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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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11:34am

Sat April 18, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Mark Ronson, The Mountain Goats, Beau Willimon

Mark Ronson is a music producer, DJ and guitarist who's recorded with Adele, Paul McCartney, Ghostface Killah, Lily Allen and Duran Duran, among others.
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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:

The Story Behind Mark Ronson's Hit Song 'Uptown Funk': The producer says there was a moment when his co-writers thought, "Maybe this song wasn't meant to be." He also describes working with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars.

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1:17pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Movie Reviews

In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

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1:17pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Pop Culture

Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli sitting in for Terry Gross.

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3:03pm

Thu April 16, 2015
Music Interviews

The Story Behind Mark Ronson's Hit Song 'Uptown Funk'

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 4:43 pm

Mark Ronson is a music producer, DJ and guitarist who's recorded with Adele, Paul McCartney, Ghostface Killah, Lily Allen and Duran Duran, among others.
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When singer Bruno Mars and producer Mark Ronson first landed on the instrumental track and a few lines of what would become the hit song "Uptown Funk," Ronson says the room was filled with electricity.

"There's nothing more exciting than that period of the song, because the potential is unlimited," Ronson tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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2:59pm

Thu April 16, 2015
Digital Life

On YouTube, A Global Archive Of Daily Life, Both Humble And Transcendent

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 3:08 pm

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2:05pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Television

'Justified' Ends With An Unpredictable, Poetic And Memorable Finale

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 2:22 pm

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This is FRESH AIR. The TV series "Justified" ended its run on the FX cable network last night. Our TV critic, David Bianculli, couldn't wait to talk about it, so here he is.

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2:05pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Television

Billy Crystal And Josh Gad: Separated By A Generation But United By Laughs

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:58 pm

Billy Crystal (left) says that onstage Josh Gad (right) "lights up."
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In the new FX series The Comedians, Billy Crystal and Josh Gad star as satirical versions of themselves. The show is about how the two comedians are hesitant to work together and share the spotlight, but they do, and they begin a strained relationship, in which they're separated from each other by a generational comedy gap.

But in real life, when Crystal and Gad met, they hit it off.

"Even though there's 30-something years between us, there's a lot of commonalities and a lot of interesting parallels in our careers," Crystal tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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3:05pm

Tue April 14, 2015
Television

Forget Right And Wrong: 'House Of Cards' Is About Pragmatism And Power

In House of Cards, Kevin Spacey plays Frank Underwood, a politician who climbs to power using ruthless manipulation. Underwood's wife is Claire, played by Robin Wright.
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["Spoiler" alert: This interview about House of Cards discusses plot points from first two seasons, as well as themes addressed in the third season.]

In the pilot of the Netflix series House of Cards, politician Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, strangles a dog that was hit by a car. According to creator and showrunner Beau Willimon, there was a big debate among the producers whether to show the dog or not.

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2:29pm

Tue April 14, 2015
Music

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Finds Refuge In The Ring

The Mountain Goats have a new album called Beat The Champ. It's unusual in that it is a concept album about professional wrestling, based on the interest in that sport band leader John Darnielle has had since he was a boy. Darnielle is also a prose writer whose novel Wolf in White Van was nominated for a 2014 National Book Award. Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has this review.

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2:29pm

Tue April 14, 2015
Book Reviews

'The Children's Crusade': A Heavily Plotted Family Saga To Dive Into And Savor

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:13 pm

Ann Packer's new novel, The Children's Crusade, opens in California, on a scene that's so bedrock American, it's borderline corny.

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1:46pm

Mon April 13, 2015
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Historian Stanley Kutler

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1:46pm

Mon April 13, 2015
Author Interviews

How Young People Went Underground During The '70s 'Days Of Rage'

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11:33am

Sat April 11, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Adam Driver, Kendrick Lamar's New Album, Philip Glass

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 5:35 pm

In While We're Young, Adam Driver plays a young filmmaker who befriends an older couple played by Naomi Watts (left) and Ben Stiller.
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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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1:30pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Author Interviews

Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 3:00 pm

Dr. Kevin Fong explores how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, outer space and deep sea. He compares the exploration of medicine with the "explorers of the 20th century and every age before them."

Originally broadcast Feb. 11, 2014.

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1:30pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Movie Reviews

In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria,' An Actress Faces Past, Present And Future In An Instant

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 3:00 pm

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