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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.

Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

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"I think if I had been an accomplished songwriter I wouldn't have written 'You Really Got Me,' " Davies tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Four Holiday Goodies, Including 'Christmas At Downton Abbey'

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It's not too early to be releasing Christmas albums, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has been listening to a lot of them.

In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

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Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Award for his collection of short stories.

Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts Above Biopic Formula In 'Imitation Game'

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Cumberbatch stars as British mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing in a film directed by Morten Tyldum and co-staring Keira Knightley as Turing's comrade in arms.

Decades Later, Laurie Colwin's Books 'Will Not Let You Down'

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A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin's books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an "elusive magic."

The Rise And Fall Of Comedian Bob Hope

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Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. "He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long," says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.

Fresh Air Weekend: Norman Lear, A Review Of Basement Tapes, Jon Stewart

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Lear, co-creator of All In The Family, talks about his new memoir; Ken Tucker reviews an album of musicians using Bob Dylan's lyrics; Stewart talks about his future hosting the Daily Show.

Fresh Air Remembers Film And Broadway Director Mike Nichols

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Nichols directed such movies as The Graduate and Birdcage and Broadway musicals such as Spamalot. He won nine Tony Awards. Nichols died Wednesday at 83. He talked with Terry Gross in 2001.

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

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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.

'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

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In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.

Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

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When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.

Jon Stewart On The 'Daily Show': 'I'm Still Really Proud Of The Work We Do'

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Stewart talks about his future hosting the show known for its political satire. "It is unclear to me," he tells Fresh Air. "The minute I say I'm not going to do it anymore, I will miss it like crazy."

Bob Dylan's Atmosphere Captured In New Basement Tapes

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A batch of lyrics that Bob Dylan wrote in the late 1960s were given by Dylan to producer T-Bone Burnett, who came up with the idea to have some contemporary musicians set the words to music.

Bennett Miller On Making The True-Life Crime Film 'Foxcatcher'

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Foxcatcher is about wealthy heir John du Pont who hosted Olympic wrestlers on his estate. The director talks about casting Steve Carrell, the challenge of filming wrestling scenes and his film Capote.

Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To Experience'

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Lear, who co-created All In The Family, has written a new memoir at the age of 92. He tells Fresh Air about getting involved in politics and how his storylines addressed subjects like racism.