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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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'Rocky And Bullwinkle' Reboot Is Good — Just Not As Great As The Original

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:51pm

Critic David Bianculli describes Amazon's Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle as a slightly more stylized — though ultimately "hit and miss" — version of the classic cartoon.

Novelist Michael Chabon: 'My Family And Kids Have Been My Gang'

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:51pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author writes about his relationship with his father, as well as his own experiences as the parent of four, in Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces.

Fresh Air Weekend: Actress Annette Bening; Comic Tig Notaro

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 8:00am

Bening describes acting as "a fabulous way to expand your own heart." Critic Ken Tucker reviews Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy. Notaro's new Netflix special is Happy to Be Here.

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HBO's Heavy-Handed 'Fahrenheit 451' Lacks The Poetry Of Ray Bradbury's Original

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 1:21pm

Critic Dave Bianculli says that the new TV movie "dilutes and deflates" the 1953 novel it draws from. Viewers should "skip the movie, and go back and read Bradbury's book."

In Life And Fiction, Edward St. Aubyn Sheds The Weight Of His Past

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 1:21pm

St. Aubyn's semi-autobiographical novels featuring Patrick Melrose, an Englishman from a posh but monstrous family, are now the basis of a Showtime miniseries. Originally broadcast May 20, 2014.

How Trump's 'War' On The 'Deep State' Is Leading To The Dismantling Of Government

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:57pm

New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos says that hundreds of non-partisan civil servants, considered not loyal enough to the administration, have been marginalized or pushed out of government entirely.

'First Reformed' Asks: 'Will God Forgive Us For Destroying His Creation?'

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 1:41pm

Director Paul Schrader's film tackles war and climate change with a fierce moral anger. Critic Justin Chang says Schrader makes no attempt to conceal the fact that he's written a polemic.

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Comic Tig Notaro Wants You To Know She's 'Happy To Be Here'

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 1:41pm

After her set about having cancer went viral in 2012, Notaro struggled with the perception that her stand-up was only "dark and edgy." Her new Netflix special begins streaming May 22.

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Tom Wolfe: Writing Nonfiction 'Became A Great Game And A Great Experiment'

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 3:59pm

Wolfe began experimenting with nonfiction writing techniques in the 1960s. The "new journalism" pioneer and best-selling author died Monday. He spoke with Fresh Air in 1987 and 2012.

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'Reluctant Psychonaut' Michael Pollan Embraces The 'New Science' Of Psychedelics

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:17pm

Author Michael Pollan, who experimented with mushrooms, LSD and other psychedelics while researching his latest book, says: "I had an experience that was by turns frightening and ecstatic and weird."

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'I'm Just So Invested': Krysten Ritter On Becoming 'Jessica Jones'

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 1:49pm

Ritter loves the complex role of the atypical superhero. "I am doing the most work when I'm not saying lines," she says. The second season was released on Netflix in March.

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Before His Death, Robin Williams Felt He Couldn't 'Be Funny Anymore'

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 1:18pm

Reporter Dave Itzkoff's new biography examines the life and death of the comedian. After Williams took his life in 2014, an autopsy revealed he had Lewy body dementia, which causes memory problems.

Fresh Air Weekend: Singer-Songwriter Tracey Thorn; Chef Lidia Bastianich

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 8:00am

Thorn sings about the different stages of women's lives on her new solo album. Maureen Corrigan reviews Barracoon, by Zora Neale Hurston. Bastianich's new memoir is My American Dream.

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Rapper Cardi B Expands Her Musical Range On 'Invasion Of Privacy'

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 3:34pm

Though Cardi B's instinctive pose is that of a tough realist, her debut album allows for more vulnerable moments. Critic Ken Tucker calls Invasion of Privacy a "statement of principles."

How Black Leaders Unwittingly Contributed To The Era Of Mass Incarceration

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 3:34pm

In Locking Up Our Own, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Forman Jr. argues that African-American leaders helped shape policies that harmed black communities. Originally broadcast July 17, 2017.

Annette Bening: Acting Is 'A Fabulous Way To Expand Your Own Heart'

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 2:09pm

Bening stars in a new screen adaptation of Anton Chekhov's 1895 play The Seagull. Though she's made her career in film and television, Bening was initially much more comfortable onstage.

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Cumberbatch Is A Riveting 'Patrick Melrose,' An Aristocrat Haunted By His Past

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 1:59pm

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the Showtime miniseries, based on novels by Edward St. Aubyn. Critic David Bianculli finds the show wickedly funny, searingly dramatic and unforgettably gripping.

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Richly Atmospheric 'Beast' Is A Thriller That Outshines Its Genre

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 1:05pm

Critic Justin Chang says Beast, a film about two lovers on an island where a serial killer has been terrorizing residents, is "engrossing from start to finish" — despite its genre trappings.

Reporter On New Email Dump That Reveals Secret Inner Workings Of The EPA

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 1:05pm

New York Times reporter Eric Lipton says the response to a recent FOIA request shows that Scott Pruitt and his staff have gone to great lengths to keep the public and the news media at a distance.

'Barracoon' Offers A Vivid, First-Hand Account Of Slavery In America

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 1:59pm

In 1927, author Zora Neale Huston interviewed Cudjo Lewis, the last known living person who could recount the experience of being taken captive in Africa and transported on a slave ship to America.

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