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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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2:41pm

Tue February 24, 2015
Television

Fair Warning: Watch One 'Foyle's War' Episode, And You'll Want To Watch Them All

Michael Kitchen stars as Foyle, a widowed police superintendent in the coastal city of Hastings in England. His sidekick is his driver, Samantha Stewart, a vicar's daughter played by Honeysuckle Weeks.
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The satisfying thing about TV crime shows is that they offer a sense of closure. The unsatisfying thing is how much of life they must leave out to do it. Like, history. Whether you're talking CSI or Sherlock, crime shows tend to take place in a weirdly hermetic universe where the characters may change — like in True Detective — yet the historical moment in which they live remains largely irrelevant background.

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2:36pm

Tue February 24, 2015
Author Interviews

After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 8:35 pm

Philip Connors' first book Fire Season was about how he spent a few months every year for eight years as a fire lookout, living in a cabin and scanning the horizon with binoculars atop a 45-foot tower in a remote region of New Mexico.
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When writer Philip Connors was in his 20s, he received a call from his mother that later haunted him: "You know, I spoke to your brother and he's been having trouble with his girlfriend — he sounded really down ... you should really call him."

"And when I hung up the phone, I thought to myself: 'Yeah, yeah, kid brother and his silly troubles with women, I'll get around to calling him. I'll call him in a few days, or maybe next week,' " Connors tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

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3:09pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Book Reviews

Victorian Romance Meets 'House Of Cards' In 'Mr. And Mrs. Disraeli'

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 5:11 pm

A climb "to the top of a greasy pole" are the immortal words coined by 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli to describe his rise to political power. Disraeli was two-time prime minister under Queen Victoria, as well as a novelist and famous wit whose way with a catchy phrase was rivaled in the 19th century only by his younger admirer, Oscar Wilde. But when he entered politics in the 1830s, Disraeli was burdened by debt and, even more seriously, by his Jewish parentage.

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3:09pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Author Interviews

Prisoners Of War And Ojibwe Reservation Make Unlikely Neighbors In 'Prudence'

David Treuer is the author of three previous novels and two books of nonfiction, including Rez Life. He also teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California
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David Treuer's latest novel Prudence follows a young man who returns home to visit his family on an Ojibwe reservation before he joins the war as a bombardier. It's the 1940s and a prison camp for Germans captured during World War II has been set up across the river.

Treuer bases the camp on a real-life one that existed near the village of Bena, Minn., on the Leech Lake Reservation where he grew up. The camp was on the shores of Lake Winnibigoshish — the German prisoners used to cut down trees to make roads.

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3:09pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Movie Interviews

How The Man Behind The Trailers Sparks An Urge To See A Movie

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10:09am

Sat February 21, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Writer Richard Price And 'The New Yorker's David Remnick

Richard Price is also the author of, among others, Clockers, Freedomland and The Wanderers.
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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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1:34pm

Fri February 20, 2015
Music Reviews

Ornette Coleman Returns With His Unmistakable Sound

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:58 pm

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1:34pm

Fri February 20, 2015
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Lesley Gore Who Sang Hits Including 'You Don't Own Me'

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 2:24 pm

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1:34pm

Fri February 20, 2015
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:55 pm

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1:34pm

Fri February 20, 2015
Movie Reviews

In These Six 'Wild Tales,' Humans Morph Into Destructive Forces Of Nature

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2:42pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Television

For Host Larry Wilmore, A Year Of 'Extraordinary' Highs And 'Humbling' Lows

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 3:12 pm

Larry Wilmore debuts Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Jan. 19.
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Larry Wilmore has been consumed with making his new late-night show prime viewing. And he wants to make one thing clear: He has "no desire" to host The Daily Show when Jon Stewart leaves later this year.

"I'm doing my show right now," Wilmore tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I'm very happy doing it."

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3:00pm

Wed February 18, 2015
Music Reviews

Robert Earl Keen Delves Into Bluegrass With A Texan Twang

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2:52pm

Wed February 18, 2015
Media

David Remnick Looks Back On Tough Decisions As 'The New Yorker' Turns 90

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 6:21 pm

David Remnick has been the editor of The New Yorker since 1998.
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When David Remnick took the job as editor of The New Yorker in 1998, he learned quickly to make firm decisions about contentious stories. Just a few months into the position, Remnick called Si Newhouse, the magazine's owner, to tell him about a piece he was running that was accusing "all kinds of high-level chicanery."

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1:22pm

Tue February 17, 2015
Author Interviews

In Richard Price's New Novel, Haunted Cops And Cases They Couldn't Close

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 2:28 pm

Richard Price used a pseudonym for his new novel, The Whites, but in retrospect, he wishes he hadn't. "It was going to be different from my other books and I wanted to signal that," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But by the time he realized it was just "another damn book by me" it was too late to withdraw the pen name.

Price is the author of Clockers, the novel about police detectives and drug dealers that Price and Spike Lee adapted into a film. He also wrote for the HBO series The Wire, which was about police detectives and drug dealers.

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3:04pm

Mon February 16, 2015
Music

The Furniture Company That Sang The Blues

Paramount Records, founded in 1917 by a furniture company in Wisconsin, found itself in a curious position by the mid-1920s: it was the leading blues label in America, and selling lots of records. J. Mayo "Ink" Williams, the first black record executive in America, had used his street smarts to attract a number of artists, and his best-seller was Blind Lemon Jefferson. Then, suddenly, Williams quit in 1927. But Paramount's greatest moments were yet to come.

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