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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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3:18pm

Mon June 15, 2015
Music Reviews

Dawes' New Album Grapples With Regret Without Getting You Down

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 3:25 pm

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This is FRESH AIR. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of the new fourth album from the band Dawes called "All Your Favorite Bands." The California quartet is led by lead vocalist and main songwriter Taylor Goldsmith.

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3:18pm

Mon June 15, 2015
Book Reviews

Morally Messy Stories, Exquisitely Told, In Mia Alvar's 'In The Country'

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 5:00 pm

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The initial "selling point" of Mia Alvar's debut short story collection, In the Country, is its fresh subject matter: namely, Filipinos living under martial law in the 1970s in their own country and in exile, working as maids, engineers, teachers, health care workers and hired hands in the Middle East and the United States.

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3:15pm

Mon June 15, 2015
It's All Politics

Fueled By Fear, How Richard Nixon Became 'One Man Against The World'

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 4:52 pm

In his new book One Man Against the World, Tim Weiner explores some of the questions surrounding the presidency of Richard Nixon, pictured above in the Oval Office on Feb. 19, 1970.
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Richard Nixon's presidency has always been one surrounded by questions and controversy: Why did he wiretap his own aides and diplomats? Why did he escalate the war in Vietnam? Why did he lie about his war plans to his secretary of defense and secretary of state? What were the Watergate burglars searching for, and why did Nixon tape conversations that included incriminating evidence?

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11:06am

Sat June 13, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Inside Out,' Shamir Bailey And 'The End Of Plenty'

The new animated Disney/Pixar film Inside Out takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl ā€” a mind controlled by five emotions, each voiced by a different actor. From left: Sadness, Anger, Fear (behind Anger), Disgust and Joy.
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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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12:02pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Remembrances

Listen Back To A 1990 Interview With Actor Christopher Lee

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 1:43 pm

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12:02pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Music Reviews

Michael Gibbs And Bill Frisell Team Up On A New Big Band Record

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 1:43 pm

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12:02pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Movie Reviews

A 'Wolfpack' Of Brothers Who Met The World Through Movies

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 1:43 pm

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1:03pm

Thu June 11, 2015
Music Reviews

Shamir Bailey Invites Everyone In, With Plenty Of Pop Star Potential

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 1:28 pm

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1:03pm

Thu June 11, 2015
Politics

Journalist Explores How Conservative Allies Paved Way For Walker's Candidacy

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 1:28 pm

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1:03pm

Thu June 11, 2015
Pop Culture

What's A Thamakau? Spelling Bee Is More About Entertainment Than English

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 1:37 pm

Nathan J. Marcisz of Marion, Ind., focuses intently as he spells a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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We English-speakers take a perverse pride in the orneriness of our spelling, which is one reason why the spelling bee has been a popular entertainment since the 19th century. It's fun watching schoolchildren getting difficult words right. It can be even more entertaining to watch literate adults getting them wrong.

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2:27pm

Wed June 10, 2015
Movie Interviews

It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out'

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 3:14 pm

The new animated Disney/Pixar film Inside Out takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl ā€” a mind controlled by five emotions, each voiced by a different actor. From left: Sadness, Anger, Fear (behind Anger), Disgust and Joy.
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Why do songs get stuck in your head? Where did that weird dream come from last night? The new Disney Pixar film Inside Out takes an animated peek into the inner workings of our minds.

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2:27pm

Wed June 10, 2015
Pop Culture

For Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, Getting Personal Is Complicated

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 4:02 pm

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Nanjiani moved to the U.S. for college and stayed to pursue his comedy career. He stars in the HBO series Silicon Valley, now ending its second season. The new season of his Comedy Central show, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, premieres June 30.
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2:14pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Music Interviews

Remembering Les Paul, On What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday

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2:14pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Author Interviews

India's 1947 Partition And The 'Deadly Legacy' That Persists To This Day

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 3:49 pm

British Maj. T.J. Monaghan (left) and Pvt. H. Farabrother of the Inniskilling Regiment of Northern Ireland, walk through wreckage after riots destroyed parts of the Punjab suburb of Amritsar, India, in March 1947.
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Mahatma Gandhi, who used passive resistance in the fight for Indian independence, is known worldwide as a symbol of peace. But Americans know much less about the violence that erupted when the British pulled out of India in 1947.

After Muslim leaders demanded their own state, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs attacked each other in riots and massacres. In his new book, Midnight's Furies, Nisid Hajari explores the partition that created Pakistan as a separate state, the violence surrounding the partition and why those tensions persist to this day.

