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Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. The show is well known for Terry's interesting and intimate conversations with a wide variety of guests.

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Music Reviews
3:25 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Dawes' New Album Grapples With Regret Without Getting You Down

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This is FRESH AIR. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of the new fourth album from the band Dawes called "All Your Favorite Bands." The California quartet is led by lead vocalist and main songwriter Taylor Goldsmith.

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It's All Politics
3:15 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Fueled By Fear, How Richard Nixon Became 'One Man Against The World'

In his new book One Man Against the World, Tim Weiner explores some of the questions surrounding the presidency of Richard Nixon, pictured above in the Oval Office on Feb. 19, 1970.
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Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 4:52 pm

Richard Nixon's presidency has always been one surrounded by questions and controversy: Why did he wiretap his own aides and diplomats? Why did he escalate the war in Vietnam? Why did he lie about his war plans to his secretary of defense and secretary of state? What were the Watergate burglars searching for, and why did Nixon tape conversations that included incriminating evidence?

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Fresh Air Weekend
11:06 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Inside Out,' Shamir Bailey And 'The End Of Plenty'

The new animated Disney/Pixar film Inside Out takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl ā€” a mind controlled by five emotions, each voiced by a different actor. From left: Sadness, Anger, Fear (behind Anger), Disgust and Joy.
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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Remembrances
11:42 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Listen Back To A 1990 Interview With Actor Christopher Lee

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 1:43 pm

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Music Reviews
11:42 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Michael Gibbs And Bill Frisell Team Up On A New Big Band Record

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 1:43 pm

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Movie Reviews
11:42 am
Fri June 12, 2015

A 'Wolfpack' Of Brothers Who Met The World Through Movies

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 1:43 pm

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Pop Culture
1:37 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

What's A Thamakau? Spelling Bee Is More About Entertainment Than English

Nathan J. Marcisz of Marion, Ind., focuses intently as he spells a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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We English-speakers take a perverse pride in the orneriness of our spelling, which is one reason why the spelling bee has been a popular entertainment since the 19th century. It's fun watching schoolchildren getting difficult words right. It can be even more entertaining to watch literate adults getting them wrong.

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Music Reviews
1:28 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Shamir Bailey Invites Everyone In, With Plenty Of Pop Star Potential

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Politics
1:28 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Journalist Explores How Conservative Allies Paved Way For Walker's Candidacy

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Movie Interviews
2:27 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out'

The new animated Disney/Pixar film Inside Out takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl ā€” a mind controlled by five emotions, each voiced by a different actor. From left: Sadness, Anger, Fear (behind Anger), Disgust and Joy.
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Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 3:14 pm

Why do songs get stuck in your head? Where did that weird dream come from last night? The new Disney Pixar film Inside Out takes an animated peek into the inner workings of our minds.

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Pop Culture
2:27 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

For Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, Getting Personal Is Complicated

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Nanjiani moved to the U.S. for college and stayed to pursue his comedy career. He stars in the HBO series Silicon Valley, now ending its second season. The new season of his Comedy Central show, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, premieres June 30.
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Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 4:02 pm

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Music Interviews
2:14 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Remembering Les Paul, On What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday

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Author Interviews
2:14 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

India's 1947 Partition And The 'Deadly Legacy' That Persists To This Day

British Maj. T.J. Monaghan (left) and Pvt. H. Farabrother of the Inniskilling Regiment of Northern Ireland, walk through wreckage after riots destroyed parts of the Punjab suburb of Amritsar, India, in March 1947.
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Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 3:49 pm

Mahatma Gandhi, who used passive resistance in the fight for Indian independence, is known worldwide as a symbol of peace. But Americans know much less about the violence that erupted when the British pulled out of India in 1947.

After Muslim leaders demanded their own state, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs attacked each other in riots and massacres. In his new book, Midnight's Furies, Nisid Hajari explores the partition that created Pakistan as a separate state, the violence surrounding the partition and why those tensions persist to this day.

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Book Reviews
1:26 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Bombs Blast And Time Marches On In 'A God In Ruins'

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Music Reviews
1:26 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

New Release Brings Overdue Recognition For Soul Singer Jackie Moore

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 2:20 pm

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Books
1:26 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

As Global Population Grows, Is The Earth Reaching The 'End Of Plenty'?

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Interviews
9:03 am
Sat June 6, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Carey Mulligan, The Apple Watch, A Neurosurgeon's Memoir

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Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 12:49 pm

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Theater
1:10 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

'Gershwins And Me' Tells The Stories Behind 12 Songs

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This is FRESH AIR. Iā€™m David Bianculli sitting in for Terry Gross.

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RUDY VALLEE: When you work with your brother Ira, which comes first, the words or the music?

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Movie Reviews
3:37 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

In 'Spy', Melissa McCarthy Shines Amid Crude Jokes And Chase Scenes

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Shots - Health News
2:55 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Pregnant Women With Depression Face Tough Choices, No Easy Answers

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Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 3:37 pm

Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can be harmful to the developing fetus. Pregnant women who suffer from serious depression face a difficult dilemma: Should they continue taking medication and risk unknown side-effects to the fetus, or go through their pregnancies trying to handle their depression without medication?

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