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  • Fresh Air, Oliver Sacks, October 17, 2007 | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Oliver Sacks, October 17, 2007

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    Hear neurologist Oliver Sacks and rock critic Ken Tucker on this edition of Fresh Air. Oliver Sacks' new book is Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. It's a series of case histories that examine the relationship of music and the mind. Sacks has written eleven books; the most famous are Awakenings, which was made into a film starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

  • Fresh Air, Tom Waits | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Tom Waits

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    Singer and Songwriter Tom Waits on this archive edition of Fresh Air. Since the 1973 release of his first album, Closing Time, Waits has won over fans with his original songwriting and distinctive, gravely vocal style. One reviewer calls Waits "the Ultimate hobo boho, a Jack-in-the-box cum storyteller." Musicians including Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, and Rod Stewart have recorded covers of his songs.

  • Fresh Air, David Chase, June 8, 2007 | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, David Chase, June 8, 2007

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    Hear David Chase, the creator and executive producer of the HBO hit series The Sopranos, and film critic David Edelstein, on this edition of Fresh Air. The last gasp of The Sopranos is Sunday night, when the final episode of its seven-year run is broadcast. (Original Airdate: 6/22/2000) Then, David Edelstein reviews Ocean's 13.

  • Fresh Air, Don Rickles and Huw Cordey, May 22, 2007 | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Don Rickles and Huw Cordey, May 22, 2007

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    Hear comic Don Rickles, documentary producer Huw Cordey, and rock critic Ken Tucker on this edition of Fresh Air. He's known for insulting his audiences on stage, but Don Rickles doesn't consider himself an insult comic. His heyday was in the 1950s and 60s, on TV and in Vegas. Frank Sinatra was an early fan and helped get him noticed. Rickles has a new memoir, Rickles' Book: a Memoir.

  • Fresh Air, Nick Lowe, July 24, 2007 | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Nick Lowe, July 24, 2007

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    Hear an in-studio performance and interview with British singer/songwriter Nick Lowe and rock historian Ed Ward on this edition of Fresh Air. Nick Lowe's best known songs include "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding", "Cruel to be Kind", and "The Beast in Me" (which Johnny Cash recorded). Lowe's new album is At My Age.

  • Fresh Air, George Crile and Ike Turner, December 14, 2007 | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, George Crile and Ike Turner, December 14, 2007

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    Hear 60 Minutes producer George Crile and musician Ike Turner on this edition of Fresh Air. George Crile was a producer for 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II. He died in 2006. We'll listen back to an interview with Crile about his book Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History. A film based on the back will be released this month.

  • Fresh Air, Andrew Solomon | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Andrew Solomon

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    Writer Andrew Solomon on this archive edition of Fresh Air. His book on depression, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, won a 2001 National Book Award. The work came out of a 1998 New Yorker magazine article. He drew on personal experience as well as interviews with patients, physicians, philosophers and drug designers. (Original Broadcast Date: June 11, 2001)

  • Fresh Air, Frank Stella and Peter Kornbluh | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Frank Stella and Peter Kornbluh

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    Abstract painter Frank Stella and senior annalist at the National Security Archive Peter Kornbluh on this edition of Fresh Air. Sixty-four-year-old Frank Stella was first known in the late 1950s for his Black Paintings series - striped monochrome works that helped touch off the minimalism movement. Over the years his work evolved from the canvas to colorful geometrical configurations of sculpture and architectural dimension.

  • File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents: All the Wrong Questions | Lemony Snicket

    File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents: All the Wrong Questions

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    Paintings have been falling off of walls, a loud and loyal dog has gone missing, a gurgled message is being transmitted by walkie-talkie - strange things are happening all over the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Called upon to investigate these suspicious incidents, young Lemony Snicket collects clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case. Join the investigation and tackle the mysteries alongside Snicket, then turn to the back of the book to see the solution revealed.

