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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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Batman Takes On Superman In A Dour, Bombastic 'Dawn Of Justice'

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:31pm

Director Zack Snyder layers subplot on top of subplot in his film of battling superheroes. Critic David Edelstein says Batman v. Superman is full of fragments and teases, and overall, "just awful."

The Mind-Boggling Story Of Our Arcane And Convoluted 'Primary Politics'

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 12:17pm

Author Elaine Kamarck explains superdelegates, the difference between caucuses and primaries, what happens in a brokered convention and how the rules of primaries can sometimes change.

Mysterious Keys Unlock Surreal Landscapes In 'What Is Yours Is Not Yours'

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:41am

Book critic Maureen Corrigan says each of the "nouveau Gothic" stories in Helen Oyeyemi's new collection leaves a deep impression — like a scar that stubbornly refuses to fade.

From Reagan's Cyber Plan To Apple Vs. FBI: 'Everything Is Up For Grabs'

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 2:46pm

Fred Kaplan, author of Dark Territory, traces the history of cyber defense into the current heated debate between the FBI and Apple over the encryption of the iPhone.

'Hollywood Hoofbeats' Chronicles The Horses That Captured Moviegoers' Hearts

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 12:31pm

Author Petrine Day Mitchum tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies that show business horses have been known to develop an actor's affection for the camera, often coming to life when the director says "action."

'No Orpheus' Revisits The Dreams And Passions Of An Aging Mother

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 12:31pm

When his mother was turning 90, music critic Lloyd Schwartz wrote poems that put her memories into verse. Composer Mohammed Fairouz set three of the poems to music on the new recording, No Orpheus.

For Actress Regina King, A Childhood Gig Launched A Career In Hollywood

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 12:31pm

King began acting professionally as a teen on the comedy show 227. Now she co-stars in the ABC series American Crime and in the HBO series The Leftovers. "I absolutely love acting," she says.

Fresh Air Weekend: Pen-Pal Passion Is Revived In Broadway's 'She Loves Me'

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 8:00am

A revival of the musical She Loves Me recently opened on Broadway. Director Scott Ellis and lyricist Sheldon Harnick (of Fiddler on the Roof fame) join Fresh Air. Originally published March 15, 2016.

Fresh Air Weekend: Why Fewer American Women Are Married Than Ever Before

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 8:00am

Rebecca Traister, author of All the Single Ladies, says the declining marriage rates among adult women reflect expanded choices available to women today. Originally broadcast March 1, 2016.

'Roots' Drummer Questlove On His Late Father Lee Andrews

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:38pm

Fifties doo-wop singer Lee Andrews died Wednesday. His son, musician Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, spoke about Andrews in this archival Fresh Air interview. Originally broadcast June 23, 2013.

'Krisha' Offers A Vivid, Unique Portrait Of Family Dysfunction

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:38pm

Writer-director Trey Edward Shults cast his own family in his home-for-Thanksgiving psychodrama. Reviewer David Edelstein says Krisha "marks the arrival of a truly adventurous, humanist filmmaker."

At 83, 'Songwriter-Singer' Loretta Lynn Comes 'Full Circle'

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:38pm

The country music legend's new album mixes original material with interpretations of country classics. Reviewer Ken Tucker says the record shows a vulnerability that is somewhat new to Lynn's music.

'Singing Was Easy': 'Mountain Girl' Loretta Lynn Looks Back On Life And Music

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:38pm

Married at 13, Lynn went on to become a country music star. Now, the new PBS documentary Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl recounts Lynn's musical journey. Originally broadcast Nov. 10, 2010.

A Father Protects His Mysterious Son From Authorities In 'Midnight Special'

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 6:00am

Director Jeff Nichols' new film centers on an 8-year-old boy who may or may not have special powers. Reviewer Justin Chang says Midnight Special is "a road movie that never stops moving forward."

'The Complete Them' Showcases Van Morrison Before He Went Solo

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 12:14pm

A new release by Legacy revisits the hits of Them, the band George Ivan Morrison played in before he became Van Morrison. Ed Ward remembers the band's brief existence.

Opening The Books On Donald Trump's Business Deals In Atlantic City

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 12:14pm

Washington Post reporter Robert O'Harrow dissects Trump's acquisition of the Taj Mahal casino/hotel, which went into bankruptcy a year after it opened.

Ortiz's 'Hidden Voices' Mixes Cuban Strains With Modern Jazz

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:14pm

Pianist Aruán Ortiz grew up in Cuba and lived in Spain a few years before moving to the US in 2002. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Ortiz's new trio music is fully bilingual.

'Putin Country' Offers A Glimpse Inside 'Real' Russia

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:14pm

Veteran foreign correspondent Anne Garrels takes us deep inside Russia, where citizens struggle with a shaky economy and widespread corruption, but seem supportive of their controversial president.

Men Are Momentary, But Art Is Forever In 'Innocents And Others'

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 12:18pm

Dana Spiotta's new novel centers on a friendship between two female filmmakers. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an uncanny work, whose characters and ideas linger "long after the story is over."

Pen-Pal Passion Is Revived In Broadway's 'She Loves Me'

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 12:18pm

A revival of the 1963 musical She Loves Me opens Thursday on Broadway. Director Scott Ellis and lyricist Sheldon Harnick (whose Fiddler on the Roof is also back on Broadway) join Fresh Air.

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