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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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Spike Lee On Gentrification, Jazz And How He Got His Start In Film

5 hours 51 min ago

The director, who has been nominated for an Academy Award for his film BlacKkKlansman, spoke to Fresh Air in December 2017 about his Netflix series, She's Gotta Have It.

Director Paul Schrader Tests His Faith In 'First Reformed'

5 hours 51 min ago

First Reformed, which Schrader wrote and directed, is up for an Oscar for best screenplay. It tells the story of a divorced minister experiencing a crisis of faith. Originally broadcast June 12, 2018.

26 Years Later, 'Lorena' Revisits The Bobbitt Saga — And The Media Reaction

9 hours 8 min ago

In 1993, Lorena Bobbitt made national headlines when she severed her husband's penis and threw it out a car window. A new documentary looks at the gender politics of the reactions to the incident.

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An Indigenous Community Is Drawn Into The Drug Trade In 'Birds Of Passage'

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 1:23pm

An epic new film by Colombian director Ciro Guerra taps into the family versus business tension captured in great American mob sagas like The Godfather and The Sopranos.

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BBC's 'Dynasties' Captures The Complicated Social Lives Of 5 Different Species

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 10:42am

Executive producer Michael Gunton says following lions, chimps, tigers, painted wolves and emperor penguins for two years allowed filmmakers to capture the unique social dynamics of these animals.

Journalist: Kleptocrats' 'Ill-Gotten Fortunes' Are Being Parked In U.S. Real Estate

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:18pm

Atlantic journalist Franklin Foer says American real estate became a "giant magnet" for Russia's kleptocratic fortunes after lobbyists pushed to allow anonymous shell companies to buy properties.

New Albums By Steve Gunn And Michael Chapman Showcase The Guitar's Complexity

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:26pm

The Unseen In Between, by instrumentalist-turned-singer-songwriter Gunn, and True North, by veteran folk musician Chapman, both use the guitar to explore the mysteries of life.

A Neuroscientist Explores The Biology Of Addiction In 'Never Enough'

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:50am

Growing up, Judith Grisel struggled with alcohol, marijuana and cocaine. Now as a neuroscientist, she's working to understand the biological basis of addiction. Her new book is Never Enough.

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Try This At Home, Kids: Adam Savage On The Next Generation Of MythBusters

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 2:22pm

The former co-host of MythBusters has a new show, MythBusters Jr., featuring six young experts in engineering, welding, astrophysics and design.

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The 'Strange Science' Behind The Big Business Of Exercise Recovery

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:26am

Does exercise recovery work? Science writer Christie Aschwanden examines the physiology and effectiveness of sports drinks, protein powders and other products and services in her new book, Good to Go.

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Fresh Air Weekend: A Numbers Runner's Daughter; Random House Copy Chief

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 8:00am

Growing up, Bridgett M. Davis' mother booked bets from their home in Detroit. John Powers reviews Everybody Knows and Cold War. Benjamin Dreyer explains why he avoids writing the word "very."

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Remembering Baseball Hall Of Famer Frank Robinson

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 12:41pm

Robinson, who died Thursday, was the first player to win both the American and National League MVP awards. He later became the first black manager of a major league team. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen On Singing Cowboys And Working With Oxen

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 12:41pm

The Coen brothers spoke to Fresh Air in November 2018 about The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a Western that often subverts the expectations of the genre. The film is up for three Academy Awards.

Details Make The Difference In 'Everybody Knows' And 'Cold War'

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 9:10am

Cold War's richness comes from being steeped in detail. And it demonstrates what Everybody Knows does not: that the road to the universal begins with the specific.

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'NYT' Reporter Covering Trump: We've Almost 'Lost The Ability To Be Shocked'

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 1:50pm

New York Times journalist Michael Schmidt has helped break major stories concerning special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into connections between President Trump, his associates and Russia.

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3 Hip-Hop Singles Represent A Diversity Of Sounds

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:22pm

Critic Ken Tucker picks three new hip-hop singles he has on heavy rotation: 21 Savage's fatalistic "A Lot," Lizzo's cheerful "Juice" and Lil Peep's melancholy "I've Been Waiting."

Environmental Photographer Focuses On Protecting The Climate — And Its People

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:28pm

The new documentary The Human Element follows James Balog as he captures the places and people affected by the rising oceans, wildfires and air pollution associated with climate change.

You'll Find 12 Fresh And Unforgettable Essays In 'Black Is The Body'

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 11:29am

Emily Bernard was recovering from a knife attack — a "bizarre act of violence" — when she decided to write a book of essays rooted, autobiographically, in the blackness of her own body.

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How 'A Star Is Born' Became One Of Judy Garland's 'Biggest Heartbreaks'

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 12:17pm

Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft talks about what her mother went through while making the 1954 film. The movie was produced by Sid Luft, who was Lorna's father and Garland's husband at the time.

Random House Copy Chief: Stand Tall, Wordsmiths! (But Choose Your Battles)

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 12:15pm

The subtitle of Benjamin Dreyer's book is An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style, but "the last thing that I want to do is to pass myself off as some sort of ferocious gatekeeper," he says.

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