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Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Each week, nearly 5 million people listen to the show's intimate conversations broadcast on more than 624 NPR stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network. In 2015, Fresh Air was the No. 1 most downloaded podcast on iTunes.

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The 'Power Struggle' Within The NRA

Listen to The 'Power Struggle' Within The NRA'New York Times' reporter Danny Hakim discusses conflicts within the NRA's leadership, its lawsuit against its advertising and PR company, and what leaked documents reveal about the organization.

Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'The Secret Between The Shadow and the Soul' from saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and TV critic David Bianculli looks ahead to the ABC special 'Live in Front of a Studio Audience,' which recreates individual episodes of two vintage shows.

A New Approach To Dementia

Listen to A New Approach To DementiaWhile caring for her mother, who had dementia, bioethicist Tia Powell began imagining a different way to approach the disease. Her new book, 'Dementia Reimagined,' looks at long-term care options and end-of-life decisions.

Also, movie critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Souvenir,' about a film student who falls into an intense and fraught relationship with an older man.

John Waters On Being A 'Filth Elder'

Listen to John Waters On Being A 'Filth Elder'The cult filmmaker, 73, has plenty of ideas about what older people should and shouldn't do. "You can't be trying too hard to rebel [when] you're older," Waters says. He talks about what he was like as a kid, why he's done making movies, and what he wants on his tombstone. His new book about his life in Hollywood is 'Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder.'

Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Spying On The South.'

Best Of: Howard Stern / Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Listen to Best Of:  Howard Stern / Phoebe Waller-BridgeHoward Stern talks about how therapy changed his radio show, what makes him cringe about his early shock jock style, and how being a misfit as a kid pushed him to find an audience. His new book is 'Howard Stern Comes Again.'

Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes female characters who are flawed, reckless, unpredictable and real — women not typically seen onscreen. She's the creator and star of the Amazon Prime series 'Fleabag' and creator/producer of the BBC America series 'Killing Eve.' She talks about her character's obsession with sex in 'Fleabag,' and why she wanted to be a boy when she was young.

Novelist Explores Sexuality & Relationships In 'My Ex-Life'

Listen to Novelist Explores Sexuality & Relationships In 'My Ex-Life'Stephen McCauley's novel, 'My Ex-Life,' is a comedy about a couple whose marriage ended years ago when the husband came out as gay. "All relationships evolve — even for people who stay together," he says. McCauley's book is now out in paperback.

Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the new album from Vampire Weekend, 'Father of the Bride,' and TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new adaptation of Joseph Heller's 'Catch-22' on Hulu, created and directed by George Clooney.

The Dark Side Of Generic Prescription Drugs

Listen to The Dark Side Of Generic Prescription DrugsJournalist Katherine Eban says most of the generic medicine being sold in the U.S. is manufactured overseas — sometimes under questionable quality control standards. She talks about instances of fabricated data, sabotaged inspections, and drugs released onto the market before they're ready. Eban's new book is 'Bottle of Lies.'

Also, John Powers reviews season 2 of 'Fleabag,' the Amazon series created by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Howard Stern: Part 2 / Remembering Doris Day

Listen to Howard Stern: Part 2 / Remembering Doris DayIn the second half of our two-part interview, Stern talks about his 2017 cancer scare, his thoughts on retirement, and his mother's depression. His new book is 'Howard Stern Comes Again.'

Also, we remember late Hollywood actress and singer Doris Day. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2012. She died Monday at 97.

Howard Stern: Part 1

Listen to Howard Stern: Part 1The self-proclaimed "King of All Media" speaks with Terry Gross for the first time. Stern talks about how therapy changed his radio show, what makes him cringe about his early shock jock style, and how being a misfit as a kid pushed him to find an audience. His new book is 'Howard Stern Comes Again.' Part 2 will be available May 15.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Creator Of 'Killing Eve' & 'Fleabag'

Listen to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Creator Of 'Killing Eve' & 'Fleabag'Waller-Bridge writes female characters who are flawed, reckless, unpredictable and real — women not typically seen onscreen. She's the creator and star of the Amazon Prime series 'Fleabag' and creator/producer of the BBC America series 'Killing Eve.' She talks about the interplay of guilt and grief, her character's obsession with sex in 'Fleabag,' and why she wanted to be a boy when she was young.

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Non-Fiction,' a comedy that takes place in Paris' literary scene.

Best Of: How Kleptocrats Stash Fortunes / 'PEN15' Creators

Listen to Best Of: How Kleptocrats Stash Fortunes / 'PEN15' CreatorsJournalist Oliver Bullough runs kleptocracy tours in London, in which he points out mansions bought by corrupt foreign leaders and oligarchs. His book 'Moneyland' describes their secretive transnational world.

Ken Tucker reviews Lizzo's first major label album, 'Cuz I Love You.'

From braces to bullies, crushes and drama, middle school is a period of adolescence that might best be described as cringe-worthy.​ In the Hulu series 'PEN15,' actors Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play 13-year-old versions of themselves in the year 2000 — even though they're in their early 30s.​ They spoke with Sam Briger about their physical transformation and reliving those difficult years.

Celebrating HBO's 'Veep'

Listen to Celebrating HBO's 'Veep'After seven seasons, 'Veep' is ending this weekend. We listen back to archival interviews with showrunner David Mandel, star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and co-star Tony Hale.

Also, Kevin Whitehead reviews the movie 'Bolden' about jazz's original hero, Charles "Buddy" Bolden, and Lloyd Schwartz reads his poem 'Little Kisses.'

