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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' Remembers Film Star Burt Reynolds

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

Reynolds, who died Thursday, appeared in scores of films, including Deliverance and Boogie Nights. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1994 about growing up the son of a sheriff in a small Florida town.

Long Haul Trucker Was 'Completely Seduced' By The Open Road

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

Finn Murphy has logged over a million miles hauling people's belongings across the country. He describes life on the road as a "reaction against regimentation." Originally broadcast Feb. 14, 2018.

Opinion: A Linguist's Defense Of 'Falsehood'

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:24pm

Geoff Nunberg says that "falsehood" isn't just a decorous synonym for "lie." Instead, it has a moral weight of its own — especially when it comes to the effects of what someone says.

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Obama's Former Ethics Czar Discusses Trump, And The Global Threat To Democracy

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 1:18pm

Norm Eisen's new book, The Last Palace, tells the story of the mansion he lived in as America's ambassador to the Czech Republic and of Europe's ongoing struggle between democracy and illiberalism.

The Music Soars As A Singer Burns Out In A Muddled 'Blaze'

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:16pm

Critic David Edelstein says Ethan Hawke's new film about country singer-songwriter Blaze Foley is best at its simplest: "When [star Ben] Dickey performs, the movie is great."

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Steve Coleman Offers Looped And Layered Music On 'Live At The Village Vanguard'

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 1:15pm

The alto saxophonist's new record with his band Five Elements is a two-disc set, in which most pieces are played twice, in differing elastic versions.

John Kerry Reflects On Smear Campaigns And Not Taking Anything For Granted

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 1:10pm

During the 2004 presidential election, opponents used falsehoods to attack Kerry's military record. He reflects on that campaign — and on the current state of American politics — in a new memoir.

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'Lake Success' Offers A Roadside View Of America On The Verge Of Trump

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 1:42pm

Gary Shteyngart's spectacular, sprawling new comic novel centers on a billionaire businessman, who, on the verge of ruin, embarks on a cross-country trip aboard a Greyhound bus.

Her Father Gave Her The Courage To Speak Out Against 'Honor Killings'

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 1:36pm

Khalida Brohi grew up in tribal Pakistan, where her 14-year-old cousin was murdered by an uncle after she refused an arranged marriage. Her new memoir is I Should Have Honor.

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Trevor Noah Says He Grew Up 'In The Shadow Of A Giant' (His Mom)

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:54pm

The host of the Emmy-nominated Daily Show revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in the memoir, Born a Crime. Originally broadcast Nov. 22, 2016.

'The Crown' Creator Sees Britain's Royals As 'Just A Regular Family'

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:54pm

In his Emmy-nominated Netflix series, Peter Morgan explores the shame, regret and "misdemeanors of the past" that haunt the House of Windsor. Originally broadcast Jan. 16, 2018.

'Awkward' And 'Insecure' Get To The Root Of Writer Issa Rae's Humor

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:54pm

A self-described "awkward black girl," Rae is now nominated for an Emmy for her starring role on Insecure, the HBO series she created. Originally broadcast Nov. 8, 2016.

Fresh Air Weekend: John Oliver; Allison Janney; A Tribute To Roger Miller; Neil Simon

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 8:00am

Oliver talks about hosting Last Week Tonight. Janney says her relationships with her own family inform her role on Mom. Ken Tucker reviews King of the Road. Fresh Air remembers playwright Neil Simon.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Choreographer Paul Taylor

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 12:45pm

Taylor, who died Wednesday, began dancing when he was 22 and worked with some of the world's most renowned choreographers before establishing his own dance troupe. Originally broadcast in 1987.

Alec Baldwin On Career Highs And Lows And Playing A 'Larger Than Life' Trump

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 12:45pm

Baldwin is nominated for an Emmy for playing the president on SNL. In 2017, he told Fresh Air that he plays the character in a exaggerated way: "It's kind of the Macy's Day Parade [version] of Trump."

Actor Brian Tyree Henry On Fame, Authenticity And 'Atlanta'

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 12:45pm

Henry is nominated for an Emmy for his role as Alfred, aka the rapper "Paper Boi," on the FX series Atlanta. Originally broadcast April 18, 2018.

'You Gotta Kind Of Like The Stress,' Says 'Late Show' Host Stephen Colbert

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:12pm

Colbert says hosting his Emmy-nominated late night show is like riding in a "flaming toboggan." At the end each night, he says, "You go, 'Hey! We survived!'" Originally broadcast Nov. 2, 2016.

CNN's Jake Tapper On Kellyanne Conway And Knowing When To Cut People Off

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:12pm

The CNN anchor is nominated for an Emmy for his live interview with Conway. He talked about that interview and the SNL spoof of him and Conway in a 2018 conversation with Terry Gross.

Comic W. Kamau Bell On The 'Shades Of America' And Not Feeling 'Black Enough'

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:12pm

Bell's CNN series is nominated for three 2018 Emmy awards. He talks about his genealogy and why he likes the word "negro" in an excerpt of this 2018 interview with Terry Gross.

Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 1:17pm

Allison Janney has been nominated for an Emmy for her role on Mom. She told Fresh Air in 2014 that her relationships with her mother and her brother, who was an addict, help inform her character.

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