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A More Reflective Leap On Elton John's 'Diving Board'

The pop star has a flair for the extravagant, to say the least, but his new album is stripped down. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the "Elton John excess," his fear of sex as a young man, and how Liberace's example encouraged John to make the piano a star instrument.


How OxyContin's Pain Relief Built 'A World Of Hurt.'

New York Times reporter Barry Meier's new e-book explores opiate painkillers and the consequences that come with long-term use. He focuses in particular on OxyContin, how it came to be prescribed for chronic pain, what the consequences have been, and how it became a street drug.


George Jones: A Wild Reputation, A Big Texas Sound.

The country musician nicknamed "The Possum" is known for his wild lifestyle as much as he's known for his No. 1 hits. In 1996, he joined Terry Gross for a conversation about his autobiography, I Lived to Tell It All.

This interview was originally broadcast on May 8, 1996.


Unpredictable, Unforgettable Russell Brand.

The British are crazy for actor and comedian Russell Brand, but he's not content to stop with his compatriots. With a comic triumph as a bad-boy rocker in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and a startlingly frank memoir called My Booky Wook, Brand is shooting for Stateside stardom.

This interview was first broadcast on April 6, 2009.


Richard Linklater's 'A Scanner Darkly.'

Writer/Director Richard Linklater's film, A Scanner Darkly, is now out on DVD. Based on the book by Philip K. Dick, about drug addiction, paranoia and surveillance, it stars Robert Downey Jr., and Keanu Reeves. Linklater is a self-taught director and his other films include Slacker, Dazed & Confused and The School of Rock. This interview originally aired on Jul. 10, 2006.


William Cope Moyers on Addiction and Redemption

William Cope Moyers is the son of journalist Bill Moyers. He's written a new memoir about his addiction to alcohol and crack cocaine and his recovery. He's been sober for twelve years and is the vice president for external affairs at the Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota. His new memoir is Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption

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