Fresh Air


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.

Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared

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"The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.

'Merry Widow' Operetta: Stage Versus Screen

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The Metropolitan Opera will be celebrating New Year's Eve with Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow in a new production starring soprano Fleming. But its greatest incarnations have been on film.

In The Life Of 'Olive Kitteridge,' It's The Little Things That Add Up

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The HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand is based on a collection of stories about residents in a small town in Maine. It's about family, friends and the tenuous relationships that make up life.

Taylor Swift: The Peppiest Pop Star We Have Right Now

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1989 sidesteps country music entirely to become Swift's first pure pop album.

Funny, Dirty, Sad: The 'Holy Trinity' For 'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway

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When writer Jill Soloway's father came out as a trans woman, Soloway says, it was a huge relief. And it helped her create the series Transparent about "boundaries, legacy, gender, family."

With New Campaign Finance Rules, You Can't Really Follow The Money

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Campaign finance rules allow some groups to not disclose their donors. The New York Times' Nick Confessore says there could be "influence peddling ... because we can't see the money changing hands."

The Incredible Story Of Chilean Miners Rescued From The 'Deep Down Dark'

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Hector Tobar had exclusive access to the 33 miners to report his new book detailing the claustrophobic horror they faced when they were trapped for 69 days in 2010. The result is a doozy.

The Mysterious Case of Arthur Conley, Otis Redding's Protege

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Singer Conley had a number of hits before disappearing in the '70s, a few years after his mentor Redding died in a plane crash. So where did he go? To Europe, where he changed his name.

A Candid Memoir From Comedian Amy Poehler? 'Yes Please'

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Poehler joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross to talk about fighting the body image "demon," being a "world-class snooper" and how she was once told that she had a "great face for wigs."

Fresh Air Weekend: Ed Norton, Nostaglic DVD Releases, America's Test Kitchen

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Norton talks about making Birdman; new box-set DVD releases are aimed at baby boomers and Gen X-ers; The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat.

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.