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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 Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor And Nobel Peace Laureate

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:16pm

Wiesel, who died July 2, was one of the first survivors to devote his life to bearing witness to the Holocaust. He was the author of many books, including Night. Originally broadcast in 1988.

A Boy With Autism Makes Connections Through Cartoons In 'Life, Animated'

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:16pm

A new documentary tells the story of Owen Suskind, a boy with autism whose love of Disney helps him navigate the world. David Edelstein calls Life, Animated "heartbreaking and exhilarating."

HBO's 'The Night Of' Is Riveting From The Very First Frame

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:16pm

The eight-part drama series centers on a college student who is suspected of murder after an adventurous night out. Critic David Bianculli says "everything about The Night Of is quite impressive."

Comic Jim Gaffigan On Stand-Up, Faith And Raising Five Kids

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:16pm

The Catholic stand-up comic says faith is a central part of his humor. He stars in the TV Land series, The Jim Gaffigan Show. Originally broadcast Sept. 24, 2015.

'Underground Airlines' Is An Extraordinary Work Of Alternate History

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 3:17pm

In his new novel, Ben H. Winters imagines that the Civil War never happened and that slavery is still legal in some states. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Underground Airlines is "one suspenseful tale."

'Unbroken Brain' Explains Why 'Tough' Treatment Doesn't Help Drug Addicts

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 1:21pm

"We have this idea that if we are just cruel enough and mean enough ... to people with addiction, that they will suddenly wake up and stop, and that is not the case," journalist Maia Szalavitz says.

'Eleanor Amplified,' An Adventure Podcast For The Whole Family

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:45pm

Fresh Air producer John Sheehan discusses The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified, a new comic podcast for kids featuring an intrepid radio reporter who foils plots and outwits crafty villains.

Tracing The 'Rise Of The Judicial Right' To Warren Burger's Supreme Court

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:45pm

Burger served as chief justice of the Supreme Court from 1969 until 1986. Linda Greenhouse, author of The Burger Court, says those years helped establish the court's conservative legal foundation.

From 'Runt Of The Litter' To 'Liberal Icon,' The Story Of Robert Kennedy

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 1:23pm

Biographer Larry Tye says Kennedy wasn't always the "hot-blooded liberal" we remember today. The transformation wasn't a "flip flop" he says, "he took things to heart in ways that few politicians do."

A Tribute To The Late American Composer Eubie Blake

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 8:00am

Blake's music is featured in the Broadway revival, Shuffle Along. Our tribute features live performances of his songs and interviews with pianist Dick Hyman, among others. Originally broadcast in '98.

Fresh Air Weekend: Broadway's Barbara Cook: The 'Vanishing Middle Class'; Matt Ross

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 8:00am

Cook says her first memories are of singing. Mat Johnson says it's all too easy to slide back economically in America. Silicon Valley actor Matt Ross moves off the grid with Captain Fantastic.

'BFG' Is A 'Delumptious' Pairing Of A Happy Child And A Radiant Old Soul

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:38pm

Steven Spielberg's latest movie is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 children's book about a big friendly giant. Critic David Edelstein says the BFG is "pure joy" — especially in its second half.

A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:38pm

John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of the band X discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. Originally broadcast May 2, 2016.

Maren Morris Mixes Country, Pop And Hip-Hop On 'Hero'

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:59pm

The singer-songwriter brings a fluid sense of musical boundaries to her first major-label album. Critic Ken Tucker says Hero features "very good, state-of-the-art pop country" music.

Remembering Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's First Guitarist And Manager

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:27pm

Moore, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, booked gigs for Presley during the early part of the musician's career. He later penned the memoir, That's Alright, Elvis. Originally broadcast in 1997.

Matt Ross Of 'Silicon Valley' Goes Off The Grid With 'Captain Fantastic'

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:27pm

Ross' new film, which he wrote and directed, is about a father living with his six children in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. "The movie is about choices we make, especially as parents," he says.

Jazz Legend Allen Toussaint's Touch And Timing Shine On His Last Record

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:13pm

The New Orleans-based musician completed recording his final album a month before he died last November. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead calls American Tunes a "fond last look" at Toussaint's talent.

How The FBI's Wiretaps And Sting Operation Failed To Stop The Orlando Shooter

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:13pm

New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau discusses the FBI's investigation of shooter Omar Mateen prior to the Orlando attack, as well as the bureau's broader efforts to pinpoint suspected terrorists.

'They May Not Mean To, But They Do' Is A Sparkling, Sad Family Affair

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:13pm

Cathleen Schine's new novel explores how one character's physical and mental decline ripples out to affect his whole family. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a mix of "fun and bad behavior."

Remembering Michael Herr, Whose 'Dispatches' Brought The War In Vietnam Home

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:55pm

Herr's 1977 book, Dispatches, was based on his time covering the Vietnam War. He also contributed to the films Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. Herr died last week. Originally broadcast in 1990.

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