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  • 7:25am Jun 20, 2013

    Actor James Gandolfini Dies Suddenly While On Vacation

    The 51-year-old actor died on Wednesday in Rome. Reports attribute his death to a heart attack. Gandolfini had been a character actor for years before he was given a chance to read for Tony Soprano in a new series about a New Jersey mob boss HBO was producing in the late 90s.
  • 1:26pm Jun 14, 2013
    Arts Arts

    John Oliver: Topical Comedy With A Crisp Accent

    With Jon Stewart on leave, The Daily Show's "Senior British Correspondent" John Oliver has stepped up to fill in as host. In a Fresh Air interview from 2010, he talks about moving to the United States to join the show — and the weird credibility his accent immediately gives him with Americans.
  • Mara Wilson, 25, was a child actor who starred in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire.
    Ari Scott
    8:50am Jun 12, 2013
    Arts Arts

    'Matilda' Star Mara Wilson On Why Some Child Actors Lose It

    After years in movies and TV shows, some child actors end up making headlines for stints in rehab and legal drama later in life. Others leave Hollywood behind and pursue different careers. Mara Wilson, star of Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, explains the challenges of transitioning to adulthood.
  • David Cross (left) reprises his role as Dr. Tobias Funke, the sexually ambiguous brother-in-law of Jason Bateman's character, Michael Bluth, in Netflix's new season of Arrested Development.
    5:05pm Jun 10, 2013
    Arts Arts

    'Arrested' No More: Hurwitz On Why The Bluths Are Back

    Seven years after Fox canceled the cult-favorite sitcom, a fourth season of Arrested Development is streaming on Netflix. The show's creator, Mitch Hurwitz, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that if the show doesn't get the right ratings this time, he can't blame the time slot.
  • Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter reprise their roles as George and Lucille Bluth in Netflix's new fourth season of Mitch Hurwitz's Arrested Development.
    4:45pm Jun 04, 2013
    Arts Arts

    New 'Arrested Development' Gags Are Best Served In One Sitting

    Show creator Mitch Hurwitz advises against binge-watching the new season, but TV critic David Bianculli begs to differ. He says hidden identities and perplexing mysteries unfold slowly, and watching everything in one sitting helps make those connections even clearer.
  • 9:11am Jun 01, 2013

    How To Speak Teen

    Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon speaks with Canadian linguist James Harbeck about his collection and phonetic translation of annoying teenage sounds.
  • Last year's Comikaze, seen here in September 2012, attracted tens of thousands of attendees.
    8:43am May 29, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Comikaze: Not Just The Other Comic Convention

    Dissatisfied with the scope and costs of the biggest fan convention in the country, one fan started a new gathering of her own, and she quickly brought some big names in to help out.
  • 2:11pm May 27, 2013
    Arts Arts

    From 'Groovy' To 'Slacks,' The Words That Date You

    When Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich used the word "slacks" in a column, a reader commented: "Slacks? How old are you?" The reader's comment got Schmich thinking about the words we choose and how much those choices can reveal about our age. (Originally broadcast on October 22, 2012.)
  • Keith Carradine (right) performs with the cast of Hands on a Hardbody during its spring 2013 run in New York.
    Chad Batka
    6:22pm May 25, 2013
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    Two Songs That Led Keith Carradine From Screen To Broadway

    One of Keith Carradine's most famous roles in recent years was as Wild Bill Hickok on the HBO TV show Deadwood. But Carradine is also a musician, and it was a song that jump-started his career — and another that drew him to his latest Broadway role.