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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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3:00pm

Mon March 9, 2015
Television

'Better Call Saul' Breathes New Life Into 'Breaking Bad' Characters

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 7:58 pm

Jonathan Banks' character Mike Ehrmantraut (left), a hit man and fixer, was a natural to bring back to Breaking Bad's prequel Better Call Saul. Co-creator Peter Gould says he was the right contrast with Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk (right).
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The new show Better Call Saul imagines what slip 'n fall lawyer turned criminal attorney Saul Goodman's life was like before he met Walter White, the main character of Breaking Bad. It tells the story of how Saul, played by Bob Odenkirk, started out as Jimmy McGill, a public defender who is so broke that his home and office are the backroom of a nail salon.

Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould, who also wrote for Breaking Bad, says that centering a new show on Saul Goodman was completely organic.

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10:46am

Sat March 7, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Larry David, 'High Maintenance' Creators And Chris Offutt

David also co-created the NBC series Seinfeld. That show's character George Costanza is loosely based on David.
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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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1:43pm

Fri March 6, 2015
History

Fresh Air Pays Tribute To The 50th Anniversary Of Bloody Sunday

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1:43pm

Fri March 6, 2015
Movie Reviews

In The Northern Ireland Period Thriller '71,' No One Dies Well

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2:09pm

Thu March 5, 2015
Book Reviews

In 'The Buried Giant,' Exhausted Medieval Travelers 'Can't Go On,' But So 'Go On'

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2:09pm

Thu March 5, 2015
Music

On 'Collective Portrait,' Eddie Henderson Is Still Taking Risks At 74

Jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player Eddie Henderson was in his 30s when he debuted on record with Herbie Hancock. Before that he'd become a medical doctor, who went on to specialize in psychiatry, because it left his nights free to play the horn. With Henderson's new album, Collective Portrait, Fresh Air jazz Critic Kevin Whitehead says that decision is still paying off for him.

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2:09pm

Thu March 5, 2015
Theater

Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 3:59 pm

David also co-created the NBC series Seinfeld. That show's character George Costanza is loosely based on David.
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Larry David wrote and stars in a new play that has broken the all-time record on Broadway for advance ticket sales — more than $14 million. Fish in the Dark is a comedy about a family's rivalries and dysfunction as its patriarch passes away. David tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies that the idea came to him when a friend's father died.

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2:20pm

Wed March 4, 2015
Author Interviews

A 'Girl In A Band': Kim Gordon On Life After Sonic Youth

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2:20pm

Wed March 4, 2015
Music

Nora Jane Struthers Is Wide Awake On New Album

Nora Jane Struthers is a singer-songwriter who grew up in New Jersey and was teaching high-school English in Brooklyn before moving to Nashville to attempt a full-time career in music. With her band The Party Line, she's just released a new album called Wake. Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has a review.

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2:20pm

Wed March 4, 2015
Television

'American Crime' And 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Highlight The TV Revolution

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2:28pm

Tue March 3, 2015
NPR Ed

Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 4:58 pm

Kevin Carey'€™s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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A lot of parents start worrying about paying for college education soon after their child is born. After that, there's the stressful process of applying to colleges, and then, for those lucky enough to get admitted into a good college, there's college debt.

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2:19pm

Tue March 3, 2015
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers 'Jazz Master' Orrin Keepnews

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2:19pm

Tue March 3, 2015
Book Reviews

'Welcome To Braggsville' Isn't Quite 'Invisible Man,' But It's Close

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Here's only a partial list of great American writers whose names came to mind as I was reading T. Geronimo Johnson's new novel, Welcome to Braggsville: Tom Wolfe, Mark Twain, Toni Morrison, H.L. Mencken, Don DeLillo, David Foster Wallace, Norman Mailer and Ralph Ellison, Ralph Ellison, Ralph Ellison. Johnson's timely novel is a tipsy social satire about race and the oh-so-fragile ties that bind disparate parts of this country into an imperfect and restless union.

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1:20pm

Mon March 2, 2015
Author Interviews

Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

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1:20pm

Mon March 2, 2015
Music

'Now Is The Time' For Organist Chris Foreman

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 11:00 am

With guitarist Bobby Broom, organist Chris Foreman has recorded several albums with the Deep Blue Organ Trio. Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Foreman is one of a few Chicago jazz heroes who should be better known outside the city limits.

