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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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'The Chi' Creator Lena Waithe Says Television 'Taught Me How To Dream'

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:44pm

Waithe made history in 2017 as the first black woman to win an Emmy for outstanding comedy writing. Now she's lending her voice to a new Showtime series set in the South Side of Chicago.

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'Maria Callas Live' Celebrates The Astonishing Range Of A Legendary Soprano

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:45pm

Callas, who died in 1977, was known for her ability to merge musical notes with complex feelings. Now Warner Classics has released a box set of her live recordings — including 20 complete operas.

'Coco' Filmmakers Explore The 'Connection To Loved Ones Past'

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:45pm

Co-writers and co-directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina spent six years creating their animated film about the Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday Unkrich calls a time of "joyously remembering."

Posthumously Published 'Sea Maiden' Affirms Denis Johnson's Eternal Voice

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 1:54pm

A new collection features five stand-alone stories by Johnson, who died in 2017. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is "the kind of work every writer would like to go out on."

(Image credit: Cindy Lee Johnson/Courtesy of Random House)

Girls Auto Clinic Owner: 'I Couldn't Find A Female Mechanic, So I Had To Learn'

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:47pm

There was a time when Patrice Banks avoided taking her car in for routine maintenance. Now, she's a trained mechanic, and the owner of a garage that caters to women.

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Could Prescription Heroin And Safe Injection Sites Slow The Opioid Crisis?

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:53pm

Vox.com drug policy reporter German Lopez details the scope of the opioid epidemic, and Bobby Allyn, a reporter at WHYY in Philadelphia, discusses the idea of safe injection sites.

Fresh Air Weekend: Fighting Alzheimer's Disease; The Golden Age Of Sunday Comics

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 8:00am

Neuroscientist Joseph Jebelli predicts "much better treatment" for Alzheimer's in the next decade. Ken Tucker reviews Curtis Harding's Face Your Fear. Cullen Murphy is the author of Cartoon County.

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Remembering Roswell Rudd, A Jazz Musician With An Ebullient Sound

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:59pm

The trombonist, who died on Dec. 22, spoke to Terry Gross in 2002 about the first time he played the horn as a kid: "This phenomenon came out, and I said, 'Damn, that's me! '"

'Get Out' Sprang From An Effort To Master Fear, Says Director Jordan Peele

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:59pm

Peele says that his turn as the director of a horror/thriller film comes from a "deeper place in my soul" than his previous comic work. Originally broadcast March 15, 2017.

Trump Claims 'Absolute Right' To Do What He Wants To The Justice Dept. Can He?

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:50pm

Neal Katyal wrote the special counsel regulations when he worked under President Clinton. Now he lays out the legal issues that could arise if Trump tries to interfere with the Mueller investigation.

'Louisiana Hayride Tonight' Revisits A Small-Time Show That Hosted Big-Name Stars

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:50pm

A new 20-disc box set contains over 500 performances from the Shreveport, La., program that served as a talent showcase for country acts in the 1950s — including Hank Williams and Elvis Presley.

Journalist: As U.S. Retreats From World Stage, China Moves To Fill The Void

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 1:37pm

New Yorker journalist Evan Osnos says Chinese leaders think of President Trump as a "paper tiger" who makes promises he can't deliver and who can be "managed" with flattery.

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