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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.

Pere Ubu's 'Carnival Of Souls' Is A Dreamscape That's Never Dreamy

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Led since the late '70s by co-founder David Thomas, Pere Ubu has created something far more rich, experimental, and emotional than the spooky, horror-movie that Carnival of Souls is named for.

'Madame Secretary' Pales In Comparison To 'The Good Wife'

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The CBS dramas about women juggling family lives and high-intensity jobs showcase excellent acting. But while The Good Wife is one of the best shows on TV, Madam Secretary's writing is disappointing.

The Long, Scary Journey From A 'Terrorist's Son' To A Peace Activist

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Zak Ebrahim's father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For most of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about who his father was. His new memoir tells his story.

As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

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John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.

13 Days Of High Emotion That Led To The Egypt-Israel Peace

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Lawrence Wright's new book examines the 1978 peace deal President Carter brokered between Egypt and Israel. During the tense summit, Carter had "never been angrier," Wright says.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Pulitzer-Prize Winning Editorial Cartoonist Tony Auth

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Auth worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 41 years. He died Sunday at the age of 72. In 1988, Auth talked with Terry Gross about how the Reagan era marked a turning point for political cartoonists.

Australian Comic Finds Humor In Humiliation For His Sitcom 'Please Like Me'

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Josh Thomas, 27, stars in the show geared toward 20-somethings on the new cable channel Pivot. He talks about coming out to his dad via text message and dealing with his mom's suicide attempts.

For Duo Tennis, Pop Is A Natural Language

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Can you re-invent lively pop from the distant past? Fresh Air music critic Milo Miles says the songwriting team Tennis does just that with their new third album, Ritual in Repeat.

Futuristic 'Bone Clocks' Encompasses A Strange, Rich World Of Soul-Stealers

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David Mitchell's latest fantasy is an odyssey into the dark side, spanning from 1984 to 2043. It's about a teenager who runs away from her London home and becomes prey to a ghastly gang of mystics.

As 'Boardwalk Empire' Comes To A Close, Creator Reminisces About Its Start

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The HBO show began its final season Sunday. Terence Winter says he wrote the Prohibition-era drama in part to work with Martin Scorsese. It was "something I couldn't possibly ... pass up," he says.

Islamic State Was Fueled By 'Epic American Failure In Iraq,' Reporter Says

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The New York Times Baghdad bureau chief Tim Arango has been reporting from Iraq for five years and has watched the rise of the Islamic State militants. He gives Fresh Air his take on the situation.

3 Roosevelts Come Alive In PBS Documentary, Ken Burns' Best Yet

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A 14-hour biography of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Delano starts Sunday. Actors including Paul Giamatti and Meryl Streep put on Emmy-worthy vocal performances reading from an Emmy-worthy script.

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

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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.

In A Brilliantly Disorienting Film, A Teenager Is 'Starred Up' To An Adult Prison

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The British drama depicts remarkable characters, including an angry teenager who meets two father figures behind bars. It's a prison film that's shattering beyond physical violence.

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. She says it's her favorite novel, but it wasn't always.