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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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'Doubter's Almanac' Is A Family Saga, Plus Algebraic Equations

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 2:08pm

Ethan Canin traces the complicated lives of two generations of mathematical geniuses in his new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it A Doubter's Almanac an "elegant and devastating novel."

'Pandemic' Asks: Is A Disease That Will Kill Tens Of Millions Coming?

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 1:34pm

Author Sonia Shah says that urbanization and air travel put the global population at an increased risk for disease. "Zika is a great example of how new pathogens are emerging today," she says.

Fresh Air Weekend: Trevor Noah; The I Don't Cares' Debut; 'Narconomics'

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 8:00am

Noah discusses The Daily Show and growing up in South Africa. Critic Ken Tucker reviews Wild Stab, the debut album by The I Don't Cares. Tom Wainwright explains the business models of drug cartels.

Long-Term Devastation Springs From A Hasty Judgment Call In 'A War'

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:38pm

Tobias Lindholm's Oscar-nominated film tells the story of a Danish commander's error in judgment during the war in Afghanistan. Critic David Edelstein says A War will "leave you in pieces."

Frame-By-Frame, Filmmakers Make The Mundane Miraculous In 'Anomalisa'

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:38pm

Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson discuss their Oscar-nominated film. Anomalisa's stop-motion "communicates fragility and humanity and brokenness," Kaufman says. Originally broadcast Dec. 22, 2015.

It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out'

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:38pm

The director's Oscar-nominated film illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind, and includes the characters Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy. Originally broadcast June 10, 2015.

Under Apartheid, Trevor Noah's Mom Taught Him To Face Injustice With Humor

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 1:57pm

The Daily Show host grew up biracial in South Africa; his mother was jailed for having a relationship with his father. But she always turned to humor before anger, Noah says — a trait he's inherited.

'Strange Gods' Chronicles The History Of Secularism And Conversion

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 12:20pm

Journalist Susan Jacoby tells Fresh Air that more than half of Americans will change religion at least once in their adult life time. Her new book is Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion.

New Recording Revives Ravel's 'L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges'

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 12:20pm

The opera, by the late composer Maurice Ravel, spins a modern fairy tale about a naughty child at bedtime. Critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new recording of it by conductor Seiji Ozawa.

Columbine Shooter's Mother: I Carry Him 'Everywhere I Go, Always'

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 11:32am

Sue Klebold says she wishes she'd asked her son Dylan "the kinds of questions that would've encouraged him to open up." Published 17 years after the massacre, her new memoir is A Mother's Reckoning.

'Narconomics': How The Drug Cartels Operate Like Wal-Mart And McDonald's

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 12:05pm

The cartels' business models are similar to those of big-box stores and franchises, says Tom Wainwright, former Mexico City bureau chief for The Economist. His new book is Narconomics.

Westerberg And Hatfield Aim For The Heart With 'Wild Stab'

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 12:05pm

The debut album by the I Don't Cares features two familiar voices — Paul Westerberg and the singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the songs on Wild Stab "will grab you."

Fresh Air Weekend: Zach Galifianakis; The Duplass Brothers; 'Mad Max'

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 8:00am

Galifianakis plays a rodeo clown in his new comedy series, Baskets. The Duplass brothers discuss filmmaking, sibling relationships and parenting. Director George Miller talks about Mad Max: Fury Road.

'Deadpool' Gleefully Lampoons The Marvel Universe

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:17pm

Ryan Reynolds stars as a soldier-turned-mutant-super-hero in Marvel's Deadpool. Critic David Edelstein calls the film an "unprecedented R-rated ... romp with dirty sex talk and tons of splatter."

Bob Odenkirk Mixes Laughter And Law In 'Breaking Bad' And 'Better Call Saul'

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:17pm

The actor's fast-talking, sleazeball character Saul Goodman has been known to bend the law — and to break it. The second season of Better Call Saul begins Feb. 15. Originally broadcast Aug. 6, 2013.

'Better Call Saul' Breathes New Life Into 'Breaking Bad' Characters

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:17pm

The show's co-creator says it was a writers' room joke that if something didn't fit on Breaking Bad, it would go on the Saul Goodman show (now Better Call Saul). Originally broadcast March 9, 2015.

'FiveThirtyEight' Statistician Nate Silver Reports On The 2016 Election

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:32pm

Silver analyzes polls and predicts election outcomes on his website, FiveThirtyEight. This year's is "maybe the most fascinating nomination race that we've ever seen," he says.

Polling Is Ubiquitous, But Is It Bad For Democracy?

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:32pm

New Yorker writer Jill Lepore examines the history of polling in America. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that today's polls may be less reliable — and more influential — than ever before.

'Baskets' Takes Zach Galifianakis From French Clown School To The Rodeo Ring

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:28pm

The comic, who plays a rodeo clown in his new FX comedy series, says he is "not creeped out by clowns." Galifianakis is also the creator of the Emmy Award-winning web comedy series Between Two Ferns.

Duplass Brothers On Filmmaking, Siblings And Parenting's 'Fugue State'

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:28pm

The brothers' latest project, Togetherness, is about four people in their late 30s who live in Los Angeles. Mark Duplass describes it as a "deeply personal television show."




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