    Nancy A. DeTurk says: "Very entertaining"
  • Fresh Air, Bill Maher | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Bill Maher

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    Political satirist Bill Maher on this edition of Fresh Air. He's just published When you ride ALONE you ride with bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism.

  • Fresh Air Archive: Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air Archive: Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory

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    Playwright and actor Wallace Shawn and actor Andre Gregory on this archival edition of Fresh Air. Shawn and Gregory star in the film Vanya on 42nd St, directed by Louis Malle, screenplay adapted by David Mamet from Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. The two also co-wrote and co-starred in the 1981 film, My Dinner with Andre. They have since both worked on many other projects individually in television, theater, and film. Shawn was an obscure playwright until 1981, when his movie, My Dinner With Andre appeared.

  • Fresh Air, Richard Powers, December 7, 2007 | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Richard Powers, December 7, 2007

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    Hear author Richard Powers and film critic David Edelstein on this edition of Fresh Air. Richard Powers talks about his novel The Echo Maker. In the book, a 27-year-old man is in a car accident and emerges from a coma with a rare neurological disorder. He can recall most everything about his life, but he believes his family members and closest friends are imposters. The Echo Maker won the National Book Award for fiction in 2006 and has just been released in paperback.

  • Fresh Air: Laughs | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air: Laughs

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    In this special compilation, you'll hear exhilarating excerpts from classic interviews with 14 stars of comedy, including Tracey Ullman on her zany characters, Chris Rock on growing up small and black in a white neighborhood, Carol Leifer on the inspiration for her brand of cabaret comedy, and Henny Youngman on his famous line, "Take my wife, please."

    N. S. W. says: "Confused and disappointed"
  • Fresh Air, Bill Moyers | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Bill Moyers

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    TV producer Bill Moyers on this edition of Fresh Air. Moyer's new four-part series, On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying, explores the way people's lives end in this country. Most people die alone and uncomfortable, in a hospital, instead of at home surrounded by those they love. (Broadcast Date: September 6, 2000)

  • Fresh Air, Lawrence O'Donnell | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Lawrence O'Donnell

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    TV Producer Lawrence O'Donnell on this edition of Fresh Air. He's the creator and producer of NBC's new series Mr. Sterling about a freshman senator on Capitol Hill. Previously O'Donnell was a writer and producer for the first two seasons of NBC's The West Wing. Before his television career, O'Donnell was in politics himself.

  • Fresh Air, Sudhir Venkatesh | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Sudhir Venkatesh

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    Sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh on this edition of Fresh Air. Sudhir Venkatesh's an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of African American Studies at Columbia University in New York. His newest book, American Project: The Rise and Fall of the Modern Ghetto, was awarded the 2000 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Award of the Association of American Publishers.

  • Fresh Air, David Rakoff | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, David Rakoff

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    Writer David Rakoff on this archive edition of Fresh Air. He's a regular contributor to Outside, The New York Times Magazine, and public radio's This American Life. One of his peers, writer Paul Rudnick says of him, "Rakoff is a comic saint, an ideal mix of the crabby and the debonair." Rakoff has a new collection of essays, Fraud. He's also appearing in Amy & David Sedaris' new off-broadway show.

  • 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, Al Franken | Terry Gross

    Fresh Air, Al Franken

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    Comedian and political commentator Al Franken on this edition of Fresh Air. His new book is Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. Franken recently made headlines when the Fox News Channel tried to sue him over the phrase "fair and balanced," which Fox claimed as its own. Fox lost, and Franken got lots of publicity for the book, and it is now a best seller.

  • Writers Speak: A Collection of Interviews with Writers on Fresh Air with Terry Gross | Terry Gross

    Writers Speak: A Collection of Interviews with Writers on Fresh Air with Terry Gross

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    This audio is like an informal writing clinic, as you listen to these writers talk about their lives, experiences and, of course, their writing. While you are listening, Terry Gross draws out from these great writers the answers to your questions, just as the query begins to form in your own head.

    S. Perreten says: "Writers Speak"
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