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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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Fresh Air Weekend: School Segregation; A Return To Prayer; Actress Rachel Bloom

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 8:00am

Writer Nikole Hannah-Jones says "individual choices" contribute to school segregation. Muslim comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh turned to prayer after Trump's election. Bloom discusses Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

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Novelist Zadie Smith On Historical Nostalgia And The Nature Of Talent

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 1:21pm

Smith's latest book, Swing Time, tells the story of two girls who dream of being dancers, but only one has the talent to do so. Originally broadcast Nov. 21, 2016.

Muslim NYPD Chaplain On Faith, Fear And Getting Stopped By Airport Security

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:14pm

Imam Khalid Latif is one of the people profiled in The Secret Life of Muslims, a digital series about Islamophobia. He is also the first Muslim chaplain at New York University.

Looking Back With Gratitude On Obama, And His Optimistic Vision Of America

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:14pm

Writer Mat Johnson reflects on what the Obama presidency meant to his biracial family. "I didn't always agree with Obama," he says. "But I always respected — and will always respect — that man."

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After Trump's Election, A Non-Practicing Muslim Returns To Prayer

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:42am

Comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh often jokes about being a "pork-eating, alcohol-drinking, married-to-an-atheist" Muslim. But lately she finds herself wanting to connect with her religious traditions.

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Rachel Bloom Upends Romantic Comedy Tropes On 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:41pm

Bloom talks to Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado about the CW musical comedy series, now in its second season, that she co-created and stars in. Bloom plays a woman who follows an ex across the country.

How Mormon Polygamy In The 19th Century Fueled Women's Activism

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:41pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich says that for Mormon women living in 19th century Utah, "plural marriages" were empowering in complicated ways.

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices'

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 5:00am

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says school segregation will continue to exist in America "as long as individual parents continue to make choices that only benefit their own children."

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Fresh Air Weekend: Jeff Bridges; Netflix' 'Unfortunate Events'; Sportscaster Joe Buck

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 8:00am

Jeff Bridges says his actor dad always brought joy to the set. David Bianculli reviews A Series Of Unfortunate Events. Hall-of-fame broadcaster Joe Buck discusses his new memoir, Lucky Bastard.

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The Man Behind Lemony Snicket Talks About Writing For Kids And His Childhood Fears

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:21pm

Lemony Snicket, AKA Daniel Handler, wrote the children's book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Handler spoke to Terry Gross in 2001 and in 2012, when he brought his accordion to the studio.

Remembering Celebrated Indian Actor Om Puri, Star Of 'East Is East'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:15pm

Puri, who died last Friday in Mumbai, appeared in more than 300 movies, including the British film, My Son the Fanatic. Originally broadcast in 2000.

'Series Of Unfortunate Events' On Netflix Will Charm And Delight

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:15pm

Daniel Handler has adapted his popular children's book series for Netflix. Critic David Bianculli says A Series Of Unfortunate Events is "one of the best new TV shows in a long time."

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Hilarity And Hostility Converge In The Family Comedy 'Toni Erdmann'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:15pm

The German film centers on a prankster father who barges into the life of his business consultant daughter. Critic David Edelstein says Toni Erdmann keeps you guessing — in a good way.

'20th Century Women' Mixes Comedy With Disappointment And Loss

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:28pm

Set in 1979 Santa Barbara, Mike Mills' new film is the story of a teenage boy and the three women who teach him about life. Critic John Powers calls it an "amusing, deeply-felt work."

New Gene-Editing Techniques Hold the Promise Of Altering The Fundamentals Of Life

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:28pm

New Yorker writer Michael Specter discusses emerging biotechnologies that will make it possible to remove disease and change the characteristics of life by rewriting the genetic code in cells.

Natalie Hemby Offers Contemplative Vocals And Vivid Memories On 'Puxico'

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:49pm

After writing No. 1 hits for various country stars, Hemby now has an album of her own. Critic Ken Tucker says Puxico mixes country sentiments with a folksy sound.

Hall-Of-Fame Sportscaster Joe Buck Admits To Being A 'Lucky Bastard'

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:49pm

Buck's new memoir details his experiences in sports and life, including his addiction to hair-plug transplants. When it comes to announcing, he says, "I don't have a rooting interest for either side."

Remembering Jazz Critic And 'Village Voice' Writer Nat Hentoff

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 12:39pm

Hentoff, who died Saturday, was an outspoken advocate of free speech and a prolific jazz writer. Originally broadcast in 1986.

What Is Driving The 'Unbanking Of America'?

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 12:39pm

Author Lisa Servon says a growing number of Americans are giving up on traditional banks and relying instead on alternatives, including prepaid debit cards, check-cashing centers and payday lenders.

Jeff Bridges Abides By His Actor Dad's Example: Bring Joy To The Set

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:54pm

"He really wanted all his kids to go into acting because he loved it so much," Bridges says of his father. In Hell or High Water, Bridges plays an aging Texas ranger tracking two bank robbers.

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