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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: Comic Hasan Minhaj; Cape Verdean Dance Music; Jill Soloway

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 8:00am

Minhaj talks his work on The Daily Show and Homecoming King, his new Netflix special. Critic Milo Miles reviews Synthesize The Soul. Transparent creator Soloway wants to upend TV with I Love Dick.

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A Salute To 30 Years Of 'The Simpsons'

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:06pm

We listen back to interviews with some of the show's cast members and writer-producers, plus its music composer. Among those featured: creator Matt Groening and Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart.

'Alien: Covenant' Mixes Blood And Guts With Existential Questions

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:06pm

Ridley Scott's new installment of the Aliens franchise is a face-grabbing prequel featuring two androids. Critic David Edelstein says that though plodding at times, Alien: Covenant does deliver.

Comic Hasan Minhaj On Roasting Trump And Growing Up A 'Third Culture Kid'

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:16pm

"I'm an Indian-American-Muslim kid," Minhaj says, "but am I more Indian or am I more American? What part of my identity am I?" His new Netflix special is called Homecoming King.

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Angaleena Presley Takes Aim At Nashville On 'Wrangled'

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:47pm

Presley makes a passionate, pointed plea about the current state of country music on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker says that despite its melodramatic nature, Wrangled is subtle, nuanced and clever.

Trump's Election Integrity Commission Could Have A 'Chilling Effect' On Voting Rights

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:47pm

Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot, says the new commission will keep alive the idea that voter fraud is rampant — despite the fact that "all the studies show the opposite."

'Synthesize The Soul' Offers A Perfectly Paced Dance Party

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:59pm

A new collection presents synthesizer dance music from the Cape Verde islands in the '70s and '80s. Critic Milo Miles says the music on Synthesize The Soul will sweeps you up with energy and rhythm.

After 6 Prison Terms, A Former Inmate Helps Other Women Rebuild Their Lives

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:11pm

For Susan Burton, getting on track after being released from prison was a daunting experience. Now she's determined to help other women follow in her footsteps. Her new memoir is Becoming Ms. Burton.

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The Art Ensemble of Chicago's Free-Wheeling Style Shines In 'Message to Our Folks'

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:31pm

Paul Steinbeck's new book chronicles the antics, both on and off stage, of the storied jazz ensemble. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Message to Our Folks celebrates the band's success on their own terms.

'Fargo' Is A Series About The 'Things People Do For Money'

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:31pm

Noah Hawley says his FX series, now in its third season, explores the central premise of the Coen Brothers' iconic 1996 film. Hawley is also the creator of the FX series Legion.

Lincoln Said What? Bogus Quotations Take On A New Life On Social Media

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:34am

Many of those quotes we see on Facebook or Instagram are attributed to authors who never said them. Does it matter when we get a quotation wrong? Linguist Geoff Nunberg says, not always.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Gabourey Sidibe; 'No One Can Pronounce My Name'; Rhiannon Giddens

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 8:00am

The Precious star talks about overcoming anxiety and working as a phone-sex operator. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Rakesh Satyal's new novel. Giddens' speaks for the silenced on Freedom Highway.

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Streaming Services Put Female Characters At The Center With 'Anne' And 'Dick'

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 1:26pm

TV critic David Bianculli reviews two new shows based on novels written by women: Amazon's I Love Dick, and Netflix's adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, Anne with an E.

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'Last Men In Aleppo' Captures The Horror And Humanity Of The Syrian Crisis

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 1:26pm

A new documentary focuses on a group of emergency volunteers in Syria's largest city known as the White Helmets. Critic David Edelstein says Last Men In Aleppo is a powerful and affecting work.

The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 1:26pm

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation and disease risk — but that environment also matters. Originally broadcast May 15, 2016.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air' As A Daily NPR Program

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:36pm

From Maurice Sendak to Bill O'Reilly, Terry Gross looks back on some of the most touching — and touchy — moments from interviews she's conducted over the decades.

Rhiannon Giddens Speaks For The Silenced

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:00pm

Giddens' Freedom Highway is an exploration of African-American experiences accompanied by the banjo, with "a sound, that deepness, that quality is what people associated with American music."

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Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim Proves Himself A One-Man Movement On 'Ancient Africa'

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:45pm

The reissued album features the sound of the South African musician sometimes known as Dollar Brand. Critic Kevin Whitehead says: "When Abdullah got a-rumbling, his piano was like a force of nature."

'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway Seeks To Upend Television With 'I Love Dick'

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:45pm

I Love Dick tackles themes of gender, sexual obsession and artistic insecurity, all through a humorous lens. "Transparent was my origin story," Soloway says. "This is my story about finding my voice."

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'No One Can Pronounce My Name' Is A Charming Take On Loneliness And Connection

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:45pm

Set in an Indian-American community in suburban Cleveland, Rakesh Satyal's new novel uses intertwined plots to explore the comedy of everyday life. Critic Maureen Corrigan says readers will be amused.

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