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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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Natalie Hemby Offers Contemplative Vocals And Vivid Memories On 'Puxico'

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:49pm

After writing No. 1 hits for various country stars, Hemby now has an album of her own. Critic Ken Tucker says Puxico mixes country sentiments with a folksy sound.

Hall-Of-Fame Sportscaster Joe Buck Admits To Being A 'Lucky Bastard'

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:49pm

Buck's new memoir details his experiences in sports and life, including his addiction to hair-plug transplants. When it comes to announcing, he says, "I don't have a rooting interest for either side."

Remembering Jazz Critic And 'Village Voice' Writer Nat Hentoff

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 12:39pm

Hentoff, who died Saturday, was an outspoken advocate of free speech and a prolific jazz writer. Originally broadcast in 1986.

What Is Driving The 'Unbanking Of America'?

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 12:39pm

Author Lisa Servon says a growing number of Americans are giving up on traditional banks and relying instead on alternatives, including prepaid debit cards, check-cashing centers and payday lenders.

Jeff Bridges Abides By His Actor Dad's Example: Bring Joy To The Set

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:54pm

"He really wanted all his kids to go into acting because he loved it so much," Bridges says of his father. In Hell or High Water, Bridges plays an aging Texas ranger tracking two bank robbers.

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Betty Fussell Doesn't Mince Words In The Frank, Funny 'Eat, Live, Love, Die'

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:54pm

A new collection of some of Fussell's most celebrated essays showcases the food and travel writer's tough-girl philosophy. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Eat, Live, Love, Die an inspiring work.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Lin-Manuel Miranda; 'La La Land' Director Damien Chazelle

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 8:00am

Miranda weighs in about Disney, mixtapes and why he won't try to top the success of Hamilton. Chazelle discusses the brash, defiant and "almost avant-garde" nature of musicals.

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'La La Land' Director Aimed To Make A Film Even Musical Skeptics Would Love

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 1:44pm

"Movies are kind of limited by what you see in front of the camera," says director Damien Chazelle. "Musicals find this wonderful way around that."

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Remembering Huston Smith, Noted 'World's Religions' Scholar

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:58pm

Smith, who died on Friday, was a Methodist minister who traveled the world studying Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism and other religions. Originally broadcast in 1996.

A Diplomat Reflects On Moderate Islam In 'Letters To A Young Muslim'

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:58pm

Omar Saif Ghobash was 6 when an assassin killed his father, who was a diplomat from the United Arab Emirates. His new book is a collection of letters to his sons, urging them to reject extremism.

Lin-Manuel Miranda On Disney, Mixtapes And Why He Won't Try To Top 'Hamilton'

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 10:35am

Miranda says he doesn't feel the need to duplicate the success of Hamilton. "If you think in terms of topping, you're in the wrong business," he says.

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Having Thick Skin Is A 'Survival Technique,' Says Comic Jeff Ross

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 2:01pm

Ross says he learned to "dish it out and take it" as a kid in Newark, NJ. He likens celebrity roasts to "a party where everybody goes and has a good time." Originally broadcast Sept. 13, 2016.

Fresh Air Weekend: Our Critics Pick The Best Film, TV, Music And Books Of 2016

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 8:00am

Edelstein lists the year's best films. Bianculli picks the best TV shows. Powers offers his year-end "ghost list." Tucker assesses the best music of '15. Whitehead remembers the jazz greats who died.

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'Shakespeare In Music & Words' Marks 400 Years Since The Bard's Death

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 12:27pm

A new two-CD set features music inspired by Shakespeare as well as actors reading his work. Critic Lloyd Schwartz says any excuse to honor the master playwright is a good one.

'Late Show' Host Says He Has Finally Found His Post-'Colbert Report' Voice

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 12:27pm

The comic initially avoided joking about politics on The Late Show for fear that he would fall into his Colbert Report persona. Originally broadcast Nov. 2, 2016.

To Make 'The Godfather' His Way, Francis Ford Coppola Waged A Studio Battle

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 2:54pm

Coppola was 29 years old when he signed on to direct a film. "I was young and had no power," he says, "so [the studio] figured they could just boss me around." Originally broadcast Nov. 16, 2016.

Looking Back At The Ramones' Debut: They Were A 'Bunch Of Weirdos From New York'

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 2:14pm

It's been 40 years since The Ramones released their self-titled first album. Rock historian Ed Ward remembers the debut as a confrontational and divisive record with a "cartoonish overlay."

Remembering 'Star Wars' Actress Carrie Fisher

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 2:13pm

In addition to playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars movies, Fisher was also the author of Postcards from the Edge and The Princess Diarist. Originally broadcast in 1990, 2004 and 2016.

Kenya Barris On 'Black-ish' And What Kids Lose When They Grow Up With More

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 12:50pm

Barris says his ABC comedy series is about "raising your kids in a different environment than you were accustomed to being raised in." Originally broadcast May 18, 2016.

'I Never Set Out To Be An Actor,' Says 'Transparent' Star Gaby Hoffmann

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 12:50pm

Hoffmann grew up in the Chelsea Hotel and appeared in Field of Dreams and other films as child. She says she initially saw acting as "a means to an end." Originally broadcast Oct. 10, 2016.

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