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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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Despite Its Charm, 'Ghostbusters' Remake Comes Up Short On Laughs

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 2:39pm

Paul Feig's remake of the 1984 hit stars four actresses as the ghostbusters. Critic David Edelstein says while the concept for the movie is solid, the film itself "has no satirical ideas of its own."

An Opera Percussionist Traces Her Path 'From Juilliard to the Orchestra Pit'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 2:22pm

Patti Niemi has been a percussionist for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1992. She speaks with Fresh Air's Sam Briger about performance anxiety, muscle memory and her memoir, Sticking it Out.

A Marine Ecologist On Swimming With Sharks And What 'Jaws' Got Wrong

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:36pm

Neil Hammerschlag has looked inside the mouth of a wild tiger shark and lived to tell the tale. He says that sharks pose only a very small risk to people: "Humans are not on the shark's menu."

'The War At Home' Recounts The Tension Of Being A Military Spouse

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:42pm

As the wife of a Navy fighter pilot, memoirist Rachel Starnes has had much of her life — including where she lives and how often she gets to live with her husband — determined by his career.

'The Dream Life Of Astronauts' Is A Journey To Emotional Deep Space

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:42pm

Patrick Ryan's book of short stories is set around Cape Canaveral, Fla., during the 1960s and '70s. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's the best new short story collection she's read in light years.

Mitski Creates A Heightened Remembrance Of Adolescence On 'Puberty 2'

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 1:21pm

The young singer-songwriter has described herself as "half-Japanese, half-American, but not fully either." Critic Ken Tucker says her fourth album, Puberty 2, has an impressively wide range of sounds.

'Schumer' Writer Jessi Klein On Barbies, Ageism And Pumping At The Emmys

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 1:21pm

Klein won an Emmy in 2015 for her work on Inside Amy Schumer. Her new book, You'll Grow Out of It, is a collection of humorous personal essays.

Christopher Eccleston On 'The A Word,' And Rethinking His Faith After 'The Leftovers'

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 1:10pm

The British actor plays a grandfather in the new Sundance Channel drama series, The A Word, about a family coping with a boy's autism diagnosis. He also co-starred in the HBO series, The Leftovers.

2 Brilliantly Written Novels From Mexico Head Up A Wave Of Literary Talent

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 1:10pm

Critic John Powers says there's a boom in good fiction emerging from Mexico. He recommends Among Strange Victims, by Daniel Saldaña París, and The Transmigration of Bodies, by Yuri Herrera.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Bobby Kennedy'; Allen Toussaint's New Album; Rethinking Addiction

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 8:00am

Biographer Larry Tye discusses Robert Kennedy's political transformation. Kevin Whitehead reviews Toussaint's American Tunes. Author Maia Szalavitz says "tough" treatment doesn't help drug addicts.

Fresh Air Remembers Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor And Nobel Peace Laureate

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:16pm

Wiesel, who died July 2, was one of the first survivors to devote his life to bearing witness to the Holocaust. He was the author of many books, including Night. Originally broadcast in 1988.

A Boy With Autism Makes Connections Through Cartoons In 'Life, Animated'

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:16pm

A new documentary tells the story of Owen Suskind, a boy with autism whose love of Disney helps him navigate the world. David Edelstein calls Life, Animated "heartbreaking and exhilarating."

HBO's 'The Night Of' Is Riveting From The Very First Frame

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:16pm

The eight-part drama series centers on a college student who is suspected of murder after an adventurous night out. Critic David Bianculli says "everything about The Night Of is quite impressive."

Comic Jim Gaffigan On Stand-Up, Faith And Raising Five Kids

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:16pm

The Catholic stand-up comic says faith is a central part of his humor. He stars in the TV Land series, The Jim Gaffigan Show. Originally broadcast Sept. 24, 2015.

'Underground Airlines' Is An Extraordinary Work Of Alternate History

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 3:17pm

In his new novel, Ben H. Winters imagines that the Civil War never happened and that slavery is still legal in some states. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Underground Airlines is "one suspenseful tale."

'Unbroken Brain' Explains Why 'Tough' Treatment Doesn't Help Drug Addicts

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 1:21pm

"We have this idea that if we are just cruel enough and mean enough ... to people with addiction, that they will suddenly wake up and stop, and that is not the case," journalist Maia Szalavitz says.

'Eleanor Amplified,' An Adventure Podcast For The Whole Family

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:45pm

Fresh Air producer John Sheehan discusses The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified, a new comic podcast for kids featuring an intrepid radio reporter who foils plots and outwits crafty villains.

Tracing The 'Rise Of The Judicial Right' To Warren Burger's Supreme Court

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:45pm

Burger served as chief justice of the Supreme Court from 1969 until 1986. Linda Greenhouse, author of The Burger Court, says those years helped establish the court's conservative legal foundation.

From 'Runt Of The Litter' To 'Liberal Icon,' The Story Of Robert Kennedy

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 1:23pm

Biographer Larry Tye says Kennedy wasn't always the "hot-blooded liberal" we remember today. The transformation wasn't a "flip flop" he says, "he took things to heart in ways that few politicians do."

A Tribute To The Late American Composer Eubie Blake

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 8:00am

Blake's music is featured in the Broadway revival, Shuffle Along. Our tribute features live performances of his songs and interviews with pianist Dick Hyman, among others. Originally broadcast in '98.

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