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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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'Risk' Is A Messy, Ambitious Portrait Of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:49am

Laura Poitras began filming the man known for cyber-releasing classified documents in 2011. Critic John Powers says the resulting documentary is an intimate take on an enigmatic rebel.

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Trump's Fitness To Serve Is 'Officially Part Of The Discussion In Congress'

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:22pm

New Yorker writer Evan Osnos discusses the likelihood that impeachment or the 25th Amendment will be used to remove Donald Trump from office.

A Salute To Filmmaker Jonathan Demme's Early TV Work

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 1:18pm

In 1982, Demme directed Who Am I This Time?, an hour-long comedy-drama for the PBS anthology series American Playhouse. TV critic David Bianculli says the show deserves to be remembered and watched.

A 'Forgotten History' Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:47am

Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were tantamount to a "state-sponsored system of segregation," in which people of color were purposely excluded from suburbs.

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For Richard Ford, Memoir Is A Chance To 'Tell The Unthinkable'

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:29pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist revisits the lives and deaths of his parents in his new memoir, Between Them. "As much as they loved me, an only child, they loved each other more," he says.

'Anything Is Possible' Explores The Unquiet Depths Of Ordinary Lives

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:29pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout explores class humiliation and loneliness in her new book. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Anything Is Possible is the work of a writer who is on her game.

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W. Kamau Bell's 'Awkward Thoughts' On Racism And Black Comedy

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 1:28pm

Feeling out of place is a fact of life for Bell, who describes himself as a "black and proud ... mama's boy." He celebrates his outsider status in the new memoir The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Veep' Executive Producer; 'Hourglass'; MLB's Rick Ankiel

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 8:00am

Producer Frank Rich says his HBO series is about the "craven desire for power." Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Dani Shapiro's new memoir. Ankiel talks about his unlikely baseball comeback.

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Listening Back To A 2009 Conversation With Director Jonathan Demme

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 1:22pm

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who died Wednesday, directed The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Married to the Mob and Stop Making Sense. We'll hear a clip of his 2009 conversation with Dave Davies.

Film Adaptation Of 'The Circle' Is Part Satire, Part Moralistic Melodrama

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:26pm

Emma Watson and Tom Hanks star in the remake of Dave Eggers' novel about a giant social media company. Critic David Edelstein says he found much of the acting overheated and the ending confusing.

Whose Side Was She On? 'American Heiress' Revisits Patty Hearst's Kidnapping

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:26pm

Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin says Hearst, who was abducted in 1974 and declared allegiance to her captors, "responded rationally to the circumstances." Originally broadcast Aug. 3, 2016.

Kendrick Lamar Extends His Vocal And Emotional Range On 'DAMN.'

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:52pm

Emotions like lust and love serve as metaphors for social and political struggles on Lamar's new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the music on DAMN. signals the artist's bold refusal to back down.

For 'New York Times' Obit Writers, 'Death Is Never Solicitous Of A Deadline'

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:52pm

Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox have written obituaries for thousands of people, ranging from heads of state to the inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch. They are featured in the new documentary Obit.

'Veep' Executive Producer On Making A Show About The 'Craven Desire For Power'

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:06pm

The HBO series is now in its sixth season. Producer Frank Rich also writes a column for New York magazine about the intersection of politics and popular culture.

Hulu's 'Handmaid's Tale' Delivers A Timely And Feminist Message

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:06pm

A new 10-part adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1986 novel stars Elisabeth Moss as a woman living in a totalitarian state. Critic David Bianculli says the miniseries depicts a bleak and haunting future.

Celebrating The Centennial Of Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:33pm

Fitzgerald, who died in 1996, had her first hits with Chick Webb's big band before going out on her own in the 1940s. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Fitzgerald at her best is as good as it gets.

Psychiatrist Recalls 'Heartbreak And Hope' On Bellevue's Prison Ward

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:44am

Dr. Elizabeth Ford treated mentally ill inmates in New York City for more than a decade. It was almost universal, she says, that they had suffered abuse or significant neglect as children.

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For Baseball's Rick Ankiel, Losing His Pitching Ability Led To An Unusual Comeback

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:42pm

Ankiel entered the major leagues in 1999 as a gifted pitcher, but one day suddenly lost that gift. He talks about his pitching demons, his troubled childhood and his way back to baseball.

'Hourglass' Exposes The Fissures That Develop In A Long-Term Marriage

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:41pm

Dani Shapiro's new memoir dramatizes the dizzying ways a lifetime passes, loops around, speeds up and sometimes seems to stand still. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an incisive and charged work.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Obama's White House; 'A Quiet Passion'; Updating The Dictionary

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 8:00am

Alyssa Mastromonaco talks about her years working in the West Wing. Justin Chang reviews Terence Davies' new film about Emily Dickinson. Kory Stamper explains how new words get into the dictionary.

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