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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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Movie Interviews
1:05 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Chris Rock On Finding The Line Between Funny And 'Too Far'

Chris Rock wrote, directed and stars in Top Five, a film about a standup comedian who is trying to reshape his career.
Ali Paige Goldstein Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 1:52 pm

In the new film Top Five, Chris Rock plays Andre Allen, a standup comedian who has starred in a series of blockbuster comedies as a catchphrase-spewing character called Hammy the Bear.

When Top Five begins, Allen has given up the Hammy movies, given up drinking and is trying to reshape his career with his new dramatic film about a Haitian slave rebellion. Like Allen, Rock says he has had doubts about his own career.

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Art & Design
1:03 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Spanish Artist Francisco Goya On Display In Boston: An Extraordinary Exhibit

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 1:13 pm

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Music
1:03 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Steve Lacy's Monk Quartet, Solo Sax Albums Reissues

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 1:13 pm

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two reissues featuring the late soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy β€” a live recording of a 1963 quartet that only played Thelonious Monk tunes, and later music for solo soprano. Monk was always Lacy's biggest influence.

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:03 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Fresh Air Weekend: Ray Davies, Books For Jazz Lovers And Josh Brolin

In Inherent Vice, Joaquin Phoenix (left) plays a burned-out hippie private eye, while Josh Brolin is a Los Angeles Police Department detective --€” Lt. Detective "Bigfoot" Bjornsen --€” who is investigating a murder and kidnapping case.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 12:56 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:

Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks: "I think if I had been an accomplished songwriter, I wouldn't have written 'You Really Got Me,'" Davies tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Music
4:19 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

A Punk Memoir That Makes The Ordinary Seem Transcendent

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says that one of the best books he's ever read about punk rock is a new memoir by Viv Albertine, one of the founding members of the British punk rock band the Slits. The book, titled Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. chronicles Albertine's life with punk legends such as Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols and Mick Jones of the Clash, on through subsequent careers as a film director and mother.

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Remembrances
4:15 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Fresh Air Remembers British Rock Keyboardist Ian McLagan

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Movie Reviews
1:42 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Prayers And Holy Water Can't Exorcise The Terrifying 'Babadook'

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Book Reviews
3:04 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Set In Appalachia, This Rewarding Story Collection Is 'Rich And Strange'

Ron Rash is a poet, novelist and short-story writer whose 2009 novel Serena was a New York Times bestseller. Rash's signature subject is life in Appalachia, past and present.
Ulf Andersen Courtesy of Ecco

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 3:29 pm

Expect to be good for nothing for a long time after you read Ron Rash. His writing is powerful, stripped down and very still: It takes you to a land apart, psychologically and geographically, since his fiction is set in Appalachia.

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Movie Interviews
3:04 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

After Decades Acting, Josh Brolin Still Wonders If He's 'Good Enough'

In Inherent Vice, Joaquin Phoenix (left) plays a burned-out hippie private eye, while Josh Brolin is a Los Angeles Police Department detective --€” Lt. Detective "Bigfoot" Bjornsen --€” who is investigating a murder and kidnapping case.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 9:34 am

The new film Inherent Vice satirizes overcomplicated detective-story plots by having an especially overcomplicated plot of its own. It's a Paul Thomas Anderson adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel.

"It's so dense," co-star Josh Brolin tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I mean, Pynchon will be following some linear structure, and then suddenly he'll take a big bong hit and go off on some tangent that still, you realize, eventually comes around and actually is connected in various ways."

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Music
1:28 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Three Books For The Jazz Lover On Your List

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:33 pm

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews three jazz books out this holiday seasonβ€”a singer's biography, a pianist's autobiography, and a fat coffee table book. Whitehead says they're all worth a look, though he has a couple of quibbles β€” and also a confession.

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Politics
1:28 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

President Obama And The Courts: A Shift In Balance

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 1:53 pm

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Television
3:15 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Peter Pan's Magic Is In The Pixie Dust

In Peter Pan Live, Christopher Walken plays Captain Hook. David Bianculli says Walken has credibility that should draw people to the live telecast on Thursday.
Virginia Sherwood NBC

NBC devotes all three hours of its prime-time lineup Thursday to a new production of the musical Peter Pan. It will be performed and broadcast live, nearly 60 years after the first live telecast.

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Shots - Health News
2:51 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of 'New Puberty'

Julianna Deardorff (left) is a clinical psychologist and is on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Louise Greenspan is a clinical pediatric endocrinologist at Kaiser Permanente and is on the faculty at University of California, San Francisco.
Majed Abolfazli Courtesy of Rodale Books

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 8:32 am

Many girls are beginning puberty at an early age, developing breasts sooner than girls of previous generations. But the physical changes don't mean the modern girls' emotional and intellectual development is keeping pace.

Two doctors have written a book called The New Puberty that looks at the percentage of girls who are going through early puberty, the environmental, biological and socioeconomic factors that influence when puberty begins, and whether early puberty is linked with an increased risk of breast cancer.

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Author Interviews
2:30 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Historian Illustrates Racial Intolerance In The Northeast In Post-War U.S.

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 2:00 pm

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Remembrances
2:30 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

P.D. James Believed Mysteries Were Made Of Clues, Not Coincidences

British mystery writer P.D. James wrote 18 novels, seven of which were adapted for the public television series Mystery. She died Thursday at the age of 94.
Henny Ray Abrams AP

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 1:32 pm

British mystery author P.D. James wrote 18 crime novels β€” many with shocking, horrible endings. But, in a personal twist, James admitted to Fresh Air in 1987 that she has a deep fear of violence β€” and writing helped her exorcise it.

"I'm frightened of violence; I dislike violence," she told Terry Gross. "I do love good order, good social order, good psychological order. I don't like messy lives."

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:03 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Fresh Air Weekend: A Bob Hope Bio, Christmas Albums And An Accordionist

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 12:02 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:

The Rise And Fall Of Comedian Bob Hope: Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated younger audiences with his political views. "He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long," says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.

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Music Interviews
9:08 am
Fri November 28, 2014

How The Four Seasons Clashed, Dealt With The Mob And Made Lasting Hits

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 1:17 pm

Bob Gaudio wrote most of The Four Seasons' hits, some of which are compiled in a new anthology. He tells Fresh Air about the band's history, including why its songs had some "anger" in them.

Originally broadcast Sept. 9, 2014.

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Music Interviews
9:03 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Marty Stuart: Keeper Of Country Music's Cowboy Couture

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 7:01 am

Out of love and necessity, Stuart has become a country-music historian. "People were throwing things away," he says. "I just took it as a family matter."

Originally broadcast Oct. 1, 2014.

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Music Interviews
4:33 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

The Kinks in 1970.
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 1:19 pm

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Music
2:42 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Four Holiday Goodies, Including 'Christmas At Downton Abbey'

In the record industry, it's not too early to be releasing Christmas albums, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has been listening to a lot of them. He's narrowed down his list of goodies to these four: A Merry Friggin' Christmas soundtrack, Christmas at Downton Abby, Earth Wind and Fire's Holiday and the Living Sisters' Harmony is Real.

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