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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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With Closed-Circuit TV, Satellites And Phones, Millions Of Cameras Are Watching

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 1:27pm

Journalist Robert Draper writes in National Geographic that the proliferation of cameras focused on the public has led "to the point where we're expecting to be voyeur and exhibitionist 24/7."

Comic Jordan Klepper Assumes An Anti-Fact Persona On 'The Opposition'

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:22pm

Klepper delivers satirical commentaries from the point of view of a far-right conspiracy theorist on his Comedy Central show. He says his character "creates his own reality."

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'Self-Portrait With Boy' Explores The Narcissistic Ambition That Fuels Success

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:54am

An artist's photograph of a young boy's death leads to a terrible dilemma in Rachel Lyon's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book a "striking debut."

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After 16 Years, Afghanistan War Is 'At Best A Grinding Stalemate,' Journalist Says

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 1:18pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll warns that there is no end in sight to America's longest war: "Most of the generals ... say in public, 'There's no military solution to this war.'"

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'This Is What Happened' And 'Babylon Berlin' Deliver Thrills And Intrigue Aplenty

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 1:43pm

Critic John Powers says Mick Herron's latest novel sucks you in from the opening page, and a Netflix series imported from Germany is both fun and binge-able.

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After 17 Brushes With Death, A Writer Reflects On Coming 'Back From The Brink'

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:55pm

Maggie O'Farrell recounts the multiple times she cheated death in her memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am. "We're different people afterwards," she says. "These experiences always take up residence inside us."

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Fresh Air Weekend: A Former Neo-Nazi Helps Others Disengage; Girls Auto Clinic Owner

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 8:00am

Christian Picciolini used to belong to a violent, white power skinhead group; now he helps others disengage. Patrice Banks is a trained mechanic, and the owner of a garage that caters to women.

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Beguiling And Brutal, 'On Body And Soul' Centers On A Slaughterhouse Romance

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 1:18pm

Two lonely people working at a slaughterhouse connect in Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi's film. Reviewer Justin Chang says On Body and Soul is a genteel crowd pleaser that could have been edgier.

Director Dee Rees Explores Racism In Post-War Mississippi In 'Mudbound'

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 1:18pm

Mudbound follows two families — one white and one black — just before, during and after WWII. Rees' experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., informed her film. Originally broadcast Nov. 14, 2017.

Greta Gerwig Takes On Mother-Daughter Love (And Angst) In 'Lady Bird'

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 11:11am

"I don't know any woman who has a simple relationship with their mother or with their daughter," Gerwig says. Her film centers on a teen preparing to leave home. Originally broadcast Nov. 16, 2017.

Mueller's Reputation In Washington Is 'Stunningly Bipartisan,' Journalist Says

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 12:31pm

Author Garrett Graff discusses the special counsel in charge of the Trump/Russia investigation: "Bob Mueller is probably about as apolitical and nonpartisan a figure as you could find in Washington."

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In Paris Recording, Guitarist Wes Montgomery Shows His Head For Melody

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 1:11pm

A new reissue catches Montgomery's quartet on their 1965 European tour. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the compilations are elegant and complicated, and you can hear Coltrane's influence throughout.

Journalist Details Israel's 'Secret History' Of Targeted Assassinations

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 1:11pm

Ronen Bergman says that while Israel's shootings, poisonings, bombings and drone strikes against its perceived enemies were "tactical successes," they were also diplomatically harmful.

What A Classic '50s Western Can Teach Us About The Hollywood Blacklist

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 1:44pm

Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film High Noon was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. Originally broadcast Feb. 21, 2017.

3 Harlem Renaissance Novels Deliver An Ingenious Take On Race

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 1:03pm

Novelists Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman and George S. Schuyler forged their art in what W.E.B. Du Bois famously called the "double-consciousness" of African-Americans.

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Paul Manafort Joined The Trump Campaign In A State Of 'Despair And Desperation'

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 12:27pm

Atlantic journalist Franklin Foer says before Manