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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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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

Thomas Dunne Books

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. I’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.
HBO

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.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW")

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3:03pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Interviews

In 'Moone Boy,' Actor Chris O'Dowd Shares Memories Of Growing Up Irish

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3:03pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Music Reviews

Joanna Gruesome's 'Peanut Butter' Rises Above The Band's Gimmicky Name

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2:36pm

Thu May 28, 2015
Movie Interviews

David Oyelowo On Acting, His Royal Roots And The One Role He Won't Take

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 10:06 am

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

If actor David Oyelowo projects a regal air, it's one he comes by naturally. Born in England to Nigerian parents, Oyelowo's father had always told him that theirs was a royal family, a claim the actor initially discounted.

"I was like, 'Yeah, whatever,' " Oyelowo tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But then the family moved back to Nigeria, where they lived on a street named after his family, and the actor realized that his father had not been joking.

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1:24pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Author Interviews

For Actress Maria Bello, Family May Be Complicated, But 'Love Is Love'

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:25 pm

Maria Bello is famous for her roles on television's ER and in films like Coyote Ugly and A History of Violence, but her new book is about her life off-screen. Whatever ... Love is Love is a memoir about family and relationships that expands on a column Bello wrote in 2013 for The New York Times.

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1:24pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Movie Reviews

A Critic Takes On Cannes: Highlights (And Lowlights) Of The 2015 Festival

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2:39pm

Tue May 26, 2015
Shots - Health News

A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 4:59 pm

Thomas Dunne Books

Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh has opened heads, cut into brains and performed the most delicate and risky surgeries on the part of the body that controls everything β€” including breathing, movement, memory and consciousness.

"What is, I think, peculiar about brain surgery is it's so dangerous," Marsh tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "A very small area of damage to the brain can cause catastrophic disability for the patient."

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2:39pm

Tue May 26, 2015
Music Reviews

Revisiting The Crystal Clarity Created By The 'Decca Sound' Revolution

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 2:40 pm

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1:25pm

Mon May 25, 2015
Interviews

Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. I hope you’ve been having a good Memorial Day weekend. Today, we’re going to hear my recently-recorded interview with composer Philip Glass.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

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11:13am

Sat May 23, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Marc Maron Interviews Terry Gross, Letterman's Producer

Terry Gross and Marc Maron took the stage at WNYC's RadioLoveFest on May 6. During their conversation, Gross says, Maron "occasionally looked a little nervous or frustrated when he thought I was unforthcoming β€” or worse yet, being dull --€” but mostly, he looked emotionally present, curious and attentive."
Rebecca Greenfield Brooklyn Academy of Music

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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3:36pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Movie Reviews

The Future Is Bright In The Time-And-Space Twisting 'Tomorrowland'

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:34 pm

Casey (Britt Robertson) experiences a fantastic futuristic world in Tomorrowland.
Disney

Much of Brad Bird's Disney sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland is terrific fun, but it's one of the strangest family movies I've seen: Bird's not just making a case for hope, he's making a furious, near-hysterical case against anti-hope.

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3:36pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Interviews

How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 4:20 pm

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4:01pm

Thu May 21, 2015
Television

Letterman Signs Off, With A Heartfelt Guest-Filled Finale

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3:11pm

Thu May 21, 2015
Television

Letterman's Executive Producer: 'He's Meant A Lot To A Lot Of People'

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 4:01 pm

Rob Burnett celebrates with Barbara Gaines (left) and Maria Pope (right) after winning an Emmy Award for his work on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2000.
Kevork Djansezian Associated Press

Rob Burnett started working with David Letterman as an intern in 1985 and never left, even when the talk-show host moved from NBC to CBS. During the course of his 29-year tenure, Burnett evolved from intern to head writer to executive producer of the Late Show with David Letterman, a position he held through last night's final show.

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2:01pm

Wed May 20, 2015
Media

Terry Gross To Marc Maron: 'Life Is Harder Than Radio'

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 4:25 pm

Terry Gross and Marc Maron took the stage at WNYC's RadioLoveFest on May 6. During their conversation, Gross says, Maron "occasionally looked a little nervous or frustrated when he thought I was unforthcoming β€” or worse yet, being dull --€” but mostly, he looked emotionally present, curious and attentive."
Rebecca Greenfield Brooklyn Academy of Music

Earlier this month, almost 2,000 radio fanatics gathered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to listen in as Marc Maron, the neurotic and sometimes gruff comedian and podcast host, interviewed Fresh Air's Terry Gross. He is known for being vulnerable and bringing his personal life into his interviews; she tends to keep her personal life separate from her work. The conversation that resulted blurs those two styles and ends up revealing aspects of Gross' life that even the biggest Fresh Air fans may find surprising.

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2:04pm

Tue May 19, 2015
U.S.

Reporting On Rape Kit Backlog Leads To New Law And Arrests In Ohio

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2:04pm

Tue May 19, 2015
Movie Interviews

Elizabeth Banks On Success: 'You Don't Get What You Don't Ask For'

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3:04pm

Mon May 18, 2015
Music Reviews

In 'Take Off,' Ramon Valle Makes The Piano Sing

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 5:36 pm

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