Why Deutsche Bank Loaned Donald Trump Billions When No One Else Would

Listen to Why Deutsche Bank Loaned Donald Trump Billions When No One Else WouldThe German bank was Trump's partner on countless investments at a time when most of Wall Street shied away. As a result, 'New York Times' finance editor David Enrich says, it has a trove of information about Trump. "Deutsche Bank has become the Rosetta Stone for congressional and state investigators who are trying to better understand and get information about Donald Trump's network of business and his own personal finances," Enrich says.

The Law That Kept 2 Generations Of Immigrants Out Of The U.S.

Listen to The Law That Kept 2 Generations Of Immigrants Out Of The U.S.Journalist Daniel Okrent says that the eugenics movement — a junk science that stemmed from the belief that certain races and ethnicities were morally and genetically superior to others — informed the Immigration Act of 1924, which restricted entrance to the U.S. Jews, Italians, Greeks and other Eastern Europeans were targeted. Okrent talks about the parallel between the xenophobia of the early 20th century and President Trump's hard-line stance today. His book is 'The Guarded Gate.'

Also, critic John Powers shares an appreciation of HBO's Veep, as the series comes to a close.

Shedding Light On Domestic Violence

Listen to Shedding Light On Domestic ViolenceAn average of four women are killed by their partners every day in America. Crisis center CEO Suzanne Dubus and journalist Rachel Louise Snyder talk about identifying risk factors in abusive relationships, prevention, and how to set victims up with resources to rebuild their lives. Snyder's book is 'No Visible Bruises.'

Also, critic Ken Tucker reviews the debut album from Nat Turner Rebellion, a '70s R&B group whose record 'Laugh To Keep From Crying' was kept under wraps for half a century.

'PEN15' Revisits The Awkwardness Of Middle School

Listen to 'PEN15' Revisits The Awkwardness Of Middle SchoolFrom braces to bullies, crushes and drama, middle school is a period of adolescence that might best be described as cringe-worthy.​ In the Hulu series 'PEN15,' actors Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play 13-year-old versions of themselves in the year 2000 — even though they're in their early 30s.​ They spoke with Sam Briger about their physical transformation and reliving those difficult years.

Molly and John Chester took a massive leap when they decided to leave behind their urban lifestyle in Los Angeles to start an organic farm. John Chester's documentary about the successes and catastrophes of the experience is 'The Biggest Little Farm.' ​They spoke with Dave Davies.​

Best Of: Patricia Arquette / Erin Lee Carr

Listen to Best Of: Patricia Arquette / Erin Lee CarrPatricia Arquette has won awards for her performances in 'Escape at Dannemora,' 'Boyhood' and 'Medium.' She currently stars in 'The Act' on Hulu, based on the real-life story of Dee Dee Blanchard, a woman who lied to her daughter, Gypsy Rose, and everyone they knew — including doctors — that Gypsy Rose was seriously ill. Dee Dee Blanchard was posthumously diagnosed with Munchausen syndrome by proxy after she was murdered in 2015. Arquette talks about playing a series of complex roles in the past few years, and also tells Terry Gross about growing up on a commune and her father's conversion to Islam.

Writer and documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr, daughter of the late 'New York Times' columnist David Carr, talks about grief, sobriety, and having her father as a mentor. Carr's new memoir is 'All That You Leave Behind.'

Remembering 'Boyz N The Hood' Dir. John Singleton

Listen to Remembering 'Boyz N The Hood' Dir.  John SingletonWe remember film director John Singleton who died Monday at the age of 51. He made his debut in 1991 with the semi-autobiographical movie 'Boyz n the Hood,' about a group of kids growing up surrounded by drug addiction and gang violence in South Central L.A.

Critic Soraya Nadia McDonald reviews the new memoir 'What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker' by Damon Young.

Then we remember singer Jo Sullivan Loesser who starred in Frank Loesser's Broadway show 'The Most Happy Fella' and then married him. Frank Loesser's other musicals were 'Guys & Dolls' and 'How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.' After he died she helped preserve his legacy. She died Sunday.

And Maureen Corrigan reviews two novels, 'The Guest Book' by Sarah Blake and 'The Last' by Hanna Jameson.

John Bolton's Push For 'Aggressive Use' Of U.S. Power

Listen to John Bolton's Push For 'Aggressive Use' Of U.S. Power'New Yorker' staff writer Dexter Filkins says President Trump's current National Security Adviser John Bolton has been hawkish his whole life. His aggressive world view often contrasts with Trump's isolationist tendencies. After President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, Bolton said "Homo sapiens are hardwired for violent conflict." Filkins' new article is 'John Bolton On The War Path.'

Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews 'Dead To Me,' a new black comedy series on Netflix starring Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate.

How Oligarchs, Kleptocrats & Crooks Stash Fortunes

Listen to How Oligarchs, Kleptocrats & Crooks Stash FortunesJournalist Oliver Bullough runs kleptocracy tours in London, in which he points out mansions bought by corrupt foreign leaders and oligarchs. His book 'Moneyland' describes their secretive transnational world.

Also, Ken Tucker reviews Lizzo's first major label album, 'Cuz I Love You.'

Erin Lee Carr, Daughter Of David Carr

Listen to Erin Lee Carr, Daughter Of David CarrWriter and documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr, daughter of the late 'New York Times' columnist David Carr, talks about her parents' drug addiction and what it was like to have her father as a mentor. Her new memoir is 'All That You Leave Behind,' and she directed the HBO documentary 'At the Heart of Gold,' about the gymnasts sexually assaulted by Dr. Larry Nassar.