Fresh Air

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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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Shots - Health News
12:35 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Cover art from Stoned.
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Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 8:25 am

A year and a half ago, Dr. David Casarett did not take medical marijuana very seriously. "When I first started this project, I really thought of medical marijuana as a joke," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Book Reviews
12:14 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Jason Isbell's 'Something More Than Free' Rings With The Promise of Joy

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 3:47 pm

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Author Interviews
10:59 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates On Police Brutality, The Confederate Flag And Forgiveness

Ta-Nehisi Coates is national correspondent for The Atlantic. He is also the author of The Beautiful Struggle.
Nina Subin Random House

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 1:52 pm

Growing up in West Baltimore, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates was no stranger to violence. "Everyone had lost a child, somehow, to the streets, to jail, to drugs, to guns," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Coates' new book, Between the World and Me, is an effort to protect his son from the same threats he experienced as a youth. Written in the form of a letter, Coates draws on history as well as personal experience to discuss the different forms of violence young African-Americans face on the street, in school and from the police.

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Book Reviews
10:59 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Harper Lee's 'Watchman' Is A Mess That Makes Us Reconsider A Masterpiece

Cover detail from Go Set a Watchman.
Harper

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 12:11 pm

As another Southern writer once said, "You can't go home again." In Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, which takes place in the mid-1950s, a 26-year-old Scout Finch takes the train from New York City home to Maycomb, Ala., and finds the familiar world turned mighty strange.

TV and air-conditioning have changed the landscape, and beloved childhood friends like Dill and her brother Jem have vanished. Others, like Calpurnia, look at Scout, here called by her grown-up name of "Jean Louise," as though she were, well, a white lady.

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:17 am
Sat July 11, 2015

A Big-Hearted, 'Tangerine' Vision Of LA's Crime-Riddled Streets

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (left) and Mya Taylor (right) (shown here with James Ransone) play transgender sex workers in Tangerine.
Augusta Quirk Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 4:27 am

When Tangerine premiered six months ago at the Sundance Film Festival, it quickly became known as "the movie that was shot entirely on a smartphone." It's the sort of talking point that makes Sean Baker's raw and exuberant ensemble comedy seem a lot more gimmicky than it really is, and it doesn't begin to account for how gorgeous the movie looks.

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:17 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Freeing Amy Winehouse From Her Tabloid Legacy

Amy Winehouse performs at London's Music of Black Origin Awards in 2007.
Jo Hale Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 9:56 am

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Music Reviews
10:39 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Duke Ellington's 'Plank Session' Offers Snapshots Of A Jazz Master At Work

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 12:09 pm

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Author Interviews
10:39 am
Fri July 10, 2015

The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 12:09 pm

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Politics
10:20 am
Thu July 9, 2015

From DOMA To Marriage Equality: How The Tide Turned For Gay Marriage

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Movie Reviews
10:20 am
Thu July 9, 2015

'Tangerine', A Teeny-Budget Comedy That Packs An Emotional Wallop

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