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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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Music Reviews
11:28 am
Fri July 10, 2015

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

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Movie Reviews
11:20 am
Thu July 9, 2015

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

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Politics
11:20 am
Thu July 9, 2015

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

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Movie Interviews
1:07 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Documentary Seeks To Free Amy Winehouse From Her Tabloid Legacy

Amy Winehouse performs at London's Music of Black Origin Awards in 2007.
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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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Book Reviews
1:19 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

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

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 9:35 am

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Movie Interviews
1:19 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

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

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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Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 9:35 am

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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Movie Reviews
12:01 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

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

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:11 pm

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Author Interviews
12:01 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

The New Science Behind Our 'Unfair' Criminal Justice System

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Book Reviews
11:23 am
Mon July 6, 2015

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

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Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:37 pm

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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Interviews
9:38 am
Sat July 4, 2015

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

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.
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Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 10:57 am

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 Interviews
11:20 am
Fri July 3, 2015

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

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Music Interviews
11:20 am
Fri July 3, 2015

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

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Politics
11:47 am
Thu July 2, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 10:42 am

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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Movie Reviews
11:47 am
Thu July 2, 2015

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

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Television
11:18 am
Wed July 1, 2015

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

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 11:31 am

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Movie Interviews
11:18 am
Wed July 1, 2015

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

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Author Interviews
11:33 am
Tue June 30, 2015

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

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Music Interviews
11:33 am
Tue June 30, 2015

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

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Author Interviews
11:31 am
Mon June 29, 2015

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

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Music Reviews
11:31 am
Mon June 29, 2015

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

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Interviews
10:11 am
Sat June 27, 2015

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

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 10:56 am

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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Remembrances
11:16 am
Fri June 26, 2015

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

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Author Interviews
11:16 am
Fri June 26, 2015

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

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Environment
1:24 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

How A Historical Blunder Helped Create The Water Crisis In The West

A bathtub ring marks the high-water line on Nevada's Lake Mead, which is on the Colorado River, in 2013.
Julie Jacobson AP

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 12:28 pm

In 1922, seven Western states — Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming and California — drew up an agreement on how to divide the waters of the Colorado River. But there was one big problem with the plan: They overestimated how much water the river could provide.

As a result, each state was promised more water than actually exists. This miscalculation — and the subsequent mismanagement of water resources in those states — has created a water crisis that now affects nearly 40 million Americans.

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Music Reviews
1:24 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Leon Bridges Offers Retro R&B With A Twist In 'Coming Home'

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Author Interviews
12:46 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

'Project Fatherhood' Teaches Parenting Skills To Inner-City Dads

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 1:18 pm

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Book Reviews
12:46 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

'Patience And Fortitude' And The Fight To Save NYC's Storied Public Library

Cover detail of Scott Sherman's Patience and Fortitude.
Melville House Books

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 10:55 am

Since it opened in 1911, the building has become a New York City landmark, praised not only for its beauty but also for its functional brilliance. In the words of one contemporary architect, the main branch of The New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street is "a perfect machine for reading." The grand Reading Room sits atop seven levels of iron and steel books stacks whose contents could, at one time, be delivered to anybody who requested a book within a matter of minutes via a small elevator. Those stacks also support the floor of the Reading Room above.

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Book Reviews
12:24 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Algerian Writer Kamel Daoud Stands Camus' 'The Stranger' On Its Head

Other Press

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 5:19 pm

Back in college English, I was taught that it was foolish to think that fictional characters have any reality beyond the page. You shouldn't speculate about how many children Lady Macbeth had or what job Holden Caulfield wound up doing as a grown-up.

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Movie Interviews
12:24 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

'Me And Earl' Director Traces Path From Scorsese's Assistant To Sundance

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Fine Art
12:24 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Could The Masterpiece Be A Fake? Profit, Revenge And 'The Art Of Forgery'

In 2010 the Detroit Institute of Arts hosted the exhibit "Fakes, Forgeries, and Mysteries" — about how experts figure out whether artworks are authentic. Above, a painting titled A Female Saint (left) that was once attributed to Italian artist Sandro Botticelli is exhibited alongside The Resurrected Christ (right), a Botticelli painting from around 1480.
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Michelangelo is known for masterpieces like the Sistine Chapel and the statue of David, but most people probably don't know that he actually got his start in forgery. The great artist began his career as a forger of ancient Roman sculptures, art scholar Noah Charney tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

By the time Michelangelo's forgery was revealed, the Renaissance master was famous in his own right. But many other artistic forgers continue to copy the work of past artists in the hopes of passing their creations off as authentic.

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