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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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'The Rider' Offers An Aching Portrait Of Masculinity In Crisis

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 1:03pm

Writer-director Chloé Zhao's new film tells the true story of a Lakota cowboy recovering from a serious rodeo accident. Critic Justin Chang says The Rider has "a bone-deep authenticity."

How An Israeli Journalist's Coverage Of The Palestinian Conflict Inspired 'Fauda'

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:56pm

After years as a reporter, Avi Issacharoff co-created an action series about an elite unit of the Israeli military whose members work undercover in the West Bank. Fauda is now streaming on Netflix.

A Desperate Father Goes 'Searching' For His Missing Daughter In A Taut New Film

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:22pm

Searching takes the mundane details of a typical computer session — from video chats to browser windows — and spins them into a surprising, sometimes uncomfortably voyeuristic crime thriller.

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Actor André Holland Explores: 'Where I Fit, How I Fit, If I Fit'

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 1:17pm

The Moonlight actor stars as a death row lawyer on the Hulu series Castle Rock. Holland says many of the characters he plays are "wrestling with ... that question of identity and where they fit."

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'Severance' Is A Sardonic Wake-Up Call For All Of Us Stuck In Routine

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 2:36pm

Ling Ma's Severance is an unusual apocalyptic novel, says critic Maureen Corrigan. Satiric, playful and scary, it lends assurance that humor will linger even as the world comes to an end.

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Dispatches From A 'Dopesick' America

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 2:08pm

Author Beth Macy details opioids' odyssey from medicine to scourge, in her book about young heroin users, their long-suffering parents, doctors, drug company executives, cops, judges and drug dealers.

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'Wild! Wild! Wild!' Coheres As A Carefully Conceived Lark

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 1:14pm

Linda Gail Lewis and Robbie Fulks have teamed up on a shrewd, witty album that's a throwback to the earliest era of rock n' roll — but it's not pickled in nostalgia.

Witty, Imaginative, Risky And Relentless — 'Flights' Soars

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 1:14pm

Olga Tokarczuk's book won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize. Critic John Powers says the hard-to-classify work is positively exploding with maps, remembrances, riffs, history and more.

'It's Taken On A Whole Other Life,' Says 'Crazy Rich Asians' Author Kevin Kwan

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 1:14pm

Kwan thought the screen adaptation of his bestselling novel might be a small independent film — instead it's been hailed as a groundbreaking moment for Hollywood casting.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Aretha Franklin; 'Crazy Rich Asians'; 'A Girl's Guide To Missiles'

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 11:27am

The Queen of Soul died Thursday at 76. Film critic Justin Chang says Crazy Rich Asians lives up to expectations. And Karen Piper describes growing up on a weapons development site in the desert.

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Novelist John Le Carré Reflects On His Own 'Legacy' Of Spying

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 12:30pm

Le Carré worked for MI5 and MI6 early in his career. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," he said of those years. His novel A Legacy of Spies came out in 2017. Originally broadcast Sept. 5, 2017.

We Still Can't Comprehend The Power Of Aretha Franklin's Voice

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:55am

No one's voice has ever soared like this.

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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.

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