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Terry Gross

Opening the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics. 

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Podcasts

  • Thursday, May 28, 2015 3:00pm
    The British-born Nigerian actor talks about playing an American veteran in 'Nightingale,' the reasons he stays in character for weeks at a time and his aversion to playing "the black best friend."
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015 3:00pm
    Critic John Powers returns from the Cannes Film Festival to talk about this year's new international films. Top among his picks is 'The Assassin,' a martial arts film by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien. In her memoir 'Whatever ... Love is Love,' Bello describes the evolution of her "modern family," which includes her romantic partner (a woman), her adolescent son and her son's father.
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 3:00pm
    In his memoir 'Do No Harm,' Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness. Lloyd Schwartz has an appreciation of the 'Decca Sound.'
  • Monday, May 25, 2015 3:00pm
    For Philip Glass, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass' memoir, 'Words Without Music,' looks back on his childhood, travels and music. Originally broadcast April 6, 2015.
  • Friday, May 22, 2015 7:00pm
    The WTF host asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up. Rob Burnett started working with David Letterman as an intern in 1985. He talks with Terry Gross about the absurd and somber moments of his three-decade tenure with the 'Late Show.'

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Movie Interviews
1:33 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

David Oyelowo On Acting, His Royal Roots And The One Role He Won't Take

David Oyelowo plays an American Army veteran living with his mother in HBO's Nightingale.
HBO

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 9:06 am

If actor David Oyelowo projects a regal air, it's one he comes by naturally. Born in England to Nigerian parents, Oyelowo's father had always told him that theirs was a royal family, a claim the actor initially discounted.

"I was like, 'Yeah, whatever,' " Oyelowo tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But then the family moved back to Nigeria, where they lived on a street named after his family, and the actor realized that his father had not been joking.

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Author Interviews
12:24 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

For Actress Maria Bello, Family May Be Complicated, But 'Love Is Love'

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 4:25 pm

Maria Bello is famous for her roles on television's ER and in films like Coyote Ugly and A History of Violence, but her new book is about her life off-screen. Whatever ... Love is Love is a memoir about family and relationships that expands on a column Bello wrote in 2013 for The New York Times.

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Movie Reviews
12:24 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

A Critic Takes On Cannes: Highlights (And Lowlights) Of The 2015 Festival

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Shots - Health News
1:37 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain

Thomas Dunne Books

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 3:59 pm

Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh has opened heads, cut into brains and performed the most delicate and risky surgeries on the part of the body that controls everything — including breathing, movement, memory and consciousness.

"What is, I think, peculiar about brain surgery is it's so dangerous," Marsh tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "A very small area of damage to the brain can cause catastrophic disability for the patient."

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Music Reviews
1:33 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Revisiting The Crystal Clarity Created By The 'Decca Sound' Revolution

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 1:40 pm

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Interviews
12:25 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. I hope you’ve been having a good Memorial Day weekend. Today, we’re going to hear my recently-recorded interview with composer Philip Glass.

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Fresh Air Weekend
10:13 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Marc Maron Interviews Terry Gross, Letterman's Producer

Terry Gross and Marc Maron took the stage at WNYC's RadioLoveFest on May 6. During their conversation, Gross says, Maron "occasionally looked a little nervous or frustrated when he thought I was unforthcoming — or worse yet, being dull --€” but mostly, he looked emotionally present, curious and attentive."
Rebecca Greenfield Brooklyn Academy of Music

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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Movie Reviews
3:21 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

The Future Is Bright In The Time-And-Space Twisting 'Tomorrowland'

Casey (Britt Robertson) experiences a fantastic futuristic world in Tomorrowland.
Disney

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 4:34 pm

Much of Brad Bird's Disney sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland is terrific fun, but it's one of the strangest family movies I've seen: Bird's not just making a case for hope, he's making a furious, near-hysterical case against anti-hope.

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Interviews
3:20 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

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Television
3:01 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Letterman Signs Off, With A Heartfelt Guest-Filled Finale

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