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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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Movie Interviews
12:18 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

'Dope' Director On Geekdom, The N-Word And Confronting Racism With Comedy

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Author Interviews
12:33 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

How A Stolen Backpack In Casablanca Inspired A Novel About Shifting Identity

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 2:29 pm

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Music Interviews
12:33 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Jerry Douglas' Tribute To Bluegrass Legends Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs

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Author Interviews
12:31 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

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Music Reviews
12:31 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

'BrotherLee Love' Offers A Fearless, Fresh Tribute To Trumpeter Lee Morgan

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Interviews
11:11 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Marc Maron On Obama; NYC's Public Library; Art Forgery

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 11:56 am

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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Remembrances
12:16 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

'Fresh Air' Remembers Johnny Gimble, The 'King Of The Swing Fiddle'

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Author Interviews
12:16 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

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Environment
2:24 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

How A Historical Blunder Helped Create The Water Crisis In The West

A bathtub ring marks the high-water line on Nevada's Lake Mead, which is on the Colorado River, in 2013.
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Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 1:28 pm

In 1922, seven Western states — Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming and California — drew up an agreement on how to divide the waters of the Colorado River. But there was one big problem with the plan: They overestimated how much water the river could provide.

As a result, each state was promised more water than actually exists. This miscalculation — and the subsequent mismanagement of water resources in those states — has created a water crisis that now affects nearly 40 million Americans.

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Music Reviews
2:24 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Leon Bridges Offers Retro R&B With A Twist In 'Coming Home'

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Book Reviews
1:05 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

'Patience And Fortitude' And The Fight To Save NYC's Storied Public Library

Cover detail of Scott Sherman's Patience and Fortitude.
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Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 11:55 am

Since it opened in 1911, the building has become a New York City landmark, praised not only for its beauty but also for its functional brilliance. In the words of one contemporary architect, the main branch of The New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street is "a perfect machine for reading." The grand Reading Room sits atop seven levels of iron and steel books stacks whose contents could, at one time, be delivered to anybody who requested a book within a matter of minutes via a small elevator. Those stacks also support the floor of the Reading Room above.

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Author Interviews
1:05 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

'Project Fatherhood' Teaches Parenting Skills To Inner-City Dads

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 2:18 pm

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Book Reviews
12:45 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Algerian Writer Kamel Daoud Stands Camus' 'The Stranger' On Its Head

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Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:19 pm

Back in college English, I was taught that it was foolish to think that fictional characters have any reality beyond the page. You shouldn't speculate about how many children Lady Macbeth had or what job Holden Caulfield wound up doing as a grown-up.

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Movie Interviews
12:45 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

'Me And Earl' Director Traces Path From Scorsese's Assistant To Sundance

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 4:55 pm

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Fine Art
12:45 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Could The Masterpiece Be A Fake? Profit, Revenge And 'The Art Of Forgery'

In 2010 the Detroit Institute of Arts hosted the exhibit "Fakes, Forgeries, and Mysteries" — about how experts figure out whether artworks are authentic. Above, a painting titled A Female Saint (left) that was once attributed to Italian artist Sandro Botticelli is exhibited alongside The Resurrected Christ (right), a Botticelli painting from around 1480.
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Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 1:24 pm

Michelangelo is known for masterpieces like the Sistine Chapel and the statue of David, but most people probably don't know that he actually got his start in forgery. The great artist began his career as a forger of ancient Roman sculptures, art scholar Noah Charney tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

By the time Michelangelo's forgery was revealed, the Renaissance master was famous in his own right. But many other artistic forgers continue to copy the work of past artists in the hopes of passing their creations off as authentic.

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