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Terry Gross

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  • Monday, July 27, 2015 3:00pm
    Barry Crimmins mentored Bobcat Goldthwait when they were up-and-coming comics in the '80s. 'Call Me Lucky,' directed by Goldthwait, details their relationship — and the sexual abuse Crimmins suffered as a child. Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue from jazz flutist Sam Most.
  • Friday, July 24, 2015 7:00pm
    In 'Southpaw,' Gyllenhaal plays a boxer who grew up in foster care and is struggling to be a father to his daughter. He also discusses his roles in 'Donnie Darko,' 'Nightcrawler,' and working with Heath Ledger. Director Sean Baker wanted to make a film about L.A.'s transgender sex workers, but first he needed to find someone who knew that world well. Then he met Mya Taylor, and together they made 'Tangerine.'
  • Friday, July 24, 2015 3:00pm
    We remember historical fiction author E. L. Doctorow and broadcast news pioneer Marlene Sanders, who was the first woman to anchor a network TV evening newscast. Also, Lloyd Schwartz discusses the timeless appeal of the late choreographer George Balanchine. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Phoenix.'
  • Thursday, July 23, 2015 3:00pm
    Journalist Jessica Grose, linguistics professor Penny Eckert and speech pathologist Susan Sankin discuss upspeak, vocal fry and why women's voices are changing — and whether or not that's a problem. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Among the Ten Thousand Things.'
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:00pm
    In 'Southpaw,' Gyllenhaal plays a boxer who grew up in foster care and is struggling to be a father to his daughter. He also discusses 'Donnie Darko,' 'Nightcrawler,' and working with Heath Ledger. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of a Thelonious Monk box set.

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Music Reviews
1:05 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

New Release Features Jazz Flutist Sam Most's 'Breathy, Punchy Sound'

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Movie Interviews
1:05 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

'Call Me Lucky': A Documentary Of Friendship, Childhood Abuse And Survival

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Fresh Air Weekend
11:03 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Jake Gyllenhaal; Making A Comedy About LA's Sex Workers

Jake Gyllenhaal plays boxer Billy Hope in Southpaw.
Scott Garfield The Weinstein Company

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
12:21 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

A Holocaust Survivor Searches For Her Past In Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix'

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Media
12:21 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

'Fresh Air' Remembers Broadcast News Pioneer Marlene Sanders

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Author Interviews
12:21 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Billy Bathgate' Author E. L. Doctorow

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 8:12 pm

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Dance
12:21 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Rediscovering The Thrill Of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet

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Book Reviews
12:51 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Infidelity Is Steeped In Suspense In 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 4:00 pm

Talk about opening with a bang: at the beginning of Julia Pierpont's debut novel, Among the Ten Thousand Things, an 11-year-old girl named Kay Shanley enters the lobby of her New York City apartment building. We readers have already been clued into the fact that Kay is the kind of awkward, shy, pre-teen other girls ridicule. We just want her to get safely into her family's apartment and back to watching the Harry Potter movies she loves. But, just as the elevator doors are closing, the doorman signals for her to hold up.

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Interviews
12:51 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

From Upspeak To Vocal Fry: Are We 'Policing' Young Women's Voices?

Women get policed more often for "vocal fry" and "upspeak" than their male counterparts.
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Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 4:43 pm

Journalist Jessica Grose is no stranger to criticism of her voice. When she was co-hosting the Slate podcast, the DoubleX Gabfest, she would receive emails complaining about her "upspeak" — a tendency to raise her voice at the end of sentences. Once an older man she was interviewing for an article in Businessweek told her that she sounded like his granddaughter.

"That was the first moment I felt [my voice] was hurting my career beyond just irritating a couple listeners," Grose tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Movie Interviews
1:09 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal On Throwing (And Taking) Punches: 'It's Very Primal'

Jake Gyllenhaal plays boxer Billy Hope in Southpaw.
Scott Garfield The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 4:04 pm

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal knows what it feels like to take a punch. "It doesn't feel great, you know," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie. At least that's how I justify when I would get hit: 'That was good for the movie.' "

The movie in question is Southpaw, in which Gyllenhaal stars as a boxer who grew up in the foster care system and is struggling to be a father to his daughter.

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