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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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Covering Hillary Clinton, A Candidate 'Forged In The Crucible' Of Conflict

4 hours 5 min ago

As a reporter for The New York Times, Amy Chozick's beat is Hillary Clinton. But, Chozick says, it's hard to get to know a candidate who "has been so scarred" by her decades in the public eye.

The Rise And Fall Of FOX News CEO Roger Ailes

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:09pm

Ailes resigned last week amid allegations of sexual harassment. Biographer Gabriel Sherman joins Fresh Air to discuss the accusations, as well as Ailes' influence on political discourse in America.

The Enduring Musical Influence Of Electric Guitarist Charlie Christian

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:09pm

Born in 1916, Christian died when he was just 25 years old. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead calls him "the single greatest influence on a signature 20th-century instrument."

Dystopian Novel Challenges Misogyny As 'The Natural Way Of Things'

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:09pm

Charlotte Wood's short, gripping book focuses on 10 women who have been sent to a prison camp after various sex scandals. Critic John Powers calls The Natural Way of Things a ferocious novel.

R&B Singer Maxwell Is Majestic — And Vulnerable — On 'blackSUMMERS'night'

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 1:55pm

Maxwell creates an atmosphere of free-floating sensuality on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the record is "dreamy and roomy enough to accommodate a wide array of emotions."

No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 1:55pm

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.

Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Mike Birbiglia; 'Zero Day'; 'Veep' Showrunner David Mandel

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 8:00am

Birbiglia discusses his new film, Don't Think Twice. John Powers reviews Zero Days, a documentary about computer malware. Veep's David Mandel talks about the current season of the show.

'Star Trek Beyond' Is An Unapologetically Wild Ride, Steeped In Human Drama

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:49pm

The Enterprise has been destroyed and its inhabitants have been thrown to the winds in the latest of the Star Trek series. Critic David Edelstein calls it a well-made action-adventure film.

Block The Vote: A Journalist Discusses Voting Rights And Restrictions

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:47pm

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed racial discrimination in voting. But author Ari Berman says a 2013 Supreme Court ruling blocks the enforcement. Originally broadcast Aug. 10, 2015.

Why A Black Teen Who Was Beaten By Police Decided To Join The NYPD

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:35pm

Eric Adams joined the police department intent on reforming it. "If I was not a voice for change it would bother me," he says. He was on the force for 22 years. Now he is Brooklyn's borough president.

Recent Police Shootings Stir A Memory For A Former Philadelphia Officer

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:35pm

Tom Gibbons had to retire from the police force after being shot three times during a traffic stop in 1970. He then became a reporter and covered the police for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

'I'm Petrified For My Children': Will Racism And Guns Lead To America's Ruin?

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:44am

Novelist Mat Johnson says the nation's unresolved racial legacy, our love of guns and our method of policing have put the country on a fatal and disastrous path.

Why A Black Teen Who Was Beaten By Police Decided To Join The NYPD

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 10:21am

Eric Adams joined the police department intent on reforming it. "If I was not a voice for change it would bother me," he says. He was on the force for 22 years. Now he is Brooklyn's borough president.

Fresh Air Remembers Garry Marshall, Creator Of 'Happy Days' And 'Laverne & Shirley'

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:42pm

Marshall, who died yesterday at the age of 81, was a noted writer and director of both television and film. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1991, shortly after the release of his movie, Frankie and Johnny.

'Veep' Showrunner On Politics And The 'Thankless Task' Of Being Second In Command

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:42pm

David Mandel, the Emmy-nominated writer, director and executive producer of the HBO series Veep, discusses the current season of the show, his work on SNL and the 2016 presidential election.

Met's 'Unfinished' Exhibit Offers A Glimpse Of The Artistic Mind At Work

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:17pm

The inaugural show at the Metropolitan Museum's Met Breuer branch raises the question of what makes a finished work of art. Critic Lloyd Schwartz calls it "an astonishing gathering of masterpieces."

Comic Mike Birbiglia On His Best Failure And The 3 Rules Of Improv

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:17pm

Birbiglia's new film, Don't Think Twice, was inspired by his time in the comedy world. It tells the story of an improv group that is splintered after one member's break-out success.

Jazz Pianist Dan Cray's 'Outside In' Features Slow Tempos, Meandering Melodies

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:32pm

Much of the music on Cray's new album stems from a year he spent teaching at the University of Nevada in Reno. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Outside In is a reminder of the power of open spaces.

'Zero Days' Documentary Exposes A Looming Threat Of The Digital Age

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:32pm

Filmmaker Alex Gibney's new documentary focuses on the large-scale implications of computer malware. Critic John Powers calls Zero Days an important — and chilling — film.

Novelist Grapples With The Conflicted Feelings Of Caring For Aging Parents

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:32pm

Author Cathleen Schine says that living far away from an elderly parent can create feelings of guilt as well as those of relief. Her darkly comic new novel is They May Not Mean To, But They Do.

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