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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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Reporter Tells Of Persian Gulf Rivalries, Hacked Emails And A Mueller Subpoena

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 1:07pm

New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick explains the connection between the Mueller Investigation and efforts by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to influence U.S. international policy.

'Americanized' Recounts What It's Like To Grow Up Undocumented

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 1:30pm

Sara Saedi was two when her parents fled Iran to California. Her new memoir describes her 18-year-long path to citizenship, and the lingering anxiety of being undocumented.

'Final Tour' Celebrates John Coltrane's Last Go-Round With Miles Davis

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 1:30pm

Coltrane played his last engagements as a sideman with Davis in the spring of 1960. Recordings from those European shows have been bootlegged for years; now a few are collected in a new anthology.

British Travel Writer Jan Morris Weighs In On The 'Advantages Of Androgyny'

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:59pm

The celebrated writer transitioned from male to female in 1972 at the age of 46. In 1989, Morris told Terry Gross that she had shed "a lot of the emotions and the experiences of both genders."

Remembering Buell Neidlinger, A Genre-Hopping Bassist, Composer And Music Teacher

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:59pm

Neidlinger, who died March 16, was a child prodigy on the cello who went on to perform in the New York Philharmonic and also as a studio and jazz musician. Originally broadcast in 1989.

How 'Bad Medicine' Dismisses And Misdiagnoses Women's Symptoms

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:15am

Journalist Maya Dusenbery argues that medicine has a "systemic and unconscious bias" against women that is rooted in "what doctors, regardless of their own gender, are learning in medical schools."

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Magnificent Book Captures The Beauty And Tragedy Of The Battleship Yamato

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:50am

Jan Morris chronicles the final days of the most powerful warship in the Imperial Japanese Navy in her latest book. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Battleship Yamato a work of both power and restraint.

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Tracey Thorn Mixes Dance Rhythms With Raw Honesty On 'Record'

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 1:35pm

Thorn's latest album uses airy synthesizers and insistent percussion as the backdrop for a series of meditations on being feminist. Critic Ken Tucker says Record plays as both a comfort and a dare.

How American Corporations Had A 'Hidden' Civil Rights Movement

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 1:35pm

Law professor Adam Winkler says that in the past 200 years, businesses have gone to court claiming constitutional rights that were originally intended for people. His new book is We the Corporations.

'Roseanne' Reboot Falls Short Of The Groundbreaking Original Series

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 1:03pm

Thirty years later, the Conner family returns, with many of their squabbles centering on current issues. Critic David Bianculli says the new Roseanne is good — "but nowhere near required viewing."

Fresh Air Weekend: Actor Danny Trejo; The Evolution Of Artificial Intelligence

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 8:00am

Trejo says his experience in San Quentin State Prison prepared him for acting. Maureen Corrigan recommends two books that grapple with real-life mysteries. Tech reporter Cade Metz talks about robots.

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Philosophically Rich 'Isle Of Dogs' Is A Howl Of Joy

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 1:27pm

Wes Anderson's new animated feature centers on canines living on a garbage dump off the coast of Japan. David Edelstein says the film will make you laugh — even as you gasp at its visual brilliance.

Margo Price Sings About The Heartache And Beauty Of Small-Town America

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 1:27pm

Growing up in Aledo, Ill., Price longed to live somewhere "more romantic." When she moved away, her outlook changed: "Now, when I go back, I see the beauty in it." Originally broadcast Nov. 22, 2017.

HBO's Garry Shandling Biography Is An Affecting Take On The Meaning Of Life

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 1:25pm

Filmmaker Judd Apatow examines the major influences in Shandling's life — as well the ways the late comedian influenced others — in his two-part documentary, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.

How The Trump Organization Mixes Business And Politics In India

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 1:25pm

Journalist Anjali Kamat spent a year investigating Trump's business deals in India. Her report is in the New Republic and on the WNYC podcast, Trump Inc., which is co-hosted by Andrea Bernstein.

Comic Roy Wood Jr. Taps Into America's Psyche On 'The Daily Show'

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:16pm

Wood says the years he spent performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest — sometimes in places where he felt unsafe as a black man — prepared him for his work on The Daily Show.

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Author Traces Christianity's Path From 'Forbidden Religion' To A 'Triumph'

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:04pm

Religion scholar Bart Ehrman says that the early spread of Christianity transformed the entire history of the West — for better or worse. His new book is The Triumph Of Christianity.

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CD Set Offers A Long, Satisfying View Of The New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:47pm

The New York Philharmonic celebrates its 175th birthday with a box set dating back to its very first recordings a century ago, featuring some of the greatest musicians of the 20th-century.

Attacked By Alt-Right Trolls, A Jewish Journalist Links Trump To The Rise Of Hate

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:47pm

Trump "has made nationalist policy into the policy of the executive branch," says New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman. His new book, (((Semitism))), is about being Jewish in the Trump era.

Fresh Air Weekend: Author Luis Alberto Urrea; Personal Essayist Tim Kreider

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 8:00am

Urrea's new novel borrows from the story of his brother, who died of cancer. Kevin Whitehead reviews a box set by the late pianist Teddy Wilson. Kreider discusses Because I Love You.

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