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  • Lena Dunham's series Girls, which follows the lives of a group of young women in New York City, returns to HBO this month.
    Jessica Miglio / HBO
    3:25pm Jan 11, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Season Two Brings Changes For 'Girls'

    The second season of the HBO series premieres this month, and Fresh Air critic David Bianculli says "these young women — these girls — really are changing and growing and adapting to tough life in the big city."
  • Connie Britton (pictured) and Hayden Panetierre star as country singers of different generations on the ABC series Nashville.
    Courtesy of ABC
    2:08pm Jan 09, 2013
    Music & Culture Music & Culture

    'Nashville' Soundtrack Stands On Its Own

    A new album of original songs from the Golden Globe-nominated TV series about Music City reflects the tastes of the show's musical producer, T-Bone Burnett, as well as the vocal talents of stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.
  • The Fall of the House of Dixie is by Civil War historian Bruce Levine.
    Random House
    1:50pm Jan 08, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    'The Fall Of The House Of Dixie' Built A New U.S.

    In a new book, Civil War historian Bruce Levine says that from the destruction of the South emerged an entirely new country, making the Civil War equivalent to a second American Revolution. Integral to the Union's victory, he says, were the nearly 200,000 black soldiers who enlisted.
  • Joe Barry was a pioneer of "swamp-pop" in the early 1960s.
    Johnny Vallis
    1:50pm Jan 08, 2013
    Music & Culture Music & Culture

    The Unsung Pioneer Of Louisiana Swamp-Pop

    In the early 1960s, Joe Barry combined Cajun and country music into a whole new sound. In honor of a new anthology of Barry's music titled A Fool to Care, critic Ed Ward tells the forgotten musician's story.
  • Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey. The third season premiered on PBS Sunday.
    WGBH/PBS
    1:23pm Jan 07, 2013
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    Julian Fellowes On The Rules Of 'Downton'

    On the hit Masterpiece Theater series, the social rules the characters have always known are changing as the world events of the 20th century unfold. The series' creator, Julian Fellowes, says his relatives who lived through that era inspired his lasting interest in class.
  • A Grain of Truth book cover detail
    12:26pm Jan 04, 2013
    Books Books

    'A Grain Of Truth' About Memory And Modern Poland

    A new mystery by novelist Zygmunt Miloszewski explores Poland's relationship to its anti-Semitic past. Teodor Szacki, the likably washed-up hero, must sprint all over town interrogating suspects, including so-called Polish "patriots" — extremists who bombard him with their anti-Semitic rants.
  • 12:04pm Jan 04, 2013
    Music & Culture Music & Culture

    Remembering 'Rescue Me' Singer Fontella Bass

    Bass died on Dec. 27, 2012. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview from March 1995, in which she spoke about performing at funeral homes as a girl in St. Louis and how secular music wasn't allowed in her childhood home.
  • 12:04pm Jan 04, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Frank Calabrese Jr. On Opening His 'Family Secrets'

    Frank Calabrese Jr. wrote a memoir about bringing down his father's murderous Chicago crime family. In Operation Family Secrets, Frank detailed how he helped the FBI convict his father of several murders by wearing a hidden wire and taping his father's conversations. His father died Christmas Day.