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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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Rep. John Lewis Looks Back On The Struggle For Voting Rights

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:43pm

Lewis speaks of growing up in Alabama in this 2009 interview. At the time, there was a county whose population was 80 percent African American that didn't have a single registered black voter.

Bleak, Mournful 'Manchester By The Sea' Packs An Emotional Punch

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:43pm

Casey Affleck is a man returning to his hometown to bury his brother and reconnect with his teen nephew in Manchester by the Sea. Critic David Eldestein calls the film draining, but also worth seeing.

Colson Whitehead's 'Underground Railroad' Is A Literal Train To Freedom

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:43pm

Whitehead was recently awarded the National Book Award for his novel about a young slave who has escaped a Georgia plantation and is heading north. Originally broadcast Aug. 8, 2016.

Casey Affleck: At First, Acting Was 'Nothing More Than A Day Off From School'

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 1:20pm

Growing up, a family friend was a casting director who would sometimes use Affleck as an extra. Now, years later, he's transitioned to leading man. His latest film is Manchester by the Sea.

Journalist Says Steve Bannon Had A 'Years-Long Plan' To Take Down Hillary Clinton

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 1:20pm

Bloomberg's Joshua Green discusses Bannon's work in the far right wing of the Republican party. Trump's chief strategist, Green says, was "one of the major figures" in Clinton's defeat.

To Make 'The Godfather' His Way, Francis Ford Coppola Waged A Studio Battle

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 1:28pm

Coppola was 29 years old when he signed on to direct a film. "I was young and had no power," he says, "so [the studio] figured they could just boss me around." But the young director fought back.

Could Trump 'Undermine The Legacy Of The Obama Presidency' With The Stroke Of A Pen?

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 1:06pm

New Yorker writer Evan Osnos talks about the executive orders and other actions that Trump can use to undo existing agreements on climate change, immigration and foreign policy.

The Deceptively Simple Sound Of Scott And Charlene's Wedding

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 1:13pm

Mid-Thirties Single Scene, the new album by the Australian group Scott and Charlene's Wedding, describes the thoughts and actions of a character who has just turned 34. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.

Anna Kendrick Says Acting Is 'The Way That I Learn About Other People'

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 1:13pm

The Pitch Perfect star started acting when she was 6. Back then, she says, she likely just did it for the attention. "Then it sort of transformed into something that was really meaningful for me."

Fresh Air Weekend: Actress Issa Rae; 'Certain Women'; The Creators Of 'Westworld'

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 8:00am

Rae talks about her HBO series Insecure. Critic John Powers praises the "quiet restraint and unhurried rhythm" of Certain Women. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy discuss their futuristic series Westworld.

Veterans Share Their Stories Of War And Its Consequences

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 12:44pm

To mark Veterans Day, Fresh Air presents interviews with Iraq War veterans Brian Castner and Kayla Williams, and WWII veteran Robert Kotlowitz. Also, Brian Turner reads his poem Here, Bullet.

Sci-Fi Saga 'Arrival' Asks: Can Humans Learn To Speak The Language Of Aliens?

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 12:35pm

Amy Adams plays a professor tasked with talking to eight-tentacled aliens in Denis Villeneuve's new film. Critic David Edelstein says Arrival is a strange and tantalizing puzzle.

Weird, Spirited 'Pieces Of Soap' Celebrates The Essays Of Stanley Elkin

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:23pm

Elkin, who died in 1995, was known for his satirical takes on American culture. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a new collection of essays that showcases the freshness of Elkin's work.

The Greatest Hits Of 'The Platinum Age Of Television'

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:23pm

"Television has really become where a lot of the action is right now," critic David Bianculli says. His new book revisits the best of the small screen — from I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead.

How Trump Broke Campaign Norms But Still Won The Election

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 11:43am

Fresh Air discusses the 2016 election with Atlantic Magazine correspondent James Fallows, who spent three years flying his own plane to small towns across the U.S., reporting on the people he met.

Feminist Western 'Certain Women' Takes On Friendship And Stoicism

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 2:53pm

Kelly Reichardt presents the interlocking lives of several Montana women in her new film, Certain Women. Critic John Powers calls it a work of "quiet restraint and unhurried rhythm."

'Awkward' And 'Insecure' Get To The Root Of Writer Issa Rae's Humor

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 2:53pm

As a self-described "awkward black girl," Rae says she often felt that she was straddling two worlds growing up. She drew on her own experiences to create the HBO series Insecure.

'Westworld' Creators Explore The 'Dark Thrills' Of The Digital Age

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 12:19pm

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy offer a pessimistic view of human nature in Westworld, HBO's futuristic TV series about a theme park that allows tourists to act out their Wild West fantasies.

'Doonesbury' Creator Has 'Great Fun' Putting Trump In A Comic Setting

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 12:19pm

"Donald and I go all the way back to when his hair was dark brown," Garry Trudeau jokes. His new book, Yuge!, is a collection of 30 years of comic strips featuring Trump as a character.

Fresh Air Weekend: Stephen Colbert; Leonard Cohen's New Album; Donald Glover

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 8:00am

The Late Show host says he has finally found his post-Colbert Report voice. Ken Tucker reviews Cohen's You Want It Darker. Glover challenges stereotypes about rappers in Atlanta.

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