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8:31am

Fri January 24, 2014
Interviews

Tom Hanks Is 'Captain Phillips' In High-Seas Hostage Drama

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 2:34 pm

Prior to filming, director Paul Greengrass kept the pirate crew and the boat crew separate to make the hijacking scenes feel more authentic. "The hair did stand up on the back of our heads," says Tom Hanks, above.
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This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 7, 2013.

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12:45pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Music Reviews

On 'Hard Working Americans,' Songs For The Ordinary Joe

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 2:39 pm

Hard Working Americans.
James Martin Courtesy of the artist

12:45pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Author Interviews

Patchett: In Bad Relationships, 'There Comes A Day When You Gotta Go'

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 2:58 pm

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Ann Patchett is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. Her other books include Truth & Beauty, The Magician's Assistant and Run.
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The title essay of Ann Patchett's latest book, This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage, isn't exactly what it sounds like. It's actually the story of an unhappy marriage that ends quickly in divorce and results in a strongly defended refusal to marry that lasts many years. But eventually, it does lead to the happy marriage.

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11:25am

Wed January 22, 2014
Author Interviews

Skeptic Takes A Tour Of Self-Help's 'Promise Land'

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 1:29 pm

A lot of self-help books have simple formulas. They promise 30 days or 10 easy steps to having thinner thighs, landing a spouse, having a great sex life, starting a new life after divorce, climbing the corporate ladder while dressed for success, and, of course, finding inner peace. And while many swear by the power of their favorite self-help philosophy, there are still a lot of skeptics.

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11:11am

Tue January 21, 2014
Movie Interviews

Phoenix To Self: 'Why Am I Talking About This? ... Joaquin, Shut Up'

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 3:56 pm

Joaquin Phoenix's Her character, Theodore, has a job writing intimate — and sometimes erotic — cards and letters on behalf of other people.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Joaquin Phoenix started his acting career in 1982, when he was about 8, on an episode of the TV series Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. (His brother, the late River Phoenix, was a regular in the series.) He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he still vividly remembers his first time on a set.

"I remember feeling like I was buzzing, like my whole body was vibrating, because it was just so exciting to experience this thing that wasn't real but at moments felt like it was real," he says. "It's basically the feeling that I've been chasing ever since."

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