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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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An Emotional Storm Breaks In Paradise In 'A Bigger Splash'

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 1:02pm

An aging rock star's respite in the Mediterranean is interrupted by an old lover in A Bigger Splash. John Powers calls the film, which stars Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes, a "gripping slow-burn."

The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:45pm

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation and disease risk — but that environment also matters. His new book is The Gene.

Fresh Air Weekend: Richard Russo; Dan Clowes; The Cultural History Of Pit Bulls

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 8:00am

Russo discusses his new novel, Everyone's Fool. Cartoonist Dan Clowes talks about time travel and giving readers their money's worth. Bronwen Dickey explores the history of America's most feared dog.

Remembering Michael S. Harper, A Poet With An Ear For Jazz

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:58pm

Harper, who died Saturday, was known for his jazz-influenced poems. His first volume of poetry, Dear John, Dear Coltrane, was nominated for a National Book Award in 1978. Originally broadcast in 2000.

Jane Austen's 'Love & Friendship' Comes To Screen, And It's An Absolute Treat

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:58pm

An impoverished widow has designs on a married lord — and a plans for her own teenage daughter — in Whit Stillman's adaptation of the Austen novella, Lady Susan. Critic David Edelstein has a review.

Baltimore Author Discusses 'Living (And Dying) While Black'

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:58pm

Author D. Watkins says that crack destroyed his East Baltimore neighborhood, and he explains how the real day-to-day of selling drugs is nothing like the movies. Originally broadcast Oct. 1, 2015.

Actor Gary Cole On 'Veep' And Why 'Office Space' Endures

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:22pm

The actor, who plays a political consultant on Veep, tells Fresh Air he landed his first major TV role only after a number of other actors turned it down. "It was very, very fluke-ish," Cole says.

Cartoonist Daniel Clowes On Time Travel And Giving Readers Their Money's Worth

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:22pm

At 55, Clowes is one of the most influential artists in the independent comics world. His latest book, Patience, uses time travel to look at the ways random events can set a life on a new path.

Is America Engaged In A 'Vicious Cycle' Of Jailing The Poor?

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:25pm

There are almost 12 million admissions to local jails each year in the United States. Activist Nancy Fishman says that most of those jailed are poor people who are being held for low-level offenses.

Car Seat Headrest Is Gloriously Morose In 'Teens of Denial'

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:25pm

Will Toledo, the singer-songwriter who performs under the name Car Seat Headrest, is ambitious and passionate on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the record will make you want to sing along.

How Soul Great Clarence Carter Put Fame Records On The Map

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Carter's influence on pop and soul predates his best-known hit, "Patches," and is still felt today. Rock historian Ed Ward revisits the early career and the lasting impact of the expert songwriter.

A Dying Coal Town Falls Into 'Fracking Frenzy' In 'Heat & Light'

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Jennifer Haigh's new novel explores the fallout of the natural gas boom in a small Pennsylvania town. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Heat & Light an "exquisitely designed, semi-satirical social novel."

Friend Or Fiend? 'Pit Bull' Explores The History Of America's Most Feared Dog

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Author Bronwen Dickey says the idea of pit bulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation. In the early Hollywood era, Dickey says, the dogs were often chosen to appear in comedies.

7 Years Later, 'Good Wife' Ends As It Began: With Betrayal And Uncertainty

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:17pm

TV critic David Bianculli discusses the final episode of the CBS drama and the legacy of the show as a whole. "The Good Wife managed to be one of TV's best series for its entire run," he says.

Richard Russo Returns To North Bath, NY, In 'Everybody's Fool'

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:17pm

The Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Empire Falls says his characters are inspired by his parents' working-class World War II generation. Russo's new novel is set in a small town in upstate New York.

Fresh Air Weekend: A Personal History Of L.A. Punk; Comic Jerrod Carmichael

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 8:00am

John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of X discuss punk's early days. Jerrod Carmichael says that the complicated family debates on his NBC comedy series are inspired by real life.

Power Trio Mixes Old And New, And The Result Is 'Perfection'

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 2:40pm

Jazz stars David Murray, Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington first played together last year in New York. Now they come together with the new album, Perfection. Critic Kevin Whitehead has a review.

Superheroes Engage In All Out 'Civil War' In The Latest 'Captain America' Film

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 2:40pm

The new movie from Marvel Studios features almost all the members of the Avengers superhero collective. Critic David Edelstein calls it an irresistible hodgepodge of special effects and superheroes.

After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 2:40pm

"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," retired police officer Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." Originally broadcast April 21, 2015.

Beyoncé Is 'At The Height Of Her Powers' In 'Lemonade'

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:37pm

The pop star's latest release extols the potency of black womanhood in the roles of mother, wife, lover and artist. Rock critic Ken Tucker calls Lemonade a feat of "invention and imagination."

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