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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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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Eighth Grade' Director Bo Burnham; Punk Pioneer Viv Albertine

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 8:00am

Burnham explores adolescence in the age of social media in his new film. Critic Ken Tucker says there's "nothing cartoonish" about Gorillaz's new album. Albertine's memoir is To Throw Away Unopened.

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Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:52pm

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker, author of Why We Sleep. Originally broadcast Oct. 17, 2017.

Oakland Gets A Starring Role In 2 Genre-Busting Films About Race And Inequality

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 11:53am

Critic Justin Chang says the city is experiencing a renaissance moment in film. Blindspotting and Sorry to Bother You are just two of the latest — both about young black men on quests for survival.

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Reporter Shows The Links Between The Men Behind Brexit And The Trump Campaign

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 1:48pm

Carole Cadwalladr's investigation into Cambridge Analytica's role in Brexit led her to Russian connections and the Trump campaign. She says British investigators are working "closely with the FBI."

Nostalgia (And Norovirus) Make For A Novel 'Last Cruise'

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 1:12pm

A vintage ocean liner stops dead in the water in Kate Christensen's latest. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the voyage is an "entertaining and elegantly written story about social class."

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Director Bo Burnham On Growing Up With Anxiety — And An Audience

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:38pm

The former YouTube star explores adolescence in the age of social media in his film Eighth Grade. "This awful D-list celebrity pressure I had experienced onstage has now been democratized," he says.

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Virtual Band Gorillaz Brings Intimacy And Eager Energy To 'The Now Now'

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 2:40pm

Co-created by visual artist Jamie Hewlett and musician Damon Albarn, Gorillaz is fronted by four animated characters — but critic Ken Tucker says there's "nothing cartoonish" about the new album.

How Dark Money, Gerrymandering And Democratic Complacency Altered Wisconsin Politics

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 2:40pm

Dan Kaufman, author of The Fall of Wisconsin, says the state's experienced a conservative transformation in recent years — despite a tradition of progressive politics dating back to the 19th century.

Opinion: U.S. And U.K. Remain United, Not Divided, By Their Common Language

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 2:40pm

Linguist Geoff Nunberg says none of the differences between American and British English would be interesting if the nations didn't share a core vocabulary grown from a common literary tradition.

Thoughtful Documentary Brings Viewers 'Inside' The Mind Of Robin Williams

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 1:43pm

A new HBO documentary explores great work — and complicated private life — of the late actor and comedian. Critic David Bianculli says Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind is best when it gets serious.

Punk Legend And Memoirist Viv Albertine On A Lifetime Of Fighting The Patriarchy

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 1:26pm

"What we conjured up ... was that we weren't going to try and be this constructed ideal of femininity," Albertine says of her band's approach. She recently released a memoir, To Throw Away Unopened.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Trump And Fox News; The Science Behind Fish Oil Supplements

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 8:00am

Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman says the president and Fox News host Sean Hannity "speak almost daily." David Edelstein reviews Three Identical Strangers. Paul Greenberg discusses fish oil supplement.

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Remembering 1950s Hollywood Heartthrob Tab Hunter

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:09pm

Hunter, who died Sunday, made more than 50 films, including Damn Yankees, Battle Cry and That Kind of Woman, before coming out as gay later in life. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2005.

'Fresh Air' Conversations With The Late Cartoonist John Callahan

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:09pm

Callahan was a paraplegic, recovered alcoholic who poked fun at people like himself. He died in 2010; the film Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is based his life. First broadcast in '89 and '91.

'Eighth Grade' Captures Awkwardness And Impermanence Of American Adolescence

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 4:00pm

Elsie Fisher stars as a teenage girl about to graduate from middle school in Bo Burnham's new film. Critic Justin Chang calls Eighth Grade an "enormously affecting" film that plays like a documentary.

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Journalist Sees 'Almost No Daylight' Between Fox News And White House Agendas

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 1:12pm

Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman says the president and Fox News host Sean Hannity "speak almost daily, after Hannity's show, sometimes before, and sometimes for up to an hour a day."

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Once Militantly Anti-Abortion, Evangelical Minister Now Lives 'With Regret'

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 1:35pm

After decades working to block access to clinics, Rev. Rob Schenck says he had a change of heart; he now sees abortion as an issue that should be resolved by "an individual and his or her conscience."

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Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished For Their Symptoms

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:21pm

While visiting jails and prisons across the country, author Alisa Roth witnessed mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement, wearing restrictive jumpsuits and receiving very limited therapy.

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Daring New Novel Fetishizes A Desperate Desire For Sleep

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:53am

Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation centers on a miserable young woman who believes that if she could only sleep long enough, she'd wake up refreshed and free of existential pain.

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'Three Identical Strangers' Tells The Astounding Story Of Triplets Separated At Birth

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:32pm

Tim Wardle's new knockout documentary starts out as a Parent Trap-like lark about three young men who, by chance, realize that they are triplets, but ultimately takes a more devastating turn.




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