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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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Aretha Franklin: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 9:15am

The Queen of Soul rarely gave interviews, so we were delighted when she sat down for a Fresh Air interview in 1999.

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SOPHIE's Debut Album Is A Complex, Clamorous Pleasure

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:59pm

The singer-songwriter-producer just released OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES. Rock critic Ken Tucker finds an undercurrent of serenity in the organized chaos of SOPHIE's playful brand of noise pop.

Satire, Soap Opera, Duty, Devotion: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Is A Movie Milestone

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:59pm

The romantic comedy based on Kevin Kwan's 2013 novel has been saddled with cultural and commercial expectations. Critic Justin Chang was happy to find the film doesn't collapse under the weight.

2018 Revealed Just How Ill-Prepared We Are For Climate Change

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:59pm

Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter for The New York Times, discusses the dire consequences of rising temperatures, such as drought, famine, disease, war and increased migration.

'A Girl's Guide' To Growing Up On A Secretive Missile Test Site

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 1:04pm

When Karen Piper was 6, her family moved to the Mojave Desert. In A Girl's Guide To Missiles she describes how her parents designed weapons, but she didn't understand how it all connected to war.

Andy Biskin And 16 Tons Revisit 'Songs From The Alan Lomax Collection'

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 1:04pm

Early in his career, clarinetist Andy Biskin worked as an assistant to the folklorist Alan Lomax. Biskin's new album features new settings of songs drawn from Lomax's The Folk Songs of North America.

A Struggling Surfer Gets 'A Sign' In Jim Gavin's 'Lodge 49'

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:59pm

The creator of the AMC comedy talks about strip mall culture, why he likes to write characters who are fools, and explains why he defines success as "just sticking around."

Sire Records Co-Founder Seymour Stein Reflects On Life In 'The Pursuit Of Music'

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:59pm

In his autobiography, Siren Song, Stein writes about how he started out in the music business as a teen before going on to sign groundbreaking artists like Talking Heads, Madonna, Ice-T and k.d. lang.

With Wit And Sadness, 'Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine' Has Echoes Of Salinger

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:59pm

Critic Maureen Corrigan says Kevin Wilson's funny, raw, beautiful writing reminds her of J. D. Salinger. He starts with a goofy premise and then draws deep emotional truths.

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Fresh Air Weekend: A 'Tale' Inspired By Real-Life Trauma; Reducing Mass Incarceration

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 8:00am

Jennifer Fox's HBO film, The Tale, is based on the sexual abuse she experienced as a child. Justin Chang reviews BlacKkKlansmen. Julian Adler and Judge Victoria Pratt discuss alternatives to jail.

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'BlacKkKlansman' Is A Blisteringly Funny, Urgent Story Of Race And Identity

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:29pm

In 1979, a black police named Ron Stallworth successfully infiltrated a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Director Spike Lee presents the story with humor and searing honesty in BlacKkKlansman.

David Sedaris On The Life-Altering And Mundane Pages Of His Old Diaries

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:29pm

Sedaris' Theft by Finding is a collection of excerpts from those diaries. In it, he revisits major turning points, including how he met his longtime boyfriend. Originally broadcast May 31, 2017.

Journalist: Fear Is A 'Very Powerful Tool' In Trump's Approach To Immigration

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:26pm

Atlantic writer Franklin Foer says President Trump has "radicalized" Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), opening the door for the agency to deport any undocumented immigrant.

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Opinion: Why The Term 'Deep State' Speaks To Conspiracy Theorists

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 9:14am

Linguist Geoff Nunberg says it's common for citizens of democracies to express concerns about the government. But the term "deep state" refers to something more nefarious — and conspiratorial.

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A 'Tale' Of Child Sex Abuse Was Inspired By Filmmaker's Real-Life Trauma

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:38pm

"We never talk about how a child can love his or her abuser," Jennifer Fox says. "If we don't understand that, we don't understand how abuse happens." Her new HBO film is The Tale.

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'Into The Hands Of The Soldiers' Explores How The U.S. Contributed To Chaos In Egypt

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:43pm

New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick says the Obama White House watched Arab democracy fall, and now the Trump administration is embracing Egypt's autocratic president.

'Hive Mind' Mixes Funk, Disco And Neo-Soul, Courtesy Of The Internet

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:30pm

The quintet known as The Internet emerged from the Los Angeles music collective Odd Future. Ken Tucker says their fourth album offers "music for modern lovers who are too smart to settle for less."

How Can America Reduce Mass Incarceration?

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:30pm

Julian Adler, co-author of Start Here, and Judge Victoria Pratt discuss alternatives to jail, including community service, social services and even personal essays.

Fresh Air Weekend: Captured By Somali Pirates; Actor Tony Shalhoub On 'Mrs. Maisel'

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 8:00am

Journalist Michael Scott Moore recounts his time in captivity in Somalia. David Bianculli says Better Call Saul is "delightful" in its fourth season. Shalhoub says he questions his worth as an actor.

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New Season Of 'Better Call Saul' Brings Spinoff One Step Closer To 'Breaking Bad'

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 1:36pm

Better Call Saul acts as both a sequel and a prequel to AMC's series about the crystal meth trade. Critic David Bianculli says the show remains "as delightful as ever" in its fourth season.

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