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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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'Roots' Drummer Questlove On His Late Father Lee Andrews

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:38pm

Fifties doo-wop singer Lee Andrews died Wednesday. His son, musician Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, spoke about Andrews in this archival Fresh Air interview. Originally broadcast June 23, 2013.

'Krisha' Offers A Vivid, Unique Portrait Of Family Dysfunction

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:38pm

Writer-director Trey Edward Shults cast his own family in his home-for-Thanksgiving psychodrama. Reviewer David Edelstein says Krisha "marks the arrival of a truly adventurous, humanist filmmaker."

At 83, 'Songwriter-Singer' Loretta Lynn Comes 'Full Circle'

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:38pm

The country music legend's new album mixes original material with interpretations of country classics. Reviewer Ken Tucker says the record shows a vulnerability that is somewhat new to Lynn's music.

'Singing Was Easy': 'Mountain Girl' Loretta Lynn Looks Back On Life And Music

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:38pm

Married at 13, Lynn went on to become a country music star. Now, the new PBS documentary Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl recounts Lynn's musical journey. Originally broadcast Nov. 10, 2010.

A Father Protects His Mysterious Son From Authorities In 'Midnight Special'

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 6:00am

Director Jeff Nichols' new film centers on an 8-year-old boy who may or may not have special powers. Reviewer Justin Chang says Midnight Special is "a road movie that never stops moving forward."

'The Complete Them' Showcases Van Morrison Before He Went Solo

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 12:14pm

A new release by Legacy revisits the hits of Them, the band George Ivan Morrison played in before he became Van Morrison. Ed Ward remembers the band's brief existence.

Opening The Books On Donald Trump's Business Deals In Atlantic City

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 12:14pm

Washington Post reporter Robert O'Harrow dissects Trump's acquisition of the Taj Mahal casino/hotel, which went into bankruptcy a year after it opened.

Ortiz's 'Hidden Voices' Mixes Cuban Strains With Modern Jazz

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:14pm

Pianist Aruán Ortiz grew up in Cuba and lived in Spain a few years before moving to the US in 2002. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Ortiz's new trio music is fully bilingual.

'Putin Country' Offers A Glimpse Inside 'Real' Russia

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:14pm

Veteran foreign correspondent Anne Garrels takes us deep inside Russia, where citizens struggle with a shaky economy and widespread corruption, but seem supportive of their controversial president.

Men Are Momentary, But Art Is Forever In 'Innocents And Others'

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 12:18pm

Dana Spiotta's new novel centers on a friendship between two female filmmakers. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an uncanny work, whose characters and ideas linger "long after the story is over."

Pen-Pal Passion Is Revived In Broadway's 'She Loves Me'

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 12:18pm

A revival of the 1963 musical She Loves Me opens Thursday on Broadway. Director Scott Ellis and lyricist Sheldon Harnick (whose Fiddler on the Roof is also back on Broadway) join Fresh Air.

'Love', Maybe: Netflix Explores The Cringe-Worthy Beginnings Of A Relationship

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:29pm

Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust play two people on the brink of becoming a couple in Love, the new comedy series co-created by Judd Apatow, Rust and Rust's wife, Lesley Arfin.

Lucius Layers Harmonies With Emotion In 'Good Grief'

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:25pm

The surging voices of two female lead singers create the signature sound of the five-piece band Lucius. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the band's new album, Good Grief, is often lovely and well-crafted.

Bad Luck Or Bad Genes? Dealing With BRCA And 'A Cancer In The Family'

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:25pm

Oncologist Theodora Ross discusses the hereditary nature of cancer and her own predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer, which led her to have a double mastectomy and to have her ovaries removed.

Fresh Air Weekend: Sarah Paulson; 'Charlie Chan Hock Chye'; American Eugenics

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 8:00am

Actress Sarah Paulson plays prosecutor Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson. John Powers reviews Sonny Liew's new graphic novel. Adam Cohen discusses forced sterilizations in America.

The Rocking, Rollicking R&B Of Billy Ward And His Dominoes

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:23pm

The vocal group Billy Ward and his Dominoes covered white hits for the black market, and along the way discovered two of the greatest voices of the era. Rock historian Ed Ward tells the story.

Remembering 'Great Santini' Author Pat Conroy

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:23pm

Conroy, who died last week, was the author of several books, two of which — The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides — were made into feature films. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1987, 1995 and 2002.

Sarah Paulson Strives To 'Get It Right' As O.J. Simpson Prosecutor

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:38pm

The actress set out to portray Marcia Clark in a "truthful way" in FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson. "I read, watched and listened to any and everything I could get my hands on," Paulson says.

Remembering Record Producer George Martin, The 'Fifth Beatle'

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 12:17pm

Martin, who died yesterday in London, was among the earliest to recognize The Beatles' talents and is often credited with helping them develop their sound. Originally broadcast in 1980.

'Bullies', A Story Of Friendship, Booze And Brawls In An Oakland Biker Bar

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 12:17pm

Alex Abramovich was in his 30s when he looked up a guy who had bullied him in grade school. In his new memoir, Abramovich writes about reconnecting with Trevor, now the head of a motorcycle club.

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