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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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3:24pm

Thu June 25, 2015
Music Reviews

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

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2:05pm

Wed June 24, 2015
Author Interviews

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

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 3:18 pm

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2:05pm

Wed June 24, 2015
Book Reviews

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

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:55 pm

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

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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2:00pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Fine Art

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

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 2:24 pm

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.
Paul Sancya AP

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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1:45pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Book Reviews

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

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 7:19 pm

Other Press

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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1:45pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Movie Interviews

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

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 5:55 pm

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2:56pm

Mon June 22, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama Visits Marc Maron's Garage; Cats Annoyed They Were Shut In Bedroom

Comedian Marc Maron's WTF podcast might not seem like the place for a typical presidential interview, but several months ago the White House reached out to Maron to see if he'd be interested in having Barack Obama as his guest. "I just didn't think that it would ever happen," Maron says.

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2:05pm

Mon June 22, 2015
Remembrances

Listen Back To A 1988 Conversation With Composer Gunther Schuller

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11:25am

Sat June 20, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Apatow, 'Inside Out,' And Kumail Nanjiani

Apatow (who dressed up as Harpo Marx for Halloween in 1975) was one of the youngest kids in his grade. "When you're little, that year is impactful," he says. "You are smaller, you are behind in every possible way."
Courtesy of Random House

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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1:26pm

Fri June 19, 2015
Movie Reviews

Pixar's 'Inside Out' Is A Mind-Opening Masterpiece

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1:26pm

Fri June 19, 2015
Author Interviews

Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

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1:46pm

Thu June 18, 2015
Movie Interviews

'Love & Mercy' Brings The Life Of Brian Wilson To The Big Screen

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1:38pm

Wed June 17, 2015
Television

HBO's New Sunday Lineup Is Full Of Pleasant Surprises

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 5:55 pm

In Ballers, Dwayne Johnson (left) plays an ex-Dolphin who is trying to make the transition from pro football player to financial planner for wealthy athletes. His boss is played by Rob Corddry, from The Daily Show.
Jeff Daly HBO

Last weekend, HBO presented the season finales of its three Sunday night prime-time spring series, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep. This weekend, HBO unveils its new Sunday night lineup: the all-new second season of True Detective, and two new comedies, Ballers, starring Dwayne Johnson, formerly known as the wrestler called The Rock, and The Brink, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black.

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1:38pm

Wed June 17, 2015
Author Interviews

Judd Apatow: A Comedy-Obsessed Kid Becomes 'Champion Of The Goofball'

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 1:07 am

Apatow (who dressed up as Harpo Marx for Halloween in 1975) was one of the youngest kids in his grade. "When you're little, that year is impactful," he says. "You are smaller, you are behind in every possible way."
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As a kid, Judd Apatow was obsessed with comedy. "No other kids in my school cared about it at all," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "There was no one to talk about it with."

That's all different now. Today, Apatow says there's a "giant culture of comedy nerds." But as a kid, he was on his own — and in some ways, that worked in his favor. "Back then I was alone and I had a little confidence about it because I felt like: 'This is my thing. This is the only thing that only I know about,'" he says.

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1:47pm

Tue June 16, 2015
Author Interviews

What Etgar Keret Learned From His Father About Storytelling And Survival

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 12:01 pm

Etgar Keret's work has been published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and he's contributed to This American Life.
Yanai Yechiel Courtesy of Riverhead Books

As Israeli writer Etgar Keret waited for his son to be born, victims of a terrorist attack were being brought into the same hospital. "The idea that you bring your son into a world in which he can be hurt and killed by a random and violent act — it's kind of discouraging," Keret tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It's scary enough ... assuming the responsibility of being a parent without having that in your face the day that your son is being born."

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