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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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2:16pm

Thu March 19, 2015
Book Reviews

'A Little Life': An Unforgettable Novel About The Grace Of Friendship

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 1:52 pm

America is hooked on stories of redemption and rebirth, be it Cheryl Strayed rediscovering herself by hiking the Pacific Trail or the late David Carr pulling himself out of the crack-house and into The New York Times. We just love tales about healing.

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2:16pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Music Reviews

Saxophonist Tony Malaby's New Quartet Brings Out His Rowdy Side

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2:16pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Around the Nation

Released From Prison, 'Apologetic Bandit' Writes About Life Inside

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:48 pm

Daniel Genis, son of Soviet emigre Alexander Genis, served 10 years in prison for armed robbery. He was released last year, and his essays about life in prison have been widely published.
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After he was arrested for robbing people at knifepoint in 2003, Daniel Genis was nicknamed the "apologetic bandit" in the press. He offered apologies to his victims as he took their cash. The money was stolen to pay off his debt to his heroin dealer.

"I really, really did not want to do this," Genis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I had to work my nerve up every time and I was also really, really bad at it."

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2:11pm

Tue March 17, 2015
Music News

Remastering 78s: A Company Brings Clarity To Pianist Artur Schnabel's Works

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2:11pm

Tue March 17, 2015
Television

Forget Binge Watching: Great Television Happens When Networks Pace Shows

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2:11pm

Tue March 17, 2015
Author Interviews

WWII Novel-Memoir Explores The Blurry Line Between Fact And Fiction

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:33 pm

Daniel Torday's new novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, is about how memoir and fiction can blur — and how hard it can be to convey truth.

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1:40pm

Mon March 16, 2015
Music

Brandi Carlile's Surging Voice Grounds 'The Firewatcher's Daughter'

Brandi Carlile is a singer-songwriter who has cited influences as various as Elton John, Patsy Cline, and Queen's Freddie Mercury. Carlile has been releasing albums for the past 10 years, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says her new one, called The Firewatcher's Daughter, is her best yet.

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1:40pm

Mon March 16, 2015
It's All Politics

Barney Frank's Journey From Closeted To An Openly Gay Member Of Congress

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 3:49 pm

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In 1972, former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., decided he would run for the state Legislature in Massachusetts — but he also explicitly decided to stay in the closet. And as he made this decision, he made a promise to himself to support LGBT rights.

"I could not live with myself if I did not oppose the discrimination," Frank tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

That year, two organizations asked candidates for the state Legislature if they would sponsor a gay rights bill. Frank says he enthusiastically agreed, expecting a senior member to take the lead.

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11:00am

Sat March 14, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Better Call Saul,' James McMurtry And America's Test Kitchen

Tomato paste gives the Potato Vindaloo its "backbone," "structure" and "depth," says America's Test Kitchen's Jack Bishop. "'You probably wouldn't identify it in the finished dish, but leave it out and you would notice the difference."
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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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1:36pm

Fri March 13, 2015
Movie Reviews

Horror Film Fans Beware: 'It Follows' Isn't The Fun Kind Of Scare

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 1:37 pm

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1:36pm

Fri March 13, 2015
Music Interviews

Drummer Hal Blaine Talks About Making Music Over The Years

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 1:37 pm

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1:36pm

Fri March 13, 2015
Music Interviews

They're Not Only '60s Songwriting Superstars, But They're Also Married

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 1:37 pm

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3:39pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Digital Life

Don't You Dare Use 'Comprised Of' On Wikipedia: One Editor Will Take It Out

Bryan Henderson, who goes by Giraffedata, has written a 6,000-word essay on his Wikipedia user page explaining why he thinks "comprised of" is an egregious error.
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I think of English usage as one of those subjects like cocktails or the British royal family. A lot of people take a passing interest in it but you never know who's going to turn out to be a true believer — the kind of person who complains about the grammar errors on restaurant menus. "Waiter, there's a split infinitive in my soup!"

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3:39pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Author Interviews

Inspired By Monks, A Writer Embraces His Life Of Solitude

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3:39pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Book Reviews

How We Deal With Loss In Different Ways In Two Beautifully Written Memoirs

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:16 pm

Loss is the rough tie that binds two memoirs that, otherwise, are as different as day and night. What Comes Next and How to Like It is a sequel of sorts to Abigail Thomas' best-selling 2006 memoir, A Three Dog Life, which chronicled the one-two punch death of her husband — by her account, a sweetheart of a guy who took their dog out for a walk one afternoon in New York and was hit by a car. He suffered brain injuries and lingered for five years. Even after that catastrophe, more losses now loom for Thomas.

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1:27pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Author Interviews

A Writer Moves To 'Bettyville' To Care For His Elderly Mom

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1:27pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Music

50 Years Of The Hollies

Groups celebrating 50 years of existence aren't too common, which is why the media generally makes a big deal out of it. But one such group had their 50th anniversary in 2014 without many people in the U.S. hearing about it. The Hollies, though, are often overlooked in this country because they weren't virtuosos or showmen, and because the American disdain for pop meant that they didn't have the kind of big hits they had in England. Fresh Air music historian Ed Ward has their story today.

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2:25pm

Tue March 10, 2015
The Salt

'Test Kitchen': How To Make Vegetarian Dishes Pop With A Little Umami

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:46 am

Jack Bishop says it's the soy sauce in the Mushroom Bolognese that really makes it pop.
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Just because a meal is vegetarian doesn't mean it can't be "meaty." One trick to heighten the depth of flavors in plant-based dishes? Use ingredients that offer a pop of umami, say Bridget Lancaster and Jack Bishop of America's Test Kitchen, who have released the new cookbook The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook.

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2:25pm

Tue March 10, 2015
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Pioneering Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles

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3:00pm

Mon March 9, 2015
Music

James McMurtry Is More Expressive Than Ever On 'Complicated Game'

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 1:33 pm

Complicated Game is James McMurtry's first new studio album since 2008. The Texas-born singer-songwriter, now based in Austin, is known for songs with strong narratives and a blend of country, blues, and rock melodies. Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says Complicated Game demonstrates a new range of style and subject matter for McMurtry.

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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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