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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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9:43am

Wed September 21, 2011
Book Reviews

Roger Ebert: A Critic Reflects On 'Life Itself'

Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago in January 2011.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP Photo

You can divide famous people into two broad categories. Those who find fame a burden and those who take it like a tonic. Roger Ebert is one of the latter. That rarest of creatures — a film critic everyone knows — he really enjoys being Roger Ebert.

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6:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Your Health

Becoming Mindful Of Medical Decision Making

Sean Locke iStockphoto.com

Whether making life-or-death decisions — or simply choosing a drug — we're flooded with information and conflicting advice. Doctors, the media, statistics, guidelines, family members and Internet strangers can all weigh in on the best medications to take or the most effective treatment options.

So how do you pick the best one?

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10:13am

Tue September 20, 2011
Book Reviews

'The Swerve': Ideas That Rooted The Renaissance

The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt.

The latest distress signal being sounded on the chat sites I share with my bookish friends is that IKEA is about to introduce an updated version of its classic BILLY bookcase — some 10 of which totter to overflowing in my own basement. Anticipating "the death of the book," IKEA has redesigned the good old BILLY with deeper shelves and glass doors, thus transforming it from a bookcase into a tchotchke cabinet.

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10:09am

Tue September 20, 2011
Author Interviews

'Confidence Men': Ron Suskind On White House Woes

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 9:00 am

President Obama meets with advisers at an economic meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 15, 2009. Participants include National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Council of Economic Advisers Chairwoman Christina Romer, senior adviser David Axelrod, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and adviser Gene Sperling.
Pete Souza White House

A new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind paints an unflattering picture of rivalries and dysfunction within President Obama's first economic team — rivalries that Suskind says then slowed the administration's response to the financial crisis.

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9:55am

Tue September 20, 2011
Author Interviews

This Pig Wants To Party: Maurice Sendak's Latest

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:24 am

Bumble-ardy, the latest from author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, is dark and deeply imaginative, much like his classic works Where the Wild Things Are and In The Night Kitchen.

Bumble-ardy is an orphaned pig, who has reached the age of 9 without ever having a birthday party. He tells his Aunt Adeline that he would like to have a party for his ninth birthday, so Aunt Adeline plans a quiet birthday dinner for two. But Bumble-ardy instead decides to throw a large costume party for himself after his aunt leaves for work — and mayhem ensues.

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9:28am

Mon September 19, 2011
Television

'Breaking Bad': Vince Gilligan On Meth And Morals

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan received a BFA in film production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. To make his meth-making drama realistic, Gilligan seeks guidance from chemists and former drug dealers.
Ursula Coyote AMC

The AMC drama Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who has fallen into some financial trouble. When White learns he has terminal lung cancer, something inside him snaps, and he decides to use his familiarity with lab equipment to provide for his medical expenses as well as his family's future: He teams up with a former student, played by Aaron Paul, and starts dealing crystal meth.

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9:28am

Mon September 19, 2011
Television

Aaron Paul: 'Breaking Bad' Dealer Isn't Dead ... Yet

Aaron Paul plays a meth-making drug dealer on the AMC drama Breaking Bad. He also played a recurring character on the HBO series Big Love.
Ursula Coyote AMC

Vince Gilligan's AMC drama Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as a high school chemistry teacher named Walter White who turns to dealing drugs after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. White's partner-in-crime throughout the series is his former student Jesse Pinkman, played by actor Aaron Paul.

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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.
Prashant Gupta/FX; Trae Patton/NBC

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

Surfdog

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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