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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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After 6 Prison Terms, A Former Inmate Helps Other Women Rebuild Their Lives

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:11pm

For Susan Burton, getting on track after being released from prison was a daunting experience. Now she's determined to help other women follow in her footsteps. Her new memoir is Becoming Ms. Burton.

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The Art Ensemble of Chicago's Free-Wheeling Style Shines In 'Message to Our Folks'

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:31pm

Paul Steinbeck's new book chronicles the antics, both on and off stage, of the storied jazz ensemble. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Message to Our Folks celebrates the band's success on their own terms.

'Fargo' Is A Series About The 'Things People Do For Money'

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:31pm

Noah Hawley says his FX series, now in its third season, explores the central premise of the Coen Brothers' iconic 1996 film. Hawley is also the creator of the FX series Legion.

Lincoln Said What? Bogus Quotations Take On A New Life On Social Media

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:34am

Many of those quotes we see on Facebook or Instagram are attributed to authors who never said them. Does it matter when we get a quotation wrong? Linguist Geoff Nunberg says, not always.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Gabourey Sidibe; 'No One Can Pronounce My Name'; Rhiannon Giddens

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 8:00am

The Precious star talks about overcoming anxiety and working as a phone-sex operator. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Rakesh Satyal's new novel. Giddens' speaks for the silenced on Freedom Highway.

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Streaming Services Put Female Characters At The Center With 'Anne' And 'Dick'

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 1:26pm

TV critic David Bianculli reviews two new shows based on novels written by women: Amazon's I Love Dick, and Netflix's adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, Anne with an E.

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'Last Men In Aleppo' Captures The Horror And Humanity Of The Syrian Crisis

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 1:26pm

A new documentary focuses on a group of emergency volunteers in Syria's largest city known as the White Helmets. Critic David Edelstein says Last Men In Aleppo is a powerful and affecting work.

The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 1:26pm

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation and disease risk — but that environment also matters. Originally broadcast May 15, 2016.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air' As A Daily NPR Program

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:36pm

From Maurice Sendak to Bill O'Reilly, Terry Gross looks back on some of the most touching — and touchy — moments from interviews she's conducted over the decades.

Rhiannon Giddens Speaks For The Silenced

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:00pm

Giddens' Freedom Highway is an exploration of African-American experiences accompanied by the banjo, with "a sound, that deepness, that quality is what people associated with American music."

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Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim Proves Himself A One-Man Movement On 'Ancient Africa'

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:45pm

The reissued album features the sound of the South African musician sometimes known as Dollar Brand. Critic Kevin Whitehead says: "When Abdullah got a-rumbling, his piano was like a force of nature."

'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway Seeks To Upend Television With 'I Love Dick'

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:45pm

I Love Dick tackles themes of gender, sexual obsession and artistic insecurity, all through a humorous lens. "Transparent was my origin story," Soloway says. "This is my story about finding my voice."

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'No One Can Pronounce My Name' Is A Charming Take On Loneliness And Connection

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:45pm

Set in an Indian-American community in suburban Cleveland, Rakesh Satyal's new novel uses intertwined plots to explore the comedy of everyday life. Critic Maureen Corrigan says readers will be amused.

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'Small Victories' Aims To Make Home Cooking Accessible To All

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:22pm

Cookbook author Julia Turshen says cooking should be flexible: "[Recipes] are kind of sold to people as prescriptions, these really precise things, ... but I think there's very rarely a wrong answer.

'As We Get Older, We Become More Ourselves,' Says Author Mary Gaitskill

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:22pm

Before she turned to writing, the National Book Award nominee ran away from home and worked as a stripper. Her new collection of personal essays is Somebody with a Little Hammer.

Actress Gabourey Sidibe On Anxiety, Phone Sex And Life After 'Precious'

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 1:35pm

As a young woman, Sidibe struggled to find work before landing the film role that would change her life. "This is my path, and I'm really grateful that I'm on it," Sidibe says of her acting career.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Comic W. Kamau Bell; Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.'; The Art Of The Obit

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:54am

Bell talks about feeling out of places as a "black and proud ... mama's boy." Ken Tucker reviews Lamar's new album. Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox have written obituaries for thousands of people.

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'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Is Overlong And Void Of Suspense

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:49am

Marvel returns to its Guardians superheroes in this sequel, but the resulting film is lacking. Critic David Edelstein calls Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 "a big mess — with dumb jokes."

Manic And Depressed, 'I Didn't Like Who I Was,' Says Comic Chris Gethard

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:49am

Gethard's one-man show Career Suicide, which debuts Saturday on HBO, is a comedy about "suicide, depression, alcoholism and all the other funniest parts of life." Originally broadcast Oct. 24, 2016.

For Israeli-Born Chef, Hummus And 'Tehina' Are A Bridge To Home

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:49am

Michael Solomonov won the James Beard Foundation's award for outstanding chef the year. He says his life work is connecting people to the food of his homeland. Originally broadcast Oct. 6, 2015.

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