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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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Jens Lekman Infuses Love Songs With Transporting Metaphors On 'Life Will See You Now'

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 1:20pm

The Swedish singer-songwriter's new album owes more to pop, disco and hip-hop than it does to rock or folk. Critic Ken Tucker says Life Will See You Now is marked by a "transporting loveliness."

'How To Be A Muslim' Author On Being A Spokesperson For His Faith

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 1:20pm

"Professional Muslim" Haroon Moghul says, "Every time something bad happens you're called upon to apologize. ... Your entire identity is pegged to events in other parts of the world."

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The 'End Of Loyalty' And The Decline Of Good Jobs In America

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:11pm

Author Rick Wartzman says that jobs offering security, decent wages and good benefits are becoming harder to find, in part because of automation, globalization and the weakening of unions.

'Everything Is Up For Grabs': Life Inspires Art For 'Catastrophe' Co-Creator

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:11pm

Sharon Horgan isn't shy about borrowing from real life for her Amazon comedy series about relationships. "I am my own provider of material," she says.

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50 Years Later, Producer Remixes 'Sgt. Pepper' To 'Bring It Into The Modern World'

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 12:26pm

Giles Martin says he included outtakes and raw performances in the new box set to show "how human the making of Sgt. Pepper was." Originally broadcast June 1, 2017.

'Golden Hill' Recalls The Dark Alleys And Twisted Virtue Of 18th-Century NYC

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:50pm

Francis Spufford's latest novel is set in 1746 Lower Manhattan, a world of spies, thieves, card sharks and crooked bankers. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Golden Hill "intelligent and entertaining."

Rhiannon Giddens Speaks For The Silenced

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:50pm

Giddens' Freedom Highway is an exploration of African-American experiences, accompanied by an instrument with its own uniquely African-American story: the banjo. Originally broadcast May 11, 2017.

Despite A Strong Start, 'Modern Gods' Falls Short Of Its Promise

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:50pm

Critic Maureen Corrigan says Nick Laird's latest novel begins as a tale of two Irish sisters, but ultimately turns into "a lot of wild blather" about political and religious orthodoxies.

Fresh Air Weekend: Revisiting The Donner Party; 'Okja'; Reporting On Extremist Groups

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 8:00am

Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism. Justin Chang reviews the new film Okja. Journalist Souad Mekhennet's new memoir is I Was Told To Come Alone.

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Nigerian Drummer Tony Allen Revisits His Jazz Roots In A Salute To Art Blakey

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:18pm

Allen mixes African, European and American beats on his new album, A Tribute to Art Blakey. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the record showcases the way that musicians "bat ideas back and forth."

Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:18pm

After starring in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Originally broadcast June 27, 2016.

Sam Elliott On Career Longevity, Playing Tough And His Iconic Role In 'Lebowski'

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 2:05pm

Elliott says that being selective about the roles he takes has helped him maintain his acting career for nearly 50 years. He plays an aging actor with a stalled career in the new film, The Hero.

What Happens When The Heroin Epidemic Hits Small Town America?

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 2:05pm

West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the country. New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot interviewed addicts, their families and health professionals to understand why.

The Battle Over American Health Care: What's At Stake In The Senate's Bill

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 1:13pm

Vox.com correspondent Sarah Kliff says Republicans determined to replace and repeal Obamacare are finding it's "awfully difficult to write a bill that would get rid of it entirely."

'Baby Driver' Is An Action-Packed, Elegant Joyride

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 1:13pm

Director Edgar Wright rejects computer-generated unreality and instead focuses on breathtaking driving in his new heist thriller. Critic David Edelstein says the result is terrifically entertaining.

'What Would You Do?' Author Wants To Stop Sensationalizing The Donner Party

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:33pm

In The Best Land Under Heaven, Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. He says "there's so much more" to the story.

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In Ambitious 'Okja,' A Teen Attempts To Save Her Super Pig From Slaughter

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:33pm

You'll root for 13-year-old Mija at every step of this new Netflix film. And Okja, the huge, genetically modified pig, is among the most touching and realistic computer-generated characters ever made.

'One Nation Under Gold' Explores America's Obsession With One Precious Metal

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:17pm

Author James Ledbetter says many of the nation's worst economic catastrophes happened while on the gold standard. His new book traces the fascination with gold as a symbol of permanence and quality.

There's Plenty Of Variety On Sexmob's Scrappy 'Cultural Capital'

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:17pm

Since the 1990s, New York trumpet player Steven Bernstein has been the ringleader of this occasional quartet. This recent album was recorded at a home studio and its rough-hewn quality is just right.

Fresh Air Weekend: Roxane Gay And Sherman Alexie

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:18am

This weekend we talk with the authors of two new memoirs: Gay's Hunger is the book "she wanted to write the least." And Alexie's You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is about growing up on a reservation.

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