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May 4, 1987 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
"From WHYY in Philadelphia, I'm Terry Gross, and this is Fresh Air. " A week from today, those one-dozen words, followed by the sprightly jazz colorations of Jaki Byard's solo piano, will - thanks to a system of fiber- optics, uplinks and downlinks - be heard across the United States. That's right. Diminutive, bespectacled Terry Gross, producer-host of Fresh Air on WHYY-FM (90.9) since it hit the airwaves in 1975, emanating from Blaupunkts on the Santa Monica Freeway, from farmhouses in North Dakota, from Harvard dorm rooms and Chicago suburbs, from Sun Belt retirement communities and Manhattan office towers, from Tampa to Tacoma, from Buffalo to Butte, from here to eternity.
NEWS
August 22, 1991 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / JOHN COSTELLO
Breaking out of their humdrum lives in the Camden County Jail for a few hours, a dozen inmates donned orange jumpsuits yesterday and set out to clean up the trash-strewn 200 block of Morse Street in Camden. The cleanup is part of a Sheriff's Department plan to ease prison overcrowding and reward well- behaved inmates with some time out on the town.
NEWS
July 1, 1996 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Curry Perry has had a near-death experience. He says it was a nightmare and is thankful it appears to be over. Perry, 55, was sentenced to die in 1990 for killing a man in 1987. But two years ago, he was removed from death row after his new lawyer, George H. Newman, persuaded the state Supreme Court to grant him a new trial. Last week, the district attorney's office agreed to drop a first-degree murder charge against Perry and to allow him to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
NEWS
March 20, 1989 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Strange as it may sound, fresh air is fast becoming one of Philadelphia's most important exports. Actually, that's Fresh Air, as in the fascinating, literate weekday interview show with host Terry Gross of WHYY-FM (90.9). Fresh Air has been a popular fixture on Philadelphia public radio for almost 14 years now, airing from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and repeated from 7 to 8 p.m., except Fridays. But in the year and a half since Gross and Fresh Air went national over 150 stations, Fresh Air's weekly audience has almost tripled, from 364,000 weekly listeners to 941,000 - certainly an impressive gain given the show's modest promotions budget.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage and Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writers
It was near midnight Tuesday, the election results clear and surprising, when her former college professor sent her a text message: Congratulations Representative White. At 26, an age when many are still living at home with their parents, trying to sort out jobs and careers, Martina White knows exactly where she's headed - to Harrisburg, and a seat in the state House of Representatives. White won a commanding victory in a special election in Northeast Philadelphia's 170th District, becoming the second GOP House member from Philadelphia and the first Republican candidate to win an open seat in 25 years.
SPORTS
October 31, 2011 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Throughout the season's first six weeks, Brent Celek reached over, slapped the snooze button on the sounding alarm and fell back to sleep. Once a cornerstone of the Eagles offense, Celek had appeared to fall out of favor and his production continued to sag. The tight end woke up Sunday night, erased those ringing doldrums and returned to form as a cog in the Eagles offense. In the 34-7 rout of the visiting Dallas Cowboys, Celek hauled in seven passes for 94 yards and set the tone for the rushing game with several key blocks.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2001 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR THE INQUIRER
Do not adjust your set, touch the treble or lower the bass. That skronking guitar, that squeal set against an intricate weaving of trad African rhythm and fragrant saxophone is jazz fusion guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly's design: to liberate the six-string from the gravity of genre. His ninth CD as a leader, Boom Bop (PAO), finds Bourelly and his bandmates, bassist Reggie Washington and Senegalese vocalist/percussionist Abdourahmane Diop - with the regal tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp and alto saxophonist Henry Threadgill - reaching the spectral high only dreamed of on his 1996 CD Rock the Cathartic Spirits (D.I.
NEWS
July 27, 2010 | By BOB WARNER, warnerb@phillynews.com 215-854-5885
After a four-week hiatus, Mississippi Public Broadcasting is putting WHYY's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" back on the air - with an evening time slot and a warning to viewers that they may encounter "adult content. " It's a quick about-face from a July 7 decision to drop the show from all eight of Mississippi's public-radio stations. The "Fresh Air" broadcast that day included an interview with comedian Louis C.K., who made two sexual confessions: He always wears a T-shirt, out of consideration for the woman he's with, and stays on his back during sex scenes on his new FX TV show, to avoid upsetting images.
NEWS
July 17, 2010 | By BOB WARNER, warnerb@phillynews.com 215-854-5885
Since Terry Gross began doing radio interviews for Philadelphia's WHYY in 1975, she's talked with thousands of the world's most interesting people, from scientists to novelists to rock stars, building a national audience on more than 500 public-broadcast stations. Subtract eight - the stations affiliated with Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB). That state's public-radio network confirmed this week that it has dropped her show, "Fresh Air with Terry Gross. " A prepared statement issued by MPB's executive director, Judith Lewis, complained about "gratuitous discussions on issues of an explicit sexual nature.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
ANY DISCUSSION of popular and influential Philadelphians in the media has to include Terry Gross. For 39 years, the 63-year-old Brooklyn native has presided over "Fresh Air," the weekday afternoon talk-and-commentary show (3 p.m.; repeats at 7 p.m.) anchored by Gross' chats with A-listers from the arts, show business, journalism, business and politics. Produced at its Independence Mall studios by WHYY (90.9-FM) - it was WUHY when Gross began - the hourlong program has been syndicated by National Public Radio for 27 years.
