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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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Two Italys Take A Road Trip In 'Il Sorpasso'

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:40am

The 1962 comic drama follows two young men: one who smacks of Italy's joyless '50s and one who embodies the prosperity and recklessness of the '60s. The film is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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'Hill Street Blues' Created Two Eras For TV Drama: Before And After

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:44am

In 1981, NBC presented a new police series that went on to make TV history. Hill Street Blues has just been released on DVD in its entirety for the first time.

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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:44am

Colson Whitehead's new book was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker for Grantland. It's a sharp observational tale of the game, those who play it and how it changed him.

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Sam Baker: Finding Grace In The Wake Of Destruction

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 11:25am

In 1986, a bomb planted by the Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path exploded in the luggage rack above Sam Baker. Somehow, during his long recovery, songs focused on empathy started coming to him.

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Todd Barry's New Stand-Up Strategy: 'Does Anyone Want To Talk To Me?'

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:43pm

Last year, the comedian teamed up with Louis C.K. to film a tour in which all he did was crowd work, or engage the audience in improvised conversations.

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In 'Hotel Florida,' Three Couples Chronicle The Spanish Civil War

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:43pm

Biographer Amanda Vaill's new book delves deep into the lives of journalists like Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, whose documenting of the war helped shape public perception.

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tUnE-yArDs: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 9:33am

On Nikki Nack, Merrill Garbus worries over the notion that she's just an accumulation of her influences, and she fights back wonderfully.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Alan Cumming, 'Godzilla' And Matthew Weiner

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 8:03am

Cumming is starring in Cabaret for a third time, critic John Powers considers the movie monster and Mad Men's creator reflects on the end of Don Draper's journey.

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The Making Of 'Godzilla,' Japan's Favorite 'Mon-Star'

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:04am

Steve Ryfle is the author of a book about the making of the film and its many sequels. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2004, on the film's 50th anniversary.

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'Ida': A Coming-Of-Age Story With An Eerie Luster

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:04am

Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski's new film centers on an orphan who learns the secret of her past when she's on the brink of becoming a nun.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers British Actor Bob Hoskins

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:04am

Hoskins, who played a human detective in a world of cartoon characters in the acclaimed movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, died this week after contracting pneumonia. He was 71 years old.

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Review: Drummer Billy Hart's 'One Is The Other'

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:04am

Hart has recorded hundreds of albums, backing, among many others, pianist Herbie Hancock. But he sometimes records under his own name too, especially now that he has a well-seasoned quartet.

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Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why 'Godzilla' Endures

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:07am

Unlike Jaws and Alien, whose creatures are soulless things to be destroyed, Godzilla resonates because of something that once defined the best monster movies — a sense of compassion for the monster.

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The Animals: The British Invasion That Wasn't

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:22am

Largely ignored today, the rough-and-tumble quintet from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne gets reassessed in a new box set, titled The Mickie Most Years & More.

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'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner On The End Of Don Draper's Journey

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:22am

Weiner is currently writing and shooting the show's final episodes. He tells Fresh Air, "I'm going to be leaving these characters in a place where they belong."

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At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 1:27pm

"Any successful lyricist has to be part playwright and has to be able to put himself into the minds and the hearts and the souls of the characters," Sheldon Harnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Exploring 'What We Left Behind' In Iraq

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 2:28pm

New Yorker writer Dexter Filkins finds an increasingly authoritarian prime minister — Nouri al-Maliki — sectarian violence, and concern for the future. Iraq holds parliamentary elections Wednesday.

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For Alan Cumming, Life Is (Once Again) A Cabaret

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:59pm

This is the third time Cumming has starred in the musical. He talks about the new production — everything from his costume (which he calls a "Wonder Bra" for men) to the darker themes of the show.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Seth Meyers And Hari Kondabolu

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 2:53pm

Seth Meyers talks about leaving Saturday Night Live to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon. And Hari Kondabolu describes his career path from immigrant-rights organizer to comedian.

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A Poetry Reading: 'To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death'

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:31pm

Fresh Air's classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz published a poem about friendship and loss on Poets.org.

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