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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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How Black Leaders Unwittingly Contributed To The Era Of Mass Incarceration

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 3:34pm

In Locking Up Our Own, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Forman Jr. argues that African-American leaders helped shape policies that harmed black communities. Originally broadcast July 17, 2017.

Annette Bening: Acting Is 'A Fabulous Way To Expand Your Own Heart'

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 2:09pm

Bening stars in a new screen adaptation of Anton Chekhov's 1895 play The Seagull. Though she's made her career in film and television, Bening was initially much more comfortable onstage.

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Cumberbatch Is A Riveting 'Patrick Melrose,' An Aristocrat Haunted By His Past

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 1:59pm

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the Showtime miniseries, based on novels by Edward St. Aubyn. Critic David Bianculli finds the show wickedly funny, searingly dramatic and unforgettably gripping.

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Richly Atmospheric 'Beast' Is A Thriller That Outshines Its Genre

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 1:05pm

Critic Justin Chang says Beast, a film about two lovers on an island where a serial killer has been terrorizing residents, is "engrossing from start to finish" — despite its genre trappings.

Reporter On New Email Dump That Reveals Secret Inner Workings Of The EPA

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 1:05pm

New York Times reporter Eric Lipton says the response to a recent FOIA request shows that Scott Pruitt and his staff have gone to great lengths to keep the public and the news media at a distance.

'Barracoon' Offers A Vivid, First-Hand Account Of Slavery In America

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 1:59pm

In 1927, author Zora Neale Huston interviewed Cudjo Lewis, the last known living person who could recount the experience of being taken captive in Africa and transported on a slave ship to America.

(Image credit: Courtesy of McGill Studio Collection/The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library/University of South Alabama/Harper Collins)

Duplass Brothers On Working Together And Growing Apart: 'We Are Ex-Soulmates'

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 12:05pm

Filmmaker siblings Jay and Mark Duplass have been making movies together since they were kids. More recently, Mark says, "We had to dig out space from that beautiful co-dependence."

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Sharply Written 'Mars Room' Ventures Behind The Bars Of Women's Prison

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 1:22pm

Rachel Kushner's new novel centers on a young mother serving two consecutive life sentences for murdering a man who'd been stalking her. Critic John Powers calls The Mars Room "searingly intelligent."

How 'Peasant Food' Helped Chef Lidia Bastianich Achieve Her 'American Dream'

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:18pm

Bastianich grew up eating farm-to-table meals with her Italian family. After they fled Europe as refugees and emigrated to America, she drew on those childhood meals in opening her first restaurant.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Michelle Wolf; Journalist Alex Wagner's 'Futureface'

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 8:00am

Wolf stands by her controversial performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner: "I wouldn't change a single word." Wagner talks about her search for the roots of her mixed-race ancestry.

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As New Lynching Memorial Opens, A Look Back On America's History Of Racial Terrorism

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 2:29pm

We listen back to interviews with historian Philip Dray, author of At the Hands of Persons Unknown, and James Allen, who collected postcard "souvenirs" of lynchings for Without Sanctuary.

2 Women Share The Stress And Sleeplessness Of Motherhood In 'Tully'

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 2:29pm

An exhausted mother hires a free-spirited night nurse to tend to her baby in a Diablo Cody's latest film. Critic David Edelstein calls Tully a "strange and mythic" movie.

My Great-Grandfather Narrowly Escaped A Lynch Mob — He Was 11 Years Old

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 1:19pm

The horror of lynchings has always been a part of my ancestral memory. But knowing the real story of my own family's brush with lynching? It made it real.

'A Distinctive Voice': Tracey Thorn Goes On 'Record'

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 2:53pm

The Everything but the Girl singer stepped away from performing two decades ago in order to start a family. Now, she sings about the different stages of women's lives on her latest solo album, Record.

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Ashley Monroe Embraces Countrypolitan Classicism On 'Sparrow'

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 1:37pm

Critic Ken Tucker says that Monroe's moody new album proves that the singer/songwriter is "working in a space that's almost entirely separate from anyone else in country music right now."

'Soul Of America' Makes Sense Of Nation's Present By Examining Its Past

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 1:37pm

Presidential historian Jon Meacham says looking back at times when the nation was divided by partisan fury and racial strife can help shed light on "the politics of the moment."

Remembering Abbas, A Photographer Focused On The Religions Of The World

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:57pm

The Iranian-born photographer told Fresh Air in 2015 that he was less interested in personal belief than in "what people do in the name of God." Abbas died in Paris on April 25.

Comic Michelle Wolf Responds To Backlash: 'I'm Glad I Stuck To My Guns'

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:57am

Though critics argued that the comedian's barbed monologue at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner was too pointed, Wolf stands by her set: "I wouldn't change a single word."

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