With Orson' And '& Sons'

The comedienne's routines tackle some of the really serious problems she has. Transcripts of filmmaker Henry Jaglom's conversations with Orson Welles have been released in a new book. David Gilbert tells the story of an aging writer whose children do not feel as warmly toward him as his readers do.
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What's It Take To Be A Polar Explorer?

From the TED Radio Hour, polar explorer Ben Saunders on what pushes adventurers like him to brink of human endurance. In 2004, Saunders became the third man — and the most recent — to ski solo to the North Pole.
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Tig Notaro On Going 'Live' About Her Life

Tig Notaro walked onstage hours after finding out she was diagnosed with cancer, and talked about it in a standup comedy set that Louis C.K. described in a tweet as masterful. Notaro spoke with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the set, titled Tig Notaro: Live.
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Michael Apted, Aging With The '7 Up' Crew

Every seven years since 1964, the director has caught us up on the lives of 14 everyday people in his acclaimed 7 Up series. Apted was 22 when the series began, and the subjects were 7. In the latest episode — 56 Up — the subjects are well into middle age.
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Nate Silver On His Move To ESPN, ABC

Nate Silver received acclaim last year by closely predicting the outcome of the presidential election through exhaustive statistical analysis of polling data. He also drew a lot of traffic to The New York Times' website with his FiveThirtyEight blog. Silver has decided to leave the Times and join ESPN and ABC News to put his statistical approach to work analyzing politics, as well as his first love of sports and other topics. David Greene speaks with Silver about his plans and the role of statistical analysis in reporting.
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'Left Alone,' Oliver Mtukudzi Sees Music As Therapy

At 60, Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi now has more albums to his name than birthdays. His latest album, Sarawoga — which means "left alone" — is a response to the death of his son. Mtukudzi joins Tell Me More for a special performance chat.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Jason Isbell, 'Cuckoo's Calling,' 'Orange Is The New Black'

Isbell earned a name for himself while playing with Drive-By Truckers, but on Southeastern, he finds a new level of emotional honesty. Readers have been circling back to a "debut" novel they'd initially overlooked. Netflix recently unveiled its exclusive series: Orange Is the New Black.

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