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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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Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 12:12pm

Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. Originally broadcast Feb. 9, 2016.

Billy Eichner Makes A Career Out Of Love/Hating Celebrity Culture

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 3:31pm

In his Billy on the Street series, Eichner roams the sidewalks of Manhattan, asking strangers open-ended questions about the entertainment industry. If he likes their answers, he gives them a dollar.

Eat, Don't Drink And Still Be Merry: Staying Sober Through The Holidays

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 1:10pm

Before she stopped drinking, Sarah Hepola relied on alcohol to get her through the holiday season. "What nobody mentions about all the holiday spirit is how much booze it requires," she says.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Times' Editor Dean Baquet; Megyn Kelly; The Best Books Of 2016

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 8:00am

Dean Baquet of The New York Times talks about covering Donald Trump. Fox News host Kelly discusses Trump's "de-legitimization" of the media. Critic Maureen Corrigan presents the 10 best books of '16.

Singer Allyson Seconds Revitalizes Power-Pop On 'Little World'

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:27pm

The second album by the California-based singer features an optimism often associated with West Coast pop. Critic Ken Tucker says Little World creates an "alternate universe of the sunniest sounds."

Fantastically Stylized 'La La Land' Is A Musical Tour-De-Force

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:27pm

A jazz keyboardist and an aspiring actress fall in love in Damien Chazelle's new romantic musical. Critic David Edelstein says La La Land features thrilling chemistry and magical music numbers.

Remembering Grant Tinker, 'Mary Tyler Moore' Producer And NBC Chair

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:27pm

David Bianculli offers an appreciation of Tinker, who died last month. Also, we listen to a Fresh Air interview with Tinker from 1994, and an interview with Tinker's wife, Mary Tyler Moore, from 1995.

'New York Times' Executive Editor On The New Terrain Of Covering Trump

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 10:33am

Dean Baquet talks about covering tweets as news, his decision to use the word "lie" in a headline about Trump and why he's not worried about libel suits from the new president.

The 10 Best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 10:30am

Book critic Maureen Corrigan says that if there's one word that characterizes her list this year, it's "serious." These books certainly aren't grim or dull, but they take on big, difficult subjects.

Megyn Kelly On Trump And The Media: 'We're In A Dangerous Phase Right Now'

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 10:27am

The Fox News host tells Fresh Air that she worries about Trump's "de-legitimization" of the media. "Too many millions of Americans aren't listening at all to what the press tells them," Kelly says.

Miranda Lambert Mixes Assertiveness With Vulnerability On Her New Record

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 4:42pm

Lambert's new release features 24 songs on 2 CDs. Critic Ken Tucker calls The Weight of These Wings a collection that "keeps on giving the deeper you get into it."

11 Transgender Americans Share Their Stories In HBO's 'The Trans List'

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 4:42pm

Nicole Maines and Kylar Broadus are both featured in the new HBO documentary. "We all come out publicly," Broadus says. "There is no hidden way to come out as a trans person."

Fresh Air Weekend: Carrie Fisher; Michael Chabon's 'Moonglow'; Activist Cleve Jones

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 8:00am

Fisher, who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, talks about the affair she had with her older, married co-star. Maureen Corrigan reviews Chabon's Moonglow. Jones discusses the gay rights movement.

Fresh Air Remembers Country Superstar Charlie Rich

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:19pm

Rich, who died in 1995, was known for "countrypolitan" music, which featured orchestral arrangements and backup singers. A new Rich tribute album has just been released. Originally broadcast in 1992.

Fresh Air Remembers Artist William Christenberry, Chronicler Of The Rural South

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:19pm

Christenberry, who died on Monday, drew on his childhood experiences in Alabama. One of his pieces was inspired by an encounter he had with a Klansman. Originally broadcast in 1997.

'Jackie' Captures The Brittle Sadness Of A First Lady In Mourning

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:19pm

A new biopic takes audiences into the White House in the days following JFK's assassination in Dallas. Critic David Edelstein says Jackie conveys both the shyness and slyness of Jacqueline Kennedy.

Mary Halvorson Leaves Some Room For Weirdness In 'Away With You'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 2:30pm

Halvorson, a prolific jazz guitarist, plays with harmonies and melodies as she leads an eight-piece band on her new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead calls Away With You "richer than ever."

Journalist On Trump's Potential Conflicts Of Interest: 'They're Everywhere'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 2:18pm

The New York Times' Eric Lipton says that Donald Trump could take actions as president that would benefit his business holdings. But Lipton doubts congressional Republicans would probe such conflicts.

'Manchester By The Sea' Director Probes The Drama And Humor Of Grief

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 1:24pm

Kenneth Lonergan's new film is about a janitor, crippled by guilt and grief, who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother.

2 New Works Confront The Refugee Crisis With Empathy And Humanity

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 1:24pm

Critic John Powers discusses the Italian documentary, Fire at Sea, and the novel, These Are the Names. The works take very different — but nonetheless poignant — approaches to the refugee situation.

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