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

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 5:00am

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says school segregation will continue to exist in America "as long as individual parents continue to make choices that only benefit their own children."

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Fresh Air Weekend: Jeff Bridges; Netflix' 'Unfortunate Events'; Sportscaster Joe Buck

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 8:00am

Jeff Bridges says his actor dad always brought joy to the set. David Bianculli reviews A Series Of Unfortunate Events. Hall-of-fame broadcaster Joe Buck discusses his new memoir, Lucky Bastard.

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The Man Behind Lemony Snicket Talks About Writing For Kids And His Childhood Fears

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:21pm

Lemony Snicket, AKA Daniel Handler, wrote the children's book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Handler spoke to Terry Gross in 2001 and in 2012, when he brought his accordion to the studio.

Remembering Celebrated Indian Actor Om Puri, Star Of 'East Is East'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:15pm

Puri, who died last Friday in Mumbai, appeared in more than 300 movies, including the British film, My Son the Fanatic. Originally broadcast in 2000.

'Series Of Unfortunate Events' On Netflix Will Charm And Delight

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:15pm

Daniel Handler has adapted his popular children's book series for Netflix. Critic David Bianculli says A Series Of Unfortunate Events is "one of the best new TV shows in a long time."

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Hilarity And Hostility Converge In The Family Comedy 'Toni Erdmann'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:15pm

The German film centers on a prankster father who barges into the life of his business consultant daughter. Critic David Edelstein says Toni Erdmann keeps you guessing — in a good way.

'20th Century Women' Mixes Comedy With Disappointment And Loss

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:28pm

Set in 1979 Santa Barbara, Mike Mills' new film is the story of a teenage boy and the three women who teach him about life. Critic John Powers calls it an "amusing, deeply-felt work."

New Gene-Editing Techniques Hold the Promise Of Altering The Fundamentals Of Life

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:28pm

New Yorker writer Michael Specter discusses emerging biotechnologies that will make it possible to remove disease and change the characteristics of life by rewriting the genetic code in cells.

Natalie Hemby Offers Contemplative Vocals And Vivid Memories On 'Puxico'

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:49pm

After writing No. 1 hits for various country stars, Hemby now has an album of her own. Critic Ken Tucker says Puxico mixes country sentiments with a folksy sound.

Hall-Of-Fame Sportscaster Joe Buck Admits To Being A 'Lucky Bastard'

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:49pm

Buck's new memoir details his experiences in sports and life, including his addiction to hair-plug transplants. When it comes to announcing, he says, "I don't have a rooting interest for either side."

Remembering Jazz Critic And 'Village Voice' Writer Nat Hentoff

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 12:39pm

Hentoff, who died Saturday, was an outspoken advocate of free speech and a prolific jazz writer. Originally broadcast in 1986.

What Is Driving The 'Unbanking Of America'?

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 12:39pm

Author Lisa Servon says a growing number of Americans are giving up on traditional banks and relying instead on alternatives, including prepaid debit cards, check-cashing centers and payday lenders.

Jeff Bridges Abides By His Actor Dad's Example: Bring Joy To The Set

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:54pm

"He really wanted all his kids to go into acting because he loved it so much," Bridges says of his father. In Hell or High Water, Bridges plays an aging Texas ranger tracking two bank robbers.

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Betty Fussell Doesn't Mince Words In The Frank, Funny 'Eat, Live, Love, Die'

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:54pm

A new collection of some of Fussell's most celebrated essays showcases the food and travel writer's tough-girl philosophy. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Eat, Live, Love, Die an inspiring work.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Lin-Manuel Miranda; 'La La Land' Director Damien Chazelle

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

Miranda weighs in about Disney, mixtapes and why he won't try to top the success of Hamilton. Chazelle discusses the brash, defiant and "almost avant-garde" nature of musicals.

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'La La Land' Director Aimed To Make A Film Even Musical Skeptics Would Love

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 1:44pm

"Movies are kind of limited by what you see in front of the camera," says director Damien Chazelle. "Musicals find this wonderful way around that."

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Remembering Huston Smith, Noted 'World's Religions' Scholar

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:58pm

Smith, who died on Friday, was a Methodist minister who traveled the world studying Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism and other religions. Originally broadcast in 1996.

A Diplomat Reflects On Moderate Islam In 'Letters To A Young Muslim'

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:58pm

Omar Saif Ghobash was 6 when an assassin killed his father, who was a diplomat from the United Arab Emirates. His new book is a collection of letters to his sons, urging them to reject extremism.

Lin-Manuel Miranda On Disney, Mixtapes And Why He Won't Try To Top 'Hamilton'

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 10:35am

Miranda says he doesn't feel the need to duplicate the success of Hamilton. "If you think in terms of topping, you're in the wrong business," he says.

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Having Thick Skin Is A 'Survival Technique,' Says Comic Jeff Ross

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 2:01pm

Ross says he learned to "dish it out and take it" as a kid in Newark, NJ. He likens celebrity roasts to "a party where everybody goes and has a good time." Originally broadcast Sept. 13, 2016.

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