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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.

Fresh Air Weekend: Toni Morrison, Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction, Will Forte

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Nobel laureate Morrison reflects on her life and her regrets; Maureen Corrigan reviews a reissue of four of Macdonald's 1950s novels; SNL alum Forte discusses comedy and Bruce Dern's acting advice.

'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

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Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.

Deception And Suspense By The Sea In The Iranian Mystery 'About Elly'

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Recently released in the U.S., Asghar Farhadi's 2009 film follows a teacher invited on a beach trip by the mother of one of her students. David Edelstein calls the film "Hitchockian" in its suspense.

Saudi Bombing In Yemen Has Led To New Gains For Al-Qaida

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Reporter Gregory Johnsen talks about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, how the chaos is impacting the U.S. fight against al-Qaida and how he escaped a kidnapping attempt in Yemen last year.

Dwight Yoakam's 'Second Hand Heart' Is First Class

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Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says the album is one of Yoakam's most stylistically diverse.

How The Met Opera's Chorus Master Gets 150 To Sound Like One

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Donald Palumbo is the Metropolitan Opera's chorus master. He tells Fresh Air about "stagger breathing," the ways singers protect their voices and his own lack of formal training.

'Last Man' Will Forte On Beards, Comedy And Bruce Dern's Acting Advice

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Forte tells Fresh Air about landing a job on Saturday Night Live and learning on the set of Nebraska that acting is "all about commitment."

After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

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"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." He retired from the force in 2003. His memoir is called The Job.

Revisiting A Suburbia-Gone-Sour In Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction

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A reissue of four of the detective writer's 1950s novels excavates the dark depths of California's suburban decay. Maureen Corrigan praises Macdonald's "psychological depth" and "penetrating vision."

'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

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"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Her latest book is God Help the Child.

Fresh Air Weekend: Mark Ronson, The Mountain Goats, Beau Willimon

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Music producer Ronson gives the story behind the hit song "Uptown Funk"; Ken Tucker reviews the Mountain Goats' new album Beat The Champ; House of Cards creator Willimon discusses the show.

In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

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In 2001, Michael Finkel was fired for making up a story. Then he learns that a suspected murderer is posing as him, so he gets to know him. The best word for the drama is "dumb," says David Edelstein.

Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

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The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Terry Gross. Originally broadcast June 30, 2014.

On YouTube, A Global Archive Of Daily Life, Both Humble And Transcendent

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The video-sharing website is now 10 years old. YouTube estimates that each day 432,000 hours of video gets posted on the service: a stunning record of our current civilization.

The Story Behind Mark Ronson's Hit Song 'Uptown Funk'

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The producer says there was a moment when his co-writers thought, "Maybe this song wasn't meant to be." He also describes working with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars.