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Terry Gross

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11:43am

Mon December 23, 2013
Television

'Getting On' With It: A New HBO Show Doesn't Tiptoe Around Death

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 2:01 pm

Alex Borstein (left) and Niecy Nash star as nurses in the HBO comedy series Getting On, which was modeled after the hit BBC series of the same name.
Lacey Terrell HBO

When they set out to create the HBO series Getting On, Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer wanted to create a different kind of workplace comedy — one that celebrated the workplace and the employees in it.

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7:03am

Sat December 21, 2013
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: The Coen Brothers And 'Anchorman 2'

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 9:50 am

Joel (left) and Ethan Coen wrote and directed Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man and True Grit. Their latest film is Inside Llewyn Davis.
Stuart C. Wilson Getty Images

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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10:32am

Fri December 20, 2013
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Country Music Artist Ray Price

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 1:24 pm

Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price, pictured above in 1983, died Monday at age 87.
AP

Pioneering country music artist Ray Price — who created hits like "Heartaches by the Number" — died Monday of pancreatic cancer. He was 87 years old. Price was born in Cherokee County, Texas, in 1926. When he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996, he was described by musician Kris Kristofferson as a living link from Hank Williams to the country music of today.

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10:18am

Fri December 20, 2013
Interviews

Jason Isbell Locates His Musical Compass On 'Southeastern'

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 1:24 pm

Jason Isbell was previously a member of Drive-By Truckers. His solo albums include Sirens of the Ditch and Here We Rest.
Eric England Courtesy of the artist

This interview was originally broadcast on July 17, 2013.

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10:18am

Fri December 20, 2013
Movie Reviews

A Man And His Machine, Finding Out What Love Is

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 1:24 pm

In the sci-fi romance Her, a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) finds love in a rather unexpected place — with a computer operating system named Samantha.
Warner Bros.

Her is the best film of the year by a so-wide margin. It's gorgeous, funny, deep — and I can hear some smart aleck say, "If you love it so much, why don't you marry it?" Let me tell you, I'd like to!

I certainly identify with the protagonist, Theodore Twombly, who falls in love with his computer operating system, his OS, which calls itself — sorry, I gotta say "who calls herself" — Samantha, and who sounds like a breathy young woman.

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