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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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In 'Homegoing,' A Saga Of A Family United By Blood, Separated By Slavery

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 10:40am

Yaa Gyasi's debut short story collection begins in 18th century Ghana, where the slave trade separates two half sisters. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Homegoing a strong work with versatile language.

Broadway Producer Scott Rudin: 'I'm A Complete Product Of Mentorship'

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 2:00pm

Rudin, who started in theater age 15, owes a lot to the producers who taught him his craft. "They were giants," he says. All five of Rudin's current shows have been nominated for Tony Awards.

Fresh Air Weekend: The Lonely Island; Paul Simon's New Album; The Science Of Warfare

Sat, 06/04/2016 - 8:00am

Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer talk about their film, Popstar. Ken Tucker reviews Paul Simon's Stranger to Stranger. Grunt author Mary Roach describes scientific developments of war.

Herman's Hermits, A Band That Was In It For The Hits And The Kicks

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 12:30pm

Herman's Hermits hit the American pop charts 22 times in the 1960s and early '70s. Now, a new anthology compiles 66 of the Hermits' tracks. Rock historian Ed Ward considers how the music has held up.

A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 12:30pm

Author Sarah Hepola once got so drunk before a presentation that she didn't remember it the next day. She wrestles with her reasons for drinking in her memoir. Originally broadcast July 30, 2015.

Reporting On The War In Syria, Despite The Obstacles To Being There

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:44pm

Anne Barnard of The New York Times and Thanassis Cambanis from The Century Foundation fell in love when they were reporting on the war in Iraq. Now based in Beirut, they continue to cover the region.

Paul Simon Mixes Music And Mystery On 'Stranger To Stranger'

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:44pm

Simon blends his trademark wordplay with unique rhythms and exotic instruments on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls it a daring record that can be appreciated on a number of levels.

Naftule's Dream Returns, With A Fleshy, Folkie New Album

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 1:08pm

After a long absence, the klezmer-fusion band Naftule's Dream turns introspective on it's new release, Blood. Music critic Milo Miles says the band's warmth and cohesion is as rich as ever.

The 'Best Fake Rappers Out There' Satirize Breakout Success In 'Popstar'

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 1:08pm

Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer describe themselves as "frappers" — fake rappers. Working together as The Lonely Island, they created a comic film about pop-music documentaries.

From The 'Fresh Air' Archives: G. Gordon Liddy On Conquering His Fears

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 2:37pm

In 1973, Liddy was convicted for his role in the conspiracy to burglarize and bug the Democratic Party's headquarters at the Watergate office complex. Originally broadcast in 1980.

Kindred Spirits Cuong Vu And Pat Metheny Come Together In A New Jazz Album

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 2:37pm

Growing up, trumpeter Vu found inspiration in Metheny's music. Now the two collaborate on the album, Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny. Kevin Whitehead says the record showcases their musical chemistry.

From Medical Maggots To Stench Soup, 'Grunt' Explores The Science Of Warfare

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 1:10pm

When it comes to curiosity, science writer Mary Roach describes herself as someone who is "very out there." Her new book, Grunt, looks at some scientific developments that help keep soldiers safe.

Questlove On Prince, Doo-Wop And The Food Equivalent Of The 'Mona Lisa'

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 12:26pm

The Roots' drummer discusses the artistry involved in creating a great meal. "I'm more obsessed with the journey ... than the destination," Questlove says. Originally broadcast April 27, 2016.

Fresh Air Weekend: Marc Maron; Reconsidering Millennial Speak; Susan Silverman

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 8:00am

Marc Maron talks about sobriety and his "uncomfortable" comfort zone. Linguist Geoff Nunberg weighs in on the phrase "I feel like." Rabbi Susan Silverman discusses anxiety, faith and adoption.

'Weiner' Offers A Riveting, Close-Up View Of A Scandal In Progress

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:28pm

In 2013, a documentary team followed former Congressman Anthony Weiner in his bid to become mayor of New York. When a scandal hit, the cameras kept rolling. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Weiner.

Comedian Maria Bamford Finds Humor In Uncomfortable Topics

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:28pm

The star of the new Netflix series Lady Dynamite has used comedy to address her serious struggles with OCD, bipolar disorder and suicidal thoughts. Originally broadcast July 18, 2013.

In New Political Warfare, 'Armies Of Video Trackers' Swarm Candidates

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:16pm

New Yorker writer Jane Mayer discusses conservative activist James O'Keefe's latest botched sting operation, and the new kind of political opposition research O'Keefe pioneered.

In Its Retelling, 'Roots' Is Powerful, Must-See Television

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:03am

This weekend, an eight-hour remake of the 1977 miniseries begins airing on A&E, Lifetime and The History Channel. TV critic David Bianculli says the new Roots deserves to be seen and talked about.

'Mirror Test' Reflects On The Consequences Of The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:23pm

While serving as a State Department adviser in Iraq and Afghanistan, J. Kael Weston instigated a military mission that resulted the death of 31 service members. His memoir revisits the tragedy of war.

4 First-Rate Thrillers Deliver A Summer Of Suspenseful Reading

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:23pm

The suspense stories on Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list roam from the beaches of Long Island to the Welsh coast, and from the mean streets of Chicago to the alleyways of Berlin.

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