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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.

'Maps To The Stars': Either The Funniest Horror Movie, Or The Most Horrific Comedy

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In the film about a toxic Hollywood, John Cusack plays a self-help guru whose clients include Julianne Moore. It's full of anxious shoptalk and name dropping, druggy kids and druggier grown-ups.

Fresh Air Remembers Former Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

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Hesburgh died Thursday. He was 97. He was an author, theologian and activist who took on the Vatican over issues of academic freedom. Hesburgh spoke with Terry Gross in 1990.

From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

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Colson Whitehead's book, now out in paperback, was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker. It's a sharp observational tale of poker: those who play it and how it changed him.

'Battle Creek' Has The Flavor Of A TV Throwback From An Earlier Age

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The new CBS show about two very mismatched investigative partners plays like a comedy. The characters are complicated and surprising, and the dialogue is crisp and quick. It's "a lot of fun to watch."

From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

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"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.

Mavericks' Singer Raul Malo Restlessly Explores Genres

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In the band's latest album Mono, Malo demonstrates how he likes to make music that confounds the usual expectations of what a country hit-maker can do.

A Hard Look At The Risks Of Transporting Oil On Rail Tanker Cars

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Marcus Stern has spent the past year investigating the practice in collaboration with the Nation Institute's Investigative Fund. Recent accidents show cars aren't built to carry so much oil, he says.

The World Loves The Smartphone. So How About A Smart Home?

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The ultimate smart-home vision is a home that basically runs itself, from coffee makers to washing machines. But we're not there yet: The real world is a hard place for little computers to operate in.

After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

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In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.

Fair Warning: Watch One 'Foyle's War' Episode, And You'll Want To Watch Them All

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The British series is set during and after World War II. Detective Foyle tackles crimes connected to the war — murder and spying, black markets and profiteering. It's "terrifically entertaining."

How The Man Behind The Trailers Sparks An Urge To See A Movie

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Mark Woollen has created trailers for many Oscar-nominated films, including Boyhood, The Theory of Everything and Birdman. He talks about how he crafts an audience's first glimpse of a film.

Victorian Romance Meets 'House Of Cards' In 'Mr. And Mrs. Disraeli'

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Daisy Hay's new book is a joint biography of 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and his wife, Mary Anne, whose fortune and status as a gentile helped boost her husband's career.

Prisoners Of War And Ojibwe Reservation Make Unlikely Neighbors In 'Prudence'

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Native American writer David Treuer bases the World War II camp for German prisoners on a real-life one that existed near the village of Bena, Minn., on the Leech Lake Reservation where he grew up.

Fresh Air Weekend: Writer Richard Price And 'The New Yorker's David Remnick

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The author of Clockers and others talks about his latest, The Whites; Editor David Remnick looks back on tough decisions he's made as The New Yorker turns 90.

In These Six 'Wild Tales,' Humans Morph Into Destructive Forces Of Nature

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The Argentinean film co-produced by Pedro Almodovar is up for an Oscar for best foreign language film. It features a drunk teenager who runs over a woman and an angry bride at a glitzy Jewish wedding.