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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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Despite A Strong Start, 'Modern Gods' Falls Short Of Its Promise

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:50pm

Critic Maureen Corrigan says Nick Laird's latest novel begins as a tale of two Irish sisters, but ultimately turns into "a lot of wild blather" about political and religious orthodoxies.

Fresh Air Weekend: Revisiting The Donner Party; 'Okja'; Reporting On Extremist Groups

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 8:00am

Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism. Justin Chang reviews the new film Okja. Journalist Souad Mekhennet's new memoir is I Was Told To Come Alone.

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Nigerian Drummer Tony Allen Revisits His Jazz Roots In A Salute To Art Blakey

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:18pm

Allen mixes African, European and American beats on his new album, A Tribute to Art Blakey. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the record showcases the way that musicians "bat ideas back and forth."

Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:18pm

After starring in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Originally broadcast June 27, 2016.

Sam Elliott On Career Longevity, Playing Tough And His Iconic Role In 'Lebowski'

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 2:05pm

Elliott says that being selective about the roles he takes has helped him maintain his acting career for nearly 50 years. He plays an aging actor with a stalled career in the new film, The Hero.

What Happens When The Heroin Epidemic Hits Small Town America?

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 2:05pm

West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the country. New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot interviewed addicts, their families and health professionals to understand why.

The Battle Over American Health Care: What's At Stake In The Senate's Bill

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 1:13pm

Vox.com correspondent Sarah Kliff says Republicans determined to replace and repeal Obamacare are finding it's "awfully difficult to write a bill that would get rid of it entirely."

'Baby Driver' Is An Action-Packed, Elegant Joyride

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 1:13pm

Director Edgar Wright rejects computer-generated unreality and instead focuses on breathtaking driving in his new heist thriller. Critic David Edelstein says the result is terrifically entertaining.

'What Would You Do?' Author Wants To Stop Sensationalizing The Donner Party

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:33pm

In The Best Land Under Heaven, Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. He says "there's so much more" to the story.

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In Ambitious 'Okja,' A Teen Attempts To Save Her Super Pig From Slaughter

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:33pm

You'll root for 13-year-old Mija at every step of this new Netflix film. And Okja, the huge, genetically modified pig, is among the most touching and realistic computer-generated characters ever made.

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