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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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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Veep' Executive Producer; 'Hourglass'; MLB's Rick Ankiel

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 8:00am

Producer Frank Rich says his HBO series is about the "craven desire for power." Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Dani Shapiro's new memoir. Ankiel talks about his unlikely baseball comeback.

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Listening Back To A 2009 Conversation With Director Jonathan Demme

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 1:22pm

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who died Wednesday, directed The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Married to the Mob and Stop Making Sense. We'll hear a clip of his 2009 conversation with Dave Davies.

Film Adaptation Of 'The Circle' Is Part Satire, Part Moralistic Melodrama

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:26pm

Emma Watson and Tom Hanks star in the remake of Dave Eggers' novel about a giant social media company. Critic David Edelstein says he found much of the acting overheated and the ending confusing.

Whose Side Was She On? 'American Heiress' Revisits Patty Hearst's Kidnapping

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:26pm

Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin says Hearst, who was abducted in 1974 and declared allegiance to her captors, "responded rationally to the circumstances." Originally broadcast Aug. 3, 2016.

Kendrick Lamar Extends His Vocal And Emotional Range On 'DAMN.'

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:52pm

Emotions like lust and love serve as metaphors for social and political struggles on Lamar's new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the music on DAMN. signals the artist's bold refusal to back down.

For 'New York Times' Obit Writers, 'Death Is Never Solicitous Of A Deadline'

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:52pm

Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox have written obituaries for thousands of people, ranging from heads of state to the inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch. They are featured in the new documentary Obit.

'Veep' Executive Producer On Making A Show About The 'Craven Desire For Power'

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:06pm

The HBO series is now in its sixth season. Producer Frank Rich also writes a column for New York magazine about the intersection of politics and popular culture.

Hulu's 'Handmaid's Tale' Delivers A Timely And Feminist Message

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:06pm

A new 10-part adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1986 novel stars Elisabeth Moss as a woman living in a totalitarian state. Critic David Bianculli says the miniseries depicts a bleak and haunting future.

Celebrating The Centennial Of Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:33pm

Fitzgerald, who died in 1996, had her first hits with Chick Webb's big band before going out on her own in the 1940s. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Fitzgerald at her best is as good as it gets.

Psychiatrist Recalls 'Heartbreak And Hope' On Bellevue's Prison Ward

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:44am

Dr. Elizabeth Ford treated mentally ill inmates in New York City for more than a decade. It was almost universal, she says, that they had suffered abuse or significant neglect as children.

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For Baseball's Rick Ankiel, Losing His Pitching Ability Led To An Unusual Comeback

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:42pm

Ankiel entered the major leagues in 1999 as a gifted pitcher, but one day suddenly lost that gift. He talks about his pitching demons, his troubled childhood and his way back to baseball.

'Hourglass' Exposes The Fissures That Develop In A Long-Term Marriage

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:41pm

Dani Shapiro's new memoir dramatizes the dizzying ways a lifetime passes, loops around, speeds up and sometimes seems to stand still. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an incisive and charged work.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Obama's White House; 'A Quiet Passion'; Updating The Dictionary

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 8:00am

Alyssa Mastromonaco talks about her years working in the West Wing. Justin Chang reviews Terence Davies' new film about Emily Dickinson. Kory Stamper explains how new words get into the dictionary.

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'Quiet Passion' Captures The Wit And Vulnerability Of Poet Emily Dickinson

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:24pm

British filmmaker Terence Davies turns his attention to the gifted New England poet in his new movie. Critic Justin Chang calls the film a "sharp, sensitive portrait" of a woman ahead of her time.

'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:24pm

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to adolescent sexuality, the subject of girls' pleasure is often left unspoken. Originally broadcast March 29, 2016.

Journalist Describes The Loneliness And Leakiness Of Trump's White House

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:28pm

As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office, White House correspondent Maggie Haberman of The New York Times says "the magnitude of the job is sinking in for him."

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From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:32pm

For a new word to enter the dictionary, it must meet three criteria: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper explains the process in Word by Word.

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'Fargo' And Bill Nye Make Promising Returns To The Small Screen

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:32pm

A botched theft leads to murder in Fargo's third season, and Bill Nye offers up science for adults in his new Netflix series. TV critic David Bianculli reviews both.

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An Insignificant Hustler Yearns To Be A Big-Time Operator In The Ironic 'Norman'

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 1:12pm

Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar centers his new movie on a wannabe dealmaker, played by Richard Gere. Critic John Powers calls Norman a mordantly funny drama with a "dazzlingly revelatory" ending.

'I Basically Ran On Adrenaline': A Staffer Remembers Obama's White House

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 1:12pm

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked in the West Wing for six exhilarating and exhausting years. She describes that era in her new memoir, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

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