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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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'Murder On The Orient Express' Moves In Inspired Fits And Starts

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 1:44pm

Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 mystery novel features a cast that rips into individual roles with gusto — but never fully jells as an ensemble.

'Hue 1968' Revisits An American 'Turning Point' In The War In Vietnam

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 1:44pm

Author Mark Bowden says the capture of Hue, Vietnam, was part of a wave of well-planned Communist attacks that helped turn U.S. public opinion against the war. Originally broadcast June 12, 2017.

Once An Underground Currency, Bitcoin Emerges As 'A New Way To Track Information'

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 1:22pm

The digital currency's value has gone from zero to $120 billion in nine years. Digital Gold author Nathaniel Popper says major banks are looking into the possibilities of its decentralized network.

'Three Billboards' Is a Vigilante-Revenge Thriller That Goes Off The Rails

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 1:22pm

Frances McDormand is a woman seeking justice for her murdered daughter in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. David Edelstein calls the film "fascinating, then perplexing, then annoying."

Biographer Sought To Write The Kind Of Book Lou Reed 'Deserved'

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:01am

"It wasn't like I had to go looking for the drugs and the sex," Anthony DeCurtis says. "Lou wrote about it ... so I felt it was fair game." DeCurtis' new book is Lou Reed: A Life.

(Image credit: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

Remembering Interdisciplinary Composer Muhal Richard Abrams

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:27pm

Critic Kevin Whitehead says Abrams, who died last week, was "steeped in jazz, but eager to take on a wider world." Abrams was a co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

Photographer Pete Souza Reflects On 8 Years (And 1.9 Million Photos) Of Obama

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:05pm

As the chief official White House photographer for President Obama, Souza sometimes shot more than 2,000 photos a day. "I was there all the time," he says. His new book is Obama: An Intimate Portrait.

(Image credit: Pete Souza/Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company, New York)

Michael Lewis: Many Trump Appointees Are Uninterested In The Agencies They Head Up

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 1:10pm

The Moneyball author is writing a series of articles for Vanity Fair about President Trump's picks to lead federal agencies — and the consequences of those appointments.

Brazilian Pianist Nelson Freire Brings An Uncannily Delicate Touch To 'Brahms'

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 1:10pm

Freire plays tribute to the noted German composer on his new album. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz doesn't always love Brahms, but he loves this recording.

Michael Lewis: Many Trump Appointees Are Uninterested In The Agencies They Head Up

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 1:10pm

The Moneyball author is writing a series of articles for Vanity Fair about President Trump's picks to lead federal agencies — and the consequences of those appointments.

Brazilian Pianist Nelson Freire Brings An Uncannily Delicate Touch To 'Brahms'

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 1:10pm

Freire plays tribute to the noted German composer on his new album. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz doesn't always love Brahms, but he loves this recording.

Fresh Air Weekend: Actor Jonathan Groff; Humorist John Hodgman

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 8:00am

Groff, who now stars in Mindhunter, talks about his most life-altering roles. Maureen Corrigan reviews new fiction by Tom Hanks and Matthew Weiner. Hodgman reflects on his mother's death.

(Image credit: Patrick Harbron/Netflix)

Fresh Air Weekend: Actor Jonathan Groff; Humorist John Hodgman

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 8:00am

Groff, who now stars in Mindhunter, talks about his most life-altering roles. Maureen Corrigan reviews new fiction by Tom Hanks and Matthew Weiner. Hodgman reflects on his mother's death.

(Image credit: Patrick Harbron/Netflix)

Netflix Adaptation Of Margaret Atwood's 'Alias Grace' Is Uncannily Relevant

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 1:58pm

Alias Grace tells the true story of an Irish immigrant who worked as a household maid in Canada in the 1850s and was later convicted of murder.

'Lady Bird' Soars With An Intimate Portrait Of Mother-Daughter Angst

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 1:58pm

The title character of Greta Gerwig's new comedy is a Sacramento high school senior who's in a love-hate relationship with her mother. Critic David Edelstein says Lady Bird is "packed with insight."

From Fire Hydrants To Rescue Work, Dogs Perceive The World Through Smell

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 1:58pm

Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer and much more. In her book Being A Dog, Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses. Originally broadcast Oct. 4, 2016.

Netflix Adaptation Of Margaret Atwood's 'Alias Grace' Is Uncannily Relevant

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 1:58pm

Alias Grace tells the true story of an Irish immigrant who worked as a household maid in Canada in the 1850s and was later convicted of murder.

'Lady Bird' Soars With An Intimate Portrait Of Mother-Daughter Angst

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 1:58pm

The title character of Greta Gerwig's new comedy is a Sacramento high school senior who's in a love-hate relationship with her mother. Critic David Edelstein says Lady Bird is "packed with insight."

From Fire Hydrants To Rescue Work, Dogs Perceive The World Through Smell

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 1:58pm

Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer and much more. In her book Being A Dog, Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses. Originally broadcast Oct. 4, 2016.

A Trio Of Veterans Embark On A Road Trip Together In 'Last Flag Flying'

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:49pm

Director Richard Linklater salutes the courage of our troops while casting a hard eye at the government machinery that sends them into battle. Justin Chang calls Last Flag Flying an elegiac comedy.

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