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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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'Door To Door' Reveals The Magnificent — And Maddening — Story of Traffic

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 1:05pm

Edward Humes describes his new book as a "transportation detective story" that chronicles the hidden characters, locations and machinery driving our same-day-delivery, traffic-packed world.

A Clash Of Manners And Monsters In Edna O'Brien's 'Little Red Chairs'

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 1:15pm

A charismatic stranger in a remote Irish village turns out to be a war criminal in O'Brien's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book "one of [O'Brien's] best and most ambitious novels yet."

A Web Comedy Series Is 'Walking The Line Between Hipsters And Hijabis'

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 1:15pm

Comics Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz play Muslim immigrants dealing with speed dating, cat calls and other aspects of life in secular New York in their sketch-comedy series Shugs & Fats.

Guitar Prodigy Julian Lage Finds His Sweet Spot With 'Arclight'

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:15pm

Lage mixes jazz, blues and swing on his new trio album with Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Lage really hits his stride in Arclight.

'Alice & Oliver' Novelist On Marriage, Cancer And The Pain Of Uncertainty

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:15pm

Charles Bock's wife died from leukemia just before their daughter's 3rd birthday. Bock relived the final years of her life while writing his new novel. "I was just shattered," he says of the loss.

Fresh Air Weekend: Samantha Bee; Robbie Fulks' New Album; The 'Start-Up Bubble'

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 8:00am

Samantha Bee discusses Full Frontal and the freedom of her 40s. Critic Ken Tucker reviews Robbie Fulks' new album, Upland Stories. Laid-Off Journalist Dan Lyons describes working at a tech start-up.

Fresh Air Remembers Country Music Legend Merle Haggard

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:33pm

"I was, to say the least, probably the most incorrigible child you can think of," Haggard told Fresh Air in 1995. The country icon died Wednesday morning in California. It was his 79th birthday.

'Gateway To Freedom': Heroes, Danger And Loss On The Underground Railroad

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:33pm

Historian Eric Foner recently won the American History Book Prize from the New York Historical Society for Gateway to Freedom, about the underground railroad. Originally broadcast Jan. 15, 2015.

Samantha Bee On 'Full Frontal,' Feminism And The Freedom Of Her 40s

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:45pm

Since leaving The Daily Show, Bee has been busy with two new TBS shows. "I knew that there was something else that I wanted to do," she says. "It's very good for me to be creating my own thing."

A Family Drama Unfolds Through Shifting Viewpoints In 'Louder Than Bombs'

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:45pm

Point-of-view is passed like a baton among the tortured main characters in Joachim Trier's new film. Critic David Edelstein says Louder than Bombs is intimate, touching and "insistently alive."

From Fracking Bans To Paid Sick Leave: How States Are Overruling Local Laws

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:23pm

PR Watch's Lisa Graves says that states can overrule local laws, and that legislatures are increasingly using preemption to stop things like minimum wage increases and protections for LGBT people.

Robbie Fulks Sings His Way Home In 'Upland Stories'

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:23pm

The raucous singer turns thoughtful on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls Upland Stories a "marvelous mongrel mixture" of bluegrass banjo-picking, honky-tonk pedal steel and stark folk phrasings.

In 'Neon Bull,' A Strange, Dreamy Road Movie Reveals A Vanishing Way Of Life

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:15pm

Set amidst Brazil's version of rodeo, Gabriel Mascaro's new film blends hope, melancholy, humor and poetry. Critic John Powers says Neon Bull is a remarkable feature that is filled with funny moments.

This Novel Doesn't Find Meaning In Cancer, It Gives Its Malevolence Full Due

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:22pm

Charles Bock could have chosen to write this story as an autobiography. Alice & Oliver is based on a real-life nightmare in which his wife — then, a young mother — was diagnosed with leukemia.

Laid-Off Tech Journalist Joins A Start-Up, Finds It's Part Frat, Part Cult

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:22pm

Dan Lyons was in his 50s when he lost his job reporting on the tech industry. He took a job at a start-up, where he was the old guy. His new book is Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble.

'It Was Torture': An Abu Ghraib Interrogator Acknowledges 'Horrible Mistakes'

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:39pm

The techniques Eric Fair used still weighs on his conscience. "There is no middle ground," he says. "Torture is an enhanced interrogation." His new memoir is Consequence.

Fresh Air Weekend: Ray Romano; Internet Etiquette; Baseball Injuries

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 10:17am

The comedian tackles a dramatic role in HBO's Vinyl, author Sarah Hepola reflects on a careless Facebook post and columnist Jeff Passan explains why young pitchers are more vulnerable to injury.

'Diver's Clothes' Is A Cautionary Tale (And A Fantasy) About Travel

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:47am

Vendela Vida's The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty is a novel about the sense of dislocation that often comes with traveling to another country. Originally broadcast on June 30, 2015.

Fresh Air Remembers Actress Patty Duke

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:47am

Duke won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Helen Keller in 1962's The Miracle Worker. She died Tuesday at the age of 69. Originally broadcast in 1988.

'Miles Ahead' Shows A Dissipated Davis Who Still Burns Hot

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:47am

The new Miles Davis biopic begins in the 1970s, at the end of Davis' five-year hiatus from the music scene. Critic David Edelstein calls Don Cheadle's portrayal of the musician "electrifying."

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