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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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Fish Have Feelings, Too: The Inner Lives Of Our 'Underwater Cousins'

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:26am

Jonathan Balcombe, author of What A Fish Knows, says that fish have a conscious awareness — or "sentience" — that allows them to experience pain, recognize individual humans and have memory.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'O.J.: Made In America'; Margaret Glaspy's Album; 'Sweetbitter'

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 8:00am

Ezra Edelman and Jeffrey Toobin discuss ESPN's new documentary series about O.J. Simpson. Ken Tucker reviews Emotions and Math. Stephanie Danler's novel draws from her work in restaurants.

Producer Nick Venet Recalls The Story Behind Bobby Darin's 'Beyond The Sea'

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:30pm

In 1996, Venet spoke with Fresh Air about his friend's recording of "Beyond the Sea." (A version of this song is the theme of the new Pixar film, Finding Dory.) Venet died in 1998.

'Finding Dory' Makes A Big Splash, With Slapstick Humor And Witty Dialog

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:30pm

Ellen DeGeneres gives voice to a memory-challenged fish in search of her parents in Pixar's follow-up to its 2003 hit Finding Nemo. Critic David Edelstein says Finding Dory is full of laughs.

Silence On The Sidelines: An MLB Insider's 'Manifesto' On Youth Sports

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:30pm

Baseball's Mike Matheny talks about his playing career, managing in the big leagues and the pressures of youth sports. Matheny is the author of The Matheny Manifesto. Originally broadcast May 5, 2015.

'The Witness' Exposes The Myths, Misconceptions Of Kitty Genovese's Murder

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:34pm

A new documentary revisits Genovese's 1964 murder and the 38 bystanders who allegedly did nothing to stop it. Critic John Powers says the film is "a useful moral corrective" to the popular narrative.

Margaret Glaspy Draws On 'Emotions And Math' For Her Debut Album

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:34pm

Singer-songwriter Glaspy plays a variety of instruments, but concentrates mainly on guitar on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker says Emotions and Math blends complexity with "deceptive directness."

Former Restaurant Worker Serves Up Industry-Inspired Fiction In 'Sweetbitter'

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:34pm

Stephanie Danler drew on her own experiences to write her novel about a young woman working at an upscale restaurant in New York. "It's so physically punishing," she says of her work as a server.

Jazz Drummer Matt Wilson's 'Big Happy Family' Is Heartfelt And Harmonious

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:37pm

Wilson, who has been leading bands for 20 years, rounds up many of those players on his new tribute album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Big Happy Family is full of humor and heart.

'In the Darkroom' Explores The Concept of Identity — Both Fixed And Fluid

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:36pm

Pulitzer-prize winning author Susan Faludi writes about her father's sex reassignment surgery in her memoir, In The Darkroom. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "exhausting, messy and provocative."

Understanding Congressional Gerrymandering: 'It's Moneyball Applied To Politics'

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:36pm

Ratf**ked author David Daley says that Republicans targeted key state legislative races in 2010 in an effort to control state houses, and, eventually, Congressional redistricting.

New 5-Part Series Considers The 'Perfect Perversity' Of The O.J. Simpson Case

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 1:30pm

"He was acquitted of the crime he was guilty of and convicted of a crime he's innocent of," says legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. He and director Ezra Edelman discuss O.J.: Made in America.

A Childhood Of Transcendental Meditation, Spent In The 'Shadow Of A Guru'

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:54pm

Journalist Claire Hoffman grew up in a utopian community in Fairfield, Iowa. At first, she says, "it was entirely magical." Then doubt crept in. Hoffman's memoir is Greetings from Utopia Park.

Aliens Attack And Congress Goes Extreme In CBS' Political Satire 'BrainDead'

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:01pm

The creators of The Good Wife mix comedy, politics and science fiction in their new summer series. TV critic David Bianculli says BrainDead is bizarre, fun and full of "intriguing little elements."

Fresh Air Weekend: Producer Scott Rudin; William Bell's New Album; 'Silicon Valley'

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 8:00am

Rudin discusses his career as a Broadway producer. Ken Tucker reviews Bell's new record. Creator Mike Judge, co-showrunner Alec Berg and actor Thomas Middleditch discuss the HBO show, Silicon Valley.

Tracing Muhammad Ali's Rise To 'King Of The World'

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Fresh Air remembers the boxing legend who dies last week with this archival interview with David Remnick, author of the Ali biography, of King of the World. Originally broadcast in 1998.

Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being 'Loved To Death'?

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:24pm

The park attracts millions of visitors each year, but journalist David Quammen warns that balancing tourism and preservation in Yellowstone can be tricky. Originally broadcast April 18, 2016.

'Genius' Offers A High-Toned Look At The Editor-Writer Relationship

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:24pm

A new film tells the story of book editor Max Perkins, who worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe. Critic David Edelstein says Genius "isn't quite ingenious enough."

William Bell Sings With Strength And Directness On 'This Is Where I Live'

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:46pm

Bell, who had his first hit in 1961 with the song "You Don't Miss Your Water," brings his trademark compassion and tenderness to his new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls This Is Where I Live a triumph.

In HBO's 'Silicon Valley,' The Comedy Is Inspired By Real-Life Tech Culture

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:46pm

Creator Mike Judge, co-showrunner Alec Berg and actor Thomas Middleditch discuss their series, Silicon Valley. Berg, who has family working in tech, says he has "nerd cred" in his bones.

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