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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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Tom Perrotta's 'Mrs. Fletcher' Shares 'Post-Parental' Reflections From An Empty Nest

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 1:40pm

Perrotta's most recent novel was inspired by the upheaval he experienced when his kids grew up and moved out of the house. Originally broadcast July 31, 2017.

Southern Gothic 'Florida' Spins Tales Of Hurricanes, Humidity And Humanity

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:50am

Lauren Groff sets her new story collection in what she calls the "sunniest and strangest of states." Critic Maureen Corrigan says the tales are "brooding, inventive — and often moving."

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A Birdbrained Library Heist Is Suffused With Irony In 'American Animals'

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 1:12pm

In 2004, four young men stole rare art books valued at more than three-quarters of a million dollars from a college library. American Animals blends fiction and documentary to retell the story.

For 'Vogue' Titan André Leon Talley, Fashion Was A 'Gateway To The World'

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 12:27pm

Talley felt like a misfit growing up — until he stumbled upon a copy of the iconic fashion magazine. Paging through Vogue, he says, was like traveling down a "rabbit hole" into "a world of glamour."

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So Longhand: Has Cursive Reached The End Of The Line?

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 11:10am

Linguist Geoff Nunberg believes there's value in writing by hand — but he doesn't see why the letters have to connect. "You may as well dictate what song we all have to sing in the shower," he says.

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Saxophonist Jon Irabagon Plays With Heart On 'Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics'

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 1:01pm

Irabagon brings an infectious sense of fun to music-making, even when the playing is dead serious — as is the case on his "mildly subversive" new album.

Exiled Journalist Continues To Fight For Women's Rights In Iran

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 1:01pm

Masih Alinejad discusses her campaign against a law requiring that Iranian women and girls to cover their heads and necks with a hijab. Her new memoir is The Wind in My Hair.

Sexuality, Mortality, Failure — 'My Ex-Life' Has Fun Asking Big Questions

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 1:01pm

A divorced couple reconnects after nearly 30 years apart in Stephen McCauley's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan says My Ex-Life is a social satire that's "suffused with generosity."

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Forget 'Good Times,' David Sedaris Is Far More Interested In 'Bad Behavior'

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:30pm

Calypso features stories about family, aging and mortality. In his 61 years, Sedaris says he's learned two things: Be careful when you buy scented candles, and always have a joke in your back pocket.

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Violinist Johnny Gandelsman Infuses Bach's 'Sonatas & Partitas' With Joy

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:30pm

Gandelsman has been celebrated for playing a wide variety of music, from purely classical to the most inventive contemporary pieces. He takes on Bach's complex sonatas and partitas on his new album.

How Rodgers And Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 8:00am

Todd Purdum's new book is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind such hit shows as Carousel, South Pacific and The Sound of Music. Originally broadcast April 9, 2018.

Fresh Air Weekend: Journalist Ronan Farrow; Actress Krysten Ritter

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 8:00am

Farrow talks about investigating the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and his new book, War on Peace. Ken Tucker reviews Courtney Barnett's new album. Ritter discusses her role as Jessica Jones.

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Fresh Air Remembers Novelist Philip Roth

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 2:35pm

We listen back to excerpts from Roth's interviews about The Plot Against America and Everyman. Roth died Tuesday at age 85. He spoke with Terry Gross seven times over the years.

Venture Into The Australian Wilderness For A Chilling 'Picnic At Hanging Rock'

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 2:19pm

As the story goes, on Valentine's Day 1900, several students and their teacher slipped away from a holiday picnic and never returned. Amazon's new six-part TV miniseries explores the legend.

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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Is A High-Speed, Low-Energy Intergalactic Heist

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:34pm

The latest blockbuster from Disney and Lucasfilm tells of the early adventures of Han Solo. Critic Justin Chang says the plot somehow feels both utterly inconsequential and exasperatingly busy.

Philip Roth: 'You Begin Every Book As An Amateur'

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 3:22pm

The influential novelist won almost every major literary award, but still found the writing process was full of discovery. "Each and every sentence is a revelation," he said. Roth died Tuesday at 85.

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Ronan Farrow: 'I Was Raised With An Extraordinary Sense Of Public Service'

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 1:31pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist talks about growing up the son of famous parents, investigating the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and writing his new book, War on Peace.

'The Split' Explores The Price And Permutations Of Breaking Up

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 2:08pm

Sundance TV's new six-part series centers on a family of high-billing divorce lawyers whose own private lives are as messy as the cases they're handling.

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New Book Explores The Science Of Pregnancy 'Like A Mother'

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 2:08pm

As a first-time mother, journalist Angela Garber craved unbiased, scientific information — not just anecdotal advice. Her new book debunks myths and assumptions about pregnancy and childbirth.

Courtney Barnett's New Album Blends Forceful Guitar With Lyrical Complexity

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 2:08pm

Barnett sings about fame, feminism and self-doubt on her new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel. Ken Tucker says the songs are like "inner monologues, shaped and sharpened for public consumption."




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