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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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'State Of The Heart' Cardiologist Assesses Breakthroughs In Heart Health

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 1:19pm

Dr. Haider Warraich talks about advancements in treating and preventing heart failure, and explains how the understanding of healthy blood pressure and good cholesterol continues to evolve.

'Veronica Mars' Offers More Than Nostalgia; She's Always Been A Survivor

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 1:03pm

Fifteen years after its debut, Veronica Mars has outlived the UPN and has aired on the CW, HBO and now Hulu. Chances are this new, excellent season won't be the last we hear of the wry detective.

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Fresh Air Weekend: TV Critic Emily Nussbaum; Satirist Randy Rainbow

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 1:20pm

Nussbaum reflects on the TV revolution in her book, I Like to Watch. Maureen Corrigan reviews Alexi Zentner's new novel, Copperhead. Rainbow uses show tunes and pop songs to lampoon Trump.

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'Fresh Air' Commemorates The 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11's Moon Landing

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:44pm

We listen to archival interviews with Michael Collins, of Apollo 11; Alan Shepard, the first American in space; Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield; and Chuck Yeager, who first broke the sound barrier.

Journalist Digs Into Years Of Corruption, Dysfunction At Border Protection Agency

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 1:00pm

Trump said he would hire 5,000 new border patrol agents, but has fallen short of that promise. Garrett Graff discusses the leadership vacuum that's plagued the agency and worsened the border crisis.

New 'Lion King' Remake Is More Creative Dead End Than Circle Of Life

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 11:23am

Disney's Lion King is so realistic-looking that, paradoxically, you can't believe a moment of it. The computer-generated blockbuster feels like the world's most expensive safari-themed karaoke video.

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Remembering Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 1:18pm

Stevens, who died Tuesday, was appointed by President Ford and served on the court for 35 years before retiring in 2010. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2011 about his memoir, Five Chiefs.

Satirist Randy Rainbow Uses Show Tunes And Pop Songs To Lampoon Trump

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 1:18pm

"I always considered song parody kind of cheap," the Emmy-nominated lyricist and performer says. "But ... I've gotten [such a] response from others ... that I'm appreciating it as an art form."

'Jazz From Detroit' Offers A Mosaic Portrait Of A Larger Scene

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 12:30pm

Mark Stryker covered jazz and its people for the Detroit Free Press for decades. He uses his reporter's eye and critic's ear to chronicle the musicians from the city who made their mark on the world.

Colson Whitehead On The True Story Of Abuse And Injustice Behind 'Nickel Boys'

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 12:05pm

Whitehead's new novel is based on a notorious Florida reform school where boys were beaten and sexually abused. "If there's one place like this, there are many," he says.

Rooted In History, 'The Nickel Boys' Is A Great American Novel

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 11:24am

Colson Whitehead's deeply affecting new novel is based on the true story of a segregated reform school in Florida where African American boys were brutalized and possibly murdered.

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We All Watch In Our Own Way: A Critic Tracks The 'TV Revolution'

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:08pm

New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum won't appear on panels pitting TV against movies or books. "Everything is valuable in its own way and they don't need to be in tension with one another," she says.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Yiddish 'Fiddler'; How 'Maiden' Sailed Into History

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 8:00am

Actor Steven Skybell and director Joel Grey discuss a new Yiddish language version of Fiddler on the Roof. Justin Chang reviews Midsommar. Tracy Edwards raced around the world with an all-women crew.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Tracy Edwards and Sony Pictures Classics)

Remembering 'Larry Sanders Show' Actor Rip Torn

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 2:29pm

Torn, who died Tuesday, won an Emmy Award for playing the gruff producer Artie on The Larry Sanders Show. In 1994, he told Fresh Air that he based his character on Johnny Carson's long time producer.

Remembering Major League Pitcher Jim Bouton, Author Of 'Ball Four'

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 2:29pm

Bouton, who died Wednesday, spoke to Fresh Air in 1986 about his 1970 tell-all memoir, in which he drew on his seven years with the New York Yankees to offer an insider's guide to baseball.

'London Kills': A Cop Series That Keeps You Coming Back For More

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 2:29pm

Acorn TV's new series follows a Scotland Yard team led by a detective whose wife has gone missing. London Kills combines the reassuring closure of a network cop series with a strong forward momentum.

Keith Hernandez On Baseball, 'Seinfeld' And Being His Own 'Worst Enemy'

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 2:29pm

The former first baseman played on championship teams with the Cardinals and Mets, and made a memorable appearance on Seinfeld. His memoir is I'm Keith Hernandez. Originally broadcast June 4, 2018.

Reporter Who Helped Expose Conditions At The Border Says Little Has Changed

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 1:14pm

NY Times reporter Caitlin Dickerson has been documenting the impact of the Trump administration's policies on migrants — and on the workers who deal with the large number of people held in detention.

Lots Of Love And One Big Lie — 'The Farewell' Reminds Us Time Is Short

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 12:43pm

Awkwafina stars in Lulu Wang's funny ensemble drama about a Chinese American family and their elaborate ruse to pay respects to their matriarch — without ever letting on she has a terminal illness.

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Yiddish 'Fiddler On The Roof' Is A 'Dream Come True' For Lead Actor

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 12:33pm

A new, Yiddish language production of the musical is currently running off-Broadway. Steven Skybell, who plays Tevye, and Joel Grey, who directs the show, explain why the play still resonates.

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