Combine an intelligent interviewer with a roster of guests that, according to the Chicago Tribune, would be prized by any talk-show host, and you're bound to get an interesting conversation. Fresh Air interviews, though, are in a category by themselves, distinguished by the unique approach of host and executive producer Terry Gross. "A remarkable blend of empathy and warmth, genuine curiosity and sharp intelligence," says the San Francisco Chronicle.

Planet Money
12:13 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

The U.S. GDP, Sliced And Diced In Two Graphics

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Sun July 29, 2012 6:31 pm

No surprise: The economy grew only sluggishly in April, May and June. The U.S. Commerce Department says gross domestic product — the sum of all goods and services produced in the country — grew by just 1.5 percent in the second quarter.

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Interviews
12:12 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

'Fresh Air' Bids Farewell To Melody Kramer

Producer Melody Kramer, who developed a strong social-media presence for Fresh Air over the last several years, departs this week.
Sam Briger WHYY

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 12:47 pm

Today, reluctantly, we say goodbye to someone our listeners may have come to feel attached to, even though they've never heard her voice on our show.

Until about 3 years ago, we were so obsessed with getting Fresh Air on the air every day that we were virtually ignoring all the social media possibilities, and our website was pretty bare-boned. Then we hired Melody Kramer to be our associate producer for online media.

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Movie Reviews
12:06 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Two Films Shoot Past Realism To Weirder Territory

A Dallas hard-luck case (Emile Hirsch, left) hires a corrupt cop (Matthew McConaughey) to kill his estranged mother when he hears about her rich insurance policy. Needless to say, the plot of Killer Joe doesn't quite work out as planned.
Skip Bolen LD Entertainment

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 3:12 pm

Amid the slapstick comedies, sequels and superhero movies that have come to define summer moviegoing, two films opening today center on disturbed and disturbing romantic ties. Ruby Sparks and Killer Joe aren't fantasy or horror pictures, but they're within screaming distance — close enough to remind you how much deeper artists go when they barrel past realism into weirder areas of the psyche.

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The Two-Way
12:04 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

CNN Chief Jim Walton Stepping Down

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 12:18 pm

Saying that the cable news network "needs new thinking," CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton told his staff today that he's stepping down at the end of the year.

In a memo, he said:

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NPR Story
11:46 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Is Romney 'Nervous' In London?

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 11:57 am

The Olympics kick off with the opening ceremony Friday, but the race for the White House is already in full swing. Mitt Romney is oversees trying to boost his foreign policy credentials, while President Obama is speaking out about gun violence here in the United States. Host Michel Martin speaks with two former White House communications staffers: Corey Ealons and Mary Kate Cary.

Barbershop
11:46 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Should We Bring Back Tug-Of-War, Club Swinging?

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 11:57 am

It's an Olympics-themed Barbershop this week. The guys weigh in on a Greek athlete who was expelled from the Games after an offensive Twitter post. They'll also share their opinions on the best sporting event - and perhaps most silly. Badminton anyone? Host Michel Martin checks in with writer Jimi Izrael; sports editor Dave Zirin, Univision's Fernando Vila and sports columnist William Rhoden.

NPR Story
11:46 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Speaking For The HIV-Positive, And Herself

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 11:57 am

Hydeia Broadbent was diagnosed as HIV-positive at age three. By the time she was six, she was already sharing her story publicly to lessen the stigma around the disease. On the final day of the 19th International AIDS Conference, host Michel Martin speaks with Broadbent, who is now in her 20s, about living with HIV. She's involved in a new awareness program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called "Let's Stop HIV Together."

The Salt
11:44 am
Fri July 27, 2012

McDonald's Food Has A Healthy Glow, At Least In China

Tomatoes getting a splash of water reinforces the notion that McDonald's food is wholesome in China, as seen in this video screengrab.
McDonald's China

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 11:34 am

Here in the U.S., McDonald's food is not usually considered all that healthy. But in China, it is.

That's because Chinese consumers trust American brands more than their own, says Shaun Rein, founder of China Market Research, who studies Chinese consumer behavior. Rein says that in China, McDonald's is seen as providing safe and wholesome food.

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The Two-Way
11:39 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Hubig Pies, Landmark New Orleans Bakery, Has Burned Down

Fresh Hubig pies read for delivery in 2007.
Alex Brandon AP

A bakery that's been producing hand-size, fried fruit pies for hungry folks in and around New Olreans since 1922 is "a total loss" after a blaze today, city fire officials tell The Times-Picayune.

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