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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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Delusions Of Grandeur Take Center Stage In James Franco's 'Disaster Artist'

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:23pm

Critic David Edlestein says Franco sends audiences into hysterics as the director and star of a new biopic about Tommy Wiseau, an oddball filmmaker with vision and drive — but very little talent.

LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones: 'I'm Well Aware How Fragile Life Is'

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:23pm

Jones lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination: "Meeting Harvey, seeing his death, it fixed my course." Originally broadcast Nov. 29, 2016.

For Years, Anita Hill Was A 'Canary In The Coal Mine' For Women Speaking Out

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 1:44pm

Journalists Jane Mayer and Rebecca Traister say Hill's harsh treatment during Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings served as a warning to other women.

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Gorgeous And Lyrical 'Shape of Water' Doesn't Quite Hit Its Mark

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:32pm

Director Guillermo del Toro's new film is both a stylized vision of Cold War paranoia and an old-school monster movie. Reviewer Justin Chang says he wanted to love The Shape of Water more than he did.

Stars Of 'The President Show' Present An 'Off The Rails' Version Of Trump

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:32pm

Anthony Atamanuik and Peter Grosz's new Comedy Central series is set up like a late night talk show, hosted by President Trump with Vice President Pence as his sidekick.

For Jesmyn Ward, Writing Means Telling The 'Truth About The Place That I Live In'

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:36pm

Ward's National Book Award-winning novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, is set in a small town modeled after her own rural hometown. It centers on a biracial young boy confronting the South's racial legacy.

For Anesthesiologist, Easing Pain And Erasing Memories Is All In A Day's Work

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:36pm

Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo specializes in pediatric anesthesiology and treats about 1,000 children a year, including premature babies. His new memoir is called Counting Backwards.

Patton Oswalt: Falling In Love Again Was Like 'Getting Hit By Lightning Twice'

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:57pm

After the sudden death of his first wife in April 2016, Oswalt felt his life slipping away. But over the past year, things took a turn: He fell in love again, and now he has a new Netflix special.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Greta Gerwig; 'Darkest Hour'; Director Dee Rees

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 8:00am

Gerwig's new film, Lady Bird, tells the story of a teenager preparing to leave home for the first time. Justin Chang reviews Darkest Hour. Director Dee Rees explores post-war racism in Mudbound.

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Loudon Wainwright III Opens Up About The 'Exes & Excess' That Inform His Music

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:31pm

Wainwright details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir Liner Notes. Originally broadcast Sept. 6, 2017.

'Darkest Hour' Is A Grand, Ham-Fisted Showpiece For Gary Oldman's Churchill

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 12:34pm

Set during the early days of World War II, Darkest Hour chronicles the tense and tumultuous days following Winston Churchill's appointment as prime minister of England.

Jimmy Fallon On The School Of 'SNL' And His Tendency To Smile Too Much

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 12:34pm

As a kid, Fallon smiled even when he was in trouble: "There was a report card from kindergarten and the comment from the teacher was, 'Jimmy smiles too much.' " Originally broadcast Oct. 12, 2017.

Margo Price Sings About The Heartache And Beauty Of Small-Town America

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 11:20am

Growing up in Aledo, Ill., the singer-songwriter longed to live somewhere "more romantic." Then she moved away and her outlook changed: "Now, when I go back, I see the beauty in it."

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A Summer In Italy Simmers With Sexual Longing In 'Call Me By Your Name'

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 1:47pm

A teenage boy falls for an older man in a sensual new film by Italian director Luca Guadagnino. Critic David Edelstein says Call Me By Your Name is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Journalist Investigating Trump And Russia Says 'Full Picture Is One Of Collusion'

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 1:47pm

"The constellation of Russian connections circling around Planet Trump is quite extraordinary," says Guardian reporter Luke Harding. His new book is Collusion.

'Dawn Watch' Explores The Life And Legacy Of Joseph Conrad

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:17pm

Maya Jasanoff weaves together biography, history, literature and her own travels in a new book about the globe-trotting author. Reviewer John Powers says Jasanoff's portrait of Conrad is terrific.

Journalist Explains How Panama Papers Opened Up The World's Illicit Money Networks

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:17pm

Reporter Jake Bernstein helped break the story of the Panama Papers, the leaked documents that detail the offshore tax havens of the super rich. His new book is Secrecy World.

Fresh Air Weekend: Helping LA Gang Members; 'Stranger Things 2' Creators

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 8:00am

Father Greg Boyle works with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. Ken Tucker reviews Taylor Swift's Reputation. Ross and Matt Duffer discuss the new season of their series.

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Remembering Syndicated Gossip Columnist Liz Smith

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:16pm

Smith, who died Sunday, started her daily column for The New York Daily News in 1976. In 2000, she told Fresh Air: "I always held back from writing things that were intentionally hurtful."

Mindy Kaling Loves Rom Coms (And Being The Boss)

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:16pm

Kaling's Hulu series, The Mindy Project, recently ended after six seasons. In 2012, the actress told Fresh Air that her character on the show was inspired by her late mother, who was an obstetrician.

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