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The Battle Over American Health Care: What's At Stake In The Senate's Bill
Vox.com correspondent Sarah Kliff says Republicans determined to replace and repeal Obamacare are finding it's "awfully difficult to write a bill that would get rid of it entirely."
'Baby Driver' Is An Action-Packed, Elegant Joyride
Director Edgar Wright rejects computer-generated unreality and instead focuses on breathtaking driving in his new heist thriller. Critic David Edelstein says the result is terrifically entertaining.
'What Would You Do?' Author Wants To Stop Sensationalizing The Donner Party
In The Best Land Under Heaven, Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. He says "there's so much more" to the story.
In Ambitious 'Okja,' A Teen Attempts To Save Her Super Pig From Slaughter
You'll root for 13-year-old Mija at every step of this new Netflix film. And Okja, the huge, genetically modified pig, is among the most touching and realistic computer-generated characters ever made.
'One Nation Under Gold' Explores America's Obsession With One Precious Metal
Author James Ledbetter says many of the nation's worst economic catastrophes happened while on the gold standard. His new book traces the fascination with gold as a symbol of permanence and quality.
There's Plenty Of Variety On Sexmob's Scrappy 'Cultural Capital'
Since the 1990s, New York trumpet player Steven Bernstein has been the ringleader of this occasional quartet. This recent album was recorded at a home studio and its rough-hewn quality is just right.
Fresh Air Weekend: Roxane Gay And Sherman Alexie
This weekend we talk with the authors of two new memoirs: Gay's Hunger is the book "she wanted to write the least." And Alexie's You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is about growing up on a reservation.
Garish Melodrama Becomes Universal Tragedy 'The Beguiled'
Sofia Coppola has taken a 1971 Southern Gothic psychodrama directed by a man and remade it from a female perspective — and the result is powerful.
Chuck Berry's Final Recordings Are Fresh And Forward-Looking
Berry, who died in March at the age of 90, left behind an album of new material, his first such collection since 1979. Rejecting nostalgia, Berry's last project is interesting and energetic.
Guitarist Nels Cline On 'Lovers,' An Album 25 Years In The Making
Cline's Lovers is a collection of lushly arranged versions of American popular songs, covers and originals. He says it's a "mood-music record" that isn't "cheesy." Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2016.
'GLOW' And 'Prime Suspect': Two TV Series You Won't Want To Miss
In both of these period pieces — one set in the 1970s, the other in the 1980s — women have it tough, whether they're wrestling with their demons, or actually wrestling.
Experts Suspect Russia Is Using Ukraine As A Cyberwar Testing Ground
Wired's Andy Greenberg says Ukraine has been the victim of a "cyber-assault unlike any the world has ever seen." Cybersecurity experts think Russia is perfecting attacks that could be used on the U.S.
'The Big Sick' Is A Wonderful Movie And An Imperfect Milestone
Comedian Kumail Nanjiani steps into the leading role in a semi-autobiographical love story. It's a quietly groundbreaking crowd-pleaser, though some characters aren't as fully dimensional as others.
In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'
In Raven Rock, Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect U.S. leaders in the event of a catastrophe. One Cold War-era plan put the post office in charge of cataloging the dead.
Sherman Alexie Says He's Been 'Indian Du Jour' For A 'Very Long Day'
Alexie is excited for a new generation of Native American writers to come on the scene, "so I don't have to answer all the questions," he says. His new memoir is You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.