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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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12:02pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Remembrances

Listen Back To A 1990 Interview With Actor Christopher Lee

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 1:43 pm

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12:02pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Music Reviews

Michael Gibbs And Bill Frisell Team Up On A New Big Band Record

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 1:43 pm

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1:03pm

Thu June 11, 2015
Music Reviews

Shamir Bailey Invites Everyone In, With Plenty Of Pop Star Potential

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 1:28 pm

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1:03pm

Thu June 11, 2015
Politics

Journalist Explores How Conservative Allies Paved Way For Walker's Candidacy

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 1:28 pm

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1:03pm

Thu June 11, 2015
Pop Culture

What's A Thamakau? Spelling Bee Is More About Entertainment Than English

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 1:37 pm

Nathan J. Marcisz of Marion, Ind., focuses intently as he spells a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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We English-speakers take a perverse pride in the orneriness of our spelling, which is one reason why the spelling bee has been a popular entertainment since the 19th century. It's fun watching schoolchildren getting difficult words right. It can be even more entertaining to watch literate adults getting them wrong.

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2:59pm

Wed June 10, 2015
Movie Interviews

It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out'

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 3:14 pm

The new animated Disney/Pixar film Inside Out takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl ā€” a mind controlled by five emotions, each voiced by a different actor. From left: Sadness, Anger, Fear (behind Anger), Disgust and Joy.
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Why do songs get stuck in your head? Where did that weird dream come from last night? The new Disney Pixar film Inside Out takes an animated peek into the inner workings of our minds.

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2:27pm

Wed June 10, 2015
Pop Culture

For Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, Getting Personal Is Complicated

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 4:02 pm

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Nanjiani moved to the U.S. for college and stayed to pursue his comedy career. He stars in the HBO series Silicon Valley, now ending its second season. The new season of his Comedy Central show, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, premieres June 30.
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2:14pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Music Interviews

Remembering Les Paul, On What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday

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2:14pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Author Interviews

India's 1947 Partition And The 'Deadly Legacy' That Persists To This Day

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 3:49 pm

British Maj. T.J. Monaghan (left) and Pvt. H. Farabrother of the Inniskilling Regiment of Northern Ireland, walk through wreckage after riots destroyed parts of the Punjab suburb of Amritsar, India, in March 1947.
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Mahatma Gandhi, who used passive resistance in the fight for Indian independence, is known worldwide as a symbol of peace. But Americans know much less about the violence that erupted when the British pulled out of India in 1947.

After Muslim leaders demanded their own state, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs attacked each other in riots and massacres. In his new book, Midnight's Furies, Nisid Hajari explores the partition that created Pakistan as a separate state, the violence surrounding the partition and why those tensions persist to this day.

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1:26pm

Mon June 8, 2015
Music Reviews

New Release Brings Overdue Recognition For Soul Singer Jackie Moore

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 2:20 pm

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1:26pm

Mon June 8, 2015
Books

As Global Population Grows, Is The Earth Reaching The 'End Of Plenty'?

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1:26pm

Mon June 8, 2015
Book Reviews

Bombs Blast And Time Marches On In 'A God In Ruins'

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1:06pm

Sat June 6, 2015
Interviews

Fresh Air Weekend: Carey Mulligan, The Apple Watch, A Neurosurgeon's Memoir

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 12:49 pm

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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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1:10pm

Fri June 5, 2015
Theater

'Gershwins And Me' Tells The Stories Behind 12 Songs

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RUDY VALLEE: When you work with your brother Ira, which comes first, the words or the music?

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3:37pm

Thu June 4, 2015
Movie Reviews

In 'Spy', Melissa McCarthy Shines Amid Crude Jokes And Chase Scenes

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