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The 10 Most Popular 'Fresh Air' Interviews Of 2017

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:42am

In 2017, Fresh Air marked 30 years as a nationally syndicated, daily radio program by doing what it does best: more in-depth interviews.

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

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 2:00pm

The 85-year-old novelist worked for MI5 and MI6 early in his career. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," he says of those years. Originally broadcast Sept. 5, 2017.

Size (And Sound) Matters When It Comes To Bubbles In Your Sparkling Wine

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 10:17am

Scientists at the University of Texas listened to the bubbles in a champagne and a sparkling wine and found that the more expensive product had smaller, busier bubbles.

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Year In Review: Latino Culture In The Arts In 2017

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:02am

It seems Latino culture was everywhere in the arts this year. Noel King talks to Carolina Miranda, culture writer for the Los Angeles Times, about how Latino culture was represented in 2017.

Want To Buy A Vowel? Vanna White Looks Back On 35 Years At The 'Wheel'

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:01am

Vanna White has spent the last 35 years turning letters on the game show Wheel of Fortune. She says her job can seem silly, but she loves it: "You can't solve the puzzle if I don't turn the letter!"

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Germany's 'In The Fade' Flips The Script On The Terrorism Film

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:33pm

Filmmaker Fatih Akin says he made In the Fade to spotlight something terrorism stories often overlook: the victims. It follows a woman whose husband and 6-year old son have been murdered by neo-Nazis.

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Patton Oswalt: Falling In Love Again Was Like 'Getting Hit By Lightning Twice'

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:37pm

After the sudden death of his first wife in April 2016, Oswalt felt his life slipping away. But over the past year, things took a turn. Originally broadcast Nov. 27, 2017.

Got The Scoop On The Gardner Museum Art Heist? You Have 4 Days To Earn $10 Million

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 9:46am

In 1990, two men stole 13 pieces of art from a Boston museum. They're worth half a billion dollars ... if you could sell them. On the other hand, the museum has a hefty reward for their whereabouts.

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In 'The Power,' Women Develop A Weapon That Changes Everything

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:34pm

Naomi Alderman's new novel imagines a world in which women suddenly pose a physical threat to men. Alderman says it was gratifying to imagine how characters might use that power to fight back.

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2017 Has Been A Great Year For Women In TV

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:00pm

Female performers, producers and writers brought some amazing projects to screens this year, including The Handmaid's Tale, Better Things and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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'Florida Project' Tops David Edelstein's List Of The Year's Best Films

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 1:13pm

In a year dominated by stories of sexual harassment and abuse, Fresh Air's movie critic says his favorite films featured voices that aren't heard from enough.

Lin-Manuel Miranda On Disney, Mixtapes And Why He Won't Try To Top 'Hamilton'

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 1:13pm

Miranda says he doesn't feel the need to duplicate the success of Hamilton. "If you think in terms of topping, you're in the wrong business," he says. Originally broadcast Jan. 3, 2017.

Americans Love Spices. So Why Don't We Grow Them?

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 4:01am

Buying local fruit, vegetables, and meat has become increasingly popular in the United States, but we still import most of our spices. Some say homegrown spices are a growth opportunity for farmers.

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Illustrator Maira Kalman Moving To The Stage With Choreographer John Heginbotham

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 3:36pm

Kalman is collaborating on a stage work with choreographer John Heginbotham. The piece is based on The Principles of Uncertainty, and is all about living while knowing you're going to die.

Illustrator Maira Kalman Moving To The Stage With Choreographer John Heginbotham

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 3:36pm

Kalman is collaborating on a stage work with choreographer John Heginbotham. The piece is based on The Principles of Uncertainty, and is all about living while knowing you're going to die.

Doctor Who Says Goodbye To Peter Capaldi As Show Prepares For First Female Doctor

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 3:36pm

On Tuesday Dec. 19, BBC America began a Doctor Who marathon. It ends on Christmas Day with a goodbye to Peter Capaldi, as the Doctor. His replacement will be Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor in the show's 54-year history.

Illustrator Maira Kaufman Moving To The Stage With Choreographer John Heginbotham

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 3:36pm

The celebrated illustrator Maira Kaufman, who has designed many New Yorker covers, The Principles of Uncertainty, and contributed to the illustrated Elements of Style is now collaborating on a stage work with choreographer John Heginbotham, formerly of the Mark Morris Dance Group. The piece is based on The Principles of Uncertainty, and is all about living while knowing you're going to die.

'All The Money' Re-Shoot Was Decided 'In A Heartbeat,' Ridley Scott Says

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 3:36pm

After Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct, director Ridley Scott raced to save his film. He gathered the cast and crew and shot 22 scenes in nine days — this time with Christopher Plummer.

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For Children, A Good Booger Joke Helps The Medicine Go Down

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 6:00am

Dr. Howard Bennett knows that humor can help his young patients be less worried when they're at the doctor's office. In his latest book, he uses gross-out jokes to explain how kids' bodies work.

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Retro-Games And Consoles Are The Latest Craze in the Gamer World

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 3:58am

Many gamers are spending big money on retro-games and their consoles, even as new games and consoles are released. What's with this craze to keep the past alive?

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