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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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Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:24pm

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Originally broadcast Oct. 20, 2015.

Electric Currents And An 'Emotional Awakening' For One Man With Autism

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:50pm

Switched On author John Elder Robison says the emotional empathy he gained after receiving transcranial magnetic stimulation was intense. "It's like I lost a protective shield," he says.

'Scary Old Sex': Stories Of Love From The Aged

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:18pm

Seventy-four-year-old author Arlene Heyman discusses her debut short-story collection, which focuses on the sex lives and intimate relationships of characters in their 60s and 70s.

Henry Threadgill Doubles Up On 'Old Locks And Irregular Verbs'

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:18pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer doesn't play on his new jazz album, but critic Kevin Whitehead says Old Locks and Irregular Verbs is nevertheless a perfect introduction to Threadgill's voice.

From A Whaling Ship To A Mysterious Painting, New Novels Deliver Big Thrills

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:18pm

Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says Ian McGuire's The North Water and Dominic Smith's The Last Painting of Sara de Vos are suspenseful historical novels that may just give readers nightmares.

A Thrilling TV Adaptation Of John Le Carré's 'Night Manager'

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:13pm

Le Carré's 1993 novel comes to life in a six-part AMC series. John Powers says the show, which jets from Egyptian streets to posh Alpine lodges, is one of the most enjoyable thrillers he's seen on TV.

David Duchovny On Baseball And How 'X-Files' Made Him A Better Writer

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:13pm

The co-star of the X-Files discusses his novel, Bucky F*cking Dent, about a son reuniting with his absentee father. Duchovny earned a master's degree in literature before starting his TV career.

Peter Wolf's 'Cure for Loneliness'? Music With An Undercurrent Of Melancholy

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 2:17pm

The former lead singer for the J. Geils Band has been making albums on his own since the mid-1980s. Reviewer Ken Tucker says his latest is one of the most varied collections Wolf has ever recorded.

Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being 'Loved To Death'?

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 2:12pm

Each year, the park attracts millions of visitors and provides a home to countless animal species. But journalist David Quammen warns that balancing tourism and preservation can be tricky.

Fresh Air Weekend: W. Kamau Bell; Julian Lage's 'Arclight'; 'Shugs & Fats'

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 8:00am

Comic W. Kamau Bell visits places he is afraid to go on his new series. Kevin Whitehead reviews Julian Lage's new album. Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz discuss their sketch-comedy series Shugs & Fats.

Thrilling And Kinetic, Updated 'Jungle Book' Is 'A Triumph'

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:41pm

Jon Favreau's adaptation of the Disney classic reprises the story of a little boy raised by wolves. Critic David Edelstein says The Jungle Book seamlessly blends computer animation and storytelling.

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:41pm

Research shows that teenagers' brains are not fully insulated, which means that signals move slowly. Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains. Originally broadcast Jan. 28, 2015.

Comic W. Kamau Bell On Standing Tall And Finding Humor In America's Racism

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 2:24pm

The comedian attends a Ku Klux Klan rally and a cross burning on his new series, United Shades of America. He describes the series as a travel show that takes him to places where he's afraid to go.

Jazz Guitarist Julian Lage On 'Arclight' And Shifting Musical Genres

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 1:05pm

Lage began playing guitar at the age of 5 and appeared on stage at the Grammys at 13. He talks to Fresh Air about growing up a guitar prodigy, his father's gentle coaching and his new trio album.

'Door To Door' Reveals The Magnificent — And Maddening — Story of Traffic

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 1:05pm

Edward Humes describes his new book as a "transportation detective story" that chronicles the hidden characters, locations and machinery driving our same-day-delivery, traffic-packed world.

A Clash Of Manners And Monsters In Edna O'Brien's 'Little Red Chairs'

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 1:15pm

A charismatic stranger in a remote Irish village turns out to be a war criminal in O'Brien's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book "one of [O'Brien's] best and most ambitious novels yet."

A Web Comedy Series Is 'Walking The Line Between Hipsters And Hijabis'

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 1:15pm

Comics Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz play Muslim immigrants dealing with speed dating, cat calls and other aspects of life in secular New York in their sketch-comedy series Shugs & Fats.

Guitar Prodigy Julian Lage Finds His Sweet Spot With 'Arclight'

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:15pm

Lage mixes jazz, blues and swing on his new trio album with Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Lage really hits his stride in Arclight.

'Alice & Oliver' Novelist On Marriage, Cancer And The Pain Of Uncertainty

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:15pm

Charles Bock's wife died from leukemia just before their daughter's 3rd birthday. Bock relived the final years of her life while writing his new novel. "I was just shattered," he says of the loss.

Fresh Air Weekend: Samantha Bee; Robbie Fulks' New Album; The 'Start-Up Bubble'

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 8:00am

Samantha Bee discusses Full Frontal and the freedom of her 40s. Critic Ken Tucker reviews Robbie Fulks' new album, Upland Stories. Laid-Off Journalist Dan Lyons describes working at a tech start-up.

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