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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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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.

Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Mike Birbiglia; 'Zero Day'; 'Veep' Showrunner David Mandel

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 8:00am

Birbiglia discusses his new film, Don't Think Twice. John Powers reviews Zero Days, a documentary about computer malware. Veep's David Mandel talks about the current season of the show.

'Star Trek Beyond' Is An Unapologetically Wild Ride, Steeped In Human Drama

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:49pm

The Enterprise has been destroyed and its inhabitants have been thrown to the winds in the latest of the Star Trek series. Critic David Edelstein calls it a well-made action-adventure film.

Block The Vote: A Journalist Discusses Voting Rights And Restrictions

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:47pm

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed racial discrimination in voting. But author Ari Berman says a 2013 Supreme Court ruling blocks the enforcement. Originally broadcast Aug. 10, 2015.

Why A Black Teen Who Was Beaten By Police Decided To Join The NYPD

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:35pm

Eric Adams joined the police department intent on reforming it. "If I was not a voice for change it would bother me," he says. He was on the force for 22 years. Now he is Brooklyn's borough president.

Recent Police Shootings Stir A Memory For A Former Philadelphia Officer

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:35pm

Tom Gibbons had to retire from the police force after being shot three times during a traffic stop in 1970. He then became a reporter and covered the police for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

'I'm Petrified For My Children': Will Racism And Guns Lead To America's Ruin?

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:44am

Novelist Mat Johnson says the nation's unresolved racial legacy, our love of guns and our method of policing have put the country on a fatal and disastrous path.

Why A Black Teen Who Was Beaten By Police Decided To Join The NYPD

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 10:21am

Eric Adams joined the police department intent on reforming it. "If I was not a voice for change it would bother me," he says. He was on the force for 22 years. Now he is Brooklyn's borough president.

Fresh Air Remembers Garry Marshall, Creator Of 'Happy Days' And 'Laverne & Shirley'

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:42pm

Marshall, who died yesterday at the age of 81, was a noted writer and director of both television and film. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1991, shortly after the release of his movie, Frankie and Johnny.

'Veep' Showrunner On Politics And The 'Thankless Task' Of Being Second In Command

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:42pm

David Mandel, the Emmy-nominated writer, director and executive producer of the HBO series Veep, discusses the current season of the show, his work on SNL and the 2016 presidential election.

Met's 'Unfinished' Exhibit Offers A Glimpse Of The Artistic Mind At Work

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:17pm

The inaugural show at the Metropolitan Museum's Met Breuer branch raises the question of what makes a finished work of art. Critic Lloyd Schwartz calls it "an astonishing gathering of masterpieces."

Comic Mike Birbiglia On His Best Failure And The 3 Rules Of Improv

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:17pm

Birbiglia's new film, Don't Think Twice, was inspired by his time in the comedy world. It tells the story of an improv group that is splintered after one member's break-out success.

Jazz Pianist Dan Cray's 'Outside In' Features Slow Tempos, Meandering Melodies

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:32pm

Much of the music on Cray's new album stems from a year he spent teaching at the University of Nevada in Reno. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Outside In is a reminder of the power of open spaces.

'Zero Days' Documentary Exposes A Looming Threat Of The Digital Age

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:32pm

Filmmaker Alex Gibney's new documentary focuses on the large-scale implications of computer malware. Critic John Powers calls Zero Days an important — and chilling — film.

Novelist Grapples With The Conflicted Feelings Of Caring For Aging Parents

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:32pm

Author Cathleen Schine says that living far away from an elderly parent can create feelings of guilt as well as those of relief. Her darkly comic new novel is They May Not Mean To, But They Do.

Fresh Air Weekend: Christopher Eccleston; 'Underground Airlines'; Comic Jessi Klein

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 8:00am

Actor Christopher Eccleston discusses The A Word and The Leftovers. Maureen Corrigan reviews Underground Airlines. Inside Amy Schumer writer Jessi Klein discusses comedy, ageism and motherhood.

Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard On Small-Town Life, Big-Time Music

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 2:39pm

Howard was raised on her father's junkyard in the small town of Athens, Ala. "It was a really interesting way to grow up," she tells Fresh Air. Originally broadcast Jan. 28, 2016.

Despite Its Charm, 'Ghostbusters' Remake Comes Up Short On Laughs

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 2:39pm

Paul Feig's remake of the 1984 hit stars four actresses as the ghostbusters. Critic David Edelstein says while the concept for the movie is solid, the film itself "has no satirical ideas of its own."

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