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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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Post 'Downton Abbey,' Dan Stevens Embraces His Role As A Mutant On 'Legion'

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:39pm

Stevens, who played Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey, now plays a young man who's grown up thinking he has schizophrenia on Legion, an FX drama that's a spin-off of the Marvel Comics X-Men series.

Eels' Four-Year Break Led To Songs About Falling Apart, Bouncing Back And Being A Dad

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 1:17pm

During a recent hiatus from music, Eels founder Mark Oliver Everett got married, got divorced and, at the age of 54, had a son. His latest album, The Deconstruction, is a reflection of it all.

(Image credit: Gus Black/Courtesy of the artist)

Eels' 4-Year Break Led To Songs About Falling Apart, Bouncing Back And Being A Dad

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 1:17pm

During a recent hiatus from music, Eels founder Mark Oliver Everett got married, got divorced and, at the age of 54, had a son. His latest album, The Deconstruction, is a reflection of it all.

(Image credit: Gus Black/Courtesy of the artist)

Madeleine Albright Warns: Don't Let Fascism Go 'Unnoticed Until It's Too Late'

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 1:51pm

The former secretary of state describes President Trump as "the most anti-democratic leader that I have studied in American history." Albright's new book is Fascism: A Warning.

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50 Years Later, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Is Still A Cinematic Landmark

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:19pm

Stanley Kubrick's science-fiction epic — which opened to mixed reviews in 1968 — unknowingly foreshadowed the future of effects-driven blockbusters.

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Remembering Groundbreaking Television Producer Steven Bochco

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:50pm

Bochco, who died Sunday, created numerous series, including Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue. TV Critic David Bianculli looks back on Bochco's impact, then we listen to his 1989 Fresh Air interview.

'Inseparable' Recounts The Unusual Lives Of Conjoined Twins Chang And Eng Bunker

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:50pm

Yunte Huang's new book chronicles the lives of the "original Siamese twins," who were brought to America in 1829 and forced to perform in a freak show. They later married and fathered 21 children.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Daily Show' Correspondent Roy Wood Jr.; Growing Up Undocumented

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 8:00am

Wood says performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest prepared him for The Daily Show. Sara Saedi describes her 18-year-long path to U.S. citizenship. Justin Chang reviews Ready Player One.

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'I Basically Ran On Adrenaline': A Staffer Remembers Obama's White House

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:04am

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked in the West Wing for six exhilarating and exhausting years, which she describes in her memoir, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? She spoke to Fresh Air in 2017.

For Bill Hader, Sketch Comedy Sprung From A 'Need To Be Doing Something Creative'

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:04am

In 2012, Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader told Fresh Air that watching old films as a child sparked his interest in Hollywood. His latest project is the HBO series Barry.

Steven Spielberg's Fantastical 'Ready Player One' Is A Fatally Overblown Juggernaut

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:04am

Spielberg's new action-adventure is set in future world where people use virtual-reality goggles to escape a dreary city. Critic Justin Chang calls it both "spectacular — and spectacularly empty."

Reporter Tells Of Persian Gulf Rivalries, Hacked Emails And A Mueller Subpoena

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 1:07pm

New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick explains the connection between the Mueller Investigation and efforts by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to influence U.S. international policy.

'Americanized' Recounts What It's Like To Grow Up Undocumented

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 1:30pm

Sara Saedi was two when her parents fled Iran to California. Her new memoir describes her 18-year-long path to citizenship, and the lingering anxiety of being undocumented.

'Final Tour' Celebrates John Coltrane's Last Go-Round With Miles Davis

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 1:30pm

Coltrane played his last engagements as a sideman with Davis in the spring of 1960. Recordings from those European shows have been bootlegged for years; now a few are collected in a new anthology.

British Travel Writer Jan Morris Weighs In On The 'Advantages Of Androgyny'

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:59pm

The celebrated writer transitioned from male to female in 1972 at the age of 46. In 1989, Morris told Terry Gross that she had shed "a lot of the emotions and the experiences of both genders."

Remembering Buell Neidlinger, A Genre-Hopping Bassist, Composer And Music Teacher

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:59pm

Neidlinger, who died March 16, was a child prodigy on the cello who went on to perform in the New York Philharmonic and also as a studio and jazz musician. Originally broadcast in 1989.

How 'Bad Medicine' Dismisses And Misdiagnoses Women's Symptoms

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:15am

Journalist Maya Dusenbery argues that medicine has a "systemic and unconscious bias" against women that is rooted in "what doctors, regardless of their own gender, are learning in medical schools."

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Magnificent Book Captures The Beauty And Tragedy Of The Battleship Yamato

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:50am

Jan Morris chronicles the final days of the most powerful warship in the Imperial Japanese Navy in her latest book. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Battleship Yamato a work of both power and restraint.

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Tracey Thorn Mixes Dance Rhythms With Raw Honesty On 'Record'

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 1:35pm

Thorn's latest album uses airy synthesizers and insistent percussion as the backdrop for a series of meditations on being feminist. Critic Ken Tucker says Record plays as both a comfort and a dare.

How American Corporations Had A 'Hidden' Civil Rights Movement

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 1:35pm

Law professor Adam Winkler says that in the past 200 years, businesses have gone to court claiming constitutional rights that were originally intended for people. His new book is We the Corporations.

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