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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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'Cuz' Examines The Tragic Life And Death Of A Young Black Man In LA

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:52am

Danielle Allen's memoir centers on her cousin Michael, who was sentenced to a long prison term for carjacking when he was 15. Three years after his release, he was found shot to death in a parked car.

Matthew Sweet's Melodic Hooks Tug At The Heart On 'Tomorrow Forever'

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 1:55pm

Sweet recalls the time just before rock 'n' roll became self-consciously "rock" on his first album of new songs in six years. Critic Ken Tucker calls the music on Tomorrow Forever "wholly unironic."

Could The Trump Presidency Lead To An Era Of Democratic Renewal?

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 1:55pm

Journalists E.J. Dionne and Norm Ornstein say that a new wave of political activism springs from the fact that Trump is unfit for office. Their new book (with Thomas Mann) is One Nation After Trump.

Exhibit Highlights The Work Of The Late Avant-Garde Artist Florine Stettheimer

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 1:55pm

Stettheimer, who died in 1944, had only one public showing of her paintings during her lifetime. Now the Jewish Museum in New York has the first new exhibit of her work in more than 20 years.

Hillary Clinton Says She's 'Optimistic About Our Country, But I Am Not Naive'

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:49am

Clinton reflects on the tumultuous 2016 election and the fate of the country under a Trump presidency. "I think we are at a very threatening crossroads," she says. Her new memoir is What Happened.

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Self-Aggrandizing, Interminable 'Mother!' Mixes Fantasy And Reality

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 2:43pm

Writer-director Darren Aronofsky's new film is set in a large country house where a young woman, played by Jennifer Lawrence, finds herself under siege by unwanted guests.

Bruce Springsteen: On Jersey, Masculinity And Wishing To Be His Stage Persona

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 2:43pm

"People see you onstage and, yeah, I'd want to be that guy," Springsteen says. "I want to be that guy myself very often." Originally broadcast Oct. 5, 2016.

Musician Fred Hersch Recounts A Life 'In And Out Of Jazz' In His New Memoir

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 1:50pm

Nearly 30 years ago, Hersch was among the first jazz musicians to come out as both gay and HIV positive. His memoir looks back on that time, as well as the time he spent in a medically induced coma.

New Ken Burns Series Remembers Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of Everyday People

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:48pm

Burns made a name for himself by finding the small stories that lend perspective and emotion to larger narratives. Critic David Bianculli says his latest effort is "compelling from the start."

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Journalist Says: In North Korea, Talk Of War And Nuclear Weapons Is 'Everywhere'

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 1:08pm

New Yorker writer Evan Osnos visited North Korea in August to understand what they really mean when they talk about nuclear war. He found that nuclear weapons are an essential part of their society.

Adolescent Friendship Fades Away In Claire Messud's Gothic 'Burning Girl'

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:50pm

Messud's novel centers on best friends from different class backgrounds who begin to drift apart in 7th grade. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls The Burning Girl a story of "betrayal and isolation."

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Reporter Katy Tur Shares Her 'Front-Row' View Of The Trump Campaign

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:12pm

Tur was at a rally in South Carolina when Trump called her name and pointed at her from the podium. Then, she says, "The entire place turns and they roar as one ... like a giant, unchained animal."

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Sept. 11 First Responder Fights On Behalf Of Others Who Rushed To Help

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 2:16pm

Demolition supervisor John Feal was working at ground zero 16 years ago when an 8,000-pound piece of steel crushed his foot. After being denied medical compensation, he became an advocate for others.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist John Le Carré And Director Mike White

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 8:00am

Le Carré looks back on his career in espionage, and White discusses his new film, Brad's Status, about a father who starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour.

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A Young Doctor Turns Detective In 'The Unknown Girl'

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:59am

A woman turns up dead the day after a doctor, Jenny, ignores the woman's after-hour visit to her clinic. Jenny's sense of guilt pushes her to conduct her own investigation.

'Top Of The Lake: China Girl' Takes You Places Cop Shows Usually Ignore

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:59am

The TV series' second season takes place four years after its first, and begins with an unknown Asian woman's body washing up (in a suitcase) on a beach near Sydney.

Actress Pamela Adlon Says 'Better Things' Is Dedicated To Her Daughters

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:59am

Adlon's FX series is based on her own experience raising three girls as a single mom. Her daughters are very much a part of the show, she says. Originally broadcast Sept. 6, 2016.

Director Mike White Unpacks The Impulse To Compare In 'Brad's Status'

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:24am

In White's new film, a father starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour. White says it's a universal situation, "but it's definitely a waste of time and energy."

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Two High-Profile Creators Pass The Baton From 'Twin Peaks' To 'The Deuce'

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:08am

David Lynch's perplexing 18-hour revival just ended on Showtime, and David Simon's latest ambitious drama is about to begin on HBO.

Loudon Wainwright III Opens Up About The 'Exes & Excess' That Inform His Music

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 9:36am

Wainwright has written remarkable songs about family, and how we hurt and heal each other. Now he details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir Liner Notes.

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