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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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Scientists Are 'Spying On Whales' To Learn How They Eat, Talk And ... Walked?

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 1:15pm

Paleobiologist Nick Pyenson is dedicated to uncovering the "hidden lives" of whales. Forty to 50 million years ago, he says, whales had four legs and lived at least part of their lives on land.

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'The Incendiaries' Is An Angsty Back-To-School Novel About Believing In God

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 12:32pm

R. O. Kwon's pensive debut novel charts a well-worn path from eager innocence to bruised experience. But it tweaks the conventional campus novel formula in a few crucial ways.

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Tony Shalhoub On 'Mrs. Maisel' And Questioning His Worth As An Actor

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:43pm

The former Monk star recently won a Tony for his role in The Band's Visit and is up for an Emmy for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Despite his success, he still feels like each role could be his last.

New Bethany Beardslee Release Heralds The Golden Age Of German And Viennese Singers

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:43pm

Though known for her avant-garde concert performances, the 92-year-old soprano recorded songs by 19th-century classical composers, including Schubert, Schumann and Brahms, when she was turning 60.

A College Discussion Leads To An Improvised Jam Session — And 'Seraphic Light'

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 1:53pm

Last year, Tufts University hosted a symposium on Art, Race and Politics, which included a panel discussion (and later a concert) with musicians Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp and William Parker.

Journalist Held Captive By Pirates Says Focus And Forgiveness Were Crucial

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 1:49pm

After being kidnapped in Somalia, Michael Scott Moore considered suicide. Then he experienced an "incredible mental transformation" that enabled him to forgive the people who were causing him pain.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Miseducation Of Cameron Post' Creators; Writer Michael Arceneaux

Sat, 07/28/2018 - 8:00am

Desiree Akhavan's film, based on Emily Danforth's novel, centers on a teen sent to gay conversion therapy. Critic Ken Tucker reviews Lori McKenna's new album. Arceneaux's memoir is I Can't Date Jesus.

Stephen King: 'My Imagination Was Very Active — Even At A Young Age'

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:55pm

Bad things happen in Castle Rock, a new Hulu series based on King's fictional town. King spoke to Fresh Air in 1992, 2000 and 2013 about his career writing horror and his fear of losing his mind.

Tom Cruise Keeps Gaining Momentum In 'Mission: Impossible — Fallout'

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:55pm

Cruise shows no sign of slowing down as he takes on the role of secret agent Ethan Hunt once again. Critic Justin Chang says the new Mission: Impossible is full of "exhilarating, large-scale action."

'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' And 'Nanette' Brim With Heart And Humanity

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:47pm

Morgan Neville's moving documentary about Fred Rogers and Netflix's stand-up special starring Australian comic Hannah Gadsby both refuse to play along with established genre conventions.

Accused Russian Agent Maria Butina's Story Reveals Pro-Putin Views In The U.S.

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:47pm

Washington Post investigative journalist Rosalind Helderman says Butina was welcomed by members of the Christian right and the NRA who had "become intrigued with Putin's Russia."




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