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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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Snail Mail Delivers Sturdy Guitar Riffs And Soaring Vocals On 'Lush'

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 1:37pm

Eighteen-year-old Lindsey Jordan, who records under the name Snail Mail, has been playing guitar for 13 years. This combination of youth and experience creates a distinctive sound on her new album.

Remembering Jill Ker Conway, The First Female President Of Smith College

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 1:37pm

The women's history scholar, who died June 1, grew up on a remote Australian sheep farm and later went on to write three memoirs, including True North. Conway spoke to Fresh Air in 1989, '94 and '98.

Pianist Shamie Royston Brings A Hard-Swinging Brand Of Jazz To 'Beautiful Liar'

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 1:07pm

Royston is a trained composer who knows how to manipulate her materials all sorts of ways. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the music on Beautiful Liar is "sleek and sturdy" and "made to be played."

How Taking A Stand For Justice Can Threaten The Careers Of Black Athletes

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 1:07pm

Journalist Howard Bryant discusses the history of social protest among African-American athletes. His new book, The Heritage, traces the tradition back to Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali and others.

Paul Schrader And Ethan Hawke Test Their Faith In 'First Reformed'

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:48pm

Ethan Hawke's performance is purposefully understated in the film written and directed by Paul Schrader. At 47, Hawke has "a number of lessons in his face that he doesn't have to act," Schrader says.

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2 First-Rate Suspense Novels Deliver Chills, Thrills — And Stunning Endgames

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 3:05pm

In the relaxed days of summer, critic Maureen Corrigan reflexively reaches for a mystery. This year, she's settling in with The Dime, by Kathleen Kent, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware.

A Science Writer Explores The 'Perversions And Potential' Of Genetic Tests

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 1:43pm

Carl Zimmer wondered what secrets lurked in his genetic code — so he decided to have his genome sequenced. He writes about the implications of the study of genetics in She Has Her Mother's Laugh.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Baseball's Keith Hernandez; Actor Nick Offerman

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 8:00am

Hernandez talks about baseball, Seinfeld and being his own "worst enemy." Critic Justin Chang reviews the horror movie Hereditary. Offerman play a middle-aged single dad in Hearts Beat Loud.

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A Look Back At How Milton Berle And Ed Sullivan Captivated Audiences With Variety

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 1:41pm

Critic David Bianculli remembers the debut, 70 years ago this month, of two variety shows — one hosted by Berle, the other by Sullivan — that showcased the powerful impact of television.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Anthony Bourdain, A Chef Devoted To Global Street Food

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 1:41pm

Bourdain, who died at 61, traveled the world, sampling local cuisine and meeting people along the way. He told Fresh Air in 2016: "I'm happiest experiencing food in the most purely emotional way."

Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong Go 'Cheek To Cheek' On A New 4-Disc Set

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 2:12pm

Fitzgerald's warm, yet ultra-cool voice was at the opposite pole of jazz singing from Armstrong's gravelly growl. There's absolutely no reason their voices should blend so effortlessly — but they do.

'I Could Never Fake It': Nick Offerman On Striving For Nonchalance

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 1:29pm

Offerman has made a career out of playing colorful cranks — most notably, Ron Swanson, the boss on NBC's Parks and Recreation. He now stars as a middle-age single dad in Hearts Beat Loud.

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Former FBI Counter-Terrorism Agent Reflects On 'Messing With The Enemy'

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 1:18pm

Clint Watts developed online relationships with terrorists and their sympathizers in order to understand and undermine terror networks. He also researched Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections.

A Family Moves From Tragedy To Terror In 'Hereditary'

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 1:18pm

A new film offers a searing portrait of a family wracked by grief — and by mysterious forces. Reviewer Justin Chang says Hereditary is the most emotionally devastating horror movie he's seen in ages.

Reissue Of Anthony Braxton's '1991 Studio' Revives A Jazz Master's Classic

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 1:18pm

Braxton is known for his brainy compositional procedures, and the quartet he led between 1985 and 1993 was his great workshop. Quartet (Willisau) 1991 Studio is a two-disc showcase of their music.

Though Gripping, CIA Thriller 'Condor' Falls Short Of Defining Its Era

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 1:12pm

A new series on AT&T's Audience Network updates the 1975 film Three Days of the Condor. Critic John Powers says Condor is an entertaining show that lacks the cultural relevance of its forerunner.

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Obama Staffer Looks Back On His White House Years: 'It Can Take A Real Toll'

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:48pm

Former Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes was 24 when he saw the collapse of the first tower on 9/11. He says that moment was a "fork in the road" that eventually led to the White House.

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Trumpeter Adam O'Farrill Stakes Out His Own Turf On 'Stranger Days'

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 1:05pm

O'Farrill is a New Yorker of Cuban, Mexican, Jewish, African-American, German and Irish descent. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says his new album, Stranger Days, reflects O'Farrill's robust heritage.

Keith Hernandez On Baseball, 'Seinfeld' And Being His Own 'Worst Enemy'

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 1:05pm

The former first baseman played on World Series-winning teams with the Cardinals and Mets, and made a memorable appearance on Seinfeld. His new memoir is I'm Keith Hernandez.

Fresh Air Weekend: David Sedaris; 'Vogue' Titan André Leon Talley

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 8:00am

Sedaris' new book features stories about family, aging and mortality. Maureen Corrigan reviews My Ex-Life, by Stephen McCauley. Talley felt like a misfit growing up — until he found Vogue magazine.

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