Terry Gross Terry Gross is the host and executive producer of NPR's Fresh Air.

A 3-year-old Amy Tan appears with her brother Peter in this 1955 family photo. Peter died in 1967 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Courtesy of Amy Tan hide caption

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'I Am Full Of Contradictions': Novelist Amy Tan On Fate And Family

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Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

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"I'm meant to make people happy. That's my job," says Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC hide caption

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Jimmy Fallon On The School Of 'SNL' And His Tendency To Smile Too Much

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Noah Baumbach Explores Love, Resentment And Anger In 'The Meyerowitz Stories'

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Tom Petty To 'Fresh Air': 'The Songs Mean A Lot To People, And It Means A Lot To Me'

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Going into Town includes a section on New York City's infamous water bugs, which are even bigger than cockroaches. Roz Chast/Bloomsbury hide caption

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Cartoonist Roz Chast Draws A 'Love Letter' To New York City, Cockroaches And All

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Hugh Hefner On Early 'Playboy' And Changing America's Values

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Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Candy, a prostitute who hopes to get out of the trade by learning to make porn films, on the HBO series The Deuce. Paul Schiraldi/HBO hide caption

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'Deuce' Creators Capture The Birth Of America's Billion-Dollar Porn Industry

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President Barack Obama speaks at the 2014 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. Speechwriter David Litt, who helped craft the president's comedy routine that night, says, "Some of the joke is always that it's the president telling a joke." Olivier Douliery/Getty Images hide caption

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A Former Speechwriter Looks Back On His 'Hopey, Changey' Years With Obama

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In 'Vietnam War,' Ken Burns Wrestles With The Conflict's Contradictions

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Clinton Won't Rule Out Questioning 2016 Election, But Says No Clear Means To Do So

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Reporter Katy Tur Shares Her 'Front-Row' View Of The Trump Campaign

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Firefighters work beneath the vertical struts of the World Trade Center's twin towers, in Lower Manhattan, following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Mark Lennihan/Associated Press hide caption

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Sept. 11 First Responder Fights On Behalf Of Others Who Rushed To Help

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In Brad's Status, a father (Ben Stiller, right) takes his son (Austin Abrams) on a college tour and starts thinking about his own college friends, who are much more successful that he is. Jonathan Wenk/Amazon Studios hide caption

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Director Mike White Unpacks The Impulse To Compare In 'Brad's Status'

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Novelist John Le Carré Reflects On His Own 'Legacy' Of Spying

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