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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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How Running ExxonMobil Did (And Didn't) Prepare Rex Tillerson For Secretary Of State

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 12:44pm

New Yorker writer Steve Coll says that though Tillerson has conducted billion-dollar international deals as an oil executive, he has no government experience.

Remembering The Jazz Greats Who Died In 2016

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 12:44pm

Critic Kevin Whitehead remembers the jazz notables who died this year, including singers Ernestine Anderson and Kay Starr, saxophonist Gato Barbieri and pianist Connie Crothers, among others.

Mike Mills Grapples With His Mother's 'Tricky Ghost' In '20th Century Women'

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 2:02pm

The director's latest film is inspired by his desire to understand his mother. Set in Santa Barbara in 1979, it stars Annette Bening as a woman struggling to raise her teenage son on her own.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Nicole Maines; Sober For The Holidays; Novelist Maria Semple

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:00am

Transgender activist Maines stars in a new HBO documentary. Sarah Hepola struggles to get through the holiday season without alcohol. Semple's new comic novel is about a stressed-out wife and mother.

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Trevor Noah Says He Grew Up 'In The Shadow Of A Giant' (His Mom)

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 12:28pm

The Daily Show host revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, Born a Crime. Originally broadcast Nov. 22, 2016.

'Rogue One' Wows With Fresh Special Effects And A Multinational Cast

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 12:28pm

The nefarious Empire is building a giant weapon in the latest installment of the Star Wars saga. Critic David Edelstein says though Rogue One is part of a series, it also works as a stand-alone film.

Ken Tucker's Top 10 Favorite Albums Of 2016

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 1:38pm

Fresh Air's rock critic presents his playlist for 2016. It includes big pop stars, beloved cult stars and a couple of not-yet-stars.

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'Drug Dealer, M.D.': Misunderstandings And Good Intentions Fueled Opioid Epidemic

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 1:35pm

Psychiatrist Anna Lembke says the medical establishment and drugmakers began telling doctors in the 1980s that opioids were effective treatment for chronic pain. "That was patently false," she says.

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Fake News Expert On How False Stories Spread And Why People Believe Them

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:31am

Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed News has spent years studying media inaccuracy. He explains how false stories during the presidential campaign were spread on Facebook and monetized by Google AdSense.

A Critic's Year-End 'Ghost File': Books, Movies And TV Shows He Didn't Review

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:31am

Every year, Fresh Air critic John Powers is haunted by all the terrific things he didn't get a chance to talk about on air. As 2016 winds down, he "un-haunts" himself with these six recommendations.

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Musgraves Mixes Melancholy And Melodies On 'A Very Kacey Christmas'

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 12:12pm

Musgraves' new holiday record features old classics and new novelty songs. Critic Ken Tucker calls it "the rare Christmas album that can be listened to closely ... with both pleasure and admiration."

Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 12:12pm

Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. Originally broadcast Feb. 9, 2016.

Billy Eichner Makes A Career Out Of Love/Hating Celebrity Culture

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 3:31pm

In his Billy on the Street series, Eichner roams the sidewalks of Manhattan, asking strangers open-ended questions about the entertainment industry. If he likes their answers, he gives them a dollar.

Eat, Don't Drink And Still Be Merry: Staying Sober Through The Holidays

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 1:10pm

Before she stopped drinking, Sarah Hepola relied on alcohol to get her through the holiday season. "What nobody mentions about all the holiday spirit is how much booze it requires," she says.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Times' Editor Dean Baquet; Megyn Kelly; The Best Books Of 2016

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 8:00am

Dean Baquet of The New York Times talks about covering Donald Trump. Fox News host Kelly discusses Trump's "de-legitimization" of the media. Critic Maureen Corrigan presents the 10 best books of '16.

Singer Allyson Seconds Revitalizes Power-Pop On 'Little World'

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:27pm

The second album by the California-based singer features an optimism often associated with West Coast pop. Critic Ken Tucker says Little World creates an "alternate universe of the sunniest sounds."

Fantastically Stylized 'La La Land' Is A Musical Tour-De-Force

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:27pm

A jazz keyboardist and an aspiring actress fall in love in Damien Chazelle's new romantic musical. Critic David Edelstein says La La Land features thrilling chemistry and magical music numbers.

Remembering Grant Tinker, 'Mary Tyler Moore' Producer And NBC Chair

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:27pm

David Bianculli offers an appreciation of Tinker, who died last month. Also, we listen to a Fresh Air interview with Tinker from 1994, and an interview with Tinker's wife, Mary Tyler Moore, from 1995.

'New York Times' Executive Editor On The New Terrain Of Covering Trump

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 10:33am

Dean Baquet talks about covering tweets as news, his decision to use the word "lie" in a headline about Trump and why he's not worried about libel suits from the new president.

The 10 Best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 10:30am

Book critic Maureen Corrigan says that if there's one word that characterizes her list this year, it's "serious." These books certainly aren't grim or dull, but they take on big, difficult subjects.




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