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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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'Shakespeare In Music & Words' Marks 400 Years Since The Bard's Death

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 12:27pm

A new two-CD set features music inspired by Shakespeare as well as actors reading his work. Critic Lloyd Schwartz says any excuse to honor the master playwright is a good one.

'Late Show' Host Says He Has Finally Found His Post-'Colbert Report' Voice

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 12:27pm

The comic initially avoided joking about politics on The Late Show for fear that he would fall into his Colbert Report persona. Originally broadcast Nov. 2, 2016.

To Make 'The Godfather' His Way, Francis Ford Coppola Waged A Studio Battle

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 2:54pm

Coppola was 29 years old when he signed on to direct a film. "I was young and had no power," he says, "so [the studio] figured they could just boss me around." Originally broadcast Nov. 16, 2016.

Looking Back At The Ramones' Debut: They Were A 'Bunch Of Weirdos From New York'

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 2:14pm

It's been 40 years since The Ramones released their self-titled first album. Rock historian Ed Ward remembers the debut as a confrontational and divisive record with a "cartoonish overlay."

Remembering 'Star Wars' Actress Carrie Fisher

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 2:13pm

In addition to playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars movies, Fisher was also the author of Postcards from the Edge and The Princess Diarist. Originally broadcast in 1990, 2004 and 2016.

Kenya Barris On 'Black-ish' And What Kids Lose When They Grow Up With More

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 12:50pm

Barris says his ABC comedy series is about "raising your kids in a different environment than you were accustomed to being raised in." Originally broadcast May 18, 2016.

'I Never Set Out To Be An Actor,' Says 'Transparent' Star Gaby Hoffmann

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 12:50pm

Hoffmann grew up in the Chelsea Hotel and appeared in Field of Dreams and other films as child. She says she initially saw acting as "a means to an end." Originally broadcast Oct. 10, 2016.

Bruce Springsteen: On Jersey, Masculinity And Wishing To Be His Stage Persona

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 12:35pm

"People see you onstage and, yeah, I'd want to be that guy," Springsteen says. "I want to be that guy myself very often." Originally broadcast Oct. 5, 2016.

Fresh Air Weekend: Director Mike Mills; Actor Billy Eichner

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 8:00am

Mills' latest film, 20th Century Women, was inspired by his desire to understand his mother. As the host of Billy on the Street, Eichner asks strangers open-ended questions about the celebrities.

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For Film's Creators, 'Moonlight' Provided Space To Explore A Painful Past

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 12:48pm

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their childhood experiences in making Moonlight, about a boy growing up in a Miami housing project. Originally broadcast Oct. 19, 2016.

'A Lot Going On': Critic David Bianculli Picks The Best TV Of 2016

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 12:39pm

Fresh Air's TV critic says that mini-series and anthology shows are expanding the types of stories that can be told on the small screen — and the benefits to the viewers "are huge."

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In 'An Excellent Year' For Film, Critic David Edelstein Shares His 12 Favorites

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 12:39pm

Edelstein estimates that he saw 400 films in 2016 — more than enough to fill "a couple of 10-best lists." He talks about a dozen of them with Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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'Normal': The Word Of The Year (In A Year That Was Anything But)

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 11:39am

Linguist Geoff Nunberg says that the fact that people are talking a lot about "the new normal" is a sign that we're living in strange and unsettling times.

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Journalist: Trump Seems 'Willfully Blind' To Putin's Real Goals

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 12:51pm

Politico reporter Michael Crowley discusses President-elect Donald Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "There's something I think we don't completely understand," Crowley says.

How Running ExxonMobil Did (And Didn't) Prepare Rex Tillerson For Secretary Of State

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 12:44pm

New Yorker writer Steve Coll says that though Tillerson has conducted billion-dollar international deals as an oil executive, he has no government experience.

Remembering The Jazz Greats Who Died In 2016

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 12:44pm

Critic Kevin Whitehead remembers the jazz notables who died this year, including singers Ernestine Anderson and Kay Starr, saxophonist Gato Barbieri and pianist Connie Crothers, among others.

Mike Mills Grapples With His Mother's 'Tricky Ghost' In '20th Century Women'

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 2:02pm

The director's latest film is inspired by his desire to understand his mother. Set in Santa Barbara in 1979, it stars Annette Bening as a woman struggling to raise her teenage son on her own.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Nicole Maines; Sober For The Holidays; Novelist Maria Semple

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:00am

Transgender activist Maines stars in a new HBO documentary. Sarah Hepola struggles to get through the holiday season without alcohol. Semple's new comic novel is about a stressed-out wife and mother.

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Trevor Noah Says He Grew Up 'In The Shadow Of A Giant' (His Mom)

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 12:28pm

The Daily Show host revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, Born a Crime. Originally broadcast Nov. 22, 2016.

'Rogue One' Wows With Fresh Special Effects And A Multinational Cast

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 12:28pm

The nefarious Empire is building a giant weapon in the latest installment of the Star Wars saga. Critic David Edelstein says though Rogue One is part of a series, it also works as a stand-alone film.

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