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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.

For Actress Maria Bello, Family May Be Complicated, But 'Love Is Love'

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In her memoir Whatever ... Love is Love, Bello describes the evolution of her "modern family," which includes her romantic partner (a woman), her adolescent son and her son's father.

A Critic Takes On Cannes: Highlights (And Lowlights) Of The 2015 Festival

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Critic John Powers returns from the French film festival to talk about this year's new international films. Top among his picks is The Assassin, a martial arts film by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain

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In his memoir Do No Harm, Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.

Revisiting The Crystal Clarity Created By The 'Decca Sound' Revolution

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In the 1940s, recording engineers perfected new sound techniques that were used in World War II — and which launched a hi-fi revolution. Lloyd Schwartz reviews the new 53-CD Decca box set.

Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

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For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass' memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels and music. Originally broadcast April 6, 2015.

Fresh Air Weekend: Marc Maron Interviews Terry Gross, Letterman's Producer

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WTF host Marc Maron asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment; Rob Burnett recounts the silly and somber moments of his tenure with the Late Show.

The Future Is Bright In The Time-And-Space Twisting 'Tomorrowland'

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Brad Bird's new sci-fi adventure film features George Clooney, Britt Robertson and an endless sense of possibilities. David Edelstein says the film makes a "near-hysterical case" against pessimism.

How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

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In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.

Letterman Signs Off, With A Heartfelt Guest-Filled Finale

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Last night, after 33 years on TV as a late-night talk show host, David Letterman presented his final program. David Bianculli says Letterman's final show was a strong end to an illustrious career.

Letterman's Executive Producer: 'He's Meant A Lot To A Lot Of People'

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Rob Burnett started working with David Letterman as an intern in 1985. He talks with Terry Gross about the absurd and somber moments of his three-decade tenure with the Late Show.

Terry Gross To Marc Maron: 'Life Is Harder Than Radio'

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The WTF host asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up.

Reporting On Rape Kit Backlog Leads To New Law And Arrests In Ohio

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While researching sexual assaults for Cleveland's The Plain Dealer, Rachel Dissell unearthed a backlog of untested rape kits dating back to 1993. Ohio has since mandated the testing of these kits.

Elizabeth Banks On Success: 'You Don't Get What You Don't Ask For'

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The Hunger Games actress and Pitch Perfect 2 director also runs her own production company. Her secret to success? "I raise my hand a lot," Banks tells Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado.

The 'Mad Men' Ending: A 'Twisted' And 'Perfect' Conclusion

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After all eight seasons of drama, the TV series about men and women in advertising ended with a full-length ad. TV critic David Bianculli says the conclusion was "so unexpected, yet so appropriate."

In 'Take Off,' Ramon Valle Makes The Piano Sing

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Despite its clarity and cohesion, Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the new album from Cuban pianist Ramon Valle and his trio is half knock-out, half schmaltzy.