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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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Sensing Chaos, Russia Takes A 'Wait-And-See' Approach To Trump

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 4:07pm

David Remnick and Evan Osnos of The New Yorker say Russia was caught off guard by Trump's election. "Nobody expected, frankly, that [he] was going to win," Osnos says.

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A Fatal Hit-And-Run Leads To A Collision Of Cultures In 'Waking Lions'

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 1:09pm

A doctor is forced into secret medical service in Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's new novel. Maureen Corrigan calls it "a psychological suspense tale mashed with a social novel about the refugee crisis."

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'River On Fire' Explores Genius, Madness And The Poetry Of Robert Lowell

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:45pm

Kay Redfield Jamison's new book describes how Lowell's manic-depressive illness influenced his life and work. "His manias tended to lead him into writing a fresh kind of poetry," she says.

Alto Saxophonist Miguel Zenón Evokes Folkloric Melodies On 'Típico'

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:45pm

The Puerto Rican jazz musician leads his long-running quartet on his new album. Critic Kevin Whitead says Típico is full of "feverishly intricate music that ... comes from the heart."

New 'Chimes At Midnight' DVD Recalls Orson Welles' Autobiographical Turn As Falstaff

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:45pm

Welles moved Shakespeare's mostly peripheral character to the center of this 1965 film. Critic Lloyd Schwartz says the performance "may be the most profound moment of Welles' entire film career."

Remembering Actor Bill Paxton, Of 'A Simple Plan' And 'Twister' Fame

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 1:20pm

Paxton, who died Saturday due to complications with surgery, appeared in the TV series Big Love, as well as in blockbuster films like Titanic, Aliens and Apollo 13. Originally broadcast in 2002.

Photographer Builds A 'Photo Ark' For 6,500 Animal Species And Counting

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:52pm

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to document every captive animal species in the world. He talks about getting an arctic fox to hold still, and Photoshopping out poop.

(Image credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic)

Fresh Air Weekend: Neal Brennan; 'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters'; 'High Noon'

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 8:00am

Chappelle's Show co-creator Brennan discusses his special, 3 Mics. Critic John Powers reviews Emil Ferris' graphic novel debut. Glenn Frankel links the film High Noon to the Hollywood blacklist era.

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'Get Out' Mixes Satire, Race And Horror, And The Result Is A Scream

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:38pm

A young white woman brings her black boyfriend home to meet her parents in director Jordan Peele's first feature film. Critic David Edelstein says Get Out is a comic thriller worth seeing.

Mike Mills Grapples With His Mother's 'Tricky Ghost' In '20th Century Women'

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:38pm

The director has been nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay about a woman figuring out how to raise her teenage son on her own. Originally broadcast Dec. 19, 2016.

For Film's Creators, 'Moonlight' Provided Space To Explore A Painful Past

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:38pm

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their childhood experiences in making Moonlight, which has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. Originally broadcast Oct. 19, 2016.

'Chappelle's Show' Co-Creator Moves Into The Limelight With '3 Mics'

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 1:38pm

After the abrupt ending of Chappelle's Show, Neal Brennan turned to stand-up. "I needed to be more self-determining, and the most self-determining thing you can do in comedy is stand-up," he says.

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Journalist: Trump Is 'Openly Dismissive' Of The Intelligence World

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:00pm

Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times says that when it comes to national security, President Trump "doesn't trust the civilian national security establishment and they don't trust him."

'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters' Is A Dazzling, Graphic Novel Tour-De-Force

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:44am

Set amid the political swirl of late '60s Chicago, Emil Ferris' graphic novel debut reflects on race, class, gender and the holocaust. Critic John Powers says readers won't want to put it down.

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What A Classic '50s Western Can Teach Us About The Hollywood Blacklist

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 1:58pm

Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film High Noon was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. "People ... felt they want to get their country back," Frankel says.

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An Irish Immigrant Fights On The Great Plains In 'Days Without End'

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:51pm

The protagonist of Sebastian Barry's new novel is conscripted right off the boat as the price of American citizenship. Eventually he finds love and companionship with one of his fellow soldiers.

Uncovering Presidential Secrets, From Washington To Trump

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:51pm

Author Mary Graham discusses the confidences that presidents keep. When it comes to President Trump, she says: "I think we're seeing that it's not possible to keep policies secret in the digital age."

Fresh Air Weekend: Actor Mahershala Ali; James Baldwin; Director Raoul Peck

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 8:00am

Ali discusses his Oscar-nominated performance as a drug dealer in Moonlight. Director Raoul Peck discusses I am Not Your Negro, his documentary about civil rights era writer James Baldwin.

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Remembering Barbara Carroll, The 'First Lady Of Jazz Piano'

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:03pm

Carroll, who died Sunday, started recording in the late 1940s, when female jazz musicians were still considered a novelty. Originally broadcast in 2003.

'The Great Wall' Stands As A Monument To Absurd CGI Clutter

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:03pm

Matt Damon plays an accomplished bow-and-arrow warrior in ancient China in his latest film. Critic David Edelstein says The Great Wall is "lavishly ... terrible."

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