Fresh Air

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Terry Gross

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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Movie Reviews
1:29 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster Wallace's Inner Struggle

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 3:20 pm

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Shots - Health News
1:29 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Sarah Hepola is the personal essays editor at Salon.com.
Zan Keith

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:00 pm

Before Sarah Hepola got sober five years ago, she considered alcohol to be "the fuel of all adventure." These adventures included taking off her clothes in public, pouring beer on people's heads and waking up in strangers' beds. Frequently, Hepola didn't remember these incidents afterward because she had been in an alcohol-induced blackout.

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Music Reviews
2:14 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Ashley Monroe's 'Blade' Blends Country Sentiment And Delicate Phrasings

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Animals
12:05 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

A Hollywood Animal Trainer's Secrets For Getting Dogs To Act On Cue

White God is about a dog who is separated from his owner (Zsófia Psotta) when her father forces her to give him up. Teresa Ann Miller worked as a trainer for the Hungarian film.
Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 1:04 pm

Animal trainer Teresa Ann Miller is used to working with furry performers, but she says the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "This wasn't necessarily a film with an animal in it," Miller tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It was a dog leading the film and telling the story."

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó, White God tells the story of a mixed-breed dog, Hagen, who is abandoned alongside a highway and who then bands together with other discarded dogs to get revenge against the people who have mistreated them.

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Health
11:17 am
Tue July 28, 2015

A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Anil Ananthaswamy is a consultant for New Scientist Magazine.
Prasad Vaidya Dutton

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:49 am

Science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy thinks a lot about "self" — not necessarily himself, but the role the brain plays in our notions of self and existence.

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Music
11:17 am
Tue July 28, 2015

'Buzzin' The Blues' Revisits The Declarative Harmonica Style Of Slim Harpo

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 11:51 am

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Movie Interviews
12:05 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

'Call Me Lucky': A Documentary Of Friendship, Childhood Abuse And Survival

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Music Reviews
12:05 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

New Release Features Jazz Flutist Sam Most's 'Breathy, Punchy Sound'

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Fresh Air Weekend
10:03 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Jake Gyllenhaal; Making A Comedy About LA's Sex Workers

Jake Gyllenhaal plays boxer Billy Hope in Southpaw.
Scott Garfield The Weinstein Company

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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Media
11:21 am
Fri July 24, 2015

'Fresh Air' Remembers Broadcast News Pioneer Marlene Sanders

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Author Interviews
11:21 am
Fri July 24, 2015

'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Billy Bathgate' Author E. L. Doctorow

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:12 pm

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Dance
11:21 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Rediscovering The Thrill Of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet

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Movie Reviews
11:21 am
Fri July 24, 2015

A Holocaust Survivor Searches For Her Past In Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix'

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Book Reviews
12:43 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Infidelity Is Steeped In Suspense In 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 3:00 pm

Talk about opening with a bang: at the beginning of Julia Pierpont's debut novel, Among the Ten Thousand Things, an 11-year-old girl named Kay Shanley enters the lobby of her New York City apartment building. We readers have already been clued into the fact that Kay is the kind of awkward, shy, pre-teen other girls ridicule. We just want her to get safely into her family's apartment and back to watching the Harry Potter movies she loves. But, just as the elevator doors are closing, the doorman signals for her to hold up.

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Interviews
12:01 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

From Upspeak To Vocal Fry: Are We 'Policing' Young Women's Voices?

Women get policed more often for "vocal fry" and "upspeak" than their male counterparts.
Jaqueline Bissett Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 3:43 pm

Journalist Jessica Grose is no stranger to criticism of her voice. When she was co-hosting the Slate podcast, the DoubleX Gabfest, she would receive emails complaining about her "upspeak" — a tendency to raise her voice at the end of sentences. Once an older man she was interviewing for an article in Businessweek told her that she sounded like his granddaughter.

"That was the first moment I felt [my voice] was hurting my career beyond just irritating a couple listeners," Grose tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Movie Interviews
11:29 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal On Throwing (And Taking) Punches: 'It's Very Primal'

Jake Gyllenhaal plays boxer Billy Hope in Southpaw.
Scott Garfield The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 3:04 pm

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal knows what it feels like to take a punch. "It doesn't feel great, you know," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie. At least that's how I justify when I would get hit: 'That was good for the movie.' "

The movie in question is Southpaw, in which Gyllenhaal stars as a boxer who grew up in the foster care system and is struggling to be a father to his daughter.

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Music Reviews
11:29 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Reissue Of Thelonious Monk's 'Riverside Recordings' Shows A Star On The Rise

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Movie Interviews
12:04 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

A Downtrodden LA Corner Inspires Comedy And Friendship In 'Tangerine'

Actress Mya Taylor and director Sean Baker collaborated on the film Tangerine, a comedy about a friendship between transgender sex workers in Los Angeles' unofficial red-light district.
Rebecca Cabage AP

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:48 pm

When film director Sean Baker moved to Los Angeles three years ago, he found himself drawn to one of the city's most infamous intersections. The corner of Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard is "an unofficial red light district," Baker tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But Baker's interest in the area went beyond the usual transactions: "I thought there must be some incredible stories that take place on that corner."

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Music Reviews
12:04 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

'Sonic Trickster' Miguel Blends Genres And Melodies On 'Wildheart'

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:48 pm

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Movie Interviews
11:31 am
Mon July 20, 2015

At 76, Actor Ian McKellen Embodies An Older Sherlock In 'Mr. Holmes'

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Music
11:31 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Revisiting The Career Of Gospel-Singer-Turned-Hit-Maker Garnet Mimms

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:55 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow; Jason Isbell; Ta-Nehisi Coates

Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, stars Schumer as a woman who lives her life without apologies.
Mary Cybulski Universal Pictures

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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Movie Reviews
1:13 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

In 'Trainwreck', A Screwball Comedy Fades To Family-Values Formulaic

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Author Interviews
1:13 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

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Movie Interviews
3:00 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow Talk Storytelling, Commitment And Spooning

Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, stars Schumer as a woman who lives her life without apologies.
Mary Cybulski Universal Pictures

Comedian Amy Schumer is — by her own admission — an oversharer. Whether she's talking about one-night stands or drinking habits, she has a tendency to bare all.

In 2011, Schumer's blend of honesty and humor caught the attention of director Judd Apatow, who heard her being interviewed on the radio by Howard Stern.

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Author Interviews
1:26 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

'Cartel' Author Spins A Grand Tale Of Mexico's Drug Wars

In 2013, residents of some towns in western Mexico took up arms in an effort to defend their villages against drug gangs.
Marco Ugarte AP

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 2:42 pm

Novelist Don Winslow has spent 10 years immersed in the Mexican drug wars. He has studied all the players, from the lowly traffickers to the kingpins who head up the cartels. One of the characters in his new novel, The Cartel, is based on drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo, who escaped from a Mexican prison over the weekend.

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Commentary
11:45 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Tracing The Origin Of The Campaign Promise To 'Tell It Like It Is'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has promised to "tell it like it is" during his presidential campaign.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 4:50 pm

"I tell it like it is." Chris Christie made this his campaign slogan. Donald Trump repeats it whenever he's challenged on something he has said. And Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Rick Santorum have said the same thing. It's the conventional pledge of candor, or what passes for it in American public life.

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Shots - Health News
1:35 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

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

Cover art from Stoned.
Current

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 9:25 am

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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Book Reviews
1:14 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

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

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 4:47 pm

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Author Interviews
11:59 am
Mon July 13, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 2:52 pm

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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