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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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Once Militantly Anti-Abortion, Evangelical Minister Now Lives 'With Regret'

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 1:35pm

After decades working to block access to clinics, Rev. Rob Schenck says he had a change of heart; he now sees abortion as an issue that should be resolved by "an individual and his or her conscience."

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Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished For Their Symptoms

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:21pm

While visiting jails and prisons across the country, author Alisa Roth witnessed mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement, wearing restrictive jumpsuits and receiving very limited therapy.

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Daring New Novel Fetishizes A Desperate Desire For Sleep

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:53am

Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation centers on a miserable young woman who believes that if she could only sleep long enough, she'd wake up refreshed and free of existential pain.

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'Three Identical Strangers' Tells The Astounding Story Of Triplets Separated At Birth

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:32pm

Tim Wardle's new knockout documentary starts out as a Parent Trap-like lark about three young men who, by chance, realize that they are triplets, but ultimately takes a more devastating turn.

The Science — And Environmental Hazards — Behind Fish Oil Supplements

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:32pm

Author Paul Greenberg says the harvesting of tiny fish for omega-3 supplements is having a ripple effect, leading to less healthy and bountiful oceans. His new book is The Omega Principle.

Fresh Air Weekend: Rapper-Turned-Director Boots Riley; The Flint, Mich., Water Crisis

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 8:00am

Riley mines his experiences as a telemarketer in Sorry To Bother You. David Bianculli review's HBO's Sharper Things. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha raised the alarm about lead in the water in Flint, Mich.

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Drake Steps Forward As The Morrissey Of Hip-Hop On 'Scorpion'

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 1:07pm

Drake explores the quality and variety of his own moodiness on a new double album. Critic Ken Tucker says that Scorpion has staying power — despite the fact that it sometimes feels "too long."

How The 'Battling' Kellogg Brothers Revolutionized American Breakfast

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 1:07pm

Medical historian Howard Markel chronicles the contentious relationship between the brothers who created of Corn Flakes and other mass-produced boxed cereals. Originally broadcast Aug. 10, 2017.

Amy Adams Gives An Unforgettable Performance In HBO's 'Sharp Objects'

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 10:02am

A new miniseries adapted from Gillian Flynn's novel stars Adams as a newspaper reporter who returns to her small hometown to investigate the disappearance of one girl and the murder of another.

Supreme Court Reporter: 'The Politics Of The First Amendment Have Completely Flipped'

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 1:50pm

New York Times journalist Adam Liptak says the court's conservative justices have increasingly based their decisions on the foundation of free speech — including a case that dealt a blow to unions.

'Fresh Air' Celebrates July 4 With The Late Flat-Picking Guitar Player Doc Watson

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 12:24pm

Watson, who died in 2012, was a pioneering bluegrass, country and folk guitarist and singer who changed the way people thought about mountain music. Originally broadcast in 1988 and 1989.

3 New Songs Will Make You Want To Crank The Volume

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 12:23pm

Rock critic Ken Tucker listens to new songs by My Morning Jacket's Jim James, the Danish band Iceage and George Clinton and Parliament. As each song shows, "there's an art to summoning up chaos."




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