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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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3:14pm

Tue July 14, 2015
Book Reviews

Jason Isbell's 'Something More Than Free' Rings With The Promise of Joy

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 6:47 pm

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2:59pm

Tue July 14, 2015
Shots - Health News

When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:25 am

Cover art from Stoned.
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A year and a half ago, Dr. David Casarett did not take medical marijuana very seriously. "When I first started this project, I really thought of medical marijuana as a joke," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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1:59pm

Mon July 13, 2015
Author Interviews

Ta-Nehisi Coates On Police Brutality, The Confederate Flag And Forgiveness

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 4:52 pm

Ta-Nehisi Coates is national correspondent for The Atlantic. He is also the author of The Beautiful Struggle.
Nina Subin Random House

Growing up in West Baltimore, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates was no stranger to violence. "Everyone had lost a child, somehow, to the streets, to jail, to drugs, to guns," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Coates' new book, Between the World and Me, is an effort to protect his son from the same threats he experienced as a youth. Written in the form of a letter, Coates draws on history as well as personal experience to discuss the different forms of violence young African-Americans face on the street, in school and from the police.

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1:59pm

Mon July 13, 2015
Book Reviews

Harper Lee's 'Watchman' Is A Mess That Makes Us Reconsider A Masterpiece

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 3:11 pm

Cover detail from Go Set a Watchman.
Harper

As another Southern writer once said, "You can't go home again." In Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, which takes place in the mid-1950s, a 26-year-old Scout Finch takes the train from New York City home to Maycomb, Ala., and finds the familiar world turned mighty strange.

TV and air-conditioning have changed the landscape, and beloved childhood friends like Dill and her brother Jem have vanished. Others, like Calpurnia, look at Scout, here called by her grown-up name of "Jean Louise," as though she were, well, a white lady.

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12:17pm

Sat July 11, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

A Big-Hearted, 'Tangerine' Vision Of LA's Crime-Riddled Streets

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:27 am

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (left) and Mya Taylor (right) (shown here with James Ransone) play transgender sex workers in Tangerine.
Augusta Quirk Magnolia Pictures

When Tangerine premiered six months ago at the Sundance Film Festival, it quickly became known as "the movie that was shot entirely on a smartphone." It's the sort of talking point that makes Sean Baker's raw and exuberant ensemble comedy seem a lot more gimmicky than it really is, and it doesn't begin to account for how gorgeous the movie looks.

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12:17pm

Sat July 11, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Freeing Amy Winehouse From Her Tabloid Legacy

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 12:56 pm

Amy Winehouse performs at London's Music of Black Origin Awards in 2007.
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1:39pm

Fri July 10, 2015
Author Interviews

The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 3:09 pm

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1:39pm

Fri July 10, 2015
Music Reviews

Duke Ellington's 'Plank Session' Offers Snapshots Of A Jazz Master At Work

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 3:09 pm

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1:20pm

Thu July 9, 2015
Politics

From DOMA To Marriage Equality: How The Tide Turned For Gay Marriage

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1:20pm

Thu July 9, 2015
Movie Reviews

'Tangerine', A Teeny-Budget Comedy That Packs An Emotional Wallop

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3:07pm

Wed July 8, 2015
Movie Interviews

Documentary Seeks To Free Amy Winehouse From Her Tabloid Legacy

Amy Winehouse performs at London's Music of Black Origin Awards in 2007.
Jo Hale Getty Images

When Amy Winehouse, the British musician who sang memorably about her refusal to go to rehab, died due to problems related to drugs, alcohol and bulimia in July 2011, she was nearly as famous for her personal struggles as she was for her music. Just 27, Winehouse had been tabloid fodder for years.

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3:19pm

Tue July 7, 2015
Book Reviews

Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 11:35 am

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3:19pm

Tue July 7, 2015
Movie Interviews

Filmmaker And Speech Pathologist Weigh In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 11:35 am

Filmmaker David Thorpe practices vocal exercises he learned from a speech pathologist in an effort to alter the way he speaks. In Do I Sound Gay?, Thorpe searches for the origin of the "gay voice" stereotype.
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Is there such a thing as a "gay voice"? For gay filmmaker David Thorpe, the answer to that question is complicated. "There is no such thing as a fundamentally gay voice," Thorpe tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But, he adds, "there is a stereotype and there are men, to a greater or lesser extent, who embody that stereotype."

In his new film, Do I Sound Gay?, Thorpe searches for the origin of that stereotype and documents his own attempts to sound "less gay" by working with speech pathologist Susan Sankin.

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2:01pm

Mon July 6, 2015
Movie Reviews

Country's Kacey Musgraves Mixes Wit And Sincerity In 'Pageant Material'

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:11 pm

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2:01pm

Mon July 6, 2015
Author Interviews

The New Science Behind Our 'Unfair' Criminal Justice System

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 10:03 am

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2:01pm

Mon July 6, 2015
Book Reviews

Dead-Cinch Thrillers: 4 Books To Get Your Heart Pounding

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:37 pm

Lydia Thompson NPR

I've just spent much of the past two weeks on my couch, reading suspense fiction. The result of all that heavy lifting is this list of recommendations — four thrillers, very different in style and MO, but all deadly accurate in their aim to entertain.

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11:38am

Sat July 4, 2015
Interviews

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Loving Day'; Cable's Faux Newsmen; 'Dope' Director

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 12:57 pm

Mat Johnson is the author of Pym, Drop, Hunting in Harlem and The Great Negro Plot as well as several graphic novels including Incognegro, Dark Rain and Right State.
Meera Bowman Johnson

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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1:20pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Movie Interviews

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

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1:20pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Music Interviews

Pokey LaFarge Mines His Midwestern Roots, Finds 'Something In The Water'

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1:47pm

Thu July 2, 2015
Politics

Was This Past Supreme Court Session 'A Liberal Term For The Ages'?

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 12:42 pm

A man holds an American and a rainbow flag outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., after the court legalized gay marriage nationwide.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

The Supreme Court term that just ended included historic rulings in support of same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act. "Political scientists will say that this is a liberal term for the ages," Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent at The New York Times, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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1:47pm

Thu July 2, 2015
Movie Reviews

Not All Sequels Are Equal: Following Up To 'Terminator', 'Magic Mike'

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1:18pm

Wed July 1, 2015
Television

From SCOTUS To The Confederate Flag, Cable Comedians Keep Tabs On The News

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 1:31 pm

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1:18pm

Wed July 1, 2015
Movie Interviews

'Dope' Director On Geekdom, The N-Word And Confronting Racism With Comedy

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1:33pm

Tue June 30, 2015
Music Interviews

Jerry Douglas' Tribute To Bluegrass Legends Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs

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1:33pm

Tue June 30, 2015
Author Interviews

How A Stolen Backpack In Casablanca Inspired A Novel About Shifting Identity

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 3:29 pm

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1:31pm

Mon June 29, 2015
Music Reviews

'BrotherLee Love' Offers A Fearless, Fresh Tribute To Trumpeter Lee Morgan

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1:31pm

Mon June 29, 2015
Author Interviews

Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

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12:11pm

Sat June 27, 2015
Interviews

Fresh Air Weekend: Marc Maron On Obama; NYC's Public Library; Art Forgery

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 12:56 pm

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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1:16pm

Fri June 26, 2015
Remembrances

'Fresh Air' Remembers Johnny Gimble, The 'King Of The Swing Fiddle'

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1:16pm

Fri June 26, 2015
Author Interviews

How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

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