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  • Fresh Air, David Sedaris and Alan Cumming | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, David Sedaris and Alan Cumming

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    Writer David Sedaris and actor Alan Cumming, on this edition of Fresh Air. Sedaris is best known for his contributing work with public radio's This American Life. He's written three books of essays, Barrel Fever, Naked, and his newest Me Talk Pretty One Day which was just released in paperback. Scottish actor Alan Cumming co-wrote, co-directed, and is co-starring in the new film The Anniversary Party, along with Jennifer Jason Leigh.

  • Fresh Air, Philip Roth, June 1, 2007 | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Philip Roth, June 1, 2007

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    Hear novelist Philip Roth, film critic David Edelstein, and TV critic David Bianculli on this edition of Fresh Air. The Pulitzer Prize winning author's 27th book, Everyman, is now out in paperback. It's a novel about a 71-year-old, divorced, successful, advertising man and his response to his physical decline and approaching death.

  • Fresh Air, Philip Roth, Kevin Smith, and Ray Wise, September 25, 2007 | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Philip Roth, Kevin Smith, and Ray Wise, September 25, 2007

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    Hear novelist Philip Roth, writer/director Kevin Smith, actor Ray Wise, and rock critic Ken Tucker, on this edition of Fresh Air. Philip Roth's new novel Exit Ghost is his ninth and final Nathan Zuckerman book. He began the series in 1979 with The Ghost Writer. In all, Roth has written 28 novels. There's also a new Library of Congress compendium of the series: Zuckerman Bound.

  • Fresh Air, Madeline Albright | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Madeline Albright

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    Former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright on this edition of Fresh Air. Before being appointed by President Clinton in 1996, she served as the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She also served in Clinton's cabinet and on the National Security Council. Albright's new memoir is entitled Madam Secretary.

  • Fresh Air, Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Fresh Air celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by talking with Shirley Ann Barnhard, Clayborne Carson, and James Farmer. Shirley Ann Barnhard is a staff member and tour guide at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, where Martin Luther King, Jr., was once co-pastor with his father. Clayborne Carson is founding director of the King Papers Project. James Farmer is the co-founder of CORE, the Congress On Racial Equality.

  • Fresh Air, David Sedaris | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, David Sedaris

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    Writer David Sedaris on this edition of Fresh Air. Sedaris is best known for his contributing work with Public Radio's This American Life. He's written three books of essays, Barrel Fever, Naked, and his latest Me Talk Pretty One Day.

    Christine says: "False advertising"
  • Fresh Air, Philip Roth | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Philip Roth

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    Novelist Philip Roth on this archive edition of Fresh Air. His book The Human Stain is about a classics professor accused of racism who has a secret about his own ethnic identity. It's just been adapted into a new film starring Anthony Hopkins and Nichole Kidman. The Human Stain won the PENN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

  • Fresh Air, Nick Cook and John W. Jones | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Nick Cook and John W. Jones

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    Aerospace consultant Nick Cook and artist John W. Jones on this edition of Fresh Air. Nick Cook is the author of the new book, The Hunt for Zero Point: Inside the Classified World of Antigravity Technology. In the book, Cook tracks down the secret history of antigravity research. It's technology that defies the laws of physics. Cook discovered that, during WWII, the Nazis claimed to have been close to antigravity technology.

  • Fresh Air, Liv Ullman, Frank Owen, and Robyn Meredith, July 30, 2007 | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Liv Ullman, Frank Owen, and Robyn Meredith, July 30, 2007

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    Hear journalist Frank Owen, journalist Robyn Meredith, and actress Liv Ullman, on this edition Fresh Air. Frank Owen's new book is called No Speed Limit: The Highs and Lows of Meth. Owen talks about the history of methamphetamines, and relates his own experiences with the drug.

  • Fresh Air Archive: Steven Jobs | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air Archive: Steven Jobs

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    One of the founders of Apple Computers, Steven Jobs, talks about the future of computer technology on this edition of Fresh Air. Jobs led the development of the Macintosh computer and in 1985 he founded NeXT Computer. NeXT's mission is to develop customized software for businesses; two of their applications are OPENSTEP and NEXTSTEP.

  • Fresh Air, Former President Jimmy Carter and Sam Shepard | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Former President Jimmy Carter and Sam Shepard

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    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and playwright, actor and director Sam Shepard on this edition of Fresh Air. Jimmy Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize this week, and was only the third President to do so. We listen back to several of his interviews: in which he talks about his work as a mediator his life in the Whitehouse and his spiritual life. Sam Shepard won a Pulitzer for his play Buried Child and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.

