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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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A Father Protects His Mysterious Son From Authorities In 'Midnight Special'

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 6:00am

Director Jeff Nichols' new film centers on an 8-year-old boy who may or may not have special powers. Reviewer Justin Chang says Midnight Special is "a road movie that never stops moving forward."

'The Complete Them' Showcases Van Morrison Before He Went Solo

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 12:14pm

A new release by Legacy revisits the hits of Them, the band George Ivan Morrison played in before he became Van Morrison. Ed Ward remembers the band's brief existence.

Opening The Books On Donald Trump's Business Deals In Atlantic City

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 12:14pm

Washington Post reporter Robert O'Harrow dissects Trump's acquisition of the Taj Mahal casino/hotel, which went into bankruptcy a year after it opened.

Ortiz's 'Hidden Voices' Mixes Cuban Strains With Modern Jazz

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:14pm

Pianist Aruán Ortiz grew up in Cuba and lived in Spain a few years before moving to the US in 2002. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Ortiz's new trio music is fully bilingual.

'Putin Country' Offers A Glimpse Inside 'Real' Russia

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:14pm

Veteran foreign correspondent Anne Garrels takes us deep inside Russia, where citizens struggle with a shaky economy and widespread corruption, but seem supportive of their controversial president.

Men Are Momentary, But Art Is Forever In 'Innocents And Others'

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 12:18pm

Dana Spiotta's new novel centers on a friendship between two female filmmakers. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an uncanny work, whose characters and ideas linger "long after the story is over."

Pen-Pal Passion Is Revived In Broadway's 'She Loves Me'

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 12:18pm

A revival of the 1963 musical She Loves Me opens Thursday on Broadway. Director Scott Ellis and lyricist Sheldon Harnick (whose Fiddler on the Roof is also back on Broadway) join Fresh Air.

'Love', Maybe: Netflix Explores The Cringe-Worthy Beginnings Of A Relationship

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:29pm

Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust play two people on the brink of becoming a couple in Love, the new comedy series co-created by Judd Apatow, Rust and Rust's wife, Lesley Arfin.

Lucius Layers Harmonies With Emotion In 'Good Grief'

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:25pm

The surging voices of two female lead singers create the signature sound of the five-piece band Lucius. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the band's new album, Good Grief, is often lovely and well-crafted.

Bad Luck Or Bad Genes? Dealing With BRCA And 'A Cancer In The Family'

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:25pm

Oncologist Theodora Ross discusses the hereditary nature of cancer and her own predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer, which led her to have a double mastectomy and to have her ovaries removed.

Fresh Air Weekend: Sarah Paulson; 'Charlie Chan Hock Chye'; American Eugenics

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 8:00am

Actress Sarah Paulson plays prosecutor Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson. John Powers reviews Sonny Liew's new graphic novel. Adam Cohen discusses forced sterilizations in America.

The Rocking, Rollicking R&B Of Billy Ward And His Dominoes

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:23pm

The vocal group Billy Ward and his Dominoes covered white hits for the black market, and along the way discovered two of the greatest voices of the era. Rock historian Ed Ward tells the story.

Remembering 'Great Santini' Author Pat Conroy

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:23pm

Conroy, who died last week, was the author of several books, two of which — The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides — were made into feature films. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1987, 1995 and 2002.

Sarah Paulson Strives To 'Get It Right' As O.J. Simpson Prosecutor

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:38pm

The actress set out to portray Marcia Clark in a "truthful way" in FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson. "I read, watched and listened to any and everything I could get my hands on," Paulson says.

Remembering Record Producer George Martin, The 'Fifth Beatle'

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 12:17pm

Martin, who died yesterday in London, was among the earliest to recognize The Beatles' talents and is often credited with helping them develop their sound. Originally broadcast in 1980.

'Bullies', A Story Of Friendship, Booze And Brawls In An Oakland Biker Bar

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 12:17pm

Alex Abramovich was in his 30s when he looked up a guy who had bullied him in grade school. In his new memoir, Abramovich writes about reconnecting with Trevor, now the head of a motorcycle club.

Roman Diaz Makes A Spiritual Statement With 'L'ó Dá Fún Bàtá'

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 2:03pm

Percussionist Roman Diaz arrived in New York from Havana in 1999 and has since become a mainstay in the avant-garde jazz and Afro-Cuban music communities. Critic Milo Miles reviews his debut album.

An Addict, Now Clean, Discusses Needle Exchanges And 'Hope After Heroin'

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 1:39pm

At the height of her addiction to heroin, Tracey Helton Mitchell lived in an alley and sold her body. Now she works as an addiction specialist helping others. Her new memoir is The Big Fix.

'Charlie Chan Hock Chye' Offers A Heartfelt Take On Aging, Art And History

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 12:27pm

The new graphic novel by Malaysia-born cartoonist Sonny Liew spans 80 years as it tells the story of a fictional comic-book. Critic John Powers calls the book a "startlingly brilliant tour de force."

The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 12:22pm

In the first half of the 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits they considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in his new book, Imbeciles.

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