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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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'Gateway To Freedom': Heroes, Danger And Loss On The Underground Railroad

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:33pm

Historian Eric Foner recently won the American History Book Prize from the New York Historical Society for Gateway to Freedom, about the underground railroad. Originally broadcast Jan. 15, 2015.

Samantha Bee On 'Full Frontal,' Feminism And The Freedom Of Her 40s

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:45pm

Since leaving The Daily Show, Bee has been busy with two new TBS shows. "I knew that there was something else that I wanted to do," she says. "It's very good for me to be creating my own thing."

A Family Drama Unfolds Through Shifting Viewpoints In 'Louder Than Bombs'

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:45pm

Point-of-view is passed like a baton among the tortured main characters in Joachim Trier's new film. Critic David Edelstein says Louder than Bombs is intimate, touching and "insistently alive."

From Fracking Bans To Paid Sick Leave: How States Are Overruling Local Laws

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:23pm

PR Watch's Lisa Graves says that states can overrule local laws, and that legislatures are increasingly using preemption to stop things like minimum wage increases and protections for LGBT people.

Robbie Fulks Sings His Way Home In 'Upland Stories'

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:23pm

The raucous singer turns thoughtful on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls Upland Stories a "marvelous mongrel mixture" of bluegrass banjo-picking, honky-tonk pedal steel and stark folk phrasings.

In 'Neon Bull,' A Strange, Dreamy Road Movie Reveals A Vanishing Way Of Life

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:15pm

Set amidst Brazil's version of rodeo, Gabriel Mascaro's new film blends hope, melancholy, humor and poetry. Critic John Powers says Neon Bull is a remarkable feature that is filled with funny moments.

This Novel Doesn't Find Meaning In Cancer, It Gives Its Malevolence Full Due

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:22pm

Charles Bock could have chosen to write this story as an autobiography. Alice & Oliver is based on a real-life nightmare in which his wife — then, a young mother — was diagnosed with leukemia.

Laid-Off Tech Journalist Joins A Start-Up, Finds It's Part Frat, Part Cult

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:22pm

Dan Lyons was in his 50s when he lost his job reporting on the tech industry. He took a job at a start-up, where he was the old guy. His new book is Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble.

'It Was Torture': An Abu Ghraib Interrogator Acknowledges 'Horrible Mistakes'

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:39pm

The techniques Eric Fair used still weighs on his conscience. "There is no middle ground," he says. "Torture is an enhanced interrogation." His new memoir is Consequence.

Fresh Air Weekend: Ray Romano; Internet Etiquette; Baseball Injuries

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 10:17am

The comedian tackles a dramatic role in HBO's Vinyl, author Sarah Hepola reflects on a careless Facebook post and columnist Jeff Passan explains why young pitchers are more vulnerable to injury.

'Diver's Clothes' Is A Cautionary Tale (And A Fantasy) About Travel

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:47am

Vendela Vida's The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty is a novel about the sense of dislocation that often comes with traveling to another country. Originally broadcast on June 30, 2015.

Fresh Air Remembers Actress Patty Duke

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:47am

Duke won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Helen Keller in 1962's The Miracle Worker. She died Tuesday at the age of 69. Originally broadcast in 1988.

'Miles Ahead' Shows A Dissipated Davis Who Still Burns Hot

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:47am

The new Miles Davis biopic begins in the 1970s, at the end of Davis' five-year hiatus from the music scene. Critic David Edelstein calls Don Cheadle's portrayal of the musician "electrifying."

Injuries Increase As Pitchers Throw Harder, Faster And Younger

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 1:02pm

In The Arm, baseball columnist Jeff Passan explains how competitive pressure on young players is making them more vulnerable.

In 'Everything Is Copy,' Nora Ephron's Son Tries Her Philosophy

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 1:02pm

Jacob Bernstein named his documentary about his mother after an Ephron family saying — "everything is copy," meaning that anything and everything that happens to you is fair game to write about.

Ray Romano Gets Deep, Dark And Angsty For Martin Scorsese's 'Vinyl'

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:58am

Ever since Everybody Loves Raymond, the actor says he's been trying to take on more dramatic roles. In the HBO drama Vinyl, he plays a record company executive who contemplates suicide.

'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 1:51pm

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to sexuality, girls hear that "they're supposed to be sexy, they're supposed to perform sexually for boys, but ... their sexual pleasure is unspoken."

When You Become The Person You Hate On The Internet

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:38am

Author Sarah Hepola has complained for years about the random hatred of the Internet. Then, with one careless post, she became part of the problem.

In Many Ways, Author Says, Spanish Civil War Was 'The First Battle Of WWII'

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:26pm

According to Adam Hochschild, about 2,800 Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War, and some were bombed by Nazis years before the U.S. entered World War II. His new book is Spain in Our Hearts.

'My Golden Days,' An Heir To French New Wave

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:26pm

Arnaud Desplechin's new film centers on the memories of a middle-aged Frenchman who returns to Paris after years of living abroad. Critic John Powers says My Golden Days is "achingly romantic."

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