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Terry Gross hosts this multi-award-winning daily interview and features program. The veteran public radio interviewer is known for her extraordinary ability to engage guests of all dispositions.

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Sports
2:11 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

At 49, Jamie Moyer's Pitching Career Goes Into Extra Innings

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 3:02 pm

In a new memoir called Just Tell Me I Can't Moyer explains how he became a better pitcher in his 40s than his 20s. Moyer's story isn't just the tale of a talented guy who hung on a little longer than others; with the help of a sports psychologist, he managed to gain control of the mental side of his game. Originally broadcast Oct. 2, 2013.

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Remembrances
2:11 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

In Acting And In Life, Lauren Bacall 'Loved The Idea Of Adventure'

Lauren Bacall says she never set out to have a look. "It was just a way to keep my head steady," she insists.
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Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 3:02 pm

With her chin down and her eyes up, Lauren Bacall's trademark, sultry look enchanted audiences — and also fellow co-stars, most notably her future husband, Humphrey Bogart. But that powerful glance was actually a technique that 19-year-old Bacall employed to keep herself from shaking with nervousness during the filming of To Have and Have Not.

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Science
2:49 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

A Scientist's Mission To Break The Itch-Scratch Cycle

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Television
2:49 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

How 'The Knick' Creators Capture Turn-Of-The-Century Operating Scenes

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Music
2:49 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Two Tenors Inspired By A Saxophone Colossus

Two new trio albums by tenor saxophonists who won the Thelonious Monk jazz competition share a conspicuous influence — vintage Sonny Rollins. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio by last year's winner, 25-year old Chile-born New Yorker Melissa Aldana, and Trios Live by Joshua Redman, who took the prize in 1991.

Politics
2:48 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

'This Is A Congress That's Really Doing Nothing,' Says NYT Reporter

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 3:11 pm

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Television
2:48 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Case Closed: Agatha Christie's Detective Poirot Solves His Last TV Mystery

David Suchet plays Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie's Poirot. The last season premiers Aug. 25 on Acorn TV.
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Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 3:24 pm

Agatha Christie published her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in 1920. It featured fussy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who proved the most popular of all her mystery-solving characters. Hercule made his final appearance in 1975, in the novel Curtain — and this month, nearly a century after he first appeared in print, the mystery series completes its lengthy run as a TV series, still starring David Suchet in the title role.

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Book Reviews
3:26 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

In A Funny New Novel, A Weary Professor Writes To 'Dear Committee Members'

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Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 3:58 pm

For all you teachers out there contemplating the August calendar with dismay, watching, powerless, as the days of summer vacation dwindle down to a precious few, I have some consolation to offer: a hilarious academic novel that'll send you laughing (albeit ruefully) back into the trenches of the classroom.

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Remembrances
3:26 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Robin Williams: In Looking For Laughs, 'You Have To Be Deeply Honest'

Comedian and actor Robin Williams performs at the CBS Upfront presentation in New York City on May 15, 2013.
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Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 6:45 pm

Comedian and actor Robin Williams says a woman once came up to him in an airport and said: "Be zany."

"Pardon?" he asked.

"Be zany," she insisted.

"It's that thing — they want you to be that thing," he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2006. "And it's like, 'No.' Sometimes it's fun, and I'll play if the moment's right, if there's an opportunity. And if not, I'll talk straight with you."

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Music
3:34 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

At 74, Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Is Still An Outlier

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 3:55 pm

In 1973, Waylon Jennings released an album called Honky Tonk Heroes that consisted almost entirely, with one exception, of songs written by Billie Joe Shaver, a then-unknown Texas songwriter.

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