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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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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.
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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.
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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'

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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8:49am

Thu September 1, 2011
Fresh Food

Julia Child: Bringing French Cuisine To America

Child, who made French cuisine feel accessible to Americans, died in August 2004 at age 91.
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This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 14, 1989.

In a 1987 Fresh Air interview, Julia Child recalls being hooked on French cooking from the very first bite. She made it her passion her life, spending her career guiding American amateurs through the intricacies of French cuisine.

Originally from Pasadena, Calif., Child was in her 30s when she arrived in Paris with her husband, a U.S. diplomat. She signed up for a course at the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris.

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1:36pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Movies

A Graceful Search For 'Higher Ground'

Vera Farmiga plays Corinne Walker, a woman who decides to join and then flee a fundamentalist religious group. The film, directed by Farmiga, is based on Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark World.
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Vera Farmiga's Higher Ground centers on a woman who joins and, after a decade, flees a fundamentalist religious order, but the tone isn't irreverent: The film is flushed with wonder, hope, and, finally, heartbreak. In the memoir on which it's based, This Dark World, writer Carolyn S. Briggs never stops longing for a connection to God.

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8:18am

Wed August 31, 2011
Author Interviews

A 'Stuntman!' Discusses His Death-Defying Feats

Veteran Hollywood stuntman Hal Needham — who turned director for the 1977 hit Smokey and the Bandit — lines up a shot with Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed and Happy the dog.
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This interview was originally broadcast on February 7, 2011

Hal Needham spent most of the 1950s and '60s falling off horses, wrecking stagecoach wagons and falling from really, really high places.

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8:04am

Wed August 31, 2011
Fresh Food

Ruth Reichl: Dining In Disguise And Going 'Gourmet'

Before she took the helm at Gourmet magazine, Ruth Reichl won two James Beard Awards for her work as restaurant critic for The New York Times.
Courtesy Ruth Reichl

Portions of this interview were originally broadcast on June 29, 1998; October 5, 2004 and October 14, 2009.

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8:00am

Wed August 31, 2011
Fresh Food

'Kitchen Science': The Dinner Is In The Details

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This interview was originally broadcast on May 22, 2001.

Eating out has taught many Americans to be knowledgeable about ordering subtle and complex dishes from around the world, but it's left many of us less knowledgeable about how to cook our own food. That's one reason food writer Russ Parsons decided to write How to Read a French Fry: And Other Stories of Intriguing Kitchen Science, his book about the science of cooking.

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8:51am

Tue August 30, 2011
Fresh Food

Bananas: The Uncertain Future Of A Favorite Fruit

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:07 pm

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This interview was originally broadcast on February 18, 2008.

Americans consume more bananas than apples and oranges combined. Dan Koeppel, author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World, gives us a primer on the expansive history — and the endangered future — of this seedless, sexless fruit.

Koeppel traces the ubiquitous yellow fruit back to the Garden of Eden, where, he argues, it, not the apple, was the "forbidden fruit" that Eve offered Adam.

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8:28am

Tue August 30, 2011
Fresh Food

Tube Burgers: The World Of In Vitro Meat

"Can something be called chicken or pork if it was born in a flask and produced in a vat?" asks Michael Spector. "Questions like that have rarely been asked and have never been answered."
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This interview was originally broadcast on May 18, 2011.

Imagine picking up a nice juicy burger and taking a bite, only to find out that the meaty burger you're biting into didn't come from an animal — it was grown in a lab.

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11:41am

Mon August 29, 2011
Music Reviews

Wilhelm Furtwaengler: A Complex German Conductor

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 5:59 am

German conductor and composer Wilhelm Furtwaengler.
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Note: Wilhelm Furtwangler's last name is typically spelled with an umlaut over the 'a' character. The npr website does not support characters with umlauts over characters. A variation of Furtwangler's name without the umlaut is spelled Furtwaengler.

Wilhelm Furtwaengler's name may be hard for Americans to pronounce, but the reason this great conductor isn't so well-remembered here is that he chose to remain in Germany during WWII, though he was never a member of the Nazi Party, and was exonerated by a postwar tribunal.

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9:33am

Mon August 29, 2011
Fresh Food

Brad Bird, Patton Oswalt On Cooking Up 'Ratatouille'

Patton Oswalt is the voice behind Remy the rat, hero of Ratatouille, who likes his cheese avec des oeufs.
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This interview was originally broadcast on June 28, 2007.

In 2007, director Brad Bird and actor Patton Oswalt joined Fresh Air's Terry Gross to talk about their film Ratatouille, Pixar's animated comedy about a foodie rat who becomes a chef in a top Paris kitchen.

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8:24am

Mon August 29, 2011
Fresh Food

Grant Achatz: The Chef Who Couldn't Taste

Alinea's version of pheasant, served with shallot, cider gel and burning oak leaves.
Lara Kastner Alinea

This interview was originally broadcast on March 3, 2011.

A typical 23-course meal at Chicago's Alinea restaurant might include olive oil lollypops, sweet potatoes skewered by smoking cinnamon sticks, strips of bacon hanging from a stainless steel bow, and pheasant tempura-fried with apple cider, impaled on a flaming oak leaf.

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7:48am

Sat August 27, 2011
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: WWI, Tom Perrotta, Rock Music

Clockwise from left to right: cover art for The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta, Battles, cover art for To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild.
St. Martin's Press, courtesy of the artist, Houghton Mifflin

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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9:47am

Fri August 26, 2011
Remembrances

Jerry Leiber: Remembering One Of Rock's Great Songwriters

Jerry Leiber (right) looks over Elvis Presley's shoulder at the sheet music for "Jailhouse Rock" in Los Angeles in 1957. His songwriting partner Mike Stoller stands to the left.
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Jerry Leiber, who wrote some of pop music's most memorable lyrics with his partner Mike Stoller, died Monday. He was 78.

Leiber wrote the lyrics to many of the greatest hits in rock history, including "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Yakety Yak," "Stand By Me" and "Kansas City," which was recorded by almost 100 singers, including The Beatles, Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown and The Everly Brothers.

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