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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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For James Corden, 'Carpool Karaoke' Has Been An Incredible Ride

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 1:07pm

The Late Late Show host talks about belting out songs with celebrities like Elton John, Steve Wonder and Adele. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross he doesn't know what he did to deserve this great gig.

Singer-Songwriter Joan Shelley On Sky Diving And Stage Fright

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 1:07pm

While on tour for her album, Over and Even, Shelley stopped by WHYY to play some of her songs along with accompanist Nathan Salsburg. She tells Fresh Air's Sam Briger she's always wanted to perform.

Whose Side Was She On? 'American Heiress' Revisits Patty Hearst's Kidnapping

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 12:28pm

Hearst was abducted in 1974 and then declared allegiance to her captors. Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin does not believe Hearst was brainwashed, but rather, "responded rationally to the circumstances."

A Neuroscientist Explores The Illogical Behaviors Of The Mind In 'Idiot Brain'

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:20am

Dean Burnett says the human brain is like a computer that files information in a way that defies logic. According to Burnett, brains can alter memory, cause motion sickness and affect intelligence.

Marriage And Motherhood Are A 'Source Of Power,' Says Comic Ali Wong

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:20am

Wong was 7 1/2 months pregnant when she filmed her first comedy special, Baby Cobra. She says that the birth of her daughter changed her career for the better.

The 'Colorless City' And Odd Characters Behind The New German Wave Of The 70s

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:24pm

Rock historian Ed Ward says that musicians in Düsseldorf, Germany, including Klaus Dinger of the band Neu!, helped start a new German pop movement in the 1970s and '80s.

Beyond 'Bright Lights': Jay McInerney Reveals The Trials Of A 'Perfect Couple'

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:24pm

McInerney became famous in the 1980s for his semi-autobiographical novel about a hard-partying young man in Manhattan. His new book, Bright, Precious Days, probes the challenges of a lasting marriage.

Fresh Air Weekend: Michael K. Williams; A Dystopian 'Natural Way'; Sharon Jones

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 8:00am

Williams, who played Omar on The Wire, talks about separating himself from characters. Critic John Powers reviews The Natural Way of Things. Singer Jones still performs, despite a cancer diagnosis.

Remembering Hollywood 'Ghost Singer' Marni Nixon

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 12:51pm

Nixon, who died on Sunday, was a classically trained actress who mostly worked behind the scenes. She dubbed vocals for many films, including My Fair Lady. Originally broadcast in 2001.

Remembering Tim LaHaye, Co-Author Of The Apocalyptic 'Left Behind' Series

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 12:51pm

LaHaye, who died earlier this week, was a fundamentalist Christian and a longtime leader of the religious right. His Left Behind books sold more than 50 million copies. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2002.

'Jason Bourne' Returns, In A Dizzying And Frenetic Thriller

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 12:51pm

Actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass pair up again for another chapter in the series about a rogue CIA assassin. Critic David Edelstein says Jason Bourne is very flashy — but not much fun.

Not A Feminist? Caitlin Moran Asks, Why Not?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 12:51pm

Moran says that most women who don't want to be called feminists don't understand the term. She writes about high heels, housework and abortion in How to Be a Woman. Originally broadcast Aug. 1, 2012.

Is Trump's Call For 'Law And Order' A Coded Racial Message?

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:06pm

Donald Trump's promise to be the "law-and-order" candidate revived a slogan often associated with Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign. Linguist Geoff Nunberg discusses the term's racial underpinings

Soul Singer Sharon Jones: 'The Cancer Is Here, But I Want To Perform'

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 1:35pm

In 2013, the energetic lead singer for The Dap-Kings was forced to take a hiatus from the band after she was diagnosed with cancer. The documentary Miss Sharon Jones! follows her musical comeback.

Covering Hillary Clinton, A Candidate 'Forged In The Crucible' Of Conflict

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:01pm

As a reporter for The New York Times, Amy Chozick's beat is Hillary Clinton. But, Chozick says, it's hard to get to know a candidate who "has been so scarred" by her decades in the public eye.

The Rise And Fall Of FOX News CEO Roger Ailes

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:09pm

Ailes resigned last week amid allegations of sexual harassment. Biographer Gabriel Sherman joins Fresh Air to discuss the accusations, as well as Ailes' influence on political discourse in America.

The Enduring Musical Influence Of Electric Guitarist Charlie Christian

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:09pm

Born in 1916, Christian died when he was just 25 years old. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead calls him "the single greatest influence on a signature 20th-century instrument."

Dystopian Novel Challenges Misogyny As 'The Natural Way Of Things'

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:09pm

Charlotte Wood's short, gripping book focuses on 10 women who have been sent to a prison camp after various sex scandals. Critic John Powers calls The Natural Way of Things a ferocious novel.

R&B Singer Maxwell Is Majestic — And Vulnerable — On 'blackSUMMERS'night'

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 1:55pm

Maxwell creates an atmosphere of free-floating sensuality on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the record is "dreamy and roomy enough to accommodate a wide array of emotions."

No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 1:55pm

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.

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