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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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1:29pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Music Reviews

Reissue Of Thelonious Monk's 'Riverside Recordings' Shows A Star On The Rise

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1:29pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Movie Interviews

Jake Gyllenhaal On Throwing (And Taking) Punches: 'It's Very Primal'

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:04 pm

Jake Gyllenhaal plays boxer Billy Hope in Southpaw.
Scott Garfield The Weinstein Company

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal knows what it feels like to take a punch. "It doesn't feel great, you know," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie. At least that's how I justify when I would get hit: 'That was good for the movie.' "

The movie in question is Southpaw, in which Gyllenhaal stars as a boxer who grew up in the foster care system and is struggling to be a father to his daughter.

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2:33pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Music Reviews

'Sonic Trickster' Miguel Blends Genres And Melodies On 'Wildheart'

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 9:48 pm

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2:33pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Movie Interviews

A Downtrodden LA Corner Inspires Comedy And Friendship In 'Tangerine'

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 9:48 pm

Actress Mya Taylor and director Sean Baker collaborated on the film Tangerine, a comedy about a friendship between transgender sex workers in Los Angeles' unofficial red-light district.
Rebecca Cabage AP

When film director Sean Baker moved to Los Angeles three years ago, he found himself drawn to one of the city's most infamous intersections. The corner of Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard is "an unofficial red light district," Baker tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But Baker's interest in the area went beyond the usual transactions: "I thought there must be some incredible stories that take place on that corner."

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1:31pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Music

Revisiting The Career Of Gospel-Singer-Turned-Hit-Maker Garnet Mimms

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1:31pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Movie Interviews

At 76, Actor Ian McKellen Embodies An Older Sherlock In 'Mr. Holmes'

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11:55am

Sat July 18, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow; Jason Isbell; Ta-Nehisi Coates

Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, stars Schumer as a woman who lives her life without apologies.
Mary Cybulski Universal Pictures

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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3:13pm

Fri July 17, 2015
Movie Reviews

In 'Trainwreck', A Screwball Comedy Fades To Family-Values Formulaic

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3:13pm

Fri July 17, 2015
Author Interviews

'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

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4:26pm

Thu July 16, 2015
Movie Interviews

Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow Talk Storytelling, Commitment And Spooning

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 5:00 pm

Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, stars Schumer as a woman who lives her life without apologies.
Mary Cybulski Universal Pictures

Comedian Amy Schumer is — by her own admission — an oversharer. Whether she's talking about one-night stands or drinking habits, she has a tendency to bare all.

In 2011, Schumer's blend of honesty and humor caught the attention of director Judd Apatow, who heard her being interviewed on the radio by Howard Stern.

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3:36pm

Wed July 15, 2015
Commentary

Tracing The Origin Of The Campaign Promise To 'Tell It Like It Is'

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 6:50 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has promised to "tell it like it is" during his presidential campaign.
Mel Evans AP

"I tell it like it is." Chris Christie made this his campaign slogan. Donald Trump repeats it whenever he's challenged on something he has said. And Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Rick Santorum have said the same thing. It's the conventional pledge of candor, or what passes for it in American public life.

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3:26pm

Wed July 15, 2015
Author Interviews

'Cartel' Author Spins A Grand Tale Of Mexico's Drug Wars

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 4:42 pm

In 2013, residents of some towns in western Mexico took up arms in an effort to defend their villages against drug gangs.
Marco Ugarte AP

Novelist Don Winslow has spent 10 years immersed in the Mexican drug wars. He has studied all the players, from the lowly traffickers to the kingpins who head up the cartels. One of the characters in his new novel, The Cartel, is based on drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo, who escaped from a Mexican prison over the weekend.

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3:14pm

Tue July 14, 2015
Book Reviews

Jason Isbell's 'Something More Than Free' Rings With The Promise of Joy

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 6:47 pm

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3:05pm

Tue July 14, 2015
Shots - Health News

When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:25 am

Cover art from Stoned.
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A year and a half ago, Dr. David Casarett did not take medical marijuana very seriously. "When I first started this project, I really thought of medical marijuana as a joke," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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1:59pm

Mon July 13, 2015
Book Reviews

Harper Lee's 'Watchman' Is A Mess That Makes Us Reconsider A Masterpiece

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 3:11 pm

Cover detail from Go Set a Watchman.
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As another Southern writer once said, "You can't go home again." In Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, which takes place in the mid-1950s, a 26-year-old Scout Finch takes the train from New York City home to Maycomb, Ala., and finds the familiar world turned mighty strange.

TV and air-conditioning have changed the landscape, and beloved childhood friends like Dill and her brother Jem have vanished. Others, like Calpurnia, look at Scout, here called by her grown-up name of "Jean Louise," as though she were, well, a white lady.

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