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NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage and Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writers
It was near midnight Tuesday, the election results clear and surprising, when her former college professor sent her a text message: Congratulations Representative White. At 26, an age when many are still living at home with their parents, trying to sort out jobs and careers, Martina White knows exactly where she's headed - to Harrisburg, and a seat in the state House of Representatives. White won a commanding victory in a special election in Northeast Philadelphia's 170th District, becoming the second GOP House member from Philadelphia and the first Republican candidate to win an open seat in 25 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
ANY DISCUSSION of popular and influential Philadelphians in the media has to include Terry Gross. For 39 years, the 63-year-old Brooklyn native has presided over "Fresh Air," the weekday afternoon talk-and-commentary show (3 p.m.; repeats at 7 p.m.) anchored by Gross' chats with A-listers from the arts, show business, journalism, business and politics. Produced at its Independence Mall studios by WHYY (90.9-FM) - it was WUHY when Gross began - the hourlong program has been syndicated by National Public Radio for 27 years.
SPORTS
February 16, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
NEW ORLEANS - Michael Carter-Williams looked refreshed. His face was lit up, his hair freshly cut. The eight straight losses and 18 of the last 21 that his 76ers have incurred were a distant thought, as the rookie talked with the throng of media that has swarmed into NOLA for All-Star Weekend. Carter-Williams spoke before his Rising Stars Challenge team took the court for a light morning workout. "Yeah, it's nice to get a break [from the regular season]," Carter-Williams said.
SPORTS
September 13, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
YOU CAN TALK fast when you're telling the truth. Chip Kelly talks fast. When you do not lie and you do not spin, the words just roll off the tongue. Even before his NFL debut Monday night, Kelly offered glimpses of his candor. Afterward, and the next day, the Eagles coach delivered two football news conference the likes of which Philadelphia had not seen since before Andy Reid's awkward introduction in 1999. Kelly was honest. Concise. Guileless. This might change.
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | Inquirer staff
HARRISBURG - A combination of heat and sun could make a breath of fresh air hard to come by Tuesday for the very young, the old, and people with respiratory problems, the state Department of Environmental Protection warns. DEP and the Air Quality Partnership of the Delaware Valley have issued an "orange" air-quality alert for unhealthy ozone concentrations for the vulnerable populations in Philadelphia and its neighboring Pennsylvania counties. Ground-level ozone -- not to be confused with upper-atmospheric ozone -- forms when the sun's heat combines with pollution from vehicles, industry, households, and power plants.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2013 | Inquirer Staff
WHYY has awarded Terry Gross of Fresh Air with its 12th annual Lifelong Earning Award. At the May 2 gala at WHYY, NPR's Scott Simon will chat with Terry. Oz the Great and Powerful led weekend box office again, earning $42.2 mil, outdistancing Halle Berry's The Call, at $17.1 mils. Lil Wayne remains in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A. after multiple seizures last week.     More tax liens for O.J. Simpson. State and local, his bill's now at $580,000.
SPORTS
December 26, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
IT WAS fascinating to listen to the passion of Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey last week. He wondered, after the Sandy Hook school shootings, why we, as a country, can't find the wisdom to craft a solution to what has become an epidemic. He was speaking as a father of young children. He could have been speaking for all of us. What was especially impressive about Kelsey is that in our politically correct environment, he had something to lose. Yet, he chose to speak from the heart, anyway.
NEWS
May 16, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
They look like they could be brothers, a couple of 6-foot-4 towheads with high cheekbones and, on this afternoon, big country smiles. Hunter Pence and Jake Diekman went through a whirlwind of emotions on Tuesday afternoon. Pence drew boos for a costly error, his second defensive misadventure of this homestand, then cranked the game-winning home run in the 10th inning. The homer - which for added delight came at the expense of old pal Brett Myers - earned a victory for Diekman in the young lefthander's major-league debut.
NEWS
May 12, 2012
Howard Stern is in such a good mood, he got all touchy-feely with Today host Matt Lauer Thursday on live TV, jumping into Matt's lap and gifting him with a big wet smooch. Stern, 58, later said he's dead serious about his new job as a judge on America's Got Talent, which returns Monday. Stern, who reportedly pockets $15 mil a year for the gig, joins Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel at the judge's table. "You know I love playing God," Stern told the crowd at a recent New York audition.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's not just about the story, it's also about the way you tell it. The French playwright Edmond Rostand gave us the story of Cyrano de Bergerac 115 years ago, and he told it in French rhyme - this great tale of unrequited passion, beauty, and ugliness, and the virtues and dangers of being larger than life. The play itself, about a cocky, eloquent swordsman whose Renaissance-man flair competes with his ungainly nose, sprawls, beginning in a theater, eventually moving to a theater of war, and finishing in a convent 15 years later.
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