  • Fresh Air, Elaine Pagels and Youssef M. Ibrahim | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Elaine Pagels and Youssef M. Ibrahim

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    Religious scholar Elaine Pagels talks about the Gospel of Thomas and Middle East energy expert Youssef M. Ibrahim on this edition of Fresh Air. Elaine Pagels latest book, Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, is about a religious text that is little known - the secret Gospel of Thomas, rediscovered in Egypt in 1945. She will explain why it was suppressed by the church and kept out of the cannon.

  • Fresh Air, Dave Grohl, January 4, 2008 | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Dave Grohl, January 4, 2008

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    Hear guitarist, songwriter, and actor Dave Grohl of the band Foo Fighters, and TV critic David Bianculli, on this edition of Fresh Air. The Foo Fighters' latest album, Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace, has been nominated for a Grammy as album of the year. Previously, Grohl was the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana. He formed Foo Fighters after the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994.

  • Fresh Air, Richard Dawkins and Francis Collins, March 7, 2008 | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Richard Dawkins and Francis Collins, March 7, 2008

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    Hear British scientist Richard Dawkins and geneticist Francis Collins on this edition of Fresh Air. Richard Dawkins is a professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford University. The New York Times has hailed him as a writer who "understands the issues so clearly that he forces his reader to understand them too". In his latest book, he writes about what he sees as the irrationality of a belief in God and sets down his arguments for atheism.

    Greg says: "Dominated by Dawkins"
  • Fresh Air, Lou Michel, Dan Herbeck and Don Hewitt | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Lou Michel, Dan Herbeck and Don Hewitt

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    Journalists Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck and veteran broadcaster and executive producer of 60 Minutes, Don Hewitt, on this edition of Fresh Air. Michel and Herbeck are staff writers for The Buffalo News. The two have collaborated on the new book American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh & the Oklahoma City Bombing. Michel lived 20 minutes away from McVeigh's father, and over time, he developed a relationship with the elder McVeigh, which in turn helped him gain access to his son.

  • Fresh Air, Armistead Maupin | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Armistead Maupin

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    Writer Armistead Maupin on this edition of Fresh Air. Maupin is the creator of the award-winning newspaper serial turned TV series Tales of the City. His new book, The Night Listener, is his first novel in eight years. It examines the relationship that grows between a cult writer and one of his younger radio fans; critics have noted the autobiographical subtext to the story. Maupin won the 1998 Peabody Award for his work in television and has written several novels and two collections of essays. He lives in San Francisco.

  • Fresh Air, David Halberstam, April 24, 2007 | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, David Halberstam, April 24, 2007

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    Hear Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist David Halberstam and music critic Milo Miles on this edition of Fresh Air. Halberstam died yesterday from injuries received in a car crash. He was 73. We listen to his interviews on Fresh Air, from 1985 and from June 3, 1993, and January 21, 1999. Halberstam was part of the 1964 Pulitzer-prize winning team that covered the emerging war in Vietnam for The New York Times.

  • Fresh Air, Dave Grohl, October 22, 2007 | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Dave Grohl, October 22, 2007

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    Hear guitarist, songwriter, and actor Dave Grohl of the band Foo Fighters on this edition of Fresh Air. Previously, Dave Grohl was the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana. He formed Foo Fighters after the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994. The band has a sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. It includes a song he wrote in tribute to two miners trapped in a mine collapse in Australia.

  • Fresh Air Archive, George Carlin, May 28, 2007 | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air Archive, George Carlin, May 28, 2007

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    AudibleĀ® was not granted digital rights to today's program. We bring you comedian George Carlin on this edition of Fresh Air. George Carlin, whose "seven dirty words" routine was the center of a famous obscenity case in the 1970s, talks about his book When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? His other books include Napalm & Silly Putty and Brain Droppings.

  • Fresh Air, Walter Isaacson and Ted Conover | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Walter Isaacson and Ted Conover

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    Journalist and author Walter Isaacson and Ted Conover, a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine on this edition of Fresh Air. Isaacson has written the new biography Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. Reviewer and fellow Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. writes of the book, "Both an absorbing narrative biography and an acute assessment of the man and his impact on his time and on posterity."

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