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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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Mother And Daughter Come Together At The Card Table In 'The Bridge Ladies'

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 1:22pm

Betsy Lerner writes about joining her 83-year-old mother's weekly bridge club in her new book. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls The Bridge Ladies a "smart and colorful memoir."

If 'Carmichael Show' Topics Feel Uncomfortable, That's Because They're Real

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 1:07pm

Jerrod Carmichael says that the complicated family debates on his NBC comedy series are inspired by real life. "I grew up in a household that's very argumentative ... in a very healthy way," he says.

Questlove On Prince, Doo-Wop And The Food Equivalent Of The 'Mona Lisa'

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 1:12pm

In his new book, somethingtofoodabout, The Roots' drummer discusses the artistry involved in creating a great meal. "I'm more obsessed with the journey ... than the destination," Questlove says.

Sturgill Simpson Moves Into Uncharted Waters In 'A Sailor's Guide to Earth'

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:19pm

Rock critic Ken Tucker says Simpson deepens his range and reconnects country to R&B on his new record, a concept album about becoming a father.

Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:19pm

"No matter what we've done there comes a point where you think, 'How did I get here?' " Hanks says. He plays an American businessman working in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert in his new film.

'Alter Egos' Dissects Hillary Clinton's Tenure As Obama's Secretary Of State

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:31pm

Mark Landler of The New York Times discusses Clinton and Obama's contrasting views on America's role in the world. Clinton, Landler says, was often the hawk, more willing to intervene with force.

Fresh Air Weekend: Autism; New Historical Fiction; The Future Of Yellowstone

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 8:00am

John Robison, who is on the autism spectrum, talks about TMS treatment. Maureen Corrigan reviews two suspenseful new novels. David Quammen warns that Yellowstone National Park may be "loved to death."

Remembering Legendary Musician Prince, A 'Strikingly Original' Icon

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:24pm

Rock critic Ken Tucker says Prince, the singer, songwriter and instrumentalist who died yesterday at his home in Minnesota, was "the most inventive and prolific pop musician of his generation."

'Huntsman' And 'Tale Of Tales' Put A Modern Spin On Classic Fairy Tales

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:24pm

Critic David Edelstein reviews The Huntsman: Winter's War, a sequel to the 2012 movie, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Tale of Tales, an adaptation of a group of 17th century Italian folk stories.

Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:24pm

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Originally broadcast Oct. 20, 2015.

Electric Currents And An 'Emotional Awakening' For One Man With Autism

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:50pm

Switched On author John Elder Robison says the emotional empathy he gained after receiving transcranial magnetic stimulation was intense. "It's like I lost a protective shield," he says.

'Scary Old Sex': Stories Of Love From The Aged

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:18pm

Seventy-four-year-old author Arlene Heyman discusses her debut short-story collection, which focuses on the sex lives and intimate relationships of characters in their 60s and 70s.

Henry Threadgill Doubles Up On 'Old Locks And Irregular Verbs'

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:18pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer doesn't play on his new jazz album, but critic Kevin Whitehead says Old Locks and Irregular Verbs is nevertheless a perfect introduction to Threadgill's voice.

From A Whaling Ship To A Mysterious Painting, New Novels Deliver Big Thrills

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:18pm

Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says Ian McGuire's The North Water and Dominic Smith's The Last Painting of Sara de Vos are suspenseful historical novels that may just give readers nightmares.

A Thrilling TV Adaptation Of John Le Carré's 'Night Manager'

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:13pm

Le Carré's 1993 novel comes to life in a six-part AMC series. John Powers says the show, which jets from Egyptian streets to posh Alpine lodges, is one of the most enjoyable thrillers he's seen on TV.

David Duchovny On Baseball And How 'X-Files' Made Him A Better Writer

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:13pm

The co-star of the X-Files discusses his novel, Bucky F*cking Dent, about a son reuniting with his absentee father. Duchovny earned a master's degree in literature before starting his TV career.

Peter Wolf's 'Cure for Loneliness'? Music With An Undercurrent Of Melancholy

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 2:17pm

The former lead singer for the J. Geils Band has been making albums on his own since the mid-1980s. Reviewer Ken Tucker says his latest is one of the most varied collections Wolf has ever recorded.

Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being 'Loved To Death'?

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 2:12pm

Each year, the park attracts millions of visitors and provides a home to countless animal species. But journalist David Quammen warns that balancing tourism and preservation can be tricky.

Fresh Air Weekend: W. Kamau Bell; Julian Lage's 'Arclight'; 'Shugs & Fats'

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 8:00am

Comic W. Kamau Bell visits places he is afraid to go on his new series. Kevin Whitehead reviews Julian Lage's new album. Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz discuss their sketch-comedy series Shugs & Fats.

Thrilling And Kinetic, Updated 'Jungle Book' Is 'A Triumph'

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:41pm

Jon Favreau's adaptation of the Disney classic reprises the story of a little boy raised by wolves. Critic David Edelstein says The Jungle Book seamlessly blends computer animation and storytelling.

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