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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. Each week, nearly 4.5 million people listen to the show's intimate conversations broadcast on more than 450 National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network.

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 is produced at WHYY-FM in Philadelphia and broadcast nationally by NPR.

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Music Reviews
11:03 am
Tue July 21, 2015

'Sonic Trickster' Miguel Blends Genres And Melodies On 'Wildheart'

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 6:48 pm

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Movie Interviews
11:03 am
Tue July 21, 2015

A Downtrodden LA Corner Inspires Comedy And Friendship In 'Tangerine'

Actress Mya Taylor and director Sean Baker collaborated on the film Tangerine, a comedy about a friendship between transgender sex workers in Los Angeles' unofficial red-light district.
Rebecca Cabage AP

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 6:48 pm

When film director Sean Baker moved to Los Angeles three years ago, he found himself drawn to one of the city's most infamous intersections. The corner of Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard is "an unofficial red light district," Baker tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But Baker's interest in the area went beyond the usual transactions: "I thought there must be some incredible stories that take place on that corner."

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Music
10:31 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Revisiting The Career Of Gospel-Singer-Turned-Hit-Maker Garnet Mimms

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Movie Interviews
10:31 am
Mon July 20, 2015

At 76, Actor Ian McKellen Embodies An Older Sherlock In 'Mr. Holmes'

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Fresh Air Weekend
8:55 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow; Jason Isbell; Ta-Nehisi Coates

Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, stars Schumer as a woman who lives her life without apologies.
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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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Movie Reviews
12:13 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

In 'Trainwreck', A Screwball Comedy Fades To Family-Values Formulaic

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Author Interviews
12:13 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

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Movie Interviews
2:00 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow Talk Storytelling, Commitment And Spooning

Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, stars Schumer as a woman who lives her life without apologies.
Mary Cybulski Universal Pictures

Comedian Amy Schumer is — by her own admission — an oversharer. Whether she's talking about one-night stands or drinking habits, she has a tendency to bare all.

In 2011, Schumer's blend of honesty and humor caught the attention of director Judd Apatow, who heard her being interviewed on the radio by Howard Stern.

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Commentary
12:36 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Tracing The Origin Of The Campaign Promise To 'Tell It Like It Is'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has promised to "tell it like it is" during his presidential campaign.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 3:50 pm

"I tell it like it is." Chris Christie made this his campaign slogan. Donald Trump repeats it whenever he's challenged on something he has said. And Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Rick Santorum have said the same thing. It's the conventional pledge of candor, or what passes for it in American public life.

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Author Interviews
12:26 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

'Cartel' Author Spins A Grand Tale Of Mexico's Drug Wars

In 2013, residents of some towns in western Mexico took up arms in an effort to defend their villages against drug gangs.
Marco Ugarte AP

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 1:42 pm

Novelist Don Winslow has spent 10 years immersed in the Mexican drug wars. He has studied all the players, from the lowly traffickers to the kingpins who head up the cartels. One of the characters in his new novel, The Cartel, is based on drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo, who escaped from a Mexican prison over the weekend.

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