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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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12:03pm

Fri October 18, 2013
Interviews

'Let's Explore': David Sedaris On His Public Private Life

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David Sedaris' stories have appeared on This American Life and in The New Yorker, and have now filled seven essay collections -- most recently, Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls.
Hugh Hamrick Little, Brown and Co.

This interview was originally broadcast on April 24, 2013.

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11:50am

Fri October 18, 2013
Movie Reviews

At Home At Sea: Robert Redford, At His Best Alone

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 3:38 pm

Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost as a solitary man struggling to make his yacht seaworthy again after it collides with a rogue shipping container adrift in the Indian Ocean.
Richard Foreman Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate

As I watched Robert Redford acting all by himself in the superlative survival-at-sea movie All Is Lost, I suddenly realized why the setup feels so perfect: Redford is most in his element when he's alone.

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1:31pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Television

'Dancing On The Edge' Is Fun For Both The Eyes And The Ears

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 4:52 pm

Set in London in the early 1930s, Dancing on the Edge is a five-part miniseries about a black jazz band trying to crack the dance halls and radio playlists. Made for BBC-2, the episodes will air starting Saturday night on the Starz cable network.
Starz

One of my most enjoyable parts of being a critic is steering people toward something so good, but so relatively obscure, that they might never have checked it out unless they'd been nudged in that direction. My personal best example of that, ever, was the imported BBC miniseries The Singing Detective, by Dennis Potter, about 25 years ago.

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1:31pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Author Interviews

Billy Crystal Finds Fun In Growing Old (But Still Can't Find His Keys)

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 3:48 pm

Courtesy of Henry Holt and Co.

Billy Crystal isn't happy about turning 65, but at least he's finding a way to laugh about it. His new memoir — Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? — is on the best-seller list, and he'll be back on Broadway in November.

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12:59pm

Wed October 16, 2013
Movies

A Peek Into The Private Lives Of 'Burton And Taylor'

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 4:20 pm

Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter star as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Burton and Taylor, a new made-for-TV movie from BBC America.
BBC America

You have to be of a certain age to remember firsthand the tornado of publicity that erupted when Liz Taylor, the former child star turned screen vamp, first met British stage star Richard Burton on the set of the 1963 movie Cleopatra. But it's still one of Hollywood's most famous and inescapable love stories.

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12:33pm

Wed October 16, 2013
Author Interviews

Meet 'The Brothers' Who Shaped U.S. Policy, Inside And Out

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 2:18 pm

John Foster Dulles (right) is greeted by his brother Allen Welsh Dulles on his arrival at LaGuardia Field in New York City in 1948.
Jacob Harris AP

In 1953, for the first and only time in history, two brothers were appointed to head the overt and covert sides of American foreign policy. President Dwight Eisenhower appointed John Foster Dulles secretary of state, and Allen Dulles director of the CIA.

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1:43pm

Tue October 15, 2013
Author Interviews

Graham Nash Has 'Wild Tales' To Spare

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 3:11 pm

Graham Nash first came to the U.S. as part of the British Invasion with his band The Hollies, which got its start at the same time as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and shared bills with both groups in England.

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12:03pm

Mon October 14, 2013
Music Reviews

'The Blow' Puts An Artsy, Electro-Pop Spin On Attraction

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 11:04 am

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. Our rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of the new album, "The Blow" by the music and performance are duo called The Blow which was conceived by its singer, Khaela Maricich. Melissa Dyne plays a more behind the scenes role, arranging, mixing and co-producing much of this new collection. The music made by The Blow can be broadly labeled as electro pop, but Ken says it goes further than that.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "A KISS")

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12:03pm

Mon October 14, 2013
Author Interviews

One-Stop Shop: Jeff Bezos Wants You To Buy 'Everything' On Amazon

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 12:51 pm

An employee walks through an aisle at Amazon.com's 1.2 million-square foot fulfillment center in Phoenix, Ariz., in November 2012.
Ross D. Franklin AP

In his new book The Everything Store, Brad Stone chronicles how Amazon became an "innovative, disruptive, and often polarizing technology powerhouse." He writes that Amazon was among the first to realize the potential of the Internet and that the company "ended up forever changing the way we shop and read."

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9:03am

Sat October 12, 2013
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Hanks, Ben Franklin's Sister, Daniel Radcliffe

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 11:51 am

Daniel Radcliffe tells Fresh Air that his parents were initially hesitant about letting him play Harry Potter.
Warwick Saint

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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1:52pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Movie Reviews

A Pirate Saga More Sobering Than Swashbuckling

Barkhad Abdi (middle) plays Muse, the leader of a band of Somali pirates who take over a freighter in Captain Phillips.
Hopper Stone Columbia Pictures

Most kidnapping melodramas have final scenes — after their climaxes — that are, effectively, throwaways. There are sighs of relief, tearful reunions with families, cameras that dolly back on domestic tableaux to suggest the world has at last been righted.

I think it's telling that in Captain Phillips the most overwhelming scene is after the resolution, in the infirmary of a ship. So much terror and moral confusion has gone down — so much pain — that the cumulative tension can't be resolved by violence. The movie's grip remains strong even when it cuts to black.

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12:33pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Author Interviews

Parenting A Child Who's Fallen 'Far From The Tree'

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This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 12, 2012.

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1:36pm

Thu October 10, 2013
Movie Interviews

From Child Actor To Artist: Radcliffe Reflects On Post-Potter Life

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 12:11 pm

Daniel Radcliffe tells Fresh Air that his parents were initially hesitant about letting him play Harry Potter.
Warwick Saint

Many child stars find themselves washed up by the time they reach adulthood, but Daniel Radcliffe's career is going strong — and that's no accident.

"There is never a moment's doubt in my mind that this is what I want to do," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "If I die on a film set when I'm 80, I'll be happy with that."

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1:13pm

Thu October 10, 2013
Book Reviews

Meet Ben's Sister Jane, History's Forgotten Franklin

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 2:32 pm

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"Her days were days of flesh." That's just one of a multitude of striking observations that Jill Lepore makes about Jane Franklin, the baby sister of Ben. What Lepore means by that line of near-poetry is that Jane Franklin's life, beginning at age 17 when she gave birth to the first of her 12 children, was one of nursing, lugging pails of night soil, butchering chickens, cooking and scrubbing.

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11:14am

Thu October 10, 2013
Music Reviews

Two Bluegrass Truths From James King And Alan Jackson

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 1:13 pm

James King.
Julie Lilliard King Courtesy of the artist

On Three Chords and the Truth, bluegrass musician James King picks from the canon of country music to rearrange its songs as bluegrass. On The Bluegrass Album, country star Alan Jackson has recorded his first collection of bluegrass music — some classics, some originals.

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