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This one-hour program features Terry Gross' in-depth interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures, as well as distinguished experts on current affairs and news.
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A Punk Memoir That Makes The Ordinary Seem Transcendent

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:42pm

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says that one of the best books he's ever read about punk rock is a new memoir by Viv Albertine.

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Fresh Air Remembers British Rock Keyboardist Ian McLagan

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:42pm

McLagan, who died at 69, helped define the sound of '60s British rock with his bands Small Faces and Faces. He toured with the Rolling Stones, Dylan and Billy Bragg. He appeared on Fresh Air in 2004.

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Set In Appalachia, This Rewarding Story Collection Is 'Rich And Strange'

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:00pm

Ron Rash's best short stories from the past 20 years take you to a land apart psychologically and geographically. His writing is powerful, stripped down and very still.

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After Decades Acting, Josh Brolin Still Wonders If He's 'Good Enough'

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:00pm

Brolin co-stars in an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice. He says as an actor he's always wondering: "Can I live up to what this person has written? There's always a fear around that."

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Three Books For The Jazz Lover On Your List

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:21pm

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a singer's biography, a pianist's autobiography, and a fat coffee table book.

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President Obama And The Courts: A Shift In Balance

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:21pm

Journalist Jeffrey Toobin notes how Obama's appointees are a new mix of ethnic minorities, women and gay judges. But a couple of these courts are hearing suits that could undo some of Obama's actions.

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Peter Pan's Magic Is In The Pixie Dust

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:49pm

NBC is airing a live version of Peter Pan on Thursday, nearly 60 years after the first live telecast. Critic David Bianculli says the cast and the revival of the medium are genius.

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How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of 'New Puberty'

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:43pm

Two doctors wrote a book that probes the environmental, biological and socioeconomic factors contributing to early puberty. These girls face risks like anxiety and depression, one author says.

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Historian Illustrates Racial Intolerance In The Northeast In Post-War U.S.

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 1:27pm

In his new book All Eyes Are Upon Us, Jason Sokol writes about how Northerners were blind to patterns of segregation, discrimination and racial violence in such states as New York and Massachusetts.

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P.D. James Believed Mysteries Were Made Of Clues, Not Coincidences

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 1:27pm

The best-selling author died Thursday. She was 94. In 1987, James told Terry Gross that while the "shock of finding the bodies is important" in her novels, she personally doesn't like "messy lives."

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Fresh Air Weekend: A Bob Hope Bio, Christmas Albums And An Accordionist

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 8:03am

Richard Zoglin talks about Hope's life and legacy; rock critic Ken Tucker recommends holiday listening; and Will Holshouser plays songs from his new album.

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How The Four Seasons Clashed, Dealt With The Mob And Made Lasting Hits

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 8:08am

Bob Gaudio wrote most of The Four Seasons' hits, some of which are compiled in a new anthology. He tells Fresh Air about the band's history, including why its songs had some "anger" in them.

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Marty Stuart: Keeper Of Country Music's Cowboy Couture

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 8:03am

Out of love and necessity, Stuart has become a country-music historian. "People were throwing things away," he says. "I just took it as a family matter."

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Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 3:03pm

"I think if I had been an accomplished songwriter I wouldn't have written 'You Really Got Me,'" Davies tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Four Holiday Goodies, Including 'Christmas At Downton Abbey'

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 1:39pm

It's not too early to be releasing Christmas albums, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has been listening to a lot of them.

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In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 1:39pm

Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Award for his collection of short stories.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts Above Biopic Formula In 'Imitation Game'

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 1:39pm

Cumberbatch stars as British mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing in a film directed by Morten Tyldum and co-staring Keira Knightley as Turing's comrade in arms.

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Decades Later, Laurie Colwin's Books 'Will Not Let You Down'

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:49pm

A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin's books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an "elusive magic."

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The Rise And Fall Of Comedian Bob Hope

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:43pm

Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. "He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long," says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Norman Lear, A Review Of Basement Tapes, Jon Stewart

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:03am

Lear, co-creator of All In The Family, talks about his new memoir; Ken Tucker reviews an album of musicians using Bob Dylan's lyrics; Stewart talks about his future hosting the Daily Show.

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