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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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Duplass Brothers On Working Together And Growing Apart: 'We Are Ex-Soulmates'

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 12:05pm

Filmmaker siblings Jay and Mark Duplass have been making movies together since they were kids. More recently, Mark says, "We had to dig out space from that beautiful co-dependence."

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Sharply Written 'Mars Room' Ventures Behind The Bars Of Women's Prison

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 1:22pm

Rachel Kushner's new novel centers on a young mother serving two consecutive life sentences for murdering a man who'd been stalking her. Critic John Powers calls The Mars Room "searingly intelligent."

How 'Peasant Food' Helped Chef Lidia Bastianich Achieve Her 'American Dream'

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:18pm

Bastianich grew up eating farm-to-table meals with her Italian family. After they fled Europe as refugees and emigrated to America, she drew on those childhood meals in opening her first restaurant.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Michelle Wolf; Journalist Alex Wagner's 'Futureface'

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

Wolf stands by her controversial performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner: "I wouldn't change a single word." Wagner talks about her search for the roots of her mixed-race ancestry.

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As New Lynching Memorial Opens, A Look Back On America's History Of Racial Terrorism

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 2:29pm

We listen back to interviews with historian Philip Dray, author of At the Hands of Persons Unknown, and James Allen, who collected postcard "souvenirs" of lynchings for Without Sanctuary.

2 Women Share The Stress And Sleeplessness Of Motherhood In 'Tully'

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 2:29pm

An exhausted mother hires a free-spirited night nurse to tend to her baby in a Diablo Cody's latest film. Critic David Edelstein calls Tully a "strange and mythic" movie.

My Great-Grandfather Narrowly Escaped A Lynch Mob — He Was 11 Years Old

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 1:19pm

The horror of lynchings has always been a part of my ancestral memory. But knowing the real story of my own family's brush with lynching? It made it real.

'A Distinctive Voice': Tracey Thorn Goes On 'Record'

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 2:53pm

The Everything but the Girl singer stepped away from performing two decades ago in order to start a family. Now, she sings about the different stages of women's lives on her latest solo album, Record.

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Ashley Monroe Embraces Countrypolitan Classicism On 'Sparrow'

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 1:37pm

Critic Ken Tucker says that Monroe's moody new album proves that the singer/songwriter is "working in a space that's almost entirely separate from anyone else in country music right now."

'Soul Of America' Makes Sense Of Nation's Present By Examining Its Past

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 1:37pm

Presidential historian Jon Meacham says looking back at times when the nation was divided by partisan fury and racial strife can help shed light on "the politics of the moment."

Remembering Abbas, A Photographer Focused On The Religions Of The World

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:57pm

The Iranian-born photographer told Fresh Air in 2015 that he was less interested in personal belief than in "what people do in the name of God." Abbas died in Paris on April 25.

Comic Michelle Wolf Responds To Backlash: 'I'm Glad I Stuck To My Guns'

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:57am

Though critics argued that the comedian's barbed monologue at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner was too pointed, Wolf stands by her set: "I wouldn't change a single word."

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A Weird-But-True Story Takes Flight In 'The Feather Thief'

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 1:55pm

Kirk Wallace Johnson's new book chronicles the real-life heist of 299 rare bird skins from Britain's Tring Museum in 2009. Maureen Corrigan says The Feather Thief reads like a "classic thriller."

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A Journalist Seeks Out Her Roots, But Finds Few Answers In The Soil

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 1:40pm

Alex Wagner says the birth of her son made her want to learn more about her heritage. "I wanted to tell my son a story that was true," she says. Wagner chronicles her journey in Futureface.

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Fresh Air Weekend: CNN's Jake Tapper; Poet Gregory Pardlo

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 8:00am

The CNN anchor talks about his new novel, The Hellfire Club. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a four-disc reissue of Louis Armstrong. Pardlo discusses his new memoir, Air Traffic.

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Remembering 'Schoolhouse Rock!' Jazz Musician Bob Dorough

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 1:59pm

Dorough, who died Monday, spoke with Terry Gross in 1982 and 1996. He told her his career was launched when an advertising executive asked him to put the multiplication tables to music.

Louis Armstrong Lays Bare The Studio Process In 'Pops Is Tops'

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 1:59pm

A new four-disc compilation presents recordings Armstrong made for Verve in 1957. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the album includes a wealth of alternate takes, warm-ups and rehearsal sequences.

CNN's Jake Tapper On McCarthyism, Trump And The 'Jar Jar Binks Principle'

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 12:38pm

Tapper's new novel, The Hellfire Club, takes place in 1954 during Sen. Joseph McCarthy's Communist "witch hunt" — a time he describes as "very resonant" with the current political climate.

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From BlocBoy JB And Drake To Post Malone, A Roundup Of Catchy Hip-Hop

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 1:01pm

Rock critic Ken Tucker shares some hits he's listening to, including BlocBoy JB and Drake's upbeat "Look Alive" and the moody sound of Post Malone's "Walk It Talk It."

How America's White Power Movement Coalesced After The Vietnam War

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:39pm

Author Kathleen Belew says that as America's disparate racist groups came together in the 1970s and '80s, the movement's goal shifted from one of "vigilante activism" to something more wide-reaching.

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