Fresh Air

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Terry Gross

Fresh Air opens the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics. Terry Gross hosts this multi-award-winning daily interview and features program. The veteran public radio interviewer is known for her extraordinary ability to engage guests of all dispositions. Every weekday she delights intelligent and curious listeners with revelations on contemporary societal concerns.

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Author Interviews
2:09 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Prisoners Of War And Ojibwe Reservation Make Unlikely Neighbors In 'Prudence'

David Treuer is the author of three previous novels and two books of nonfiction, including Rez Life. He also teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California
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David Treuer's latest novel Prudence follows a young man who returns home to visit his family on an Ojibwe reservation before he joins the war as a bombardier. It's the 1940s and a prison camp for Germans captured during World War II has been set up across the river.

Treuer bases the camp on a real-life one that existed near the village of Bena, Minn., on the Leech Lake Reservation where he grew up. The camp was on the shores of Lake Winnibigoshish — the German prisoners used to cut down trees to make roads.

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Movie Interviews
2:09 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

How The Man Behind The Trailers Sparks An Urge To See A Movie

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:09 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Writer Richard Price And 'The New Yorker's David Remnick

Richard Price is also the author of, among others, Clockers, Freedomland and The Wanderers.
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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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Movie Reviews
12:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

In These Six 'Wild Tales,' Humans Morph Into Destructive Forces Of Nature

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Music Reviews
12:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Ornette Coleman Returns With His Unmistakable Sound

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 3:58 pm

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Remembrances
12:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Fresh Air Remembers Lesley Gore Who Sang Hits Including 'You Don't Own Me'

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 1:24 pm

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Remembrances
12:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Fresh Air Remembers Former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 3:55 pm

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Television
1:42 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

For Host Larry Wilmore, A Year Of 'Extraordinary' Highs And 'Humbling' Lows

Larry Wilmore debuts Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Jan. 19.
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Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 2:12 pm

Larry Wilmore has been consumed with making his new late-night show prime viewing. And he wants to make one thing clear: He has "no desire" to host The Daily Show when Jon Stewart leaves later this year.

"I'm doing my show right now," Wilmore tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I'm very happy doing it."

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Music Reviews
2:00 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Robert Earl Keen Delves Into Bluegrass With A Texan Twang

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Media
1:51 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

David Remnick Looks Back On Tough Decisions As 'The New Yorker' Turns 90

David Remnick has been the editor of The New Yorker since 1998.
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Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 5:21 pm

When David Remnick took the job as editor of The New Yorker in 1998, he learned quickly to make firm decisions about contentious stories. Just a few months into the position, Remnick called Si Newhouse, the magazine's owner, to tell him about a piece he was running that was accusing "all kinds of high-level chicanery."

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Author Interviews
12:22 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

In Richard Price's New Novel, Haunted Cops And Cases They Couldn't Close

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 1:28 pm

Richard Price used a pseudonym for his new novel, The Whites, but in retrospect, he wishes he hadn't. "It was going to be different from my other books and I wanted to signal that," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But by the time he realized it was just "another damn book by me" it was too late to withdraw the pen name.

Price is the author of Clockers, the novel about police detectives and drug dealers that Price and Spike Lee adapted into a film. He also wrote for the HBO series The Wire, which was about police detectives and drug dealers.

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Author Interviews
2:04 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act

The act, which turned 50 last year, ended the era of legal segregation in public accommodations, like restaurants and hotels. Author Todd Purdum talks about the battles that surrounded it.

Originally broadcast Jan. 20, 2014.

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Music
2:04 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

The Furniture Company That Sang The Blues

Paramount Records, founded in 1917 by a furniture company in Wisconsin, found itself in a curious position by the mid-1920s: it was the leading blues label in America, and selling lots of records. J. Mayo "Ink" Williams, the first black record executive in America, had used his street smarts to attract a number of artists, and his best-seller was Blind Lemon Jefferson. Then, suddenly, Williams quit in 1927. But Paramount's greatest moments were yet to come.

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Fresh Air Weekend
10:34 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Photojournalist Lynsey Addario And Michael Keaton

Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist who has worked in war zones for well over a decade.
Kursat Bayhan Courtesy of Penguin Press

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:

Twice Kidnapped, Photographer Returns To War Zone: 'It's What I Do': Lynsey Addario was taken captive in 2011 while covering Libya's civil war. With a gun to her head, she says she was thinking, "Will I ever get my cameras back?"

