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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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Fresh Air Weekend: Neal Brennan; 'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters'; 'High Noon'

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 8:00am

Chappelle's Show co-creator Brennan discusses his special, 3 Mics. Critic John Powers reviews Emil Ferris' graphic novel debut. Glenn Frankel links the film High Noon to the Hollywood blacklist era.

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'Get Out' Mixes Satire, Race And Horror, And The Result Is A Scream

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:38pm

A young white woman brings her black boyfriend home to meet her parents in director Jordan Peele's first feature film. Critic David Edelstein says Get Out is a comic thriller worth seeing.

Mike Mills Grapples With His Mother's 'Tricky Ghost' In '20th Century Women'

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:38pm

The director has been nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay about a woman figuring out how to raise her teenage son on her own. Originally broadcast Dec. 19, 2016.

For Film's Creators, 'Moonlight' Provided Space To Explore A Painful Past

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:38pm

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their childhood experiences in making Moonlight, which has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. Originally broadcast Oct. 19, 2016.

'Chappelle's Show' Co-Creator Moves Into The Limelight With '3 Mics'

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 1:38pm

After the abrupt ending of Chappelle's Show, Neal Brennan turned to stand-up. "I needed to be more self-determining, and the most self-determining thing you can do in comedy is stand-up," he says.

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Journalist: Trump Is 'Openly Dismissive' Of The Intelligence World

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:00pm

Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times says that when it comes to national security, President Trump "doesn't trust the civilian national security establishment and they don't trust him."

'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters' Is A Dazzling, Graphic Novel Tour-De-Force

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:44am

Set amid the political swirl of late '60s Chicago, Emil Ferris' graphic novel debut reflects on race, class, gender and the holocaust. Critic John Powers says readers won't want to put it down.

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What A Classic '50s Western Can Teach Us About The Hollywood Blacklist

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 1:58pm

Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film High Noon was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. "People ... felt they want to get their country back," Frankel says.

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An Irish Immigrant Fights On The Great Plains In 'Days Without End'

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:51pm

The protagonist of Sebastian Barry's new novel is conscripted right off the boat as the price of American citizenship. Eventually he finds love and companionship with one of his fellow soldiers.

Uncovering Presidential Secrets, From Washington To Trump

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:51pm

Author Mary Graham discusses the confidences that presidents keep. When it comes to President Trump, she says: "I think we're seeing that it's not possible to keep policies secret in the digital age."

Fresh Air Weekend: Actor Mahershala Ali; James Baldwin; Director Raoul Peck

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 8:00am

Ali discusses his Oscar-nominated performance as a drug dealer in Moonlight. Director Raoul Peck discusses I am Not Your Negro, his documentary about civil rights era writer James Baldwin.

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Remembering Barbara Carroll, The 'First Lady Of Jazz Piano'

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:03pm

Carroll, who died Sunday, started recording in the late 1940s, when female jazz musicians were still considered a novelty. Originally broadcast in 2003.

'The Great Wall' Stands As A Monument To Absurd CGI Clutter

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:03pm

Matt Damon plays an accomplished bow-and-arrow warrior in ancient China in his latest film. Critic David Edelstein says The Great Wall is "lavishly ... terrible."

New Dramas 'Good Fight' And 'Big Little Lies' Make A Case For Subscription TV

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:49am

TV critic David Bianculli reviews two shows premiering this weekend: HBO's miniseries, Big Little Lies, and CBS's The Good Fight, which will be relocating to the network's subscription streaming site.

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'Manchester By The Sea' Director Explores The Depth Of Grief

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:17pm

Kenneth Lonergan's film, which has been nominated for six Oscars, is about a janitor who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother. Originally broadcast Nov. 30, 2016.

In 'Moonlight,' Actor Mahershala Ali Found Characters He Recognized

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 1:45pm

Ali has earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as Juan, a drug dealer who becomes an unlikely father figure to a boy who is being bullied at school and neglected at home.

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'Ghachar Ghochar' Presents A Fretful Vision Of Indian Class Anxiety

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 1:08pm

The narrator of Vivek Shanbhag's new novel once lived a lower-class subsistence in Bangalore. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Ghachar Ghochar embodies the "fear of falling into economic and moral ruin."

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The Trump Presidency's Potential Impact On Climate Change

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:24pm

ProPublica senior reporter Andrew Revkin discusses President Trump's possible cuts to the EPA, as well as the potential impact of pulling out of the Paris climate accord.

Remembering Lt. Gen. Harold Moore, Heroic Vietnam War Commander

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:24pm

Moore, who died Friday, was seen as a hero for his role in the first major land battle in Vietnam. He later co-authored the book, We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young. Originally broadcast in 1992.

Tift Merritt Mixes Quirky Metaphors And Folk Sounds On 'Stitch Of The World'

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:24pm

Acoustic guitar and the occasional faint cry of a pedal steel guitar frame Merritt's vocals on her new album. Rock Critic Ken Tucker has a review.

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