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Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Each week, nearly 4.5 million people listen to the show's intimate conversations broadcast on more than 450 National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network.

Though Fresh Air has been categorized as a "talk show," it hardly fits the mold. Its 1994 Peabody Award citation credits Fresh Air with "probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights." And a variety of top publications count Gross among the country's leading interviewers. The show gives interviews as much time as needed, and complements them with comments from well-known critics and commentators.

Fresh Air is produced at WHYY-FM in Philadelphia and broadcast nationally by NPR.

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12:36pm

Sat August 1, 2015
Interviews

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Call Me Lucky'; 'The End of the Tour'; Training Dogs For Film

White God is about a dog who is separated from his owner (Zsófia Psotta) when her father forces her to give him up. Teresa Ann Miller worked as a trainer for the Hungarian film.
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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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1:59pm

Fri July 31, 2015
Television

Jon Stewart, Faking It and Making It

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DAVE DAVIES, BYLINE: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies. Next week, Jon Stewart ends his 16-year run as host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central. A lot of "Daily Show" viewers share the sentiment expressed by President Obama when he made his seventh and final appearance on the show last week.

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1:59pm

Fri July 31, 2015
Television

For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic 'Power'

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3:29pm

Thu July 30, 2015
Movie Reviews

'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster Wallace's Inner Struggle

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:20 pm

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3:29pm

Thu July 30, 2015
Shots - Health News

A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 4:31 pm

Sarah Hepola is the personal essays editor at Salon.com.
Zan Keith

Before Sarah Hepola got sober five years ago, she considered alcohol to be "the fuel of all adventure." These adventures included taking off her clothes in public, pouring beer on people's heads and waking up in strangers' beds. Frequently, Hepola didn't remember these incidents afterward because she had been in an alcohol-induced blackout.

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4:14pm

Wed July 29, 2015
Music Reviews

Ashley Monroe's 'Blade' Blends Country Sentiment And Delicate Phrasings

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2:05pm

Wed July 29, 2015
Animals

A Hollywood Animal Trainer's Secrets For Getting Dogs To Act On Cue

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 3:04 pm

White God is about a dog who is separated from his owner (Zsófia Psotta) when her father forces her to give him up. Teresa Ann Miller worked as a trainer for the Hungarian film.
Magnolia Pictures

Animal trainer Teresa Ann Miller is used to working with furry performers, but she says the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "This wasn't necessarily a film with an animal in it," Miller tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It was a dog leading the film and telling the story."

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó, White God tells the story of a mixed-breed dog, Hagen, who is abandoned alongside a highway and who then bands together with other discarded dogs to get revenge against the people who have mistreated them.

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1:51pm

Tue July 28, 2015
Music

'Buzzin' The Blues' Revisits The Declarative Harmonica Style Of Slim Harpo

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1:51pm

Tue July 28, 2015
Shots - Health News

A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 8:49 am

Anil Ananthaswamy is a consultant for New Scientist Magazine.
Prasad Vaidya Dutton

Science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy thinks a lot about "self" — not necessarily himself, but the role the brain plays in our notions of self and existence.

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2:05pm

Mon July 27, 2015
Music Reviews

New Release Features Jazz Flutist Sam Most's 'Breathy, Punchy Sound'

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2:05pm

Mon July 27, 2015
Movie Interviews

'Call Me Lucky': A Documentary Of Friendship, Childhood Abuse And Survival

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12:03pm

Sat July 25, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Jake Gyllenhaal; Making A Comedy About LA's Sex Workers

Jake Gyllenhaal plays boxer Billy Hope in Southpaw.
Scott Garfield The Weinstein Company

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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1:21pm

Fri July 24, 2015
Media

'Fresh Air' Remembers Broadcast News Pioneer Marlene Sanders

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1:21pm

Fri July 24, 2015
Author Interviews

'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Billy Bathgate' Author E. L. Doctorow

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 9:12 pm

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1:21pm

Fri July 24, 2015
Dance

Rediscovering The Thrill Of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet

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1:21pm

Fri July 24, 2015
Movie Reviews

A Holocaust Survivor Searches For Her Past In Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix'

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2:01pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Book Reviews

Infidelity Is Steeped In Suspense In 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 5:00 pm

lydia Thompson NPR

Talk about opening with a bang: at the beginning of Julia Pierpont's debut novel, Among the Ten Thousand Things, an 11-year-old girl named Kay Shanley enters the lobby of her New York City apartment building. We readers have already been clued into the fact that Kay is the kind of awkward, shy, pre-teen other girls ridicule. We just want her to get safely into her family's apartment and back to watching the Harry Potter movies she loves. But, just as the elevator doors are closing, the doorman signals for her to hold up.

