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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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Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Big Band Pianist Jay McShann

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 1:20pm

A native of Oklahoma, McShann came to Kansas City, Mo., in 1937, when it was the capital for boogie-woogie, blues and swing. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1987, and also played a few songs in the studio.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Jazz Singer Anita O'Day

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 1:20pm

O'Day first became known in 1941 when she joined Gene Krupa's band. Later, she later sang with Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman and many other small groups. Originally broadcast in 1987.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Drummer And Composer Max Roach

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 1:20pm

Considered one of the inventors of modern jazz drumming, Roach helped formulate the language of bebop, along with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Remembering Horror Film Director Tobe Hooper

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:37pm

Hooper, who died Saturday, wrote and directed the 1974 cult classic film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which helped inspire a wave of slasher films that followed. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist John Updike

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:37pm

Over the course of his decades-long career, Updike authored more than 25 novels, including the Rabbit series. He also penned short stories, poems, essays and a memoir. Originally broadcast in 1989.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Writer/Director Paul Schrader

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:37pm

Schrader wrote the screenplays for Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ, and wrote and directed Blue Collar. He spoke in 1988 about his religious upbringing and his work in film.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Singer Otis Williams, Founder Of The Temptations

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:23pm

Williams started the famed harmony group, whose hits included "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg." Later he kept The Temptations together after its lead singers left. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Soul Singer Ben E. King

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:23pm

King began his career in the '50s with The Drifters, but it was the '61 hit "Stand by Me" that sealed his musical legacy. He spoke with Terry Gross in '88 about his career and his childhood in Harlem.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Ronnie Spector, Lead Singer Of The Ronettes

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:23pm

Spector, who spoke to Terry Gross in 1988, was part of the 1960s girl group that gave us "Be My Baby." She left the music business for a number of years before returning to recording in the 1970s.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Prolific Filmmaker Sidney Lumet

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 1:22pm

The Dog Day Afternoon director spoke to Terry Gross in 1988 about his career, which spanned more than five decades and included credits for acting, directing, screenwriting and producing.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': The Kirk Douglas Interview

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 1:22pm

One of Hollywood's biggest stars of the 1950s and '60s, Douglas went on to run his own production company. His film credits include Spartacus and Lust for Life. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Filmmaker And Theater Legend Elia Kazan

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 1:22pm

Kazan, whose film credits include Streetcar Named Desire and On The Waterfront, spoke in 1988 about directing Marlon Brando and his 1952 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Fresh Air Weekend: Capturing The Unabomber; 'Sour Heart'; Comic Bridget Everett

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 8:00am

FBI profiler James R. Fitzgerald explains how linguistic work led helped unmask the Unabomber. Maureen Corrigan reviews Jenny Zhang's debut story collection. Everett discusses her work in Patti Cake$.

(Image credit: John Youngbear/Associated Press)

Celebrating 30 Years Of Fresh Air: Oscar-Winning Actress Patty Duke

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:54pm

Duke grew up in the public eye, playing Helen Keller in the stage and screen versions of The Miracle Worker. Later she starred in her own TV sitcom, The Patty Duke Show. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Celebrating 30 Years Of Fresh Air: Brazilian Composer Antônio Carlos Jobim

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:54pm

In 1988, Terry Gross spoke with Jobim, who wrote "The Girl from Ipanema," one of the songs that started the Bossa nova craze in the United States. Jobim died in 1994.

Celebrating 30 Years Of Fresh Air: The Carl Reiner Interview

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:54pm

Reiner spoke to Terry Gross in 1988 about how his experiences working backstage in Hollywood inspired him to create the classic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show.

A Retired Marine And A Photojournalist Confront War's 'Invisible Injuries'

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:16pm

Marine Sgt. TJ Brennan suffered from memory loss after being injured by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2010. Finbarr O'Reilly captured the event on film. Now the two men have written a memoir.

(Image credit: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters/Viking)

A Coney Island Teen Struggles To Come To Terms With His Sexuality In 'Beach Rats'

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 2:31pm

Eliza Hittman's second film focuses on a repressed gay teenager living in a culture of intense sexual exhibitionism. Critic David Edelstein calls Beach Rats "feverish and gripping."

Armed Militias Face Off With The 'Antifa' In The New Landscape Of Political Protest

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 1:23pm

Mark Pitcavage of the Anti-Defamation League says that the militia movement has created a conspiracy theory about the anti-fascist protesters, saying they're domestic terrorists backed by George Soros

Pianist Vijay Iyer Combines Complicated Rhythms With Modern Style On 'Far From Over'

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 1:23pm

Iyer studied physics and mathematics before becoming a professional musician in the 1990s. He composes music for an ensemble of interdisciplinary composers and jazz academics on his new album.

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