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The Best of NPR's Fresh Air Interviews

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This interview caught Steve Jobs at an interesting point in his career in 1996, one year before he would return as CEO of Apple. After co-founding Apple with Steve Wozniak in the 1970s, he was pushed out of Apple in 1985.

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Actor and comedian Paul Reubens gave this interview to Fresh Air back in 2004 when his show Pee-Wee's Playhouse was released on DVD. Terry Gross asks him many questions about the formation of his character Pee-Wee Herman, and Reubens tells humorous anecdotes of how the beloved character came to be.

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Writer David Foster Wallace was on Fresh Air in 1997 to talk about his collection of essays A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again.

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Decades ago, Bill Gates gave this interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. At the time, Windows 95 had just exploded onto the computer scene, and Gates was there to talk about it and about his then-new book The Road Ahead.

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Listen to a fun conversation with Siskel & Ebert as they discuss their film criticism rivalry, which was carried out on television and in their opposing Chicago newspaper movie reviews for decades.

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Director Paul Thomas Anderson tells fun tales from creating his acclaimed 1997 film Boogie Nights, from researching his script by going to porn movie sets to the tricky process of editing the film to get it an R-rating.

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David Sedaris is a humor writer who scribed numerous popular collections of essays and short stories. In this interview with Fresh Air from 2000, he talks about his bestselling collection of essays Me Talk Pretty One Day.

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Dr. Andrew Weil has been promoting integrative medicine for decades, combining the best of traditional and alternative medicine. In this interview, he discusses his 1995 book Spontaneous Healing, which focuses on the body's innate ability to heal itself.

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Filmmaker George Lucas was interviewed on Fresh Air in 2010 to discuss his book George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success.

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Novelist William Styron talks about his 1990 book Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness in this interview with Fresh Air. Styron recounts his battle with clinical depression in 1985 that led him to near suicide before he checked himself into a hospital and eventually improved.

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