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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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Is The Justice Department Shying Away From To Prosecuting Corporations?

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 1:28pm

ProPublica reporter Jesse Eisinger says that the government undermines the notion of equity and fails to deter crime when it allows large corporations to settle lawsuits by paying fines.

A Novelist Forces Himself To Press On After Losing 100 Pages In A Tech Glitch

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:12pm

Mat Johnson's recent hard-drive failure wasn't the first time he experienced data loss. This time, despite losing more work than ever before, he's less panicked: "I can write new words," he says.

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'Golden Hill' Recalls The Dark Alleys And Twisted Virtue Of 18th-Century NYC

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 1:17pm

Francis Spufford's historical novel is set in 1746 Lower Manhattan, a world of spies, thieves, card sharks and crooked bankers. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a "gorgeously crafted" work.

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From Injury To Recovery, A Ballerina Fought To Retire On Her Own Terms

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 1:17pm

Wendy Whelan feared she would never dance again after undergoing hip surgery. The documentary Restless Creature chronicles her recovery and final performance with the New York City Ballet.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Haroon Moghul; Chuck Berry's Final Recordings; 'Daring To Drive'

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 8:00am

Moghul's new memoir is How to Be a Muslim. Critic Ken Tucker says Berry's final recordings are forward thinking. Manal al-Sharif describes driving in Saudi Arabia as an act of civil disobedience.

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Breezy 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Offers A Trip Back To A Simpler Time

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 1:13pm

The fate of the planet isn't at stake in Marvel's latest Spider Man film. Instead, critic David Edelstein says the movie offers a "sublime melding of superhero gravity and high-school panic."

Jonathan Safran Foer On Marriage, Religion And Universal Balances

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 1:13pm

Safran Foer's latest novel, Here I Am, is told from the points of view of different members of a Jewish family. Originally broadcast Nov. 10, 2016.

Jens Lekman Infuses Love Songs With Transporting Metaphors On 'Life Will See You Now'

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 1:20pm

The Swedish singer-songwriter's new album owes more to pop, disco and hip-hop than it does to rock or folk. Critic Ken Tucker says Life Will See You Now is marked by a "transporting loveliness."

'How To Be A Muslim' Author On Being A Spokesperson For His Faith

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 1:20pm

"Professional Muslim" Haroon Moghul says, "Every time something bad happens you're called upon to apologize. ... Your entire identity is pegged to events in other parts of the world."

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The 'End Of Loyalty' And The Decline Of Good Jobs In America

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:11pm

Author Rick Wartzman says that jobs offering security, decent wages and good benefits are becoming harder to find, in part because of automation, globalization and the weakening of unions.

'Everything Is Up For Grabs': Life Inspires Art For 'Catastrophe' Co-Creator

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:11pm

Sharon Horgan isn't shy about borrowing from real life for her Amazon comedy series about relationships. "I am my own provider of material," she says.

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50 Years Later, Producer Remixes 'Sgt. Pepper' To 'Bring It Into The Modern World'

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 12:26pm

Giles Martin says he included outtakes and raw performances in the new box set to show "how human the making of Sgt. Pepper was." Originally broadcast June 1, 2017.

'Golden Hill' Recalls The Dark Alleys And Twisted Virtue Of 18th-Century NYC

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:50pm

Francis Spufford's latest novel is set in 1746 Lower Manhattan, a world of spies, thieves, card sharks and crooked bankers. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Golden Hill "intelligent and entertaining."

Rhiannon Giddens Speaks For The Silenced

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:50pm

Giddens' Freedom Highway is an exploration of African-American experiences, accompanied by an instrument with its own uniquely African-American story: the banjo. Originally broadcast May 11, 2017.

Despite A Strong Start, 'Modern Gods' Falls Short Of Its Promise

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:50pm

Critic Maureen Corrigan says Nick Laird's latest novel begins as a tale of two Irish sisters, but ultimately turns into "a lot of wild blather" about political and religious orthodoxies.

Fresh Air Weekend: Revisiting The Donner Party; 'Okja'; Reporting On Extremist Groups

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 8:00am

Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism. Justin Chang reviews the new film Okja. Journalist Souad Mekhennet's new memoir is I Was Told To Come Alone.

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Nigerian Drummer Tony Allen Revisits His Jazz Roots In A Salute To Art Blakey

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:18pm

Allen mixes African, European and American beats on his new album, A Tribute to Art Blakey. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the record showcases the way that musicians "bat ideas back and forth."

Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:18pm

After starring in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Originally broadcast June 27, 2016.

Sam Elliott On Career Longevity, Playing Tough And His Iconic Role In 'Lebowski'

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 2:05pm

Elliott says that being selective about the roles he takes has helped him maintain his acting career for nearly 50 years. He plays an aging actor with a stalled career in the new film, The Hero.

What Happens When The Heroin Epidemic Hits Small Town America?

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 2:05pm

West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the country. New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot interviewed addicts, their families and health professionals to understand why.

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