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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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For Christopher Eccleston, Co-Starring On 'The Leftovers' Meant Rethinking His Faith

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:36pm

The British actor plays a reverend in The Leftovers, the HBO series about what happens after 2 percent of the world's population vanishes in a mysterious event. Originally broadcast July 11, 2016.

An Amazon Adventurer Is Weighed Down By Family Ties In 'Lost City of Z'

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:36pm

An English explorer searches for the remains of a supposed rain forest metropolis in James Gray's new film. Critic David Edelstein says The Lost City Of Z will "pull you in and along."

How Can The Colorado River Continue To Support 36 Million People In 7 States?

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:24pm

New Yorker staff writer David Owen says that convoluted legal agreements and a patchwork of infrastructure determine how water from the Colorado is allocated. His new book is Where The Water Goes.

To Get To 'SNL,' Comic Sasheer Zamata 'Followed The Fun'

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:24pm

Zamata says her path from beginner to working comic happened in the best possible way: "I just followed the things I was really interested in, and it turned out to be what I needed to do."

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How One Man Brought Justices Roberts, Alito And Gorsuch To The Supreme Court

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:33pm

New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin discusses Leonard Leo, the conservative lawyer who is responsible, to a considerable extent, for one third of the justices on the Supreme Court.

Jessi Colter Sets 'The Psalms' To Chords On An Original, Idiosyncratic New Album

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:33pm

The country singer teams up with producer Lenny Kaye on her new record of spiritual songs. Critic Ken Tucker says the result is one of the most distinctive recordings he's heard in a while.

Nearly 40 Years Later, Jonestown Offers A Lesson In Demagoguery

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 1:19pm

In 1978, more than 900 followers of the Rev. Jim Jones committed mass suicide in Guyana. In his new book, The Road to Jonestown, journalist Jeff Guinn details how Jones captivated so many.

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'Better Call Saul' Launches Its 3rd Season, Still The Best Drama Series On TV

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:23pm

The Breaking Bad spinoff returns Monday, telling more of the origin story of lawyer Jimmy McGill (aka Saul Goodman). Critic David Bianculli says the series "more than stands on its own."

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How U.S. Health Care Became Big Business

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:01am

Writer Elisabeth Rosenthal has worked as a physician and says it's far more lucrative in the U.S. health system to provide a lifetime of treatments than a cure. Her new book is An American Sickness.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Alec Baldwin; Valerie June's New Album; Laura Jane Grace

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 8:00am

Baldwin discusses his career highs and lows and playing a "larger than life" Trump. Ken Tucker reviews June's The Order of Time. Trans punk rocker Grace talks about her new memoir.

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Genre-Bending 'Colossal' Mixes Monster Metaphor With Romantic Comedy

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:16pm

Anne Hathaway plays a woman mysteriously linked to a monster in South Korea in her latest film. Critic David Edelstein says Colossal shows that "even the dumbest genres can be used to profound ends."

Remembering Don Rickles, The Insult Comic Who Made Fun Of Everything

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:16pm

Rickles, who died yesterday, mined racial, ethnic and religious stereotypes for laughs. "I crossed the line when nobody else could do it," he once said. Originally broadcast in 2008, 1998 and 2007.

U.S. Military Leaders Are Worried That A War With Russia Could Start By Accident

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 1:09pm

David Wood of The Huffington Post says Russian jets are playing "chicken" with U.S. planes in international airspace with alarming frequency, and that a rash response could lead to all-out war.

'Tell Me How It Ends' Offers A Moving, Humane Portrait Of Child Migrants

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:07am

Valeria Luiselli's new book is based on her experiences working as an interpreter for Central American child migrants seeking entry to the U.S. Critic John Powers calls it "fair minded and expansive."

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Melds Jazz And Hip-Hop Beats On 'Ruler Rebel'

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 1:32pm

The New-Orleans-born trumpeter salutes the earliest jazz recordings on his new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Ruler Rebel showcases Adjuah's "commanding personal voice and ... sense of direction."

Alec Baldwin On Career Highs And Lows And Playing A 'Larger Than Life' Trump

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 1:32pm

Baldwin tells Fresh Air that his SNL impression of the president is purposefully exaggerated. "There's a kind of volume to it," he says. "It's kind of the Macy's Day Parade [version] of Trump."

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For Laura Jane Grace, Punk Was A Form Of Armor

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 2:43pm

The founder of the band Against Me! felt so conflicted about her gender growing up that she thought she was schizophrenic. Since transitioning, she's become more in touch with herself.

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Singer-Songwriter Valerie June Draws On Her Southern Roots In 'The Order Of Time'

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 1:13pm

Though the Tennessee-born musician lives in Brooklyn now, she still takes inspiration from the Gospel music she grew up with. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews June's latest album.

Author Looks To Other Countries To Rethink America's Complicated Tax Code

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 1:13pm

When it comes to taxes, T.R. Reid says other countries have done "what the U.S. Congress evidently can't do — they've made it simple." His new book is A Fine Mess.

Fresh Air Weekend: Illustrator Emil Ferris; 'Devil And Webster'; For-Profit Colleges

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 8:00am

Ferris had to learn to draw again after West Nile left her paralyzed. Maureen Corrigan reviews Jean Hanff Korelitz's new novel. Tressie McMillan Cottom says for-profit colleges sell "risky education."

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