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12:25

Author Martha Mcphee

Author Martha McPhee's new novel is called Gorgeous Lies and it's a follow-up to her critically acclaimed first novel, Bright Angel Time. Both books are about growing up in a communal blended household in the 70s run by a dictatorial patriarch. In Gorgeous Lies, the patriarch is dying. The eight children try to make peace with their father and each other. McPhee currently teaches at Hofstra University.

14:36

Prolific Film Director Sidney Lumet

Lumet has directed 40 films, which have received over 50 Academy Award Nominations. His films include "Network," "Fail-Safe," "Dog Day Afternoon," and "The Prince of the City." He details his craft in his new book Making Movies. We'll feature an interview with Lumet recorded in 1988. (Rebroadcast)

22:35

Author Michael Dorris on American Indians in Literature

The novelist is best known for his books for adults--A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, The Crown of Columbus, which he wrote with his wife, writer Louise Erdrich, and The Broken Cord, about his adopted son's struggle with fetal alcohol syndrome. His latest book, Morning Girl, is for children. It's about the Taino, the 15th century Native Americans Columbus first encountered

26:27

Prolific Film Director Sidney Lumet

Lumet is known for completing movies quickly and under budget. He's made 38 films in 30 years -- a pace typically associated with the studio system of early Hollywood. He joins Fresh Air to discuss the consistency of American actors, including stars like Al Pacino and Henry Fonda, and the production of several of his classic movies.

03:30

"Five Easy Pieces" Now Available for Home Viewing

Critic Ken Tucker revisits the classic Jack Nicholson film, now on home video. He says the movie is idiosyncratic, but fizzles out by the end, after Nicholson's character has killed off so many of his emotions.

27:03

Prolific Film Director Sidney Lumet

Lumet is known for completing movies quickly and under budget. He's made 38 films in 30 years -- a pace typically associated with the studio system of early Hollywood. He joins Fresh Air to discuss the consistency of American actors, including stars like Al Pacino and Henry Fonda, and the production of several of his classic movies.

10:00

Telling Kids Stories Through Music

Bill Harley writes music for children. His songs are inspired both by different folk traditions and his experiences as a father. He performs some of his music for Fresh Air guest host Liane Hansen.

27:18

A Writer Resists His Military Training

Pat Conroy's abusive father tried to groom him for a career in the Marines. Conroy instead became a novelist who incorporates autobiographical details into his fiction.

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