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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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In 'Neon Bull,' A Strange, Dreamy Road Movie Reveals A Vanishing Way Of Life

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:15pm

Set amidst Brazil's version of rodeo, Gabriel Mascaro's new film blends hope, melancholy, humor and poetry. Critic John Powers says Neon Bull is a remarkable feature that is filled with funny moments.

This Novel Doesn't Find Meaning In Cancer, It Gives Its Malevolence Full Due

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:22pm

Charles Bock could have chosen to write this story as an autobiography. Alice & Oliver is based on a real-life nightmare in which his wife — then, a young mother — was diagnosed with leukemia.

Laid-Off Tech Journalist Joins A Start-Up, Finds It's Part Frat, Part Cult

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:22pm

Dan Lyons was in his 50s when he lost his job reporting on the tech industry. He took a job at a start-up, where he was the old guy. His new book is Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble.

'It Was Torture': An Abu Ghraib Interrogator Acknowledges 'Horrible Mistakes'

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:39pm

The techniques Eric Fair used still weighs on his conscience. "There is no middle ground," he says. "Torture is an enhanced interrogation." His new memoir is Consequence.

Fresh Air Weekend: Ray Romano; Internet Etiquette; Baseball Injuries

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 10:17am

The comedian tackles a dramatic role in HBO's Vinyl, author Sarah Hepola reflects on a careless Facebook post and columnist Jeff Passan explains why young pitchers are more vulnerable to injury.

'Diver's Clothes' Is A Cautionary Tale (And A Fantasy) About Travel

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:47am

Vendela Vida's The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty is a novel about the sense of dislocation that often comes with traveling to another country. Originally broadcast on June 30, 2015.

Fresh Air Remembers Actress Patty Duke

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:47am

Duke won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Helen Keller in 1962's The Miracle Worker. She died Tuesday at the age of 69. Originally broadcast in 1988.

'Miles Ahead' Shows A Dissipated Davis Who Still Burns Hot

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:47am

The new Miles Davis biopic begins in the 1970s, at the end of Davis' five-year hiatus from the music scene. Critic David Edelstein calls Don Cheadle's portrayal of the musician "electrifying."

Injuries Increase As Pitchers Throw Harder, Faster And Younger

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 1:02pm

In The Arm, baseball columnist Jeff Passan explains how competitive pressure on young players is making them more vulnerable.

In 'Everything Is Copy,' Nora Ephron's Son Tries Her Philosophy

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 1:02pm

Jacob Bernstein named his documentary about his mother after an Ephron family saying — "everything is copy," meaning that anything and everything that happens to you is fair game to write about.

Ray Romano Gets Deep, Dark And Angsty For Martin Scorsese's 'Vinyl'

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:58am

Ever since Everybody Loves Raymond, the actor says he's been trying to take on more dramatic roles. In the HBO drama Vinyl, he plays a record company executive who contemplates suicide.

'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 1:51pm

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to sexuality, girls hear that "they're supposed to be sexy, they're supposed to perform sexually for boys, but ... their sexual pleasure is unspoken."

When You Become The Person You Hate On The Internet

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:38am

Author Sarah Hepola has complained for years about the random hatred of the Internet. Then, with one careless post, she became part of the problem.

In Many Ways, Author Says, Spanish Civil War Was 'The First Battle Of WWII'

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:26pm

According to Adam Hochschild, about 2,800 Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War, and some were bombed by Nazis years before the U.S. entered World War II. His new book is Spain in Our Hearts.

'My Golden Days,' An Heir To French New Wave

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:26pm

Arnaud Desplechin's new film centers on the memories of a middle-aged Frenchman who returns to Paris after years of living abroad. Critic John Powers says My Golden Days is "achingly romantic."

Fresh Air Weekend: Michael Ian Black; Loretta Lynn's New Album; Regina King

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 8:00am

Michael Ian Black talks about masculinity, vanity and his new memoir. Ken Tucker reviews Loretta Lynn's new album, Full Circle. Regina King directs for television, but says "I absolutely love acting."

In 'Carol,' 2 Women Leap Into An Unlikely Love Affair

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 1:01pm

Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy and director Todd Haynes discuss their Oscar-nominated film based on Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel, The Price of Salt. Originally broadcast Jan. 6, 2016.

How Heartbreak Helped Garry Shandling Find His Comedic Voice

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 1:01pm

The comic, who died Thursday, told Fresh Air that it took him years to develop a style — and then he got dumped. "That was really the beginning of the Garry Shandling dating years in stand-up."

In 'Navel Gazing', Michael Ian Black Lays It All Out, Insecurities And All

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:33pm

"When I'm acting, I always imagine myself as looking totally different than the person that appears onscreen," Black says. The comic writes about family, masculinity and vanity in his new memoir.

Batman Takes On Superman In A Dour, Bombastic 'Dawn Of Justice'

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:31pm

Director Zack Snyder layers subplot on top of subplot in his film of battling superheroes. Critic David Edelstein says Batman v. Superman is full of fragments and teases, and overall, "just awful."

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