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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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Revisiting The Off-Center, Oddly Eccentric Pop Music Of The Chills

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 12:21pm

The New Zealand band began releasing records on the Flying Nun label in the 1980s. Four decades later, they are still at it. Rock historian Ed Ward tells story of The Chills.

Vegan Chefs Show How To Make Even A Carrot The Centerpiece Of A Meal

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 12:21pm

V Street, the new cookbook by married chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, features recipes inspired by global street food. Jacoby says the right techniques can coax "amazing flavor" out of vegetables.

Bob Weir Sings About Pinto Ponies And Ghost Towns On 'Blue Mountain'

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 2:25pm

Best known as a founding member of the Grateful Dead, Weir goes solo on his new album, which was inspired by his time working as a ranch hand in Wyoming as a teen. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.

How The 'Cannabis Catch-22' Keeps Marijuana Classified As A Harmful Drug

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 2:22pm

Author John Hudak says federal law makes it hard to prove the medicinal value of marijuana. "As a Schedule 1 drug, it is very difficult to do research on the plant," he explains.

A Coming-Of Age Melodrama Is Steeped In Social Politics In 'The Mothers'

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:50pm

Britt Bennett's debut novel centers on three African-American friends dealing with their community's expectations and their own mistakes. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it is full of "mini epiphanies."

Jonathan Safran Foer On Marriage, Religion And Universal Balances

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:50pm

Safran Foer's new novel, Here I Am, is told from the points of view of different members of a Jewish family. He says it's about things falling apart — but also about "people trying to mend things."

'I Never Set Out To Be An Actor,' Says 'Transparent' Star Gaby Hoffmann

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 12:27pm

Hoffmann grew up in the Chelsea Hotel with her mother, an actress in Andy Warhol's Factory. Gaby appeared in Field of Dreams and other films as child, but says she saw acting as "a means to an end."

'Birth Of A Nation' Conforms To Hollywood's Standard Revenge Template

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:40pm

The new movie, which tells the story of Nat Turner's 1831 slave revolt, is a righteous-vigilante tale — and an answer to D.W. Griffith's 1915 film of the same name.

A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:40pm

In his memoir Do No Harm, Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness. Originally broadcast May 26, 2015.

Fresh Air Weekend: Bruce Springsteen; The Mysteries And Mechanics Of Dog Noses

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:03pm

Springsteen talks about his New Jersey roots, masculinity and his stage persona. Alexandra Horowitz, author of Being A Dog, says dogs create "a picture of the world through smell."

Rhino Horn: The Most Valuable Appendage In Illegal Wildlife Trade

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 1:57pm

Journalist Bryan Christy estimates the wholesale market for rhino horn is a quarter of a billion dollars. Customers think the horn has healing powers. Criminal syndicates take the money.

Grateful Dead Founding Member Bob Weir Draws Inspiration From 'Old Cowboy Songs'

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 1:53pm

When he was 15, Weir ran away to work on a cattle ranch in Wyoming — an experience he revisits on his new album, Blue Mountain. "I ... carried it around for the rest of my days," he says.

Bruce Springsteen: On Jersey, Masculinity And Wishing To Be His Stage Persona

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 12:06pm

"People see you onstage and, yeah, I'd want to be that guy," Springsteen says. "I want to be that guy myself very often."

Lucy Dacus' 'No Burden' Features Strong Music About Weak Moments

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 1:36pm

Dacus mixes plainspoken language with rock-music instrumentation on her debut album. Critic Ken Tucker says the singer-songwriter's vulnerability goes against the grain of much current pop music.

From Fire Hydrants To Rescue Work, Dogs Perceive The World Through Smell

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 1:36pm

Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer, time of day, oncoming storms and much more. In her new book Being A Dog, Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses.

A Tight, Intense Drama Unfurls Within The Confines Of A Sick Room In 'The Wonder'

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 12:39pm

Emma Donoghue's latest novel focuses on an 11-year-old girl who refuses to eat, and the nurse who is responsible for her care. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Wonder is aptly named.

How Trump's Candidacy Has Divided Conservative Media

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 12:39pm

"There has never been a Republican nominee who has split the party and its media personalities" in the way that Donald Trump has, says New York Times reporter Robert Draper.

Two New Records Showcase The Range Of Jazz Drummer Andrew Cyrille

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 12:39pm

Proximity highlights the potential of the drums, while The Declaration of Musical Independence emphasizes soundscapes. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Cyrille's albums are a study in contrasts.

Fresh Air Weekend: The Handsome Family; 'Westworld', Peter Berg's 'Deepwater Horizon'

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 8:00am

Married couple Rennie and Brett Sparks talk about making music as The Handsome Family. Critic John Powers reviews the HBO series, Westworld. Berg discusses his film about the BP oil spill.

'American Honey' Trains Its Lens On Traveling Magazine Crews

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 12:44pm

Andrea Arnold's new movie about a teenage girl who takes up with an unusual group of salespeople won a the Jury Prize at Cannes this year. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "wonderful" film.

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