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Hosted by Terry Gross, Fresh Air from WHYY is the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. One of public radio's most popular programs, Fresh Air features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
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'Black Mirror' Creator Dramatizes Our Worst Nightmares About Technology

1 hour 37 min ago

The 3rd season of the dystopian series created by Charlie Brooker is soon available on Netflix. Inspired by shows like The Twilight Zone, it's about the unintended consequences of the digital age.

Cult TV Fans Will Find 'Rocky Horror' And 'Black Mirror' Smart And Provocative

1 hour 42 min ago

TV critic David Bianculli reviews Fox's remake of the classic '70s musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and season 3 of Black Mirror on Netflix. He says both shows leave viewers fully entertained.

For Film's Creators, 'Moonlight' Provided Space To Explore A Painful Past

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:58pm

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their own childhood experiences in making Moonlight, a film about a boy growing up in a Miami housing project.

New Album Offers A Varied Introduction To 'Queen of Gospel' Mahalia Jackson

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:23pm

In the 1940s and '50s, Jackson was the most famous gospel singer in the world. A new record, Moving On Up A Little Higher, presents never-released tracks from that era. Critic Milo Miles has a review.

Mary Oliver Issues A Full-Throated Spiritual Autobiography In 'Upstream'

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:23pm

Oliver's latest collection of essays reflect the author's passion for nature and literature. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Upstream presents a portrait of a visionary poet — and a "tough old broad."

Kidnapped, Then Forced Into The Sideshow: The True Story Of The Muse Brothers

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:23pm

Journalist Beth Macy talks about George and Willie Muse, black albino brothers who were born in the Jim Crow South and were forced to become circus freaks. Her new book, Truevine, retells their story.

Wadada Leo Smith Celebrates The Centennial Of America's National Parks

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 1:51pm

Five decades after Smith began recording, the trumpeter and composer is having his moment. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews America's National Parks, recorded by Smith's Golden Quintet.

How Free Web Content Traps People In An Abyss Of Ads And Clickbait

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 1:24pm

Author and law professor Tim Wu says much of the "free" content on the Web comes at a price to users, who are subjected to ads that are targeted specifically at them and increasingly hard to ignore.

Fresh Air Weekend: Gaby Hoffmann; Lucy Dacus' 'No Burden'; Jonathan Safran Foer

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 8:00am

Transparent star Gaby Hoffmann talks about her childhood in Manhattan's Chelsea Hotel. Critic Ken Tucker reviews Dacus' debut album. Safran Foer discusses his new novel, Here I Am.

Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 12:34pm

Woodson won the National Book Award for young people's literature in 2014 for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and is a finalist for another NBA this year. Originally broadcast Dec. 20, 2014.

Remembering Noted Civil Rights Attorney Jack Greenberg

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 12:34pm

Greenberg, who died Wednesday, was the last surviving attorney to argue the cases that led to the Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision. Originally broadcast in 1994 and 2004.

Documentary Offers A Wrenching Look At America's First Modern Gun Massacre

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 12:34pm

The animated film Tower revisits the day, in 1966, when a gunman began shooting from the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin. Critic David Edelstein calls the movie "extraordinary."

Revisiting The Off-Center, Oddly Eccentric Pop Music Of The Chills

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 12:21pm

The New Zealand band began releasing records on the Flying Nun label in the 1980s. Four decades later, they are still at it. Rock historian Ed Ward tells story of The Chills.

Vegan Chefs Show How To Make Even A Carrot The Centerpiece Of A Meal

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 12:21pm

V Street, the new cookbook by married chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, features recipes inspired by global street food. Jacoby says the right techniques can coax "amazing flavor" out of vegetables.

Bob Weir Sings About Pinto Ponies And Ghost Towns On 'Blue Mountain'

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 2:25pm

Best known as a founding member of the Grateful Dead, Weir goes solo on his new album, which was inspired by his time working as a ranch hand in Wyoming as a teen. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.

How The 'Cannabis Catch-22' Keeps Marijuana Classified As A Harmful Drug

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 2:22pm

Author John Hudak says federal law makes it hard to prove the medicinal value of marijuana. "As a Schedule 1 drug, it is very difficult to do research on the plant," he explains.

A Coming-Of Age Melodrama Is Steeped In Social Politics In 'The Mothers'

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:50pm

Britt Bennett's debut novel centers on three African-American friends dealing with their community's expectations and their own mistakes. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it is full of "mini epiphanies."

Jonathan Safran Foer On Marriage, Religion And Universal Balances

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:50pm

Safran Foer's new novel, Here I Am, is told from the points of view of different members of a Jewish family. He says it's about things falling apart — but also about "people trying to mend things."

'I Never Set Out To Be An Actor,' Says 'Transparent' Star Gaby Hoffmann

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 12:27pm

Hoffmann grew up in the Chelsea Hotel with her mother, an actress in Andy Warhol's Factory. Gaby appeared in Field of Dreams and other films as child, but says she saw acting as "a means to an end."

'Birth Of A Nation' Conforms To Hollywood's Standard Revenge Template

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:40pm

The new movie, which tells the story of Nat Turner's 1831 slave revolt, is a righteous-vigilante tale — and an answer to D.W. Griffith's 1915 film of the same name.




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