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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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Pop Culture
12:27 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

For Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, Getting Personal Is Complicated

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Nanjiani moved to the U.S. for college and stayed to pursue his comedy career. He stars in the HBO series Silicon Valley, now ending its second season. The new season of his Comedy Central show, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, premieres June 30.
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Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 2:02 pm

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Author Interviews
11:58 am
Tue June 9, 2015

India's 1947 Partition And The 'Deadly Legacy' That Persists To This Day

British Maj. T.J. Monaghan (left) and Pvt. H. Farabrother of the Inniskilling Regiment of Northern Ireland, walk through wreckage after riots destroyed parts of the Punjab suburb of Amritsar, India, in March 1947.
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Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 1:49 pm

Mahatma Gandhi, who used passive resistance in the fight for Indian independence, is known worldwide as a symbol of peace. But Americans know much less about the violence that erupted when the British pulled out of India in 1947.

After Muslim leaders demanded their own state, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs attacked each other in riots and massacres. In his new book, Midnight's Furies, Nisid Hajari explores the partition that created Pakistan as a separate state, the violence surrounding the partition and why those tensions persist to this day.

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Music Interviews
11:58 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Remembering Les Paul, On What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 12:14 pm

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Book Reviews
11:26 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Bombs Blast And Time Marches On In 'A God In Ruins'

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Music Reviews
11:26 am
Mon June 8, 2015

New Release Brings Overdue Recognition For Soul Singer Jackie Moore

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 12:20 pm

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Books
11:26 am
Mon June 8, 2015

As Global Population Grows, Is The Earth Reaching The 'End Of Plenty'?

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Interviews
11:06 am
Sat June 6, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Carey Mulligan, The Apple Watch, A Neurosurgeon's Memoir

Thomas Dunne Books

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 10:49 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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Theater
11:10 am
Fri June 5, 2015

'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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Movie Reviews
1:37 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

In 'Spy', Melissa McCarthy Shines Amid Crude Jokes And Chase Scenes

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Shots - Health News
1:37 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

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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All Tech Considered
2:43 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Infiltrating 'The Dark Net,' Where Criminals, Trolls And Extremists Reign

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Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 7:25 am

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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Movie Reviews
2:43 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

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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Movie Interviews
11:16 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Actress Carey Mulligan Stands Out Amid The 'Madding Crowd'

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Books
11:16 am
Tue June 2, 2015

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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Music Reviews
11:16 am
Tue June 2, 2015

The Gary Peacock Trio Balances Introspection And Drive In 'Now This'

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Shots - Health News
12:43 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Those Yoga Poses May Not Be Ancient After All, And Maybe That's OK

Yoga practitioners celebrate the solstice in New York's Times Square in 2011.
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Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 12:02 pm

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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Technology
8:50 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Apple's Watch: A Timepiece Designed To Give You Back Your Time

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 2:01 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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Fresh Air Weekend
11:14 am
Sat May 30, 2015

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.
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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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Television
1:03 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

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.

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Interviews
1:03 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

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

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Music Reviews
1:03 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

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

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Movie Interviews
12:36 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

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

David Oyelowo plays an American Army veteran living with his mother in HBO's Nightingale.
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Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 8:06 am

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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Author Interviews
11:24 am
Wed May 27, 2015

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

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 3:25 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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Movie Reviews
10:22 am
Wed May 27, 2015

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

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 11:24 am

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Shots - Health News
12:54 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

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

Thomas Dunne Books

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 2:59 pm

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 — 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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Music Reviews
12:39 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

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

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 12:40 pm

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Interviews
11:25 am
Mon May 25, 2015

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.

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:13 am
Sat May 23, 2015

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 — or worse yet, being dull --€” but mostly, he looked emotionally present, curious and attentive."
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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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Movie Reviews
2:21 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

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

Casey (Britt Robertson) experiences a fantastic futuristic world in Tomorrowland.
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Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 3:34 pm

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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Interviews
2:20 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

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

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