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This one-hour program features Terry Gross' in-depth interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures, as well as distinguished experts on current affairs and news.
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Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:24pm

Meyers is hosting the Emmys Monday. In April, he told Fresh Air why he left Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon in February. Originally broadcast April 23.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'The Simpsons' And Author Stephan Eirik Clark

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 8:03am

Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with The Simpsons' creator, writers and actors ahead of the show's marathon on FXX. Author Stephan Eirik Clark talks about his new novel Sweetness #9.

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Werner Herzog Talks About Madmen And Caves In Interviews From 'Fresh Air' Archives

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:10pm

Werner Herzog talked with Fresh Air in 1998 about his volatile relationship with actor Klaus Kinski, who died in 1991. In 2011, Herzog discussed the documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

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Benjamin Booker Is Raw, Yet Disciplined On Debut Album

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 1:34pm

The 25-year-old guitarist-singer-songwriter has already served as an opening act on Jack White's recent tour, and he may be ready for headliner status.

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Werner Herzog's Audacious Early Films Showcased In New Boxed Collection

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 1:31pm

The 71-year-old German filmmaker made daring movies in the 1970s that pushed viewers into unsettling mental spaces. The tremendous boxed set Herzog: The Collection highlights his authentic style.

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Drawn To Conflict, Journalist James Foley 'Loved Telling These Stories'

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:34pm

Foley was held hostage in Syria for nearly two years before he was killed by his captors. GlobalPost co-founder Phil Balboni tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his efforts to win Foley's release.

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Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:01pm

In his first graphic novel, Jules Feiffer, 85, has returned to the seedy comic strips, hard boiled novels and B movies of his youth. Maureen Corrigan says it's "a mulligan stew of murder and desire."

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A Sleek And Busy Walk With Jean-Luc Ponty

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:01pm

Before Ponty came to the States, he already had his concept. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the digital reissue of Sunday Walk.

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Prepare For 'The Simpsons' Marathon With Interviews From The 'Fresh Air' Archives

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:29pm

Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with the show's creator, writers and actors.

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Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:01pm

In his new memoir Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors, and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Former Vermont Sen. James Jeffords

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:58pm

Jeffords died Monday at the age of 80. In 2001, the moderate Republican decided to switch to an independent, tipping control to the Democrats. At the time, he explained his decision to Terry Gross.

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With Both Farce And Feeling, Currentzis' 'Figaro' Succeeds Magnificently

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:58pm

There are many recordings of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Do we need another?

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Box Set Looks Back On Pioneering '5' Royales

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:38pm

With the release of the 131-track collection Soul and Swagger: The Complete "5" Royales, the group has finally gotten the recognition they deserve.

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Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:35pm

Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book, Proof: The Science of Booze, explores these and other scientific mysteries of alcohol's effect on the body.

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'Sweetness #9' Satirizes Food Wars And Artificial America

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:46pm

The novel is about a flavor chemist who tests a sweetener on lab rats and monkeys and finds side effects the company covers up. Author Stephan Eirik Clark says he was inspired by Fast Food Nation.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Eric Schlosser, Spoon's New Album And 'The Knick' Creators

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 8:03am

Eric Schlosser's discusses his new book Command and Control; Ken Tucker reviews Spoon's They Want My Soul; The Knick creators talk about their new drama set in a New York hospital in 1900.

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At 49, Jamie Moyer's Pitching Career Goes Into Extra Innings

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:11pm

In a new memoir called Just Tell Me I Can't, Moyer explains how he became a better pitcher in his 40s than his 20s. Originally broadcast Oct. 2, 2013.

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In Acting And In Life, Lauren Bacall 'Loved The Idea Of Adventure'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:09pm

Lauren Bacall died Tuesday in New York at the age of 89. In 1994, she talked with Fresh Air about her early career, working with Marilyn Monroe and her intense love affair with Humphrey Bogart.

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A Scientist's Mission To Break The Itch-Scratch Cycle

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:49pm

Dr. Gil Yosipovitch is a leading scientist in the field of itch. He says he hopes to gain more respect for the debilitating power of chronic itch — and to get more doctors on the search for a cure.

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How 'The Knick' Creators Capture Turn-Of-The-Century Operating Scenes

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:49pm

The drama is set in a New York hospital in 1900, when surgeons were developing new techniques. Series creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and medical historian Stanley Burns talk about the show.

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