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Movie Reviews
12:52 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

If You Strip The Bondage, '50 Shades' Is A Conventional Love Story

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Remembrances
12:52 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

David Carr Called Himself 'Part Pirate, Part Thug' But Also 'A Decent Person'

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Movie Interviews
12:35 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

'Ida' Director Made Film To 'Recover The Poland' Of His Childhood

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Remembrances
12:35 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Fresh Air Remembers '60 Minutes' Correspondent Bob Simon

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Music
12:35 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Schneider Quartet's Haydn Recordings Reissued

Among the best loved recordings from the 1950s were 15 LPs of Haydn string quartets played by the Schneider Quartet. They originally appeared on the Haydn Society label, but were never reissued on CD until now. Fresh Air classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz has a review.

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Author Interviews
1:05 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Twice Kidnapped, Photographer Returns To War Zone: 'It's What I Do'

Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist who has worked in war zones for well over a decade.
Kursat Bayhan Courtesy of Penguin Press

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 8:07 am

In March 2011, photojournalist Lynsey Addario was kidnapped in Libya while covering the fighting between dictator Moammar Gadhafi's troops and rebel forces. She was with Anthony Shadid, Tyler Hicks and Stephen Farrell in the town of Ajdabiya, all on assignment for The New York Times.

Looking back, Addario says she had a premonition that something bad would happen.

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Television
1:07 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

New Comedy 'Schitt's Creek' From Canada Is A Reboot Of 'Green Acres'

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Politics
1:07 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

David Axelrod Recounts His Years As Obama's Adviser And 'Believer'

President Obama talks with senior adviser David Axelrod at the airport in New Orleans following a meeting on the response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Pete Souza The White House

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 1:23 pm

David Axelrod recalls the first time he met Barack Obama in 1992 when they had lunch: "I was really impressed by him," he says.

The veteran political consultant was struck that Obama, who had been the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review and was highly sought after by big law firms, instead decided to put together a voter registration drive and practice civil rights law at a little firm in Chicago.

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Book Reviews
1:07 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Funny If It Weren't So True: A Farce About 'The Importance Of Beauty'

Amanda Filipacchi is also the author of the novels Nude Men, Vapor and Love Creeps.
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Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 3:54 pm

"Does this obituary make me look fat?"

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Movie Interviews
1:23 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

From 'Batman' To 'Birdman,' Michael Keaton Knows Suits And Superheroes

In Birdman, Michael Keaton plays both the actor Riggan Thomson, who is having an identity crisis, and his alter ego, Birdman, who badgers him because he gave up a lucrative Hollywood career for a play in an old Broadway theater.
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 7:59 am

In the existential comedy Birdman, Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, a washed-up, insecure actor looking for a second shot at fame and success. He's entirely focused on himself. Keaton says this sort of narcissism — "that constant neediness and insecurity and whininess and me, me, me" — didn't come easily to him.

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Fresh Air Weekend
10:28 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Bradley Cooper, Review Of 'Better Call Saul,' David Linden

Jonathan Banks (left) plays Mike Ehrmantraut, a former cop and a hit man, on the new AMC series Better Call Saul. He often carries out illegal instructions from Saul Goodman (right, played by Bob Odenkirk).
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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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Television
12:43 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Bob Odenkirk Brings Some Laughs To 'Breaking Bad'

Lawyer Saul Goodman knows how to bend the law, or break it, depending on his clients' needs. Odenkirk talks about playing the comedic character, and the origins of Saul's comb-over.

Originally broadcast Aug. 6, 2013.

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Movie Reviews
12:43 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Second 'SpongeBob' Movie Is A Nonsensical, Loud, Choppy Triumph

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Author Interviews
1:55 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Novelist's 'Disgruntled' Heroine Is Drawn From Her Own Childhood

In 2007, Asali Solomon was named one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35." Her previous book, Get Down, is a collection of short stories. She teaches English literature and creative writing at Haverford College.
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Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 2:23 pm

Growing up in West Philadelphia, novelist Asali Solomon felt like an outsider. "The lifestyle I was leading was different from what other people were leading," Solomon tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "Like, my parents taught us to revere Africa — people at school made fun of Africa."

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Remembrances
1:55 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Fresh Air Remembers Charlie Sifford, Who Broke Barriers In Golf

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 2:23 pm

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Television
1:12 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

'Better Call Saul,' The Prequel To 'Breaking Bad,' Stands On Its Own

On Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk plays Jimmy McGill, a fast-talking, struggling public defender who decides to remake himself as Saul Goodman, a lawyer specializing in representing unabashed criminals.
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Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 3:35 pm

I'm guessing that the first thing fans of Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad want to know is whether its AMC prequel series, Better Call Saul, premiering Sunday and Monday, is anywhere near as good as the original — which was TV at its very best. And I'm also guessing that people who haven't yet worked their way through Breaking Bad -- and, really, by now, why haven't you? — are wondering whether they can enjoy this new series without having absorbed the old one.

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