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Terry Gross

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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1:30pm

Mon November 18, 2013
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers 'Golden Notebook' Author Doris Lessing

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 1:24 pm

Doris Lessing, pictured here in 2006, once refused to allow the queen to declare her a dame of the British Empire, because β€” as the author put it β€” "There is no British Empire."
Martin Cleaver AP

Novelist and essayist Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94.

Lessing won the Nobel Prize in 2007. She lived in England most of her life, but she grew up in southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

Lessing often addressed racism and colonialism in her writing, including in a series of novels about a fictional character named Martha Quest. She was best known for her 1962 book, The Golden Notebook, which was regarded as among the most important feminist novels of its time.

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9:03am

Sat November 16, 2013
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Bruce Dern, Booker Ervin And 'Hyperbole And A Half'

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 10:53 am

You may recognize this drawing from Allie Brosh's popular "This Is Why I'll Never Be An Adult" blog post. (It's now a popular Internet meme.)
Courtesy Touchstone Books

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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2:57pm

Fri November 15, 2013
Movie Reviews

Across 'Nebraska,' On A Journey That Goes Beyond The Trip

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 5:47 pm

David (Will Forte, left) and his father, Woody (Bruce Dern, center), take time out of their quixotic journey to stop in Woody's small Nebraska hometown β€” where Woody's old business partner, Ed (Stacy Keach), is still nursing a grudge.
Merie W. Wallace Paramount Pictures

Last month, I saw the trailer for Alexander Payne's Nebraska, and only the fact that it was a Payne film made me want to see it.

The premise seemed a dead end: Bruce Dern plays an elderly man named Woody Grant living in Billings, Mont., who gets a letter saying he's won $1 million. All he needs to do is call a number and maybe buy a magazine subscription.

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12:56pm

Fri November 15, 2013
Interviews

Carol Burnett: The Fresh Air Interview

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 2:57 pm

Carol Burnett arrives for the 16th Annual Mark Twain Prize For American Humor on Oct. 20 in Washington, D.C.
Kris Connor Getty Images

Carol Burnett won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in October. The award ceremony β€” including tributes from Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Martin Short and Vicki Lawrence β€” will be broadcast on PBS Sunday, Nov. 24.

Burnett was among the first women to host a TV variety show. The Carol Burnett Show ran on CBS from 1967 to '78, and won 22 Emmys. It was famous for its movie parodies, the soap opera spoof "As The Stomach Churns" and its sketches about a bickering family. For most of the show's run, Burnett shared the stage with Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman and Tim Conway.

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12:08pm

Fri November 15, 2013
Music Reviews

Two Sides Of Holiday Cheer From Kelly Clarkson, Nick Lowe

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 2:57 pm

Kelly Clarkson's new holiday album is titled Wrapped in Red.
Courtesy of the artist

2:17pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Movie Interviews

Actor Bruce Dern Gets Up Close And Personal In 'Nebraska'

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 4:08 pm

Bruce Dern has been acting for more than 50 years. In Nebraska, he plays a man on a mission to collect $1 million.
Merie W. Wallace Paramount Pictures

After spending much of his career in supporting roles, actor Bruce Dern is finally getting some recognition: He won the best actor award at this year's Cannes Film Festival for his performance in the new film Nebraska.

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2:44pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Book Reviews

A 'Marriage', A Divorce, A Dying Dog And Essays Done Right

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Pity the poor essay collection. Unlike its close, more creative neighbor β€” the short story collection β€” or its snooty relation, The Novel, the humble essay collection is the wallflower of the literary world. And, when an essay collection is composed β€” as Ann Patchett's new volume partly is β€” of pieces previously printed in fashion and pet lovers' magazines, it really might seem like a grab bag of minor material β€” as, admittedly, a few of the pieces here are.

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1:27pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Author Interviews

Christmas Lights Make Slippers In Global 'Junkyard' Economy

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 7:01 pm

A woman worker sorts used plastic bottles at a recycle center in Mumbai, India.
Rajanish Kakade AP

When you think of recycling, you probably think of cans, plastic bottles and newspapers. Well, think a little bigger.

There are businesses devoted to recycling metal, paper, plastic, oil, textiles, cell phones, computers, motors, batteries, Christmas lights, cars and more. The hidden world of globalized recycling and reclamation, and its impact on the environment and the global economy, is the subject of the new book Junkyard Planet by journalist Adam Minter.

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1:11pm

Tue November 12, 2013
Author Interviews

Even When It Hurts 'ALOT,' Brosh Faces Life With Plenty Of 'Hyperbole'

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 4:21 pm

You may recognize this drawing from Allie Brosh's popular "This Is Why I'll Never Be An Adult" blog post. (It's now a popular Internet meme.)
Courtesy Touchstone Books

Allie Brosh's humorous, autobiographical blog, Hyperbole and a Half, has a huge following. In 2011, an editor of PC World included it in a list of the funniest sites on the Internet, and this year, Advertising Age included Brosh in its annual list of the year's most influential and creative thinkers and doers.

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1:11pm

Tue November 12, 2013
Commentary

Was Rand Paul's Plagiarism Dishonest Or A Breach Of Good Form?

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 4:31 pm

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 3.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Even taken together, the charges didn't seem to amount to that big a deal β€” just a matter of quoting a few factual statements and a Wikipedia passage without attributing them. But as Rand Paul discovered, the word "plagiarism" can still rouse people to steaming indignation. Samuel Johnson called plagiarism the most reproachful of literary crimes, and the word itself began as the name of a real crime. In Roman law, a plagiarius was someone who abducted a child or a slave β€” it's from "plaga," the Latin word for a net or a snare.

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1:38pm

Mon November 11, 2013
The Impact of War

In 'Fire And Forget,' Vets Turned Writers Tell Their War Stories

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 7:43 pm

U.S. Army soldiers begin their journey home from Iraq on July 13, 2010.
Maya Alleruzzo AP

This Veterans Day, considers these lines from the preface to Fire And Forget, a collection of short stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:

On the one hand, we want to remind you ... of what happened ... and insist you recollect those men and women who fought, bled, and died in dangerous and far-away places. On the other hand, there's nothing most of us would rather do than leave these wars behind. No matter what we do next, the soft tension of the trigger pull is something we'll carry with us forever.

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11:08am

Mon November 11, 2013
Music Reviews

No Need To Cook The Books: Booker Ervin's Debut LP Reissued

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 1:42 pm

Booker Ervin on the cover of The Book Cooks, his debut album.
Courtesy of Bethlehem Records

Tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin came to New York in 1958. Pianist Horace Parlan heard him and invited Ervin to sit in one night with a band he worked in. That's how Ervin got hired by bassist Charles Mingus, who featured him on albums like Blues and Roots and Mingus Ah Um.

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9:03am

Sat November 9, 2013
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Roy Choi, Industrial Musicals And 'The Story Of A New Name'

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 10:52 am

Chef Roy Choi was named Food and Wine Magazine's Best New Chef in 2010.
Bobby Fisher Courtesy of Harper Collins

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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10:58am

Fri November 8, 2013
Interviews

Stephen Colbert: In Good 'Company' On Broadway

Stephen Colbert and Martha Plimpton perform a song from Company on stage during the 65th annual Tony Awards.
Andrew H. Walker Getty Images

This interview was originally broadcast on June 14, 2011.

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10:48am

Fri November 8, 2013
Interviews

A Daughter Remembers Her 'Entertainer' Father

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 12:45 pm

Courtesy of Margaret Talbot

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 21, 2012.

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