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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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High Spirited 'Patti Cake$' Dresses Its Cinderella Story In Dirty Jersey Drag

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 2:02pm

A hard-working aspiring rapper rises above her dead-end existence with the help of some supportive friends and her own irrepressible talent. Critic Justin Change says Patti Cake$ is irresistible.

'Sour Heart' Offers A Fierce, Fresh Take On The 'Hell' Of Coming To America

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:21am

The stories in Jenny Zhang's powerful debut collection center on the violent, sometimes disturbing experiences of young Chinese-American girls growing up in Queens, NY.

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'Cabaret Hurricane' Bridget Everett Moves To The Big Screen In 'Patti Cake$'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 2:30pm

The comic and cabaret performer says she's had audience members walk out of her raunchy live act. In her new film, she plays a washed-up local rock star whose daughter is an aspiring rap artist.

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In 'Columbus,' John Cho Reckons With His Own First-Generation Culture Clash

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:20pm

Cho, who moved to the U.S. from South Korea as a child, says the cultural distance his Columbus character feels towards his immigrant father was "an unwelcome reflection of my own life."

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In 'Defenders,' Netflix Enlists Marvel Superheroes In Quest For TV Domination

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:20pm

Netflix's plan was to take relatively minor or underused Marvel titles and heroes, and star them in their own season-long TV series. After that, they'd feature them together in an all-star team-up.

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In Trump's Government, The 'Regulated Have Become The Regulators'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:20pm

Eric Lipton of The New York Times says lobbyists now working for the government are leading a regulatory roll back that is benefiting the industries they used to represent.

Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 1:29pm

Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.

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Reissued 'Party Of One' Captures Nick Lowe At His Witty, Melodic Best

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 1:29pm

Six albums the British songwriter recorded between 1982 and 1990 are being reissued in remastered versions. Critic Ken Tucker singles out Party of One as being among Lowe's finest works.

The Bill Evans Trio Plays With Spontaneity And Grace On 'Another Time'

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 2:27pm

In 1968, jazz pianist Bill Evans led a trio with Jack DeJohnette and Eddie Gomez. They spent five weeks in Europe; a newly unearthed concert recording catches them live in a Dutch radio studio.

Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 2:25pm

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she'd been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the "Virginia State Colony," an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Perrotta; 'Lost In America'; The 'Battling' Kellogg Brothers

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 8:00am

Novelist Tom Perrotta explores the empty nest in Mrs. Fletcher. Albert Brooks' Lost in America proves a comedy for the ages. Howard Markel chronicles the family drama behind Kellogg's cereal.

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Remembering Broadway's Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:19pm

Cook, who starred in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, died on Tuesday. She spoke to Fresh Air in 2016 about her struggle with addiction and her second career as a cabaret singer.

Stylishly Gritty, This Chase Thriller Really Is A 'Good Time'

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:07am

Robert Pattinson plays an amateur crook who maneuvers from one hair-raising situation to another. It's a relentless chase thriller, a funny problem-solving exercise and an exhilarating mood piece.

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'Life Is Short': Aubrey Plaza Keeps Busy With 2 New Films And A TV Series

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:55pm

Plaza may be best known for Parks and Recreation, but she has several new projects in the works. She costarred in FX's Legion, and has two new films this summer, The Little Hours and Ingrid Goes West.

The Final Documents On JFK's Assassination Are Being Declassified

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:55pm

Politico's Philip Shenon says Oliver Stone's 1991 film JFK led to a law stating all documents about the Kennedy assassination must be released by October 2017. Three hundred new pages just came out.

A Physician Explores 'A Better Path' To The End Of Life

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 1:15pm

Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, author of Extreme Measures, discusses the ethics of using medical assistance to hasten death. Zitter is the subject of the Netflix documentary Extremis.

Remembering 'Rhinestone Cowboy' Glen Campbell

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 1:00pm

We revisit Campbell's 2008 interview on Fresh Air, where he talked about his childhood, his 1967 hit "Gentle on My Mind" and his battles with substance addiction.

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'What She Ate' Reveals The Plates And Palates Of 6 Notable Women

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:49pm

Laura Shapiro has likened her method of biographical research to "standing in line at the supermarket and peering into the other carts." Critic Maureen Corrigan says her resulting book is fascinating.

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TV Adaptation Of Stephen King's 'Mr. Mercedes' Is An Engaging Cat-And-Mouse Thriller

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:38pm

The 10-part series, available on DirecTV's Audience network, centers on a killer who uses his car as a murder weapon. TV critic David Bianculli says Mr. Mercedes draws you in and doesn't let go.

How The 'Battling' Kellogg Brothers Revolutionized American Breakfast

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:25pm

A century ago, two brothers took the world by storm with their mass-produced boxed cereal. Medical historian Howard Markel chronicles the contentious relationship between the creators of Corn Flakes.

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