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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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How Reagan Used An 'Invisible Bridge' To Win Over Americans

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 2:28pm

Rick Perlstein's new book describes how Reagan emerged as the leader of a potent political movement during the turbulent mid '70s. He says the soul of Reagan's appeal was how he made people feel good.

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How Interactive TV Is Older Than TV Itself

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:28pm

As technology gets more complex, TV producers aim to take advantage of it, such as relying on phoned-in votes from viewers. The interactive talent show, it turns out, predates TV itself.

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Spoon Wants Your Soul

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:28pm

They Want My Soul is another fine Spoon album in a career that has now come to display a remarkable consistency

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How Interactive TV Is Older Than TV Itself

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:28pm

As technology gets more complex, TV producers aim to take advantage of it, such as relying on phoned-in votes from viewers. The interactive talent show, it turns out, predates TV itself.

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Spoon Wants Your Soul

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:28pm

They Want My Soul is another fine Spoon album in a career that has now come to display a remarkable consistency

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Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:04pm

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her mother and her brother, who was an addict, helped inform her characters.

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Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:04pm

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her mom and her brother, who was an addict, helped inform her characters.

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Fresh Air Weekend: George Takei, 'The Honorable Woman,' Dom Flemons

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 8:03am

George Takei talks about the new documentary To Be Takei; David Bianculli says The Honorable Woman is not to miss; Dom Flemons discusses his first album since leaving Carolina Chocolate Drops.

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Fresh Air Weekend: George Takei, 'The Honorable Woman,' Dom Flemons

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 8:03am

George Takei talks about the new documentary To Be Takei; David Bianculli says The Honorable Woman is not to miss; Dom Flemons discusses his first album since leaving Carolina Chocolate Drops.

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Fresh Air Pays Tribute To James Brown, 'Godfather Of Funk'

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:04pm

James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In '80s and '90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.

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Sailing Through Space With 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'? Hilarious

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:04pm

The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.

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Fresh Air Pays Tribute To James Brown, 'Godfather Of Funk'

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:04pm

James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In '80s and '90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.

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Sailing Through Space With 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'? Hilarious

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:04pm

The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:58pm

The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She's a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:58pm

The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She's a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.

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Kidnapping Is A Lucrative Business For Al-Qaida, Documents Show

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:42pm

Last year, journalist Rukmini Callimachi found thousands of al-Qaida documents in Timbuktu in Mali. She tells Fresh Air about al-Qaida's strategy of kidnapping Europeans and demanding ransoms.

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Kidnapping Is A Lucrative Business For Al-Qaida, Documents Show

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:42pm

Last year, journalist Rukmini Callimachi found thousands of al-Qaida documents in Timbuktu in Mali. She tells Fresh Air about al-Qaida's strategy of kidnapping Europeans and demanding ransoms.

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Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:13pm

Prospect Hill is Flemons' first album since leaving the band Carolina Chocolate Drops. By coincidence, the multi-instrumentalist recorded the album the day Pete Seeger died.

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Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:13pm

Prospect Hill is Flemons' first album since leaving the band Carolina Chocolate Drops. By coincidence, the multi-instrumentalist recorded the album the day Pete Seeger died.

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Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:07pm

Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."

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