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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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'Deadpool' Gleefully Lampoons The Marvel Universe

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:17pm

Ryan Reynolds stars as a soldier-turned-mutant-super-hero in Marvel's Deadpool. Critic David Edelstein calls the film an "unprecedented R-rated ... romp with dirty sex talk and tons of splatter."

Bob Odenkirk Mixes Laughter And Law In 'Breaking Bad' And 'Better Call Saul'

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:17pm

The actor's fast-talking, sleazeball character Saul Goodman has been known to bend the law — and to break it. The second season of Better Call Saul begins Feb. 15. Originally broadcast Aug. 6, 2013.

'Better Call Saul' Breathes New Life Into 'Breaking Bad' Characters

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:17pm

The show's co-creator says it was a writers' room joke that if something didn't fit on Breaking Bad, it would go on the Saul Goodman show (now Better Call Saul). Originally broadcast March 9, 2015.

'FiveThirtyEight' Statistician Nate Silver Reports On The 2016 Election

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:32pm

Silver analyzes polls and predicts election outcomes on his website, FiveThirtyEight. This year's is "maybe the most fascinating nomination race that we've ever seen," he says.

Polling Is Ubiquitous, But Is It Bad For Democracy?

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:32pm

New Yorker writer Jill Lepore examines the history of polling in America. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that today's polls may be less reliable — and more influential — than ever before.

'Baskets' Takes Zach Galifianakis From French Clown School To The Rodeo Ring

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:28pm

The comic, who plays a rodeo clown in his new FX comedy series, says he is "not creeped out by clowns." Galifianakis is also the creator of the Emmy Award-winning web comedy series Between Two Ferns.

Duplass Brothers On Filmmaking, Siblings And Parenting's 'Fugue State'

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:28pm

The brothers' latest project, Togetherness, is about four people in their late 30s who live in Los Angeles. Mark Duplass describes it as a "deeply personal television show."

New Box Set Shows Off The Twisted Rhythms Of Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:29pm

Johnson was a songwriter who wrote stage hits for 1920s Broadway. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the Classic James P. Johnson Sessions (1921-1943) "paints a portrait of a working virtuoso."

At 82, Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:29pm

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. His memoir is Master Of Ceremonies.

Remembering Folk Singer/Songwriter Dan Hicks

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:39pm

Hicks, who died on Saturday, began performing with his band Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks in the late '60s. Rock historian Ed Ward has an appreciation. Originally broadcast Jan 10, 2002.

'Mad Max' Director George Miller: The Audience Tells You 'What Your Film Is'

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:39pm

Miller, who directed the first Mad Max film in 1979, says it will be a few years before he has any idea as to whether Mad Max: Fury Road "endures in some way."

Fresh Air Weekend: Bassem Youssef; 'Homegrown Terrorists'; Baby's First Food

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 8:00am

Youssef, the "Egyptian Jon Stewart," brings his act to America. Peter Bergen discusses Americans who are drawn to jihad. Bee Wilson examines how early feeding patterns influence the a child's palate.

Sia Reclaims Songs She Wrote For Others On 'This Is Acting'

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:10pm

The Australian songwriter who has written hits for Rihanna, Beyonce and Katy Perry just released an album of her own. Critic Ken Tucker likes Sia's singing, in part, because of its imperfections.

Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:53pm

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.

Coen Brothers Spoof Old Hollywood, With Mixed Results, In 'Hail, Caesar!'

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 12:31pm

The new period comedy by Joel and Ethan Coen takes place backstage at a 1950s Hollywood studio. Reviewer David Edelstein says that despite flashes of brilliance, the film "feels thin."

In Baby's 'First Bite,' A Chance To Shape A Child's Taste

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:56am

Bee Wilson's new book, First Bite, examines how genetics, culture, memory and early feeding patterns influence the palate. She says babies are most open to new flavors between ages 4 and 7 months.

Lizzo Brings Ideas, Humor And Sass To 'Big Grrrl Small World'

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:55pm

The vivacious alt-rapper Lizzo mixes rap, gospel and neo-soul on her new album. Critic Milo Miles says Big Grrrl Small World will win listeners over with its energy and hooks.

'Egyptian Jon Stewart' Bassem Youssef Will Now Satirize U.S. Democracy

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:55pm

Bassem Youssef created what became the most popular TV show in Egypt's history, but the government had the show cancelled, and Youssef fled Egypt.

'The Yid' Puts A Brash, Screwball Spin On Soviet Anti-Semitism

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

Paul Goldberg's debut novel is an ambitious historical fantasy about Stalin's 1953 plan to purge Jews from the Soviet Union. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Yid is a wildly inventive "what if" story.

Who Are America's 'Homegrown Terrorists'?

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

CNN's Peter Bergen describes how the Internet and social media have been used to radicalize and recruit Americans to jihad — and how some new jihadists then use those same tools to draw in others.

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