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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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Lush And Romantic 'Handmaiden' Is The Year's Most Irresistible Love Story

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 12:30pm

Though he's known for making quasi-horror films, director Park Chan-wook's latest movie is a melodrama set in 1930s Korea. Critic David Edelstein says The Handmaiden is fun and full of twists.

In 'Appetites,' Bourdain Pleases The Toughest Food Critic (His 9-Year-Old)

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:04pm

Anthony Bourdain's new cookbook features comfort food he cooks for his young daughter. "She's who I need to please, and if she's not happy, I'm not happy," he says.

As His Mother's Multiple Sclerosis Progresses, A Son Shifts To Caregiver

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 12:42pm

Novelist Mat Johnson's mother spent decades trying to escape her MS diagnosis. Johnson looks back on her journey — and what it meant when the disease finally caught up with her.

The Twitter Paradox: How A Platform Designed For Free Speech Enables Internet Trolls

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:43pm

Charlie Warzel, who covers technology for BuzzFeed, has written a series of articles about Twitter's response to hate speech. He says the platform's community guidelines are enforced haphazardly.

Harassed On Twitter: 'People Need To Know The Reality Of What It's Like Out There'

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:43pm

After he criticized Trump and the alt right, National Review writer David French was bombarded with hateful tweets — including an image of his child in a gas chamber. "It was unbelievable," he says.

Not Fit To Print? When Politicians Talk Dirty, Media Scramble To Sanitize

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:23pm

Donald Trump isn't the first politician to use course language, but linguist Geoff Nunberg says the 2005 Access Hollywood tape of him discussing women's genitalia wasn't like other live-mic incidents.

Rigging An Election? It's Not So Easy, Voting Law Expert Says

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:22pm

Rick Hasen, founder of the Election Law Blog, discusses Donald Trump's claims of potential voter fraud. "He's threatening the bedrock of democracy, and doing it to claim he's not a loser," Hasen says.

Manic And Depressed, 'I Didn't Like Who I Was,' Says Comic Chris Gethard

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 12:38pm

Gethard tells stories of hitting rock bottom in his new one-man off-Broadway show, which is billed as a comedy about "suicide, depression, alcoholism and all the other funniest parts of life."

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Moonlight' Creators; Mary Oliver's 'Upstream'; 'Black Mirror'

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 8:00am

Playwright Tarell McCraney and director Barry Jenkins discuss their new film Moonlight. Maureen Corrigan reviews Mary Oliver's Upstream. Charlie Brooker dramatizes tech nightmares in Black Mirror.

'13th' Maps The Road From Slavery To Mass Incarceration

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:35pm

Ava DuVernay's new film takes its name from the amendment that abolished slavery, but allowed for prisoner servitude. Critic John Powers says 13th puts forth a searing interpretation of U.S. history.

Documentary Exposes Loophole That Led To Mass Incarceration

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:35pm

Ava DuVernay's new film takes its name from the amendment that abolished slavery, but allowed for prisoner servitude. Critic John Powers says 13th compels viewers to question the world around them.

Leonard Cohen On Poetry, Music And Why He Left The Zen Monastery

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:35pm

Now 82, Cohen has a new album, You Want It Darker, with songs that wrestle with mortality, question God and long for transcendence. Originally broadcast May 22, 2006.

'Black Mirror' Creator Dramatizes Our Worst Nightmares About Technology

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:55pm

The 3rd season of the dystopian series created by Charlie Brooker is soon available on Netflix. Inspired by shows like The Twilight Zone, it's about the unintended consequences of the digital age.

Cult TV Fans Will Find 'Rocky Horror' And 'Black Mirror' Smart And Provocative

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:51pm

TV critic David Bianculli reviews Fox's remake of the classic '70s musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and season 3 of Black Mirror on Netflix. He says both shows leave viewers fully entertained.

For Film's Creators, 'Moonlight' Provided Space To Explore A Painful Past

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:58pm

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their own childhood experiences in making Moonlight, a film about a boy growing up in a Miami housing project.

New Album Offers A Varied Introduction To 'Queen of Gospel' Mahalia Jackson

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:23pm

In the 1940s and '50s, Jackson was the most famous gospel singer in the world. A new record, Moving On Up A Little Higher, presents never-released tracks from that era. Critic Milo Miles has a review.

Mary Oliver Issues A Full-Throated Spiritual Autobiography In 'Upstream'

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:23pm

Oliver's latest collection of essays reflect the author's passion for nature and literature. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Upstream presents a portrait of a visionary poet — and a "tough old broad."

Kidnapped, Then Forced Into The Sideshow: The True Story Of The Muse Brothers

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:23pm

Journalist Beth Macy talks about George and Willie Muse, black albino brothers who were born in the Jim Crow South and were forced to become circus freaks. Her new book, Truevine, retells their story.

Wadada Leo Smith Celebrates The Centennial Of America's National Parks

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 1:51pm

Five decades after Smith began recording, the trumpeter and composer is having his moment. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews America's National Parks, recorded by Smith's Golden Quintet.

How Free Web Content Traps People In An Abyss Of Ads And Clickbait

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 1:24pm

Author and law professor Tim Wu says much of the "free" content on the Web comes at a price to users, who are subjected to ads that are targeted specifically at them and increasingly hard to ignore.

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