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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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Phoebe Robinson: There's No Excuse For The Lack Of Diversity In Comedy

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00pm

"There are so many talented, amazing people and if you're not booking them, it's either out of laziness or the fact you really don't care," says the co-host of the 2 Dope Queens podcast.

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'Washington Black' Is A Soaring Tale Of Enslavement And Escape

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:17am

Esi Edugyan's new novel centers on a boy who escapes slavery via hot air balloon — before crashing down to hard historical realities. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Washington Black "a wonder."

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'First Man' Director Damien Chazelle; Leonard Cohen's 'Flame'

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 8:00am

Chazelle's new film chronicles the personal losses leading up to Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon. Leonard Cohen's son, Adam, discusses a new collection of his late father's final works.

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Cult Icon John Waters On Breaking Taboos And Embracing Villains

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 1:08pm

The filmmaker behind Hairspray and Pink Flamingos made his name setting new lows in bad taste. The Baltimore Museum of Art now has a retrospective of his work. Originally broadcast 2004 and 2010.

'The Romanoffs' Feels Like A Short Story Collection, Made For The Screen

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:23am

Each episode of Matt Weiner's compelling new anthology series looks at a different person who is — or at least claims to be — a descendant of the infamous Romanov clan.

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'First Man' Captures The Upheaval Leading Up To Armstrong's 1969 Moon Landing

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:26pm

Justin Chang says a new film about the space race is one of the "noisiest, clunkiest, most inelegant movies about space travel ever made" — all of which helps convey the chaos of space travel.

'Sing Me Back Home' Showcases The Partnership Between Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:26pm

Dickens and Gerrard were successful solo folk musicians who also shared an eclectic approach to music. A new album of previously unreleased recordings feature the pair "unvarnished" and "unplugged."

How Notions Of Sex, Power And Consent Are Changing On College Campuses

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:26pm

Blurred Lines author Vanessa Grigoriadis says female college students were once told to protect themselves from sexual assault by learning self defense. Now, the focus is on changing men's behavior.

Yo-Yo Ma Presents Bach As A Wise And Spellbinding Storyteller In 'Six Evolutions'

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 1:44pm

Ma began learning Bach's famous cello suites when he was 4. Now in his 60s, Ma has released his third recording of the pieces. Critic Lloyd Schwartz says this latest iteration may be his favorite.

Chazelle's 'First Man' Chronicles Personal Losses Behind Armstrong's 'Giant Leap'

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 1:39pm

Director Damien Chazelle says his new film, which examines the years leading up to Neil Armstrong's monumental first step on the moon, is a story of "dreams — and the cost of pursuing those dreams."

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The 'Weaponization' Of Social Media — And Its Real-World Consequences

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 12:37pm

P.W. Singer and Emerson Brooking say social media has been manipulated to fuel popular uprisings and affect the course of military and political campaigns. Their new book is LikeWar.

'22 July' Chronicles Norwegian Terror Attacks As A Story Of Horror — And Hope

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 11:57am

Paul Greengrass' new film re-creates the 2011 attacks in which a right-wing terrorist killed 77 people, most of them teens. Critic John Powers says 22 July is a superb film that avoids sensationalism.

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New Collection Showcases Leonard Cohen's 'Obsession With Imperfection'

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 11:00am

Musician and writer Leonard Cohen died in 2016, leaving behind many unpublished poems and lyrics. His son Adam Cohen discusses The Flame, a collection of some of Leonard's final works.

Fresh Air Weekend: Infertility And 'Private Life'; Evan Osnos On Mark Zuckerberg

Sat, 10/06/2018 - 8:00am

Writer and director Tamara Jenkins says her experiences with IVF inspired her new film. David Edelstein reviews A Star is Born. Osnos discusses his recent New Yorker article about the Facebook CEO.

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Bradley Cooper And Lady Gaga Shine In A Winning Remake Of 'A Star is Born'

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:11pm

Critic David Edelstein says that despite the film's "mushy" story arc, it's hard to resist Cooper's remake of the classic film about an up-and-coming superstar.

A Look Back At How Virtuoso Jimmy Blanton Changed The Bass Forever

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:11pm

On what would have been Blanton's 100 birthday, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead recounts the ways in which the bassist revolutionized his instrument during his brief time on the music scene.

From Injury To Recovery, A Ballet Dancer Fought To Retire On Her Own Terms

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:11pm

Restless Creature, now available on Netflix, chronicles Wendy Whelan's recovery from hip surgery and her final performance with the New York City Ballet. Originally broadcast July 10, 2017.

The Central Question Behind Facebook: 'What Does Mark Zuckerberg Believe In?'

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 12:49pm

Facebook and its CEO have come up against "a growing and really serious decline of public trust, both among politicians and among the general public," New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos says.

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Smart, Unsentimental 'Heartland' Pays Tribute To America's Working Class

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:32am

Sarah Smarsh grew up as a member of the white working class in rural Kansas. In a new memoir, she examines the crushing ways in which class shapes possibility in the U.S.

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How A 'By-Any-Means-Necessary' Quest For A Child Inspired Netflix's 'Private Life'

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 10:43am

Writer and director Tamara Jenkins drew on her own experiences with IVF treatment to create what she calls a "buddy movie" about a New York City couple who are desperate to have a baby.

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