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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: Living With Incurable Stage-4 Cancer; Life As A Long Haul Trucker

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 8:00am

Religion scholar Kate Bowler talks about battling incurable colon cancer. Critic Ken Tucker reviews the Black Panther soundtrack. Trucker Finn Murphy has logged more than a million miles on the road.

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Remembering Cabaret Star Wesla Whitfield

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 2:00pm

Whitfield, who died Feb. 9, started in the San Francisco Opera in the 1970s before moving on to piano bars. She later performed regularly at New York's Algonquin Hotel. Originally broadcast in 1988.

How A Medically Induced Coma Led To Love, Marriage And The Oscar-Nominated 'Big Sick'

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 2:00pm

Comic Kumail Nanjiani didn't think of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon until he saw her in a coma. The couple co-wrote a romantic comedy based on the story. Originally broadcast July 12, 2017.

Mythic 'Black Panther' Is A Momentous Event In Pop Culture History

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 1:25pm

As originally conceived in 1966, the Black Panther was an African king who fought crime in a high-tech panther suit. David Edelstein says Marvel's new film about the character was worth the wait.

Trump Uses MS-13 To 'Sell Draconian Overhauls Of Border Issues,' Journalist Says

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 1:25pm

New Yorker writer Jonathan Blitzer says President Trump uses the notorious gang to paint a portrait of rampant criminality among immigrants — and to frame the broader immigration debate.

Long Haul Trucker Was 'Completely Seduced' By The Open Road

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:00pm

Finn Murphy has logged over a million miles hauling people's belongings across the country to their new homes. He describes life on the road as a "reaction against regimentation."

Kendrick Lamar Channels A Superhero's Conflicts And Strength On 'Black Panther'

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:00pm

Lamar plays a prominent role on the soundtrack for the new Marvel film. Critic Ken Tucker says the songs on Black Panther are are shrewd, passionate and "almost ridiculously entertaining."

Remembering Pakistani Activist And Human Rights Lawyer Asma Jahangir

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 1:20pm

Once known as "Pakistan's bravest citizen," Jahangir, who died Sunday, co-founded the country's first all-women's law firm and pushed for women's rights and democracy. Originally broadcast in 2001.

Steve Bannon Sees #MeToo As An 'Existential Threat' To Trump, Journalist Says

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:36pm

Journalist Joshua Green describes the right-wing provocateur as a "very shrewd analyst of American politics." Right now, Green says, Bannon is particularly attuned to the #MeToo movement.

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A Stage-4 Cancer Patient Shares The Pain And Clarity Of Living 'Scan-To-Scan'

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 1:05pm

Religion scholar Kate Bowler used to believe God had a plan for her life. Then she was diagnosed with incurable colon cancer. "I really had to rethink what trust and hope looks like," she says.

Fresh Air Weekend: 17 Brushes With Death; 3 Harlem Renaissance Novels; Jordan Klepper

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 8:00am

Maggie O'Farrell recounts the multiple times she cheated death. Maureen Corrigan reviews a reprinting of work from the Harlem Renaissance. Klepper assumes an anti-fact persona on The Opposition.

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In 'POST-', Avowed Pessimist Jeff Rosenstock Surrenders To Creative Optimism

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:04pm

Critic Ken Tucker says he former ska/punk musician's new record is filled with "angry confusion," but Rosenstock also reveals himself as a singer-songwriter with a gift for delicate melodies.

Clint Eastwood Celebrates Old-Fashioned Heroism In 'The 15:17 To Paris'

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:04pm

In 2015, three Americans on a Paris-bound train stopped a terrorist attack in progress. Eastwood recreates the incident — and audaciously casts the real-life heroes as themselves — in his new film.

Remembering John Mahoney, The Tony Award-Winning Actor And 'Frasier' Star

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:04pm

Mahoney, who died Sunday, was born in Britain and didn't start acting until he was 37. He went on to appear in films like Say Anything and Barton Fink. Originally broadcast 1990.

Remembering Grateful Dead Lyricist And Internet Activist John Perry Barlow

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:04pm

Barlow, who died on Wednesday, was associated with the Grateful Dead since its early days. He went on to become a proponent of a free and open Internet. Originally broadcast in 1996.

With Closed-Circuit TV, Satellites And Phones, Millions Of Cameras Are Watching

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 1:27pm

Journalist Robert Draper writes in National Geographic that the proliferation of cameras focused on the public has led "to the point where we're expecting to be voyeur and exhibitionist 24/7."

Comic Jordan Klepper Assumes An Anti-Fact Persona On 'The Opposition'

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:22pm

Klepper delivers satirical commentaries from the point of view of a far-right conspiracy theorist on his Comedy Central show. He says his character "creates his own reality."

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'Self-Portrait With Boy' Explores The Narcissistic Ambition That Fuels Success

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:54am

An artist's photograph of a young boy's death leads to a terrible dilemma in Rachel Lyon's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book a "striking debut."

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After 16 Years, Afghanistan War Is 'At Best A Grinding Stalemate,' Journalist Says

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 1:18pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll warns that there is no end in sight to America's longest war: "Most of the generals ... say in public, 'There's no military solution to this war.'"

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'This Is What Happened' And 'Babylon Berlin' Deliver Thrills And Intrigue Aplenty

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 1:43pm

Critic John Powers says Mick Herron's latest novel sucks you in from the opening page, and a Netflix series imported from Germany is both fun and binge-able.

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