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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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'Novitiate' Captures A Watershed Moment In The Life Of The Catholic Church

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:53pm

Margaret Betts' debut film centers on a young woman entering the convent at the beginning of the Vatican II reforms. Critic David Edelstein says Novitiate is a "terrific start" to Betts' career.

'Novitiate' Captures A Watershed Moment In The Life Of The Catholic Church

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:53pm

Margaret Betts' debut film centers on a young woman entering the convent at the beginning of the Vatican II reforms. Critic David Edelstein says Novitiate is a "terrific start" to Betts' career.

Who Says You Can't Train A Cat? A Book Of Tips For Feline-Human Harmony

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:53pm

Feline behavior specialist Sarah Ellis explains how you can train your kitty to come on command, take medicine and stop waking you up in the middle of the night. Originally broadcast Sept. 12, 2016.

'The Square' Skillfully Skewers The Pretensions Of The Modern Art World

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:20pm

Ruben Östlund's latest film is a satire set at a contemporary art museum in Stockholm. Reviewer Justin Chang says The Square invites viewers to laugh, empathize and recoil — sometimes all at once.

How 5 Tech Giants Have Become More Like Governments Than Companies

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:20pm

New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo warns that the "frightful five" — Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook — are collectively more powerful than many governments.

'Her Body and Other Parties' Charts Dark Territory With Enormous Style

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 1:01pm

The eight stories in Carmen Maria Machado's new collection feature women in extremis — physical danger, psychological meltdown, treacherous love or close encounters of a ghostly kind.

Journalist Chronicles Ordinary People Fighting Extremism In Africa

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 1:01pm

New Yorker writer Alexis Okeowo wanted to get past standard journalistic narratives of war and tragedy and show people as flawed, complicated individuals in her new book, A Moonless, Starless Sky.

Albums Featuring Drummer Tom Rainey Showcase 2 Styles Of Jazz Counterpoint

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 1:01pm

Rainey plays on Jason Stein's Lucille! as well as on his own quintet's record, Float Upstream. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the albums demonstrate the range and glory of jazz counterpoint.

In A Climate Of Fear, A Comedian Remembers What Makes Her Brave

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 1:14pm

A rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes made comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh uneasy about performing live. Then she remembered a childhood experience that helped her regain her footing.

Climate Change Journalist Warns: 'Mother Nature Is Playing By Different Rules Now'

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 1:00pm

Author Jeff Goodell says that American cities are under threat from extreme weather, rising sea levels and lax enforcement of environmental regulations. His new book is The Water Will Come.

'I Can't Breathe' Examines Modern Policing And The Life And Death Of Eric Garner

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 1:27pm

"The reality is that Eric Garner died at the hands of a police force and a criminal justice system that were designed entirely by white people, for the most part," says journalist Matt Taibbi.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist Amy Tan; 'Death In The Air'; Director Noah Baumbach

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 8:00am

Tan discusses her experiences with family and fate. Maureen Corrigan reviews Kate Winkler Dawson's book about London's Great Smog of 1952. Baumbach's new film mixes comedy with deep emotional pain.

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Nora Jane Struthers Is Hard-Headed About Being Open-Hearted On 'Champion'

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:21pm

The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has a new album that explores the joys of long-term commitment. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the collection is her most personal and accessible to date.

'Killing of a Sacred Deer' Is A Twisted Indictment Of White Male Privilege

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:21pm

A heart surgeon develops a strange relationship with a teenage boy in Yorgos Lanthimos' new film. Reviewer Justin Chang says The Killing of a Sacred Deer is an "unnervingly strange" horror movie.

Anthony Bourdain On 'Appetites,' Washing Dishes And The Food He Still Won't Eat

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:21pm

The TV host's new documentary is Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. In 2016, Bourdain spoke to Fresh Air about cooking for his young daughter: "If she's not happy, I'm not happy."

For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:34pm

"It starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have," Green says. His new novel, Turtles All The Way Down, is about a teenage girl with OCD.

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New Documentary Explores The Spectacular Failure Of 'The Dana Carvey Show'

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:33pm

In 1996, The Dana Carvey Show debuted -- then folded after producing only eight episodes. Critic David Bianculli says Hulu's Too Funny To Fail about the flop is entertaining from beginning to end.

Understanding Mike Pence And His Relationship To Trump: 'His Public Role Is Fawning'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:42pm

Though President Trump ran as an outsider, New Yorker writer Jane Mayer describes his vice president as "the connective tissue" between Trump and the billionaire donors in the Republican party.

'Death In The Air' Revisits 5 Days When London Was Choked By Poisonous Smog

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 1:41pm

Kate Winkler Dawson's new book chronicles The Great Smog of 1952, when moist air from the Gulf Stream stalled for days over London, mixing with poisonous gases and causing more than 12,000 deaths.

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'I Am Full Of Contradictions': Novelist Amy Tan On Fate And Family

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 1:19pm

In Where the Past Begins, Tan connects her experience with spirituality to that of her parents and grandmother. "I don't consider myself any religion," she says. " ... I have an amalgam of beliefs."

(Image credit: Courtesy of Amy Tan)




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