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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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Steve Bannon Sees #MeToo As An 'Existential Threat' To Trump, Journalist Says

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:36pm

Journalist Joshua Green describes the right-wing provocateur as a "very shrewd analyst of American politics." Right now, Green says, Bannon is particularly attuned to the #MeToo movement.

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A Stage-4 Cancer Patient Shares The Pain And Clarity Of Living 'Scan-To-Scan'

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 1:05pm

Religion scholar Kate Bowler used to believe God had a plan for her life. Then she was diagnosed with incurable colon cancer. "I really had to rethink what trust and hope looks like," she says.

Fresh Air Weekend: 17 Brushes With Death; 3 Harlem Renaissance Novels; Jordan Klepper

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 8:00am

Maggie O'Farrell recounts the multiple times she cheated death. Maureen Corrigan reviews a reprinting of work from the Harlem Renaissance. Klepper assumes an anti-fact persona on The Opposition.

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In 'POST-', Avowed Pessimist Jeff Rosenstock Surrenders To Creative Optimism

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:04pm

Critic Ken Tucker says he former ska/punk musician's new record is filled with "angry confusion," but Rosenstock also reveals himself as a singer-songwriter with a gift for delicate melodies.

Clint Eastwood Celebrates Old-Fashioned Heroism In 'The 15:17 To Paris'

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:04pm

In 2015, three Americans on a Paris-bound train stopped a terrorist attack in progress. Eastwood recreates the incident — and audaciously casts the real-life heroes as themselves — in his new film.

Remembering John Mahoney, The Tony Award-Winning Actor And 'Frasier' Star

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:04pm

Mahoney, who died Sunday, was born in Britain and didn't start acting until he was 37. He went on to appear in films like Say Anything and Barton Fink. Originally broadcast 1990.

Remembering Grateful Dead Lyricist And Internet Activist John Perry Barlow

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:04pm

Barlow, who died on Wednesday, was associated with the Grateful Dead since its early days. He went on to become a proponent of a free and open Internet. Originally broadcast in 1996.

With Closed-Circuit TV, Satellites And Phones, Millions Of Cameras Are Watching

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 1:27pm

Journalist Robert Draper writes in National Geographic that the proliferation of cameras focused on the public has led "to the point where we're expecting to be voyeur and exhibitionist 24/7."

Comic Jordan Klepper Assumes An Anti-Fact Persona On 'The Opposition'

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:22pm

Klepper delivers satirical commentaries from the point of view of a far-right conspiracy theorist on his Comedy Central show. He says his character "creates his own reality."

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'Self-Portrait With Boy' Explores The Narcissistic Ambition That Fuels Success

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:54am

An artist's photograph of a young boy's death leads to a terrible dilemma in Rachel Lyon's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book a "striking debut."

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After 16 Years, Afghanistan War Is 'At Best A Grinding Stalemate,' Journalist Says

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 1:18pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll warns that there is no end in sight to America's longest war: "Most of the generals ... say in public, 'There's no military solution to this war.'"

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'This Is What Happened' And 'Babylon Berlin' Deliver Thrills And Intrigue Aplenty

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 1:43pm

Critic John Powers says Mick Herron's latest novel sucks you in from the opening page, and a Netflix series imported from Germany is both fun and binge-able.

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After 17 Brushes With Death, A Writer Reflects On Coming 'Back From The Brink'

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:55pm

Maggie O'Farrell recounts the multiple times she cheated death in her memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am. "We're different people afterwards," she says. "These experiences always take up residence inside us."

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Fresh Air Weekend: A Former Neo-Nazi Helps Others Disengage; Girls Auto Clinic Owner

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 8:00am

Christian Picciolini used to belong to a violent, white power skinhead group; now he helps others disengage. Patrice Banks is a trained mechanic, and the owner of a garage that caters to women.

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Beguiling And Brutal, 'On Body And Soul' Centers On A Slaughterhouse Romance

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 1:18pm

Two lonely people working at a slaughterhouse connect in Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi's film. Reviewer Justin Chang says On Body and Soul is a genteel crowd pleaser that could have been edgier.

Director Dee Rees Explores Racism In Post-War Mississippi In 'Mudbound'

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 1:18pm

Mudbound follows two families — one white and one black — just before, during and after WWII. Rees' experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., informed her film. Originally broadcast Nov. 14, 2017.

Greta Gerwig Takes On Mother-Daughter Love (And Angst) In 'Lady Bird'

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 11:11am

"I don't know any woman who has a simple relationship with their mother or with their daughter," Gerwig says. Her film centers on a teen preparing to leave home. Originally broadcast Nov. 16, 2017.

Mueller's Reputation In Washington Is 'Stunningly Bipartisan,' Journalist Says

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 12:31pm

Author Garrett Graff discusses the special counsel in charge of the Trump/Russia investigation: "Bob Mueller is probably about as apolitical and nonpartisan a figure as you could find in Washington."

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In Paris Recording, Guitarist Wes Montgomery Shows His Head For Melody

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 1:11pm

A new reissue catches Montgomery's quartet on their 1965 European tour. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the compilations are elegant and complicated, and you can hear Coltrane's influence throughout.

Journalist Details Israel's 'Secret History' Of Targeted Assassinations

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 1:11pm

Ronen Bergman says that while Israel's shootings, poisonings, bombings and drone strikes against its perceived enemies were "tactical successes," they were also diplomatically harmful.




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