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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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Remembering George Romero, A Filmmaker Who Brought The Dead To Life

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:56pm

Romero was known for graphic horror films like Night of the Living Dead, which showed corpses rising up to feast on the living. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1988.

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How Black Leaders Unwittingly Contributed To The Era Of Mass Incarceration

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:20pm

James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community.

Jet-Setting Vacationers Find Trouble In Paradise In 'Beautiful Animals'

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:20pm

Two entitled young women vacationing on a chic Greek island get involved with a mysterious stranger in Lawrence Osborne's new novel. Critic John Powers calls it a "seductively menacing new thriller."

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Fresh Air Weekend: The Love Story Behind 'The Big Sick'; Life After Ballet

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 8:00am

Comic Kumail Nanjiani remembers the first time he thought of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon: when he saw her in a coma. Ballerina Wendy Whelan fought to retire on her own terms.

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'Lady Macbeth' Is An Icy British Psychodrama About Power And Abuse

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:13pm

Director William Oldroyd's new film is set in late 19th-century England, where a young woman, forced to marry an abrasive older man, engages in an affair with a ruffian servant.

'Ode To Billie Joe' Was A Surprise Hit That Prompted Dozens Of Jazz Versions

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:13pm

Fifty years ago, singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry released a song that described a slice of life in rural Mississippi. Critic Kevin Whitehead shares a few of the jazz covers that followed.

'Schumer' Writer Jessi Klein On Barbies, Ageism And Pumping At The Emmys

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:13pm

Klein won an Emmy in 2015 for her work on Inside Amy Schumer. Her book, You'll Grow Out of It, is a collection of humorous personal essays. Originally broadcast July 12, 2016.

Documentary Reveals The 'Dirty Tricks' Of One Of Trump's Closest Political Advisers

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:15pm

Morgan Pehme co-directed the new Netflix documentary, Get Me Roger Stone, about the political operative who spent three decades trying to convince Donald Trump to run for president.

'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Offers A Masterful Vision Of Humanity's Many Forms

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:15pm

There's nothing pretentious or inflated about the latest Planet of the Apes film. Rather, it's a suspense-driven movie in which it's "impossible not to root for these brave and beautiful apes."

American Popular Song Series: Jerome Kern

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:50am

This Christmas week we rebroadcast our series on American popular song. This one profiles composer Jerome Kern.

How A Medically Induced Coma Led To Love, Marriage And 'The Big Sick'

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 1:40pm

Comic Kumail Nanjiani remembers the first time he thought of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon: when he saw her in a coma. Now the couple has co-written a romantic comedy based on their story.

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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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