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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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Sat August 6, 2011
NPR Story

Fresh Air Weekend: Interrupters, Serkis, Pop Music

Clockwise from top left: Andy Serkis, Ameena Matthews, Fountains of Wayne.
Dan Steinberg/AP; Aaron Wickenden/Kartemquin Films;

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Fresh Air Weekend emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. On this weekend's show:

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Fri August 5, 2011
Author Interviews

The Rise And Fall Of Gangster Al Capone

Al Capone

This interview was originally broadcast on Aug. 9, 2010. 'Get Capone' is now available in paperback.

In Get Capone, writer Jonathan Eig takes us back to the roaring '20s in Chicago, when cops and judges were on the take — and unsolved murders piled up by the dozens every year.

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Thu August 4, 2011
Music Reviews

Fountains Of Wayne: Pop For Summer's Warm Intensity

From left to right, Chris Collingwood, Brian Young, Adam Schlesinger and Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne.
Yep Roc

There's a dreamy summer breeze wafting through much of Sky Full of Holes, as though Fountains of Wayne wanted to make its new album synch up with the season. And, just as this summer has been hotter than many recent ones, there's also a warm intensity to many of the songs, such as the album's first single, "Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart."

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Thu August 4, 2011
Movie Interviews

Serkis: Playing Virtual Parts On The Big Screen

Andy Serkis plays Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Caesar is entirely computer-generated.
WETA Twentieth Century Fox Productions

Actor Andy Serkis is Hollywood's go-to actor for playing computer-generated characters. In The Lord of the Rings, he supplied the voice, facial expressions, body language and physical movements for his character Gollum in front of a green screen, so that visual effects artists could later animate his performance. He also played the title role in Peter Jackson's 2005 King Kong remake, worked with video game developers on the 2007 Playstation game Heavenly Sword and will appear in the upcoming The Adventures of Tintin.

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Thu August 4, 2011
Movie Interviews

The Making Of 'King Kong': Screams, Score And More

This interview was originally broadcast on December 13, 1999.

There are many things that make the 1933 movie King Kong great — the special effects, the image of the giant ape climbing the Empire State Building, Fay Wray's screams — and the score, composed by Max Steiner.

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Mon August 1, 2011
Music Reviews

New Releases Showcase Lieberson's Vocal Talent


In the liner notes to a new CD of two live concerts by Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, the director Stephen Wadsworth, who worked with her, writes what a lot of people who loved her and cherished her singing must also feel. "Her work has such immediacy," he writes, "is so alive, that I even dread hearing her sometimes, because it makes me miss her and feel the just plain awfulness of her absence."

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Mon August 1, 2011
Movie Interviews

Gang 'Interrupters' Fight Chicago's Cycle Of Violence

Ameena Matthews, a violence interrupter with the Chicago organization CeaseFire, mediates disputes to prevent gang violence from escalating.
Aaron Wickenden Kartemquin Films

For 11 years, former gang members in Chicago have entered dangerous neighborhoods in the city and staged group interventions for at-risk youth, in an effort to try to stop the cycle of retaliatory gang violence that plagues the city's western and southern neighborhoods.

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Mon October 5, 2009
Music Interviews

Rosanne Cash Runs Down Her Father's 'List'

Also an author, Rosanne Cash is working on a non-fiction book. She has previously written Bodies of Water and a children's book, Penelope Jane: A Fairy's Tale.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

When Rosanne Cash was 18, her father (you may have heard of him; some call him the Man in Black) presented her with a gift: a list of 100 essential country songs, chosen to help the budding singer-songwriter connect with and better understand the music that came before her.

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