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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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New Documentary Explores The Spectacular Failure Of 'The Dana Carvey Show'

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:33pm

In 1996, The Dana Carvey Show debuted -- then folded after producing only eight episodes. Critic David Bianculli says Hulu's Too Funny To Fail about the flop is entertaining from beginning to end.

Understanding Mike Pence And His Relationship To Trump: 'His Public Role Is Fawning'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:42pm

Though President Trump ran as an outsider, New Yorker writer Jane Mayer describes his vice president as "the connective tissue" between Trump and the billionaire donors in the Republican party.

'Death In The Air' Revisits 5 Days When London Was Choked By Poisonous Smog

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 1:41pm

Kate Winkler Dawson's new book chronicles The Great Smog of 1952, when moist air from the Gulf Stream stalled for days over London, mixing with poisonous gases and causing more than 12,000 deaths.

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'I Am Full Of Contradictions': Novelist Amy Tan On Fate And Family

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 1:19pm

In Where the Past Begins, Tan connects her experience with spirituality to that of her parents and grandmother. "I don't consider myself any religion," she says. " ... I have an amalgam of beliefs."

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Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 2:04pm

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.

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Director Agnes Varda And French Artist JR Team Up In Road Picture 'Faces Places'

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 1:54pm

The odd couple travels around France in the new documentary, photographing strangers and making murals out of their portraits. Critic David Edelstein calls it an "entirely down to earth" art film.

Fresh Air Weekend: Jimmy Fallon; Thelonious Monk At 100; David Mendelsohn's 'Odyssey'

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 8:00am

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon says he has a tendency to smile "too much." Kevin Whitehead discusses Monk's enduring music. Mendelsohn talks about experiencing Homer's epic with his aging father.

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'The Meyerowitz Stories' Is A Squirm-Inducing Comedy About Family Dysfunction

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 2:26pm

Writer-director Noah Baumbach's new film is a collection of loosely connected episodes that offer a revealing glimpse into the heart of a lively and fractious New York Jewish family.

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices'

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 2:26pm

Journalist and 2017 MacArthur "genius" grant award-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones says that when it comes to school segregation, separate is never truly equal. Originally broadcast Jan. 16, 2017.

FBI Profilers Pursue Serial Killers And Their Motives In 'Mindhunter'

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 2:10pm

A new Netflix series explores the formation of the FBI serial crime unit and the psychology of mass murder. Critic David Bianculli says Mindhunter's emphasis on motive results in a compelling show.

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Jimmy Fallon On The School Of 'SNL' And His Tendency To Smile Too Much

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 1:22pm

"There was a report card from kindergarten and the comment from the teacher was, 'Jimmy smiles too much,' " Fallon says. "I think I would smile even when I was getting yelled at."

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75 Years Later, A Look At The 'Life, Legend, and Afterlife' Of 'Casablanca'

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:20pm

Film historian Noah Isenberg revisits the making of the classic Hollywood film in his new book, We'll Always Have Casablanca. "Seventy-five years after its premiere, its still very timely," he says.

Noah Baumbach Explores Love, Resentment And Anger In 'The Meyerowitz Stories'

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:20pm

Baumbach's new film mixes comedy with deep emotional pain. It revolves around three adult siblings whose father is a self-absorbed sculptor. Baumbach's previous films include The Squid and the Whale.

Tensions Rise Between Tillerson And Trump As The Threat Of War In N. Korea Looms

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 1:11pm

New Yorker writer Dexter Filkins says Sec. of State Rex Tillerson is a diplomat in an administration that doesn't value diplomacy: "Rex is a sober, steady guy, and the president is anything but that."

On The Centennial Of His Birth, A Look Back At Thelonious Monk's Jazz Legacy

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 1:11pm

The jazz legend would have turned 100 today. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Monk's music is "universally beloved, by jazz musicians across the stylistic spectrum who might agree about little else."

Collection Puts A Playful, Pulpy Twist On Preposterous Stories About Obama

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:18pm

Fifteen writers riff on various wild conspiracy theories generated about President Obama over the years. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the sly short stories in The Obama Inheritance pack a punch.

'Red Famine' Revisits Stalin's Brutal Campaign To Starve The Peasantry In Ukraine

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:18pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum explains how Stalin killed millions in the '30s by orchestrating a famine to suppress the nationalist movement and strengthen Russian influence in Ukraine.

Fresh Air Weekend: New Muhammad Ali Biography; Roz Chast Draws A Guide To NYC

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 8:00am

Biographer Jonathan Eig says Ali had "the spirit of a rebel." Linguist Geoff Nunberg reflects on the vanished styles and language of the hippie era. Cartoonist Roz Chast draws a "love letter" to NYC.

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'The Florida Project' Presents A Thrillingly Alive Portrait Of Childhood

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 1:33pm

Director Sean Baker's new film centers on a six-year-old girl living in a dumpy motel complex outside of Orlando. Critic Justin Chang says The Florida Project "packs an emotional wallop."

The Greatest Hits Of 'The Platinum Age Of Television'

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 1:33pm

"Television has really become where a lot of the action is right now," critic David Bianculli says. His new book revisits the best of the small screen. Originally broadcast Nov. 10, 2016.




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