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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.

Werner Herzog Talks About Madmen And Caves In Interviews From 'Fresh Air' Archives

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Werner Herzog talked with Fresh Air in 1998 about his volatile relationship with actor Klaus Kinski, who died in 1991. In 2011, Herzog discussed the documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

Benjamin Booker Is Raw, Yet Disciplined On Debut Album

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The 25-year-old guitarist-singer-songwriter has already served as an opening act on Jack White's recent tour, and he may be ready for headliner status.

Werner Herzog's Audacious Early Films Showcased In New Boxed Collection

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The 71-year-old German filmmaker made daring movies in the 1970s that pushed viewers into unsettling mental spaces. The tremendous boxed set Herzog: The Collection highlights his authentic style.

GlobalPost CEO Shares Details Of Fight To Save James Foley

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Foley was held hostage in Syria for nearly two years before he was killed by his captors. GlobalPost co-founder Phil Balboni tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the efforts to win his release.

Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat

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In his first graphic novel, Jules Feiffer, 85, has returned to the seedy comic strips, hard boiled novels and B movies of his youth. Maureen Corrigan says it's "a mulligan stew of murder and desire."

A Sleek And Busy Walk With Jean-Luc Ponty

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Before Ponty came to the States, he already had his concept. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the digital reissue of Sunday Walk.

Prepare For 'The Simpsons' Marathon With Interviews From The 'Fresh Air' Archives

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Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with the show's creator, writers and actors.

Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System

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In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."

'Fresh Air' Remembers Former Vermont Sen. James Jeffords

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Jeffords died Monday at the age of 80. In 2001, the moderate Republican decided to switch to an independent, tipping control to the Democrats. At the time, he explained his decision to Terry Gross.

With Both Farce And Feeling, Currentzis' 'Figaro' Succeeds Magnificently

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There are many recordings of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Do we need another?

Box Set Looks Back On Pioneering '5' Royales

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With the release of the 131-track collection Soul and Swagger: The Complete "5" Royales, the group has finally gotten the recognition they deserve.

Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

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Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book, Proof: The Science of Booze, explores these and other scientific mysteries of alcohol's effect on the body.

'Sweetness #9' Satirizes Food Wars And Artificial America

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The novel is about a flavor chemist who tests a sweetener on lab rats and monkeys and finds side effects the company covers up. Author Stephan Eirik Clark says he was inspired by Fast Food Nation.

Fresh Air Weekend: Eric Schlosser, Spoon's New Album And 'The Knick' Creators

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Eric Schlosser's discusses his new book Command and Control; Ken Tucker reviews Spoon's They Want My Soul; The Knick creators talk about their new drama set in a New York hospital in 1900.

At 49, Jamie Moyer's Pitching Career Goes Into Extra Innings

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In a new memoir called Just Tell Me I Can't, Moyer explains how he became a better pitcher in his 40s than his 20s. Originally broadcast Oct. 2, 2013.