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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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Tiger Woods Biographer Says Golfer's Masters Comeback 'Transcends Sports'

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:27pm

Woods' recent Masters title follows a 10-year drought of major tournament victories. Jeff Benedict, co-author of Tiger Woods, says: "What we're seeing now is someone who loves what he's doing."

'SVU' Actor Channels 'Completely Different Energy' To Play 'Happy!' Hit Man

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:27pm

After 12 seasons on Law & Order: SVU, Christopher Meloni plays a disgraced policeman-turned-hit man (who collaborates with an imaginary unicorn) in the second season of the Syfi Channel series Happy!.

The Mekons Celebrate Restlessness And Exploration On 'Deserted'

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:59pm

The Mekons are first-generation British punk rockers who've moved through an array of genres over the decades. Their most recent album was recorded in a studio just outside Joshua Tree National Park.

Climate Change Is 'Greatest Challenge Humans Have Ever Faced,' Author Says

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:59pm

Bill McKibben, who first warned of climate change 30 years ago, says its effects are now upon us: "The idea that anybody's going to be immune from this anywhere is untrue." His new book is Falter.

Jazz Trumpeter Tom Harrell Proves To Be A Thinking Person's Soloist On 'Infinity'

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 2:27pm

Group chemistry and deft composing make Harrell's new album a polished, inventive album that's worth checking out. Critic Kevin Whitehead says it's "really, really good."

Biographer Robert Caro On Fame, Power And 'Working' To Uncover The Truth

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 2:06pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist was never interested in only telling the stories of famous men. Instead, he says, "I wanted to use their lives to show how political power worked."

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Fresh Air Weekend: Henry Winkler; Rob Delaney

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 8:00am

Winkler discusses his decades-long acting career, from "The Fonz" to Barry. Ken Tucker reviews Billie Eilish's debut album. Delaney talks about wrapping up Catastrophe and working through grief.

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Ray Romano On Fame, And Finding His Bearings After 'Raymond' Wrapped

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 12:26pm

Ray Romano's comedy special, Right Here, Around the Corner, is now streaming on Netflix. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2016 about the story behind the title of his hit sit-com Everybody Loves Raymond.

Remembering Oscar-Nominated Character Actor Seymour Cassel

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 12:26pm

Cassel, who died April 7, performed as a child during matinees of his mom's burlesque shows and went on to appear in movies directed by John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson. Originally broadcast in 2006.

'Game Of Thrones' Keeps Its Finger On The Pulse As It Enters The Home Stretch

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 1:00pm

Over the years, the HBO series has risen from being a nifty potboiler to a timely expression of a zeitgeist that contests everything from gender roles to climate change to immigration.

'I Never Had A Plan B': Henry Winkler On His Career, From The Fonz To 'Barry'

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 12:22pm

The actor talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about struggling with typecasting after Happy Days, his family's immigration story and about how he found out in his 30s that he had dyslexia.

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'Her Smell' Is A Brilliant And Blistering Portrait Of A Musician Falling Apart

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 1:00pm

Critic Justin Chang says he couldn't tear his eyes away from Elisabeth Moss, who gives a spectacular performance as an out-of-control punk musician struggling with substance abuse.

'Charged' Explains How Prosecutors And Plea Bargains Drive Mass Incarceration

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:46pm

Close to 2.2 million people were incarcerated in the U.S. in 2016. Author Emily Bazelon says prosecutors, rather than judges, are responsible for many of the prison sentences defendants receive.

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Reporters Say Members Of Congress Are 'Obsessed' With Getting Re-Elected

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 1:26pm

Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer, who cover Congress for Politico, discuss the power dynamics of Capitol Hill during the Trump Presidency. Their new book is The Hill To Die On.

Personal Demons And Class Differences Complicate Love In 'Normal People'

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 1:19pm

Marianne is a social pariah, Connell is a football player. Sally Rooney's nuanced, flinty love story opens in a small town in Ireland, where two teens who "get" each other get together.

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'Losing Earth' Explores How Oil Industry Played Politics With The Planet's Fate

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 2:39pm

Journalist Nathaniel Rich says the oil industry helped create a partisan debate around climate change in the 1980s by paying scientists to write op-eds questioning climate science.

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Wily And Clever, Billie Eilish's Debut Album Sounds Like No One Else

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 1:53pm

The 17-year-old California singer-songwriter's album, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? keeps listeners guessing. Her frame of reference is vast — ranging from glam rock to folk music.

Fresh Air Weekend: Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin; A Therapist Goes To Therapy

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 11:10am

Nézet-Séguin conducts at New York's Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra. John Powers revisits the 1970 film Wanda. Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb talks about her experiences in therapy.

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Remembering Choreographer And Dancer Merce Cunningham

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 12:27pm

Cunningham, who died in 2009, would have been 100 on April 16. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1985 about his unconventional approach to dance, in which music and dance are performed independently.

From The 'Fresh Air' Archives: Dancer Gwen Verdon

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 12:27pm

Verdon, who died in 2000, spoke to Terry Gross in 1993 about her work with and marriage to choreographer Bob Fosse. The new FX series Fosse/Verdon revisits the complexities of their partnership.




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