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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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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.
Richard Drew AP

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.
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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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.

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

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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.
HBO

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

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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 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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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.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

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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 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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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.
Disney

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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Television
2:01 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Letterman Signs Off, With A Heartfelt Guest-Filled Finale

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Television
1:20 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 2:01 pm

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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Media
12:36 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 2:25 pm

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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U.S.
12:04 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

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

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Movie Interviews
12:04 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

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

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All Tech Considered
12:10 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

The German service robot Toomas was designed to welcome customers and help them find items in a store.
Joerg Sarbach AP

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 9:56 am

From the self-checkout aisle of the grocery store to the sports section of the newspaper, robots and computer software are increasingly taking the place of humans in the workforce. Silicon Valley executive Martin Ford says that robots, once thought of as a threat to only manufacturing jobs, are poised to replace humans as teachers, journalists, lawyers and others in the service sector.

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Television
12:10 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

The 'Mad Men' Ending: A 'Twisted' And 'Perfect' Conclusion

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 3:36 pm

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Music Reviews
12:10 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

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

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 3:36 pm

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:26 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:26 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Brokaw Reflects On His 'Lucky Life'

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