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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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Michael Chabon's 'Moonglow' Shines With Insight And Fantastic Storytelling

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 12:41pm

Chabon's new novel is a collection of stories in which a dying grandfather tells the secrets of his life to his grandson. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Moonglow "violent and very funny."

Remembering Sharon Jones, Soul Singer And Consummate Performer

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 12:41pm

The energetic lead singer for The Dap-Kings spoke to Fresh Air in '07 and again in '16, after she'd been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. "I want to perform," she said in July. Jones died on Nov. 18.

Trevor Noah Says He Grew Up 'In The Shadow Of A Giant' (His Mom)

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 1:24pm

The Daily Show host revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, Born a Crime. Noah says writing the book helped him see that his mother was the real hero of his story.

Novelist Zadie Smith On Historical Nostalgia And The Nature Of Talent

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 1:18pm

Her new book, Swing Time, tells the story of two girls who dream of being dancers, but only one has the talent to do so. Smith says talent is the most unfair of gifts; you either have it or you don't.

Fresh Air Weekend: Francis Ford Coppola; Casey Affleck

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 8:00am

Coppola was 29 years old when he signed on to direct a The Godfather. He battled the studio in order to make the movie his way. Affleck discusses his latest film, Manchester by the Sea.

Rep. John Lewis Looks Back On The Struggle For Voting Rights

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:43pm

Lewis speaks of growing up in Alabama in this 2009 interview. At the time, there was a county whose population was 80 percent African American that didn't have a single registered black voter.

Bleak, Mournful 'Manchester By The Sea' Packs An Emotional Punch

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:43pm

Casey Affleck is a man returning to his hometown to bury his brother and reconnect with his teen nephew in Manchester by the Sea. Critic David Eldestein calls the film draining, but also worth seeing.

Colson Whitehead's 'Underground Railroad' Is A Literal Train To Freedom

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:43pm

Whitehead was recently awarded the National Book Award for his novel about a young slave who has escaped a Georgia plantation and is heading north. Originally broadcast Aug. 8, 2016.

Casey Affleck: At First, Acting Was 'Nothing More Than A Day Off From School'

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 1:20pm

Growing up, a family friend was a casting director who would sometimes use Affleck as an extra. Now, years later, he's transitioned to leading man. His latest film is Manchester by the Sea.

Journalist Says Steve Bannon Had A 'Years-Long Plan' To Take Down Hillary Clinton

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 1:20pm

Bloomberg's Joshua Green discusses Bannon's work in the far right wing of the Republican party. Trump's chief strategist, Green says, was "one of the major figures" in Clinton's defeat.

To Make 'The Godfather' His Way, Francis Ford Coppola Waged A Studio Battle

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 1:28pm

Coppola was 29 years old when he signed on to direct a film. "I was young and had no power," he says, "so [the studio] figured they could just boss me around." But the young director fought back.

Could Trump 'Undermine The Legacy Of The Obama Presidency' With The Stroke Of A Pen?

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 1:06pm

New Yorker writer Evan Osnos talks about the executive orders and other actions that Trump can use to undo existing agreements on climate change, immigration and foreign policy.

The Deceptively Simple Sound Of Scott And Charlene's Wedding

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 1:13pm

Mid-Thirties Single Scene, the new album by the Australian group Scott and Charlene's Wedding, describes the thoughts and actions of a character who has just turned 34. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.

Anna Kendrick Says Acting Is 'The Way That I Learn About Other People'

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 1:13pm

The Pitch Perfect star started acting when she was 6. Back then, she says, she likely just did it for the attention. "Then it sort of transformed into something that was really meaningful for me."

Fresh Air Weekend: Actress Issa Rae; 'Certain Women'; The Creators Of 'Westworld'

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 8:00am

Rae talks about her HBO series Insecure. Critic John Powers praises the "quiet restraint and unhurried rhythm" of Certain Women. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy discuss their futuristic series Westworld.

Veterans Share Their Stories Of War And Its Consequences

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 12:44pm

To mark Veterans Day, Fresh Air presents interviews with Iraq War veterans Brian Castner and Kayla Williams, and WWII veteran Robert Kotlowitz. Also, Brian Turner reads his poem Here, Bullet.

Sci-Fi Saga 'Arrival' Asks: Can Humans Learn To Speak The Language Of Aliens?

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 12:35pm

Amy Adams plays a professor tasked with talking to eight-tentacled aliens in Denis Villeneuve's new film. Critic David Edelstein says Arrival is a strange and tantalizing puzzle.

Weird, Spirited 'Pieces Of Soap' Celebrates The Essays Of Stanley Elkin

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:23pm

Elkin, who died in 1995, was known for his satirical takes on American culture. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a new collection of essays that showcases the freshness of Elkin's work.

The Greatest Hits Of 'The Platinum Age Of Television'

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:23pm

"Television has really become where a lot of the action is right now," critic David Bianculli says. His new book revisits the best of the small screen — from I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead.

How Trump Broke Campaign Norms But Still Won The Election

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 11:43am

Fresh Air discusses the 2016 election with Atlantic Magazine correspondent James Fallows, who spent three years flying his own plane to small towns across the U.S., reporting on the people he met.




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