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1:26pm

Mon June 8, 2015
Music Reviews

New Release Brings Overdue Recognition For Soul Singer Jackie Moore

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 2:20 pm

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1:26pm

Mon June 8, 2015
Books

As Global Population Grows, Is The Earth Reaching The 'End Of Plenty'?

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1:26pm

Mon June 8, 2015
Book Reviews

Bombs Blast And Time Marches On In 'A God In Ruins'

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1:06pm

Sat June 6, 2015
Interviews

Fresh Air Weekend: Carey Mulligan, The Apple Watch, A Neurosurgeon's Memoir

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 12:49 pm

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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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1:10pm

Fri June 5, 2015
Theater

'Gershwins And Me' Tells The Stories Behind 12 Songs

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This is FRESH AIR. Iā€™m David Bianculli sitting in for Terry Gross.

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RUDY VALLEE: When you work with your brother Ira, which comes first, the words or the music?

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3:37pm

Thu June 4, 2015
Movie Reviews

In 'Spy', Melissa McCarthy Shines Amid Crude Jokes And Chase Scenes

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3:37pm

Thu June 4, 2015
Shots - Health News

Pregnant Women With Depression Face Tough Choices, No Easy Answers

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Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can be harmful to the developing fetus. Pregnant women who suffer from serious depression face a difficult dilemma: Should they continue taking medication and risk unknown side-effects to the fetus, or go through their pregnancies trying to handle their depression without medication?

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4:43pm

Wed June 3, 2015
Movie Reviews

Malian Bandleader Bassekou Kouyate Merges Rock And Soul In 'Ba Power'

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This is FRESH AIR. Music critic Milo Miles has a review of the latest release from Bassekou Kouyate, a veteran bandleader and musician from Mali. Milo says rock and soul come together on his band's fourth album "Ba Power."

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4:43pm

Wed June 3, 2015
All Tech Considered

Infiltrating 'The Dark Net,' Where Criminals, Trolls And Extremists Reign

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 9:25 am

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There's a side to the Internet most people have never visited. Tor Hidden Services, or the Tor Network, is an encrypted, hidden network of about 50,000 websites that can't be accessed with a traditional browser like Chrome or Firefox. Its users include criminals, trolls and extremists.

Author Jamie Bartlett, who chronicles the secret corners of the Internet in his book The Dark Net, likens it to the "Wild West."

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1:16pm

Tue June 2, 2015
Books

Four Books That Deliver Unexpected And Delightful Surprises This Summer

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This is FRESH AIR. Travel near and far, literary souvenirs and the cruise ship companionship of an animal are the subjects of the novels and works of nonfiction on Maureen Corrigan's list of early summer book recommendations.

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1:16pm

Tue June 2, 2015
Music Reviews

The Gary Peacock Trio Balances Introspection And Drive In 'Now This'

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1:16pm

Tue June 2, 2015
Movie Interviews

Actress Carey Mulligan Stands Out Amid The 'Madding Crowd'

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2:43pm

Mon June 1, 2015
Shots - Health News

Those Yoga Poses May Not Be Ancient After All, And Maybe That's OK

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 2:02 pm

Yoga practitioners celebrate the solstice in New York's Times Square in 2011.
Richard Drew AP

That yoga pose you've been practicing may not be as ancient as you thought. In fact, journalist Michelle Goldberg says that most of the poses that we do in modern yoga classes have no antecedent beyond 150 years ago.

"Probably the greatest myth is when you do these poses, when you do sun salutations or the warrior poses, that that there's some sort of continuity to what yogis were doing 3,000 years ago on the banks of the Ganges, and that's just not true," Goldberg tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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2:43pm

Mon June 1, 2015
Technology

Apple's Watch: A Timepiece Designed To Give You Back Your Time

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 4:01 pm

The Apple Watch is not what I expected. Yes, it is beautiful. You can stand in the shower and watch water bounce off the screen as if it were a lotus leaf. The details of the hardware can be stunning like that.

But most of the features that really excited me when the watch was introduced have turned out to be disappointments. As a physical activity tracker, it's mediocre. The messaging system, which Apple seemingly lavished attention on, is no better than regular old texting. The hyped "crown" scroll wheel for navigation is a rarely used little flourish.

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1:14pm

Sat May 30, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: David Oyelowo, Highlights (And Lowlights) Of Cannes

David Oyelowo plays an American Army veteran living with his mother in HBO's Nightingale.
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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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3:03pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Television

Are DVD Box Sets A Dying Business? Studios Hope The Answer Is 'Not Yet'

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This is FRESH AIR. Our TV critic, David Bianculli, has a review of several recently released big DVD box sets. He says there are reasons to grab them now while you can.

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