Actor John Krasinski spent 2 1/2 years in New York trying to get his acting career off the ground. After landing a few commercials and some "off- off- off-Broadway" plays, he was about to call it quits. But his mother encouraged him to stick it out a little while longer, and three weeks later, he landed the role of Jim on The Office. Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/AP hide caption

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Actor John Krasinski Takes Stock Of His 'Lottery-Ticket Life'

Krasinski says he's thankful for his big break "every single day." Three years after the wrap of The Office, he continues to branch out. He's now directing and co-starring in the film The Hollars.

Actor John Krasinski spent 2 1/2 years in New York trying to get his acting career off the ground. After landing a few commercials and some "off- off- off-Broadway" plays, he was about to call it quits. But his mother encouraged him to stick it out a little while longer, and three weeks later, he landed the role of Jim on The Office. Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/AP hide caption

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Actor John Krasinski Takes Stock Of His 'Lottery-Ticket Life'

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Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Green Bay, Wis., on Aug. 5. Michael Kranish and his colleague Marc Fisher are the authors of Trump Revealed, a biography about Trump's life and career that is based on the work of more than 20 of the Post's reporters, editors and fact-checkers. Darren Hauck/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Off Camera: The Man Behind The 'In-Your-Face Provocateur'

Biographer Marc Fisher says Donald Trump has lived a "strikingly solitary life given how public he is." Fisher and his Washington Post colleague Michael Kranish are the authors of Trump Revealed.

Trump Off Camera: The Man Behind The 'In-Your-Face Provocateur'

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Lydia Loveless Mixes Desire With Distraction In 'Real'

The singer-songwriter began performing at age 14 in a band with her sisters and her father. Critic Ken Tucker says the songs on Loveless' latest solo album, Real, have a "tough edge."

Lydia Loveless Mixes Desire With Distraction In 'Real'

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Aging And Unstable, The Nation's Electrical Grid Is 'The Weakest Link'

In her new book, The Grid, Gretchen Bakke argues that the under-funded power grid is incapable of taking the U.S. into a new energy future. She explains the challenges to Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

Aging And Unstable, The Nation's Electrical Grid Is 'The Weakest Link'

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Stunned Silence, Then A Standing Ovation For 'Let Me Tell You'

Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen explores questions of time, memory, nature and human isolation. His recent collaboration with soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan has garnered worldwide attention.

Stunned Silence, Then A Standing Ovation For 'Let Me Tell You'

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Fresh Air Weekend: Julie Klausner; 'War Dogs'; Rebalancing The 'Microbes Within Us'

Klausner quips about celebrities in her Hulu series, Difficult People. Critic John Powers calls War Dogs "jauntily enjoyable." I Contain Multitudes author Ed Yong discusses our internal ecosystems.

Fresh Air Weekend: Julie Klausner; 'War Dogs'; Rebalancing The 'Microbes Within Us'

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