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2:01pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Interviews

From Upspeak To Vocal Fry: Are We 'Policing' Young Women's Voices?

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 5:43 pm

Women get policed more often for "vocal fry" and "upspeak" than their male counterparts.
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Journalist Jessica Grose is no stranger to criticism of her voice. When she was co-hosting the Slate podcast, the DoubleX Gabfest, she would receive emails complaining about her "upspeak" — a tendency to raise her voice at the end of sentences. Once an older man she was interviewing for an article in Businessweek told her that she sounded like his granddaughter.

"That was the first moment I felt [my voice] was hurting my career beyond just irritating a couple listeners," Grose tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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2:09pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Movie Interviews

Jake Gyllenhaal On Throwing (And Taking) Punches: 'It's Very Primal'

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:04 pm

Jake Gyllenhaal plays boxer Billy Hope in Southpaw.
Scott Garfield The Weinstein Company

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal knows what it feels like to take a punch. "It doesn't feel great, you know," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie. At least that's how I justify when I would get hit: 'That was good for the movie.' "

The movie in question is Southpaw, in which Gyllenhaal stars as a boxer who grew up in the foster care system and is struggling to be a father to his daughter.

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1:29pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Music Reviews

Reissue Of Thelonious Monk's 'Riverside Recordings' Shows A Star On The Rise

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2:07pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Music Reviews

'Sonic Trickster' Miguel Blends Genres And Melodies On 'Wildheart'

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 9:48 pm

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2:04pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Movie Interviews

A Downtrodden LA Corner Inspires Comedy And Friendship In 'Tangerine'

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 9:48 pm

Actress Mya Taylor and director Sean Baker collaborated on the film Tangerine, a comedy about a friendship between transgender sex workers in Los Angeles' unofficial red-light district.
Rebecca Cabage AP

When film director Sean Baker moved to Los Angeles three years ago, he found himself drawn to one of the city's most infamous intersections. The corner of Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard is "an unofficial red light district," Baker tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But Baker's interest in the area went beyond the usual transactions: "I thought there must be some incredible stories that take place on that corner."

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1:31pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Music

Revisiting The Career Of Gospel-Singer-Turned-Hit-Maker Garnet Mimms

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1:31pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Movie Interviews

At 76, Actor Ian McKellen Embodies An Older Sherlock In 'Mr. Holmes'

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11:55am

Sat July 18, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow; Jason Isbell; Ta-Nehisi Coates

Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, stars Schumer as a woman who lives her life without apologies.
Mary Cybulski Universal Pictures

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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3:13pm

Fri July 17, 2015
Movie Reviews

In 'Trainwreck', A Screwball Comedy Fades To Family-Values Formulaic

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3:13pm

Fri July 17, 2015
Author Interviews

'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

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5:00pm

Thu July 16, 2015
Movie Interviews

Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow Talk Storytelling, Commitment And Spooning

Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, stars Schumer as a woman who lives her life without apologies.
Mary Cybulski Universal Pictures

Comedian Amy Schumer is — by her own admission — an oversharer. Whether she's talking about one-night stands or drinking habits, she has a tendency to bare all.

In 2011, Schumer's blend of honesty and humor caught the attention of director Judd Apatow, who heard her being interviewed on the radio by Howard Stern.

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3:36pm

Wed July 15, 2015
Commentary

Tracing The Origin Of The Campaign Promise To 'Tell It Like It Is'

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 6:50 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has promised to "tell it like it is" during his presidential campaign.
Mel Evans AP

"I tell it like it is." Chris Christie made this his campaign slogan. Donald Trump repeats it whenever he's challenged on something he has said. And Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Rick Santorum have said the same thing. It's the conventional pledge of candor, or what passes for it in American public life.

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3:26pm

Wed July 15, 2015
Author Interviews

'Cartel' Author Spins A Grand Tale Of Mexico's Drug Wars

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 4:42 pm

In 2013, residents of some towns in western Mexico took up arms in an effort to defend their villages against drug gangs.
Marco Ugarte AP

Novelist Don Winslow has spent 10 years immersed in the Mexican drug wars. He has studied all the players, from the lowly traffickers to the kingpins who head up the cartels. One of the characters in his new novel, The Cartel, is based on drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo, who escaped from a Mexican prison over the weekend.

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