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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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Why Some Silicon Valley Tech Executives Are Bunkering Down For Doomsday

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 1:44pm

Journalist Evan Osnos discusses the Silicon Valley survivalists who are stockpiling food and weapons and investing in luxury underground bunkers. "They feel a sense of fragility in our politics."

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'A Really Good Day' Recaps A Month-Long Adventure Of Microdosing LSD

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 12:33pm

Ayelet Waldman's new memoir describes her experiences with a variant of bipolar disorder, and her attempts to self-medicate with LSD. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a "gutsy ... really good story."

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The History of U.S. Intervention And The 'Birth Of The American Empire'

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 12:33pm

Journalist Stephen Kinzer's book, True Flag, explains how the Spanish-American War launched an ongoing debate about America's role in the world. Kinzer has also been writing about President Trump.

'Founder' Serves Up A Profile Of The Man Behind McDonald's

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:25pm

A new biopic tells the story of Ray Kroc, who turned a single burger restaurant into a multi-billion dollar worldwide franchise. Critic David Edelstein says The Founder offers a dark dose of realism.

BassDrumBone Marks 40 Years Of Playing Together With 'The Long Road'

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:25pm

Trombonist Ray Anderson, bassist Mark Helias and drummer Gerry Hemingway first played together as a trio in 1977. Critic Kevin Whitehead says their new double album proves they can still deliver.

'America In Laos' Traces The Militarization Of The CIA

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:25pm

In the '60s, the CIA began a secret program that aimed to curb Communism by arming and training local fighters in Laos. Author Joshua Kurlantzick calls it "the largest covert operation in US history."

Fresh Air Weekend: School Segregation; A Return To Prayer; Actress Rachel Bloom

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 8:00am

Writer Nikole Hannah-Jones says "individual choices" contribute to school segregation. Muslim comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh turned to prayer after Trump's election. Bloom discusses Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

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Novelist Zadie Smith On Historical Nostalgia And The Nature Of Talent

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 1:21pm

Smith's latest book, Swing Time, tells the story of two girls who dream of being dancers, but only one has the talent to do so. Originally broadcast Nov. 21, 2016.

Muslim NYPD Chaplain On Faith, Fear And Getting Stopped By Airport Security

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:14pm

Imam Khalid Latif is one of the people profiled in The Secret Life of Muslims, a digital series about Islamophobia. He is also the first Muslim chaplain at New York University.

Looking Back With Gratitude On Obama, And His Optimistic Vision Of America

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:14pm

Writer Mat Johnson reflects on what the Obama presidency meant to his biracial family. "I didn't always agree with Obama," he says. "But I always respected — and will always respect — that man."

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After Trump's Election, A Non-Practicing Muslim Returns To Prayer

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:42am

Comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh often jokes about being a "pork-eating, alcohol-drinking, married-to-an-atheist" Muslim. But lately she finds herself wanting to connect with her religious traditions.

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Rachel Bloom Upends Romantic Comedy Tropes On 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:41pm

Bloom talks to Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado about the CW musical comedy series, now in its second season, that she co-created and stars in. Bloom plays a woman who follows an ex across the country.

How Mormon Polygamy In The 19th Century Fueled Women's Activism

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:41pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich says that for Mormon women living in 19th century Utah, "plural marriages" were empowering in complicated ways.

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices'

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 5:00am

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says school segregation will continue to exist in America "as long as individual parents continue to make choices that only benefit their own children."

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Fresh Air Weekend: Jeff Bridges; Netflix' 'Unfortunate Events'; Sportscaster Joe Buck

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 8:00am

Jeff Bridges says his actor dad always brought joy to the set. David Bianculli reviews A Series Of Unfortunate Events. Hall-of-fame broadcaster Joe Buck discusses his new memoir, Lucky Bastard.

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The Man Behind Lemony Snicket Talks About Writing For Kids And His Childhood Fears

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:21pm

Lemony Snicket, AKA Daniel Handler, wrote the children's book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Handler spoke to Terry Gross in 2001 and in 2012, when he brought his accordion to the studio.

Remembering Celebrated Indian Actor Om Puri, Star Of 'East Is East'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:15pm

Puri, who died last Friday in Mumbai, appeared in more than 300 movies, including the British film, My Son the Fanatic. Originally broadcast in 2000.

'Series Of Unfortunate Events' On Netflix Will Charm And Delight

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:15pm

Daniel Handler has adapted his popular children's book series for Netflix. Critic David Bianculli says A Series Of Unfortunate Events is "one of the best new TV shows in a long time."

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Hilarity And Hostility Converge In The Family Comedy 'Toni Erdmann'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:15pm

The German film centers on a prankster father who barges into the life of his business consultant daughter. Critic David Edelstein says Toni Erdmann keeps you guessing — in a good way.

'20th Century Women' Mixes Comedy With Disappointment And Loss

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:28pm

Set in 1979 Santa Barbara, Mike Mills' new film is the story of a teenage boy and the three women who teach him about life. Critic John Powers calls it an "amusing, deeply-felt work."

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