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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.

Ben Bradlee On Journalism: Be 'Fair' And 'Honest,' But Don't 'Back Down'

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Bradlee was the executive editor for the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. He published the Pentagon Papers and covered Watergate. Bradlee, who died Tuesday at 93, talked with Terry Gross in 1995.

Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms'

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When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.

Nostalgia, Now Out On DVD, With 'Wonder Years' And 'Pee-wee' Releases

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In what may be a last gasp for DVD collections, some of the new box-set releases are aimed at baby boomers and Gen X-ers with favorites like The Wonder Years and Pee-wee's Playhouse.

Ed Norton On 'Birdman,' Wes Anderson And Why $40 Makes Him Proud

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Making Birdman "was one of the most creatively satisfying experiences I've had," Norton says. He also talks about why Anderson's films are deep and getting royalties for the music in Death to Smoochy.

Ex Hex's 'Rips' Does What It Says On The Cover

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The initial triumph of Rips is that nearly every one of its songs is sing-along-catchy, immediately memorable.

One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'

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When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson as he was sitting quietly in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to effect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row.

'Why Kids Sext' Describes Nude Photos As 'Social Currency' Among Teens

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Teenage girls explained to writer Hanna Rosin that boys collect sexts like baseball cards or Pokemon cards. "There's so much free porn out there that these pictures serve a different role," she says.

'The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher' And Other Stories From Hilary Mantel

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Heads tend to roll, figuratively and otherwise, in Mantel's writing. Critic Maureen Corrigan says this new short story collection — about grotesque characters in the modern world — is breathtaking.

Tove Lo Chronicles Three Stages Of A Love Affair

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The Swedish pop singer-songwriter has a knack for capturing the thoughts of the romantic mind in a delightfully wordy.

An Unofficial Memorial For Jazz Greats Jim Hall And Charlie Haden

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Hall and Haden performed as a duo at a concert in Montreal in 1990. Plans to release the album, Charlie Haden - Jim Hall, were in place before both artists passed away within the last year.

Journalist Talks Confidential Sources, Getting Subpoenaed And His New Book

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James Risen could face prison for refusing to reveal his source for a story about a botched CIA operation intended to sabotage Iran's nuclear weapons program. His new book is Pay Any Price.

Fresh Air Weekend

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Fresh Air Weekend

In 'Whiplash,' A Young Drummer Plays Till He Bleeds

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Director Damien Chazelle's second film centers on the agony of a drummer in a high-powered music school. The movie ties you into knots: The fear of failure is omnipresent. So is the jazz vibe.

Inconsistent Memories Are Revisited In 'The Affair,' A Captivating New Drama

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The Showtime show is about two people who betray their spouses and fall into a relationship. It's told from more than one perspective, and the actors are so likable, you forgive them their trespasses.

'You Can't Be This Furry' And Other Life Lessons From Gary Shteyngart

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In Little Failure, the novelist recounts his emigration from the USSR to the U.S. when he was 7. For the first few years, he says, he would sit alone in the cafeteria, talking to himself in Russian.