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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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Nora Jane Struthers Is Hard-Headed About Being Open-Hearted On 'Champion'

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:21pm

The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has a new album that explores the joys of long-term commitment. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the collection is her most personal and accessible to date.

'Killing of a Sacred Deer' Is A Twisted Indictment Of White Male Privilege

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:21pm

A heart surgeon develops a strange relationship with a teenage boy in Yorgos Lanthimos' new film. Reviewer Justin Chang says The Killing of a Sacred Deer is an "unnervingly strange" horror movie.

Anthony Bourdain On 'Appetites,' Washing Dishes And The Food He Still Won't Eat

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:21pm

The TV host's new documentary is Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. In 2016, Bourdain spoke to Fresh Air about cooking for his young daughter: "If she's not happy, I'm not happy."

For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:34pm

"It starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have," Green says. His new novel, Turtles All The Way Down, is about a teenage girl with OCD.

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New Documentary Explores The Spectacular Failure Of 'The Dana Carvey Show'

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:33pm

In 1996, The Dana Carvey Show debuted -- then folded after producing only eight episodes. Critic David Bianculli says Hulu's Too Funny To Fail about the flop is entertaining from beginning to end.

Understanding Mike Pence And His Relationship To Trump: 'His Public Role Is Fawning'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:42pm

Though President Trump ran as an outsider, New Yorker writer Jane Mayer describes his vice president as "the connective tissue" between Trump and the billionaire donors in the Republican party.

'Death In The Air' Revisits 5 Days When London Was Choked By Poisonous Smog

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 1:41pm

Kate Winkler Dawson's new book chronicles The Great Smog of 1952, when moist air from the Gulf Stream stalled for days over London, mixing with poisonous gases and causing more than 12,000 deaths.

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'I Am Full Of Contradictions': Novelist Amy Tan On Fate And Family

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 1:19pm

In Where the Past Begins, Tan connects her experience with spirituality to that of her parents and grandmother. "I don't consider myself any religion," she says. " ... I have an amalgam of beliefs."

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

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 2:04pm

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.

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Director Agnes Varda And French Artist JR Team Up In Road Picture 'Faces Places'

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 1:54pm

The odd couple travels around France in the new documentary, photographing strangers and making murals out of their portraits. Critic David Edelstein calls it an "entirely down to earth" art film.

Fresh Air Weekend: Jimmy Fallon; Thelonious Monk At 100; David Mendelsohn's 'Odyssey'

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 8:00am

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon says he has a tendency to smile "too much." Kevin Whitehead discusses Monk's enduring music. Mendelsohn talks about experiencing Homer's epic with his aging father.

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'The Meyerowitz Stories' Is A Squirm-Inducing Comedy About Family Dysfunction

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 2:26pm

Writer-director Noah Baumbach's new film is a collection of loosely connected episodes that offer a revealing glimpse into the heart of a lively and fractious New York Jewish family.

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices'

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 2:26pm

Journalist and 2017 MacArthur "genius" grant award-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones says that when it comes to school segregation, separate is never truly equal. Originally broadcast Jan. 16, 2017.

FBI Profilers Pursue Serial Killers And Their Motives In 'Mindhunter'

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 2:10pm

A new Netflix series explores the formation of the FBI serial crime unit and the psychology of mass murder. Critic David Bianculli says Mindhunter's emphasis on motive results in a compelling show.

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Jimmy Fallon On The School Of 'SNL' And His Tendency To Smile Too Much

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 1:22pm

"There was a report card from kindergarten and the comment from the teacher was, 'Jimmy smiles too much,' " Fallon says. "I think I would smile even when I was getting yelled at."

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75 Years Later, A Look At The 'Life, Legend, and Afterlife' Of 'Casablanca'

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:20pm

Film historian Noah Isenberg revisits the making of the classic Hollywood film in his new book, We'll Always Have Casablanca. "Seventy-five years after its premiere, its still very timely," he says.

Noah Baumbach Explores Love, Resentment And Anger In 'The Meyerowitz Stories'

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:20pm

Baumbach's new film mixes comedy with deep emotional pain. It revolves around three adult siblings whose father is a self-absorbed sculptor. Baumbach's previous films include The Squid and the Whale.

Tensions Rise Between Tillerson And Trump As The Threat Of War In N. Korea Looms

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 1:11pm

New Yorker writer Dexter Filkins says Sec. of State Rex Tillerson is a diplomat in an administration that doesn't value diplomacy: "Rex is a sober, steady guy, and the president is anything but that."

On The Centennial Of His Birth, A Look Back At Thelonious Monk's Jazz Legacy

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 1:11pm

The jazz legend would have turned 100 today. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Monk's music is "universally beloved, by jazz musicians across the stylistic spectrum who might agree about little else."

Collection Puts A Playful, Pulpy Twist On Preposterous Stories About Obama

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:18pm

Fifteen writers riff on various wild conspiracy theories generated about President Obama over the years. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the sly short stories in The Obama Inheritance pack a punch.

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