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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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'I Could Never Fake It': Nick Offerman On Striving For Nonchalance

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 1:29pm

Offerman has made a career out of playing colorful cranks — most notably, Ron Swanson, the boss on NBC's Parks and Recreation. He now stars as a middle-age single dad in Hearts Beat Loud.

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Former FBI Counter-Terrorism Agent Reflects On 'Messing With The Enemy'

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 1:18pm

Clint Watts developed online relationships with terrorists and their sympathizers in order to understand and undermine terror networks. He also researched Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections.

A Family Moves From Tragedy To Terror In 'Hereditary'

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 1:18pm

A new film offers a searing portrait of a family wracked by grief — and by mysterious forces. Reviewer Justin Chang says Hereditary is the most emotionally devastating horror movie he's seen in ages.

Reissue Of Anthony Braxton's '1991 Studio' Revives A Jazz Master's Classic

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 1:18pm

Braxton is known for his brainy compositional procedures, and the quartet he led between 1985 and 1993 was his great workshop. Quartet (Willisau) 1991 Studio is a two-disc showcase of their music.

Though Gripping, CIA Thriller 'Condor' Falls Short Of Defining Its Era

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 1:12pm

A new series on AT&T's Audience Network updates the 1975 film Three Days of the Condor. Critic John Powers says Condor is an entertaining show that lacks the cultural relevance of its forerunner.

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Obama Staffer Looks Back On His White House Years: 'It Can Take A Real Toll'

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:48pm

Former Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes was 24 when he saw the collapse of the first tower on 9/11. He says that moment was a "fork in the road" that eventually led to the White House.

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Trumpeter Adam O'Farrill Stakes Out His Own Turf On 'Stranger Days'

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 1:05pm

O'Farrill is a New Yorker of Cuban, Mexican, Jewish, African-American, German and Irish descent. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says his new album, Stranger Days, reflects O'Farrill's robust heritage.

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

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 1:05pm

The former first baseman played on World Series-winning teams with the Cardinals and Mets, and made a memorable appearance on Seinfeld. His new memoir is I'm Keith Hernandez.

Fresh Air Weekend: David Sedaris; 'Vogue' Titan André Leon Talley

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 8:00am

Sedaris' new book features stories about family, aging and mortality. Maureen Corrigan reviews My Ex-Life, by Stephen McCauley. Talley felt like a misfit growing up — until he found Vogue magazine.

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Tom Perrotta's 'Mrs. Fletcher' Shares 'Post-Parental' Reflections From An Empty Nest

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 1:40pm

Perrotta's most recent novel was inspired by the upheaval he experienced when his kids grew up and moved out of the house. Originally broadcast July 31, 2017.

Southern Gothic 'Florida' Spins Tales Of Hurricanes, Humidity And Humanity

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:50am

Lauren Groff sets her new story collection in what she calls the "sunniest and strangest of states." Critic Maureen Corrigan says the tales are "brooding, inventive — and often moving."

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A Birdbrained Library Heist Is Suffused With Irony In 'American Animals'

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 1:12pm

In 2004, four young men stole rare art books valued at more than three-quarters of a million dollars from a college library. American Animals blends fiction and documentary to retell the story.

For 'Vogue' Titan André Leon Talley, Fashion Was A 'Gateway To The World'

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 12:27pm

Talley felt like a misfit growing up — until he stumbled upon a copy of the iconic fashion magazine. Paging through Vogue, he says, was like traveling down a "rabbit hole" into "a world of glamour."

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So Longhand: Has Cursive Reached The End Of The Line?

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 11:10am

Linguist Geoff Nunberg believes there's value in writing by hand — but he doesn't see why the letters have to connect. "You may as well dictate what song we all have to sing in the shower," he says.

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Saxophonist Jon Irabagon Plays With Heart On 'Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics'

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 1:01pm

Irabagon brings an infectious sense of fun to music-making, even when the playing is dead serious — as is the case on his "mildly subversive" new album.

Exiled Journalist Continues To Fight For Women's Rights In Iran

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 1:01pm

Masih Alinejad discusses her campaign against a law requiring that Iranian women and girls to cover their heads and necks with a hijab. Her new memoir is The Wind in My Hair.

Sexuality, Mortality, Failure — 'My Ex-Life' Has Fun Asking Big Questions

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 1:01pm

A divorced couple reconnects after nearly 30 years apart in Stephen McCauley's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan says My Ex-Life is a social satire that's "suffused with generosity."

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Forget 'Good Times,' David Sedaris Is Far More Interested In 'Bad Behavior'

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:30pm

Calypso features stories about family, aging and mortality. In his 61 years, Sedaris says he's learned two things: Be careful when you buy scented candles, and always have a joke in your back pocket.

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Violinist Johnny Gandelsman Infuses Bach's 'Sonatas & Partitas' With Joy

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:30pm

Gandelsman has been celebrated for playing a wide variety of music, from purely classical to the most inventive contemporary pieces. He takes on Bach's complex sonatas and partitas on his new album.

How Rodgers And Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 8:00am

Todd Purdum's new book is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind such hit shows as Carousel, South Pacific and The Sound of Music. Originally broadcast April 9, 2018.

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