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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' Marks The Return Of 'Better Call Saul' By Dipping Into The Archives

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 1:36pm

With the Breaking Bad spinoff about to begin its fourth season, Fresh Air presents archival interviews with star Bob Odenkirk, co-creator Peter Gould and actors Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks.

In The Wake Of Charlottesville, Journalist Begins 'Documenting Hate' In America

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 2:06pm

A.C. Thompson warns that white power groups in the U.S. increasingly view themselves as paramilitary organizations. His reporting is featured in a new FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigation.

Documentary Reveals The 'Secret History' Of Hollywood Pimp Scotty Bowers

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 1:52pm

A veteran of World War II, Bowers bought a gas station on Hollywood Boulevard in 1946 and began arranging trysts for stars. A new documentary that's "as sympathetic as it is lurid" tells his story.

Scientists Are 'Spying On Whales' To Learn How They Eat, Talk And ... Walked?

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 1:15pm

Paleobiologist Nick Pyenson is dedicated to uncovering the "hidden lives" of whales. Forty to 50 million years ago, he says, whales had four legs and lived at least part of their lives on land.

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'The Incendiaries' Is An Angsty Back-To-School Novel About Believing In God

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 12:32pm

R. O. Kwon's pensive debut novel charts a well-worn path from eager innocence to bruised experience. But it tweaks the conventional campus novel formula in a few crucial ways.

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Tony Shalhoub On 'Mrs. Maisel' And Questioning His Worth As An Actor

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:43pm

The former Monk star recently won a Tony for his role in The Band's Visit and is up for an Emmy for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Despite his success, he still feels like each role could be his last.

New Bethany Beardslee Release Heralds The Golden Age Of German And Viennese Singers

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:43pm

Though known for her avant-garde concert performances, the 92-year-old soprano recorded songs by 19th-century classical composers, including Schubert, Schumann and Brahms, when she was turning 60.

A College Discussion Leads To An Improvised Jam Session — And 'Seraphic Light'

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 1:53pm

Last year, Tufts University hosted a symposium on Art, Race and Politics, which included a panel discussion (and later a concert) with musicians Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp and William Parker.

Journalist Held Captive By Pirates Says Focus And Forgiveness Were Crucial

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 1:49pm

After being kidnapped in Somalia, Michael Scott Moore considered suicide. Then he experienced an "incredible mental transformation" that enabled him to forgive the people who were causing him pain.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Miseducation Of Cameron Post' Creators; Writer Michael Arceneaux

Sat, 07/28/2018 - 8:00am

Desiree Akhavan's film, based on Emily Danforth's novel, centers on a teen sent to gay conversion therapy. Critic Ken Tucker reviews Lori McKenna's new album. Arceneaux's memoir is I Can't Date Jesus.

Stephen King: 'My Imagination Was Very Active — Even At A Young Age'

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:55pm

Bad things happen in Castle Rock, a new Hulu series based on King's fictional town. King spoke to Fresh Air in 1992, 2000 and 2013 about his career writing horror and his fear of losing his mind.

Tom Cruise Keeps Gaining Momentum In 'Mission: Impossible — Fallout'

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:55pm

Cruise shows no sign of slowing down as he takes on the role of secret agent Ethan Hunt once again. Critic Justin Chang says the new Mission: Impossible is full of "exhilarating, large-scale action."

'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' And 'Nanette' Brim With Heart And Humanity

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:47pm

Morgan Neville's moving documentary about Fred Rogers and Netflix's stand-up special starring Australian comic Hannah Gadsby both refuse to play along with established genre conventions.

Accused Russian Agent Maria Butina's Story Reveals Pro-Putin Views In The U.S.

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:47pm

Washington Post investigative journalist Rosalind Helderman says Butina was welcomed by members of the Christian right and the NRA who had "become intrigued with Putin's Russia."

'Miseducation Of Cameron Post' Creators Take Aim At Gay Conversion Therapy

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 1:01pm

Desiree Akhavan's new film, based on Emily Danforth's 2012 young adult novel, centers on a high school girl who's sent to a Christian conversion center after she's caught kissing her girlfriend.

Lori McKenna Brings Plainspoken Modesty And Intimate Acoustics To 'The Tree'

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 1:50pm

A Massachusetts native who struck gold further South as a country music songwriter, McKenna solidifies her status as a recording artist in her own right on her latest album.

In 'Give Me Your Hand,' A Bond Forged By Secrets Can't Be Broken

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 1:50pm

Megan Abbott's new novel centers on a two young women whose high school friendship has morphed into professional rivalry. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Give Me Your Hand a "spectacular thriller."

Food Writer Becomes A Butcher To Better Understand The Value Of Meat

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 1:37pm

Camas Davis wanted to learn about conscientious farming, slaughtering and eating, so she moved to France and became an apprentice at a small, family-run slaughterhouse. Her memoir is Killing it.

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Remembering Adrian Cronauer, The DJ Who Inspired 'Good Morning Vietnam'

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 1:20pm

Cronauer, who died last week, hosted an armed forces radio show in Saigon during the Vietnam War and later was the subject of a film starring comic Robin Williams. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Growing Up Black, Gay And Catholic In Texas, Memoirist Put His Faith In Beyoncé

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 1:20pm

Michael Arceneaux's new book, I Can't Date Jesus, is a collection of essays about his early years. Beyoncé, he says, taught him a valuable lesson: "Just be yourself and be very good at what you do."




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