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11:29am

Sat February 28, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Larry Wilmore, The Smart Home And Bill Gifford

Larry Wilmore debuts Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Jan. 19.
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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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1:44pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Former Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

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1:44pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Author Interviews

From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

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1:44pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Movie Reviews

'Maps To The Stars': Either The Funniest Horror Movie, Or The Most Horrific Comedy

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 3:43 pm

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2:39pm

Thu February 26, 2015
Television

'Battle Creek' Has The Flavor Of A TV Throwback From An Earlier Age

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 4:28 pm

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2:39pm

Thu February 26, 2015
Shots - Health News

From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 4:03 pm

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When journalist Bill Gifford turned 40, his friends gave him a cake shaped as a tombstone with the words, "R.I.P, My Youth." As he reflected on his creeping memory lapses and the weight he'd gained, Gifford got interested in the timeless quest to turn back the aging clock — or at least slow it down.

His latest book, Spring Chicken, explores everything from some wacky pseudo-cures for aging to fascinating research that point to causes of aging at the cellular level.

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2:14pm

Wed February 25, 2015
Music Reviews

Mavericks' Singer Raul Malo Restlessly Explores Genres

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2:14pm

Wed February 25, 2015
National Security

A Hard Look At The Risks Of Transporting Oil On Rail Tanker Cars

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 1:42 pm

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2:14pm

Wed February 25, 2015
All Tech Considered

The World Loves The Smartphone. So How About A Smart Home?

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 3:23 pm

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My coffee maker is texting me again. It's scheduled to make coffee tomorrow, the message says, but I need to refill its water tank. Welcome to the future.

The Mr. Coffee Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker with WeMo — yes, that is its official name — is just one of many household appliances being remade to connect to the Internet and take care of themselves. There are thermostats, smoke alarms, washing machines and even $1,000 Bluetooth-connected toilets.

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2:41pm

Tue February 24, 2015
Television

Fair Warning: Watch One 'Foyle's War' Episode, And You'll Want To Watch Them All

Michael Kitchen stars as Foyle, a widowed police superintendent in the coastal city of Hastings in England. His sidekick is his driver, Samantha Stewart, a vicar's daughter played by Honeysuckle Weeks.
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The satisfying thing about TV crime shows is that they offer a sense of closure. The unsatisfying thing is how much of life they must leave out to do it. Like, history. Whether you're talking CSI or Sherlock, crime shows tend to take place in a weirdly hermetic universe where the characters may change — like in True Detective — yet the historical moment in which they live remains largely irrelevant background.

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2:36pm

Tue February 24, 2015
Author Interviews

After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 8:35 pm

Philip Connors' first book Fire Season was about how he spent a few months every year for eight years as a fire lookout, living in a cabin and scanning the horizon with binoculars atop a 45-foot tower in a remote region of New Mexico.
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When writer Philip Connors was in his 20s, he received a call from his mother that later haunted him: "You know, I spoke to your brother and he's been having trouble with his girlfriend — he sounded really down ... you should really call him."

"And when I hung up the phone, I thought to myself: 'Yeah, yeah, kid brother and his silly troubles with women, I'll get around to calling him. I'll call him in a few days, or maybe next week,' " Connors tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

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3:09pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Movie Interviews

How The Man Behind The Trailers Sparks An Urge To See A Movie

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3:09pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Book Reviews

Victorian Romance Meets 'House Of Cards' In 'Mr. And Mrs. Disraeli'

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 5:11 pm

A climb "to the top of a greasy pole" are the immortal words coined by 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli to describe his rise to political power. Disraeli was two-time prime minister under Queen Victoria, as well as a novelist and famous wit whose way with a catchy phrase was rivaled in the 19th century only by his younger admirer, Oscar Wilde. But when he entered politics in the 1830s, Disraeli was burdened by debt and, even more seriously, by his Jewish parentage.

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3:09pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Author Interviews

Prisoners Of War And Ojibwe Reservation Make Unlikely Neighbors In 'Prudence'

David Treuer is the author of three previous novels and two books of nonfiction, including Rez Life. He also teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California
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David Treuer's latest novel Prudence follows a young man who returns home to visit his family on an Ojibwe reservation before he joins the war as a bombardier. It's the 1940s and a prison camp for Germans captured during World War II has been set up across the river.

Treuer bases the camp on a real-life one that existed near the village of Bena, Minn., on the Leech Lake Reservation where he grew up. The camp was on the shores of Lake Winnibigoshish — the German prisoners used to cut down trees to make roads.

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10:09am

Sat February 21, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Writer Richard Price And 'The New Yorker's David Remnick

Richard Price is also the author of, among others, Clockers, Freedomland and The Wanderers.
Lorraine Adams Courtesy of Henry Holt & Co.

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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