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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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Fresh Air Weekend: Michael K. Williams; A Dystopian 'Natural Way'; Sharon Jones

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 8:00am

Williams, who played Omar on The Wire, talks about separating himself from characters. Critic John Powers reviews The Natural Way of Things. Singer Jones still performs, despite a cancer diagnosis.

Remembering Hollywood 'Ghost Singer' Marni Nixon

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 12:51pm

Nixon, who died on Sunday, was a classically trained actress who mostly worked behind the scenes. She dubbed vocals for many films, including My Fair Lady. Originally broadcast in 2001.

Remembering Tim LaHaye, Co-Author Of The Apocalyptic 'Left Behind' Series

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 12:51pm

LaHaye, who died earlier this week, was a fundamentalist Christian and a longtime leader of the religious right. His Left Behind books sold more than 50 million copies. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2002.

'Jason Bourne' Returns, In A Dizzying And Frenetic Thriller

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 12:51pm

Actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass pair up again for another chapter in the series about a rogue CIA assassin. Critic David Edelstein says Jason Bourne is very flashy — but not much fun.

Not A Feminist? Caitlin Moran Asks, Why Not?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 12:51pm

Moran says that most women who don't want to be called feminists don't understand the term. She writes about high heels, housework and abortion in How to Be a Woman. Originally broadcast Aug. 1, 2012.

Is Trump's Call For 'Law And Order' A Coded Racial Message?

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:06pm

Donald Trump's promise to be the "law-and-order" candidate revived a slogan often associated with Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign. Linguist Geoff Nunberg discusses the term's racial underpinings

Soul Singer Sharon Jones: 'The Cancer Is Here, But I Want To Perform'

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 1:35pm

In 2013, the energetic lead singer for The Dap-Kings was forced to take a hiatus from the band after she was diagnosed with cancer. The documentary Miss Sharon Jones! follows her musical comeback.

Covering Hillary Clinton, A Candidate 'Forged In The Crucible' Of Conflict

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:01pm

As a reporter for The New York Times, Amy Chozick's beat is Hillary Clinton. But, Chozick says, it's hard to get to know a candidate who "has been so scarred" by her decades in the public eye.

The Rise And Fall Of FOX News CEO Roger Ailes

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:09pm

Ailes resigned last week amid allegations of sexual harassment. Biographer Gabriel Sherman joins Fresh Air to discuss the accusations, as well as Ailes' influence on political discourse in America.

The Enduring Musical Influence Of Electric Guitarist Charlie Christian

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:09pm

Born in 1916, Christian died when he was just 25 years old. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead calls him "the single greatest influence on a signature 20th-century instrument."

Dystopian Novel Challenges Misogyny As 'The Natural Way Of Things'

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:09pm

Charlotte Wood's short, gripping book focuses on 10 women who have been sent to a prison camp after various sex scandals. Critic John Powers calls The Natural Way of Things a ferocious novel.

R&B Singer Maxwell Is Majestic — And Vulnerable — On 'blackSUMMERS'night'

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 1:55pm

Maxwell creates an atmosphere of free-floating sensuality on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the record is "dreamy and roomy enough to accommodate a wide array of emotions."

No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 1:55pm

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.

Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Mike Birbiglia; 'Zero Day'; 'Veep' Showrunner David Mandel

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 8:00am

Birbiglia discusses his new film, Don't Think Twice. John Powers reviews Zero Days, a documentary about computer malware. Veep's David Mandel talks about the current season of the show.

'Star Trek Beyond' Is An Unapologetically Wild Ride, Steeped In Human Drama

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:49pm

The Enterprise has been destroyed and its inhabitants have been thrown to the winds in the latest of the Star Trek series. Critic David Edelstein calls it a well-made action-adventure film.

Block The Vote: A Journalist Discusses Voting Rights And Restrictions

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:47pm

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed racial discrimination in voting. But author Ari Berman says a 2013 Supreme Court ruling blocks the enforcement. Originally broadcast Aug. 10, 2015.

Why A Black Teen Who Was Beaten By Police Decided To Join The NYPD

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:35pm

Eric Adams joined the police department intent on reforming it. "If I was not a voice for change it would bother me," he says. He was on the force for 22 years. Now he is Brooklyn's borough president.

Recent Police Shootings Stir A Memory For A Former Philadelphia Officer

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:35pm

Tom Gibbons had to retire from the police force after being shot three times during a traffic stop in 1970. He then became a reporter and covered the police for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

'I'm Petrified For My Children': Will Racism And Guns Lead To America's Ruin?

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:44am

Novelist Mat Johnson says the nation's unresolved racial legacy, our love of guns and our method of policing have put the country on a fatal and disastrous path.

Why A Black Teen Who Was Beaten By Police Decided To Join The NYPD

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 10:21am

Eric Adams joined the police department intent on reforming it. "If I was not a voice for change it would bother me," he says. He was on the force for 22 years. Now he is Brooklyn's borough president.

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