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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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1:40pm

Mon September 30, 2013
Music Reviews

Don't Feel Too Bad For Sad-Sack Bob Schneider

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 3:40 pm

Burden of Proof is Bob Schneider's third album.
Dan Winters Kirtland Records

9:03am

Sat September 28, 2013
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Elton John, 'Masters Of Sex' And 'Merchants Of Meth'

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 4:26 pm

Elton John tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that The Diving Board is "a very adult album."
Joseph Guay Courtesy of the artist

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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12:16pm

Fri September 27, 2013
Interviews

Vijay Iyer: Self-Taught Jazz Pianist Goes 'Solo'

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 14, 2010.

Jazz musician Vijay Iyer started playing the violin when he was 3, but when he was 4 or 5, he wanted to play another instrument: the piano.

"The piano was around because my sister was taking lessons, and so I just started messing on it and figuring things out little by little," Iyer tells Terry Gross. "I can't really pinpoint the beginning of it."

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12:16pm

Fri September 27, 2013
Interviews

Jeremy Denk: Playing Ligeti With A Dash Of Humor

Jeremy Denk has recently written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review.
Courtesy of the artist

This interview was originally broadcast on May 23, 2012.

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12:16pm

Fri September 27, 2013
Movie Reviews

Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' Is An Openhearted Directorial Debut

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 2:15 pm

Joseph Gordon-Levitt --€” in his writing and directing debut --€” plays Jon, a porn addict with no interest in relationships until Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) changes things.
Relativity Media

In phe last decade, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has worked hard to establish himself as a serious actor, and he's been so successful it's easy to forget he came of age in the '90s sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. The guy has comedy chops, and he's exercising them again in a smart new movie he wrote and directed called Don Jon.

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3:34pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Health

Big Pharma And Meth Cooks Agree: Keep Cold Meds Over The Counter

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:11 pm

Key methamphetamine ingredient pseudoephedrine is most easily found in cold and allergy medicines.
Ann Heisenfelt AP

Millions of Americans have seen the fictional world of meth use and production in AMC's Breaking Bad, but journalist Jonah Engle has spent a lot of time in the real world of meth.

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3:34pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Music Reviews

Bumpy, Bikers And The Story Behind 'Leader Of The Pack'

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 4:48 pm

The Shangri-Las on the cover of the "Leader of the Pack" single.
Courtesy of the artist

2:50pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Television

'Masters Of Sex' Get Unmasterful Treatment On Showtime

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 3:34 pm

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan portray pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson in a new Showtime series.
Craig Blankenhorn Showtime

Way back in the 1950s — before people tweeted snapshots of their privates or posted their hookup diaries online — it was considered inappropriate to talk too much about sex. The guardians of culture treated it as something better kept in the dark.

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3:54pm

Wed September 25, 2013
Middle East

Meet The Iranian Commander Pulling Strings In Syria's War

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:22 pm

Smoke rises after an airstrike hit a Syrian village on Sept. 22.
AP

Perhaps the most important military commander in Syria's civil war is not Syrian at all. He's Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, and he's the subject of an article by Dexter Filkins in the current edition of The New Yorker.

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3:52pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Television

TV Trips Into Fall, But These Days Who Knows Where To Look?

Capt. Ray Holt (Andre Braugher, right) leads detectives Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) on a police stakeout in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Beth Dubber Fox

We're kicking off a new fall TV season this week. A generation ago, even less, that was cause for major media focus, as new shows from the broadcast networks jockeyed for attention and position while old favorites returned with new episodes. Also back then, the Emmys were a celebration of the best, and clips from the nominated shows reminded you just why they were considered the best of the best.

But now? In 2013? All bets are off.

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3:23pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Author Interviews

'Reaped' Is A Reminder That No One Is Promised Tomorrow

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After winning a National Book Award for her novel Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward has written a memoir that's framed by the deaths of five young men in her life. The cause of each death was different, but she sees them all as connected to being poor and black in the rural South:

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12:34pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Music Reviews

Lucy Schwartz Is In Love With Her Own Voice, And That's OK

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 3:16 pm

Lucy Schwartz.
Tierney Gearon Courtesy of the artist

The first thing you notice about Lucy Schwartz's Timekeeper is the singer's voice — both her physical voice, which is at once ringing and adroit, and her writer's voice, which is precise yet elusive. When Schwartz sings "Ghost in My House," the production renders her tone in an echoing manner that signifies spookiness. It also suggests a metaphor — memory as a ghost, the haunting of someone who's no longer in her life. In general, Lucy Schwartz is in love with the sound of her own voice, and for once that phrase is not meant as a criticism; I think she has good reason to be.

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2:05pm

Mon September 23, 2013
The Fresh Air Interview

A More Reflective Leap On Elton John's 'Diving Board'

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 2:18 pm

Elton John tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that The Diving Board is "a very adult album."
Joseph Guay Courtesy of the artist

11:05am

Sat September 21, 2013
NPR Story

Fresh Air Weekend: Linda Ronstadt, Charles Manson And Robbie Fulks

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 12:15 pm

Linda Ronstadt performs in 1970.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

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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1:42pm

Fri September 20, 2013
Interviews

Soderbergh's Liberace, 'Behind The Candelabra'

Liberace sits at a gold-leafed piano in the living room of his then-new Hollywood mansion in November 1961.
Keystone Features Getty Images

This interview was originally broadcast on May 21, 2013.

Director Steven Soderbergh had been looking for a way to frame a film about the extravagant entertainer Liberace for years when a friend recommended the book Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace.

The book — a memoir — is by Scott Thorson, who for five years was Liberace's lover, though that wasn't publicly disclosed at the time.

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