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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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In Many Ways, Author Says, Spanish Civil War Was 'The First Battle Of WWII'

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:26pm

According to Adam Hochschild, about 2,800 Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War, and some were bombed by Nazis years before the U.S. entered World War II. His new book is Spain in Our Hearts.

'My Golden Days,' An Heir To French New Wave

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:26pm

Arnaud Desplechin's new film centers on the memories of a middle-aged Frenchman who returns to Paris after years of living abroad. Critic John Powers says My Golden Days is "achingly romantic."

Fresh Air Weekend: Michael Ian Black; Loretta Lynn's New Album; Regina King

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 8:00am

Michael Ian Black talks about masculinity, vanity and his new memoir. Ken Tucker reviews Loretta Lynn's new album, Full Circle. Regina King directs for television, but says "I absolutely love acting."

In 'Carol,' 2 Women Leap Into An Unlikely Love Affair

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 1:01pm

Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy and director Todd Haynes discuss their Oscar-nominated film based on Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel, The Price of Salt. Originally broadcast Jan. 6, 2016.

How Heartbreak Helped Garry Shandling Find His Comedic Voice

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 1:01pm

The comic, who died Thursday, told Fresh Air that it took him years to develop a style — and then he got dumped. "That was really the beginning of the Garry Shandling dating years in stand-up."

In 'Navel Gazing', Michael Ian Black Lays It All Out, Insecurities And All

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:33pm

"When I'm acting, I always imagine myself as looking totally different than the person that appears onscreen," Black says. The comic writes about family, masculinity and vanity in his new memoir.

Batman Takes On Superman In A Dour, Bombastic 'Dawn Of Justice'

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:31pm

Director Zack Snyder layers subplot on top of subplot in his film of battling superheroes. Critic David Edelstein says Batman v. Superman is full of fragments and teases, and overall, "just awful."

The Mind-Boggling Story Of Our Arcane And Convoluted 'Primary Politics'

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 12:17pm

Author Elaine Kamarck explains superdelegates, the difference between caucuses and primaries, what happens in a brokered convention and how the rules of primaries can sometimes change.

Mysterious Keys Unlock Surreal Landscapes In 'What Is Yours Is Not Yours'

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:41am

Book critic Maureen Corrigan says each of the "nouveau Gothic" stories in Helen Oyeyemi's new collection leaves a deep impression — like a scar that stubbornly refuses to fade.

From Reagan's Cyber Plan To Apple Vs. FBI: 'Everything Is Up For Grabs'

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 2:46pm

Fred Kaplan, author of Dark Territory, traces the history of cyber defense into the current heated debate between the FBI and Apple over the encryption of the iPhone.

'Hollywood Hoofbeats' Chronicles The Horses That Captured Moviegoers' Hearts

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 12:31pm

Author Petrine Day Mitchum tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies that show business horses have been known to develop an actor's affection for the camera, often coming to life when the director says "action."

'No Orpheus' Revisits The Dreams And Passions Of An Aging Mother

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 12:31pm

When his mother was turning 90, music critic Lloyd Schwartz wrote poems that put her memories into verse. Composer Mohammed Fairouz set three of the poems to music on the new recording, No Orpheus.

For Actress Regina King, A Childhood Gig Launched A Career In Hollywood

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 12:31pm

King began acting professionally as a teen on the comedy show 227. Now she co-stars in the ABC series American Crime and in the HBO series The Leftovers. "I absolutely love acting," she says.

Fresh Air Weekend: Pen-Pal Passion Is Revived In Broadway's 'She Loves Me'

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 8:00am

A revival of the musical She Loves Me recently opened on Broadway. Director Scott Ellis and lyricist Sheldon Harnick (of Fiddler on the Roof fame) join Fresh Air. Originally published March 15, 2016.

Fresh Air Weekend: Why Fewer American Women Are Married Than Ever Before

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 8:00am

Rebecca Traister, author of All the Single Ladies, says the declining marriage rates among adult women reflect expanded choices available to women today. Originally broadcast March 1, 2016.

'Roots' Drummer Questlove On His Late Father Lee Andrews

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:38pm

Fifties doo-wop singer Lee Andrews died Wednesday. His son, musician Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, spoke about Andrews in this archival Fresh Air interview. Originally broadcast June 23, 2013.

'Krisha' Offers A Vivid, Unique Portrait Of Family Dysfunction

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:38pm

Writer-director Trey Edward Shults cast his own family in his home-for-Thanksgiving psychodrama. Reviewer David Edelstein says Krisha "marks the arrival of a truly adventurous, humanist filmmaker."

At 83, 'Songwriter-Singer' Loretta Lynn Comes 'Full Circle'

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:38pm

The country music legend's new album mixes original material with interpretations of country classics. Reviewer Ken Tucker says the record shows a vulnerability that is somewhat new to Lynn's music.

'Singing Was Easy': 'Mountain Girl' Loretta Lynn Looks Back On Life And Music

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:38pm

Married at 13, Lynn went on to become a country music star. Now, the new PBS documentary Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl recounts Lynn's musical journey. Originally broadcast Nov. 10, 2010.

A Father Protects His Mysterious Son From Authorities In 'Midnight Special'

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 6:00am

Director Jeff Nichols' new film centers on an 8-year-old boy who may or may not have special powers. Reviewer Justin Chang says Midnight Special is "a road movie that never stops moving forward."




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