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  • 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.
  • 1:57pm Jan 02, 2013

    Western Star Harry Carey Jr., 1921-2012

    We'll listen back to a 1989 interview with actor Harry Carey Jr., who died Dec. 27. Carey co-starred with John Wayne in the classic Westerns She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Searchers and 3 Godfathers. He talked to Fresh Air about filming epic cavalry-versus-Indian scenes — and his most challenging stunts.
  • Fresh Air's staff, surrounded by employees of WHYY at their 25th-anniversary party.
    Melody Kramer/Fresh Air
    10:44am Dec 31, 2012
    Music & Culture Music & Culture

    'Fresh Air' At 25: A Live Musical Tribute

    This year marked the 25th anniversary of Fresh Air as a daily national NPR program. This episode looks back at some of the great live musical performances from the show's archive, including songs from Shirley Horn, Loudon Wainwright III, Susannah McCorkle, Nick Lowe and Richard Thompson.