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Fresh Air opens the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics. Terry Gross hosts this multi-award-winning daily interview and features program. The veteran public radio interviewer is known for her extraordinary ability to engage guests of all dispositions. Every weekday she delights intelligent and curious listeners with revelations on contemporary societal concerns.

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4:56am

Sat September 17, 2011
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Justified' And 'Up All Night'

Clockwise from top: Margo Martindale in Justified; Will Arnett in Up All Night.
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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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9:46am

Fri September 16, 2011
Author Interviews

Allison Pearson's 'Love' Letter To Keith Partridge

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 23, 2011. I Think I Love You is now available in paperback.

When writer Allison Pearson was growing up in Wales in the mid-1970s, she thought she knew exactly what it would take to woo David Cassidy, the teen idol who played Keith in The Partridge Family.

The color brown. And lots of it.

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4:33pm

Thu September 15, 2011
Movie Reviews

A Twisty, Brutal 'Drive' For A Level-Headed Hero

The Fast Lane: A Hollywood stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) earns a little extra by driving getaway cars by night.
Richard Foreman FilmDistrict

The hero of Drive is called "Driver" because that's what he does, and in a thriller this self-consciously existential, what he does is who he is.

He's played by Ryan Gosling as a kind of anti-blowhard. He's taciturn, watchful, cool. He works as a mechanic and sometimes a Hollywood driving stuntman. He also drives getaway cars with astonishing proficiency and a computer-like knowledge of L.A. surface streets, holding a matchstick between his teeth as if to keep his mouth from moving, and his feelings under wraps.

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8:00am

Thu September 15, 2011
The Fresh Air Interview

The Fresh Air Interview: Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe
Dan Burn-Forti

Nick Lowe's songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke and Diana Ross, to name just a few. But the English singer-songwriter, who wrote the hits "Cruel to Be Kind" and "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding," doesn't only write songs.

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10:11am

Wed September 14, 2011
Television

Arnett's Newborn Sitcom Keeps Him 'Up All Night'

Actor Will Arnett was recently nominated for an Emmy for his guest-starring role on 30 Rock. He has also appeared in several movies, including Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, Ratatouille and Hot Rod.
Matt Sayles AP

On the new NBC sitcom Up All Night, actor Will Arnett plays a new dad who decides to put his law career on hold and stay at home with his newborn daughter while his wife, played by Christina Applegate, goes back to work.

Adjusting to being a dad on screen wasn't hard for Arnett, he says, mainly because he has two young kids at home. What was harder, he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, was explaining to his 2.5-year-old son what it meant to have a "TV wife" and "TV baby."

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10:02am

Wed September 14, 2011
Children's Health

How To Help Your Child's Brain Grow Up Strong

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Babies may look helpless but as soon as they come into the world, they're able to do a number of important things. They can recognize faces and moving objects. They're attracted to language. And from very early on, they can differentiate their mother from other humans.

"They really come equipped to learn about the world in a way that wasn't appreciated until recently," says neuroscientist Dr. Sandra Aamodt. "It look scientists a long time to realize that their brains are doing some very complicated things."

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11:40am

Tue September 13, 2011
Music Reviews

Low Cut Connie: Contagious, Low-Brow Fun

Low Cut Connie
Emad Hasan courtesy of the artist

It becomes clear early on that Low Cut Connie are a bunch of talented musicians who pride themselves on their low-down, low-rent, low-minded methods and instincts. They like to sing about intercourse, inebriation, and an inability to have a good time. Recorded for what sounds like a suitably low budget, Low Cut Connie benefits mightily from the buzzsaw yowl of Adam Weiner.

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8:58am

Tue September 13, 2011
Theater

'Porgy And Bess,' Adapted For Modern Times

Laquita Mitchell as Bess and Alfred Walker as Porgy in the Tanglewood production of Porgy and Bess.
Hilary Scott BSO

George Gershwin called Porgy and Bess an "American folk opera." It was his most ambitious undertaking. And, from the very beginning, it was a source of intense controversy. Could it be a true opera if it combined operatic arias, duets and sung dialogue with vaudeville numbers like "I Got Plenty o' Nuthin'" and "It Ain't Necessarily So"? Are its characters the mythic archetypes Gershwin intended, or just stereotypes? Some of its own performers had their doubts.

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10:15am

Mon September 12, 2011
Television

No Must-Sees In Fall Crop Of Network TV

Ashton Kutcher (center) replaces Charlie Sheen on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, which also stars Angus T. Jones (left), and Jon Cryer.
Matt Hoyle CBS/Warner Brothers

For the second year in a row, the new shows served up by the broadcast TV networks are dull and disappointing — not a great new program in the bunch. There are a pair of terrific new series on the horizon, on cable. But the entire fall TV season concept has been defined and dominated by broadcast television for half a century now — and though that changes a little each year, it's still the biggest game in town, with the most viewers and the most attention.

So here we go again.

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10:15am

Mon September 12, 2011
Television

Margo Martindale: A 'Justified' Moonshine Matriarch

Margo Martindale is Mags Bennett, a charmingly villainous moonshiner in the FX series Justified. For her performance, Martindale drew on her roots in East Texas and Kentucky. "It's all part of my makeup. It's something I really understand," she says.
Prashant Gupta FX

In the FX series Justified, Timothy Olyphant plays Raylan Givens, a U.S. marshal transferred from the sunny skies of Miami to his former home in the backwoods of Kentucky. In those Kentucky hills, Givens encounters a slew of unsavory characters, including Mags Bennett, a moonshine-making Appalachian matriarch of a law-defying hillbilly family.

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8:36am

Sat September 10, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Fresh Air Weekend: Remembering Sept. 11

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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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8:34am

Fri September 9, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

A Military Clarinet Quartet Commemorates Sept. 11

The Bay State Winds.
U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty

The Bay State Winds, the clarinet quartet of the Air Force Band of Liberty, plays music ranging from patriotic songs to Bach to Broadway. The three clarinetists and one bass clarinetist who make up the group routinely play for community members and troops both stateside and overseas.

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10:25am

Thu September 8, 2011
Country

Glen Campbell's 'Canvas,' A Moving Farewell Album

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In the liner notes to his new album, Ghost on the Canvas, Glen Campbell writes that this is "the last studio record of new songs I ever plan to make." Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, and intends to perform a farewell tour before retiring from the music industry.

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9:39am

Wed September 7, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

No Language Legacy: Where's The Sept. 11 Vocab?

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Geoff Nunberg, the linguist contributor on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, is the author of the book The Years of Talking Dangerously.

They were instant cliches, but they needed saying anyway. September 11 was our Pearl Harbor. It would change the way we think and create a new normal. It defined a generation. And from the beginning, people looked to the language to bear witness to how utterly differently we were seeing the world.

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8:00am

Wed September 7, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

NYC Firefighters Share Memories From Ground Zero

Ken Haskell is a second-generation New York City firefighter. He is an expert in rescue techniques. Haskell lost two brothers — also firefighters — in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
Courtesy Ken Haskell

Ken Haskell, a second-generation firefighter, was off-duty and planning to work on some home reconstruction projects on Sept. 11, 2001. His brothers Timmy and Tom, also New York City firefighters, were both working that day. Both Timmy and Tom went to the World Trade Center and died when the towers collapsed.

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10:00am

Mon September 5, 2011
Music Reviews

Deep Blue Organ Trio Jazzes Up Stevie Wonder

Originally published on Tue September 6, 2011 6:34 am

Organist Chris Foreman plays at the Green Mill Tavern in Chicago.
Courtesy of the artist

Deep Blue Organ Trio is a Chicago institution; it's been together since the early 1990s, and for the last eight years, it's held forth at Uptown's Green Mill Tavern most every Tuesday night. The trio's new album Wonderful! is devoted to Stevie Wonder tunes.

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6:37am

Sat September 3, 2011
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: The A&P, Alice Waters, Music

Clockwise from left to right: Alice Waters; the cover of John Doe's album Keeper; historical image of an A&P store in Somerset, Ohio.
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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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8:49am

Fri September 2, 2011
Music Interviews

The Couple Behind Some Of Hollywood's Classic Tunes

This interview was originally broadcast on August 21, 2007. The Bergmans' album Lyrically was released in 2007.

Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett and even Fred Astaire have all recorded their songs: Husband and wife Marilyn and Alan Bergman have been writing irresistible music together for 50 years.

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9:55am

Thu September 1, 2011
Fresh Food

Mark Bittman Explains 'How To Cook Everything'

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Mark Bittman explains how to make more than 2,000 vegetarian recipes in How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian. "We raise animals now in what can only be called an industrial fashion," he says — and hopes the book encourages people to cut back on their meat consumption.
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This interview was originally broadcast on Jan. 10, 2008.

Mark Bittman is the king of tweaking recipes. His long-running "Minimalist" column in The New York Times explained how to adjust simple recipes to their liking — with minimal time, effort and ingredients. His best-selling cookbooks How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian demonstrate how a few simple rules can be applied to most ingredients you have in the pantry.

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9:31am

Thu September 1, 2011
Fresh Food

Unlocking The Mysteries Of Good Cooking

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 21, 2010.

Harold McGee's best-seller On Food and Cooking has become a reference tool for many home chefs. The book details the science behind cooking techniques and explains the history behind some of our most popular food items. Among other things, McGee explains why peppers are hot, why seafood gets mushy if you cook it incorrectly, and the best ways to make mayonnaise.

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