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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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'What She Ate' Reveals The Plates And Palates Of 6 Notable Women

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:49pm

Laura Shapiro has likened her method of biographical research to "standing in line at the supermarket and peering into the other carts." Critic Maureen Corrigan says her resulting book is fascinating.

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TV Adaptation Of Stephen King's 'Mr. Mercedes' Is An Engaging Cat-And-Mouse Thriller

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:38pm

The 10-part series, available on DirecTV's Audience network, centers on a killer who uses his car as a murder weapon. TV critic David Bianculli says Mr. Mercedes draws you in and doesn't let go.

How The 'Battling' Kellogg Brothers Revolutionized American Breakfast

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:25pm

A century ago, two brothers took the world by storm with their mass-produced boxed cereal. Medical historian Howard Markel chronicles the contentious relationship between the creators of Corn Flakes.

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Can Buddhist Practices Help Us Overcome The Biological Pull Of Dissatisfaction?

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:49pm

Science journalist and author Robert Wright says that Buddhist enlightenment might help counteract our natural tendency towards unhappiness. His new book is Why Buddhism is True.

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Albert Brooks' 'Lost in America' Remains Piercingly Relevant 32 Years Later

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:46pm

Newly released on DVD and Blu-ray, the 1985 film follows a well-heeled LA couple who decide to become free-spirited wanderers. Critic John Powers says Lost In America is a comedy for the ages.

Fresh Air Weekend: Al Gore; Randy Newman's 'Dark Matter'; Ariel Levy On Loss

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 8:00am

Gore warns that Trump is a "distraction" from the issue of climate change. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Randy Newman's album Dark Matter. Levy reflects on the guilt and grief of miscarriage.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Al Gore; Randy Newman's 'Dark Mattter'; Ariel Levy On Loss

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 8:00am

Gore warns that Trump is a "distraction" from the issue of climate change. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Randy Newman's album Dark Matter. Levy reflects on the guilt and grief of miscarriage.

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Fresh Air Remembers Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright And Actor Sam Shepard

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 1:33pm

Shepard, who died Sunday, penned more than 55 plays, including Buried Child. His breakthrough film role was as astronaut Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff. Originally broadcast in 1998.

Randy Newman Takes A Victory Lap On 'Dark Matter'

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 1:33pm

Newman mixes cynicism and romanticism on his first studio album of new material since 2008. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Dark Matter offers a fresh recording of songs both new and old.

A Killing On A Native American Reservation Propels The Mystery-Thriller 'Wind River'

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:59pm

Law enforcement agents confront a grim scene on the frozen Wyoming landscape in Taylor Sheridan's new film. Critic David Edelstein says that despite some clumsy plotting, Wind River hits home.

Bill Moyers On Working With LBJ To Pass Medicare 52 Years Ago

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:59pm

Journalist Bill Moyers once worked as the special assistant to President Johnson, where he witnessed first-hand the political maneuvering that resulted in the landmark health care legislation.

Al Gore Warns That Trump Is A 'Distraction' From The Issue Of Climate Change

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 2:01pm

"I have no illusions about the possibility of changing Donald Trump's mind," Gore says. Instead, the former vice president wants to build bipartisan consensus around the issue of climate change.

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3 Distinctive New Series Are Worth Checking Out This August

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 1:18pm

TV critic David Bianculli reviews Discovery's mini-series, Manhunt: Unabomber; IFC's sketch comedy series, Baroness von Sketch Show; and TBS' comedy anthology series, Guest Book.

'I Was Somebody's Mother': Reflections On The Guilt And Grief Of Miscarriage

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 12:19pm

Ariel Levy was five months pregnant and alone in a hotel room in Mongolia when she gave birth. Her son lived only 10 minutes. Afterward, Levy was haunted by the notion that she had caused his death.

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Remembering Actress Jeanne Moreau, Icon Of French New Wave Cinema

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 2:17pm

Moreau pursued acting despite her father's disapproval. She told Fresh Air, "I led a double life. ... He discovered it when he saw my picture on the front page." Moreau died Monday at the age of 89.

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Newly Released Collection Reveals The Playfulness Of Pianist Artur Schnabel

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 1:58pm

In 1942, the Austrian pianist recorded a set of Schubert Impromptus that were never released. Those recordings, plus others from the session, are now available in a new CD set.

In New Novel, Tom Perrotta Shares 'Post-Parental' Reflections From An Empty Nest

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 1:58pm

Mrs. Fletcher tells the story of Eve, a single mother whose only child, Brendan, has left for college. Perrotta says the book was inspired by the upheaval he experienced when his own kids moved out.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Jessica Williams; 'Chester B. Himes'; Trump And The Media

Sat, 07/29/2017 - 8:00am

Williams discusses The Daily Show and her new film, The Incredible Jessica James. Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of writer Himes. New York Times reporter Peter Baker talks about covering Trump.

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For Jazz Pianist Dave Frishberg, Music And Wit Go Hand In Hand

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 1:23pm

Frishberg's playful songs include "Peel Me a Grape" and "A Little Taste." To mark the publication of his new memoir, My Dear Departed Past, we listen back to a 1991 interview with the songwriter.

An Archival Interview With Ray Manzarek, Keyboardist For The Doors

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 1:23pm

To mark the 50th anniversary of "Light My Fire" hitting No. 1, Fresh Air listens back to an interview with the band's keyboardist, who died in 2013. Originally broadcast in 1998.

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