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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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Fresh Air Remembers Artist William Christenberry, Chronicler Of The Rural South

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:19pm

Christenberry, who died on Monday, drew on his childhood experiences in Alabama. One of his pieces was inspired by an encounter he had with a Klansman. Originally broadcast in 1997.

'Jackie' Captures The Brittle Sadness Of A First Lady In Mourning

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:19pm

A new biopic takes audiences into the White House in the days following JFK's assassination in Dallas. Critic David Edelstein says Jackie conveys both the shyness and slyness of Jacqueline Kennedy.

Mary Halvorson Leaves Some Room For Weirdness In 'Away With You'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 2:30pm

Halvorson, a prolific jazz guitarist, plays with harmonies and melodies as she leads an eight-piece band on her new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead calls Away With You "richer than ever."

Journalist On Trump's Potential Conflicts Of Interest: 'They're Everywhere'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 2:18pm

The New York Times' Eric Lipton says that Donald Trump could take actions as president that would benefit his business holdings. But Lipton doubts congressional Republicans would probe such conflicts.

'Manchester By The Sea' Director Probes The Drama And Humor Of Grief

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 1:24pm

Kenneth Lonergan's new film is about a janitor, crippled by guilt and grief, who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother.

2 New Works Confront The Refugee Crisis With Empathy And Humanity

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 1:24pm

Critic John Powers discusses the Italian documentary, Fire at Sea, and the novel, These Are the Names. The works take very different — but nonetheless poignant — approaches to the refugee situation.

LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones: 'I'm Well Aware How Fragile Life Is'

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 2:09pm

Jones became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination, and he lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He says, "There are some days when it is so painful that I really can barely function."

Heart-Stopping Production Numbers Make Up For A Thin Plot In 'An American In Paris'

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 1:54pm

The new Broadway musical was inspired by the hit 1951 Hollywood musical starring Gene Kelly, with music by George Gershwin. Critic Lloyd Schwartz explains why he hopes a lot of people see the show.

Carrie Fisher Opens Up About 'Star Wars,' The Gold Bikini And Her On-Set Affair

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 1:42pm

In her new memoir, The Princess Diarist, Fisher looks back on playing Princess Leia when she was 19 and reflects on her romantic involvement with her older, married co-star, Harrison Ford.

Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist Zadie Smith; 'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 8:00am

Smith's latest book, Swing Time, tells the story of two girls who dream of being dancers. The Daily Show host revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, Born a Crime.

Remembering Leonard Cohen, Singer, Songwriter and Poet

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 8:00am

Before he died earlier this month, Cohen released a new album with songs that wrestled with mortality, transcendence and the question of God — themes he touched on in this 2006 Fresh Air interview.

Ray Charles: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 8:00am

Charles was nicknamed "The Genius," not just for his great singing and piano playing, but also for his producing, arranging and choice of songs. Originally broadcast in 1998.

Johnny Cash: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 8:00am

After recording hits in the '50s and '60s, Cash's career cooled down. Then, a '94 collaboration with producer Rick Rubin transformed the former country star into an icon. Originally broadcast in 1997.

Michael Chabon's 'Moonglow' Shines With Insight And Fantastic Storytelling

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 12:41pm

Chabon's new novel is a collection of stories in which a dying grandfather tells the secrets of his life to his grandson. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Moonglow "violent and very funny."

Remembering Sharon Jones, Soul Singer And Consummate Performer

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 12:41pm

The energetic lead singer for The Dap-Kings spoke to Fresh Air in '07 and again in '16, after she'd been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. "I want to perform," she said in July. Jones died on Nov. 18.

Trevor Noah Says He Grew Up 'In The Shadow Of A Giant' (His Mom)

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 1:24pm

The Daily Show host revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, Born a Crime. Noah says writing the book helped him see that his mother was the real hero of his story.

Novelist Zadie Smith On Historical Nostalgia And The Nature Of Talent

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 1:18pm

Her new book, Swing Time, tells the story of two girls who dream of being dancers, but only one has the talent to do so. Smith says talent is the most unfair of gifts; you either have it or you don't.

Fresh Air Weekend: Francis Ford Coppola; Casey Affleck

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 8:00am

Coppola was 29 years old when he signed on to direct a The Godfather. He battled the studio in order to make the movie his way. Affleck discusses his latest film, Manchester by the Sea.

Rep. John Lewis Looks Back On The Struggle For Voting Rights

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:43pm

Lewis speaks of growing up in Alabama in this 2009 interview. At the time, there was a county whose population was 80 percent African American that didn't have a single registered black voter.

Bleak, Mournful 'Manchester By The Sea' Packs An Emotional Punch

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:43pm

Casey Affleck is a man returning to his hometown to bury his brother and reconnect with his teen nephew in Manchester by the Sea. Critic David Eldestein calls the film draining, but also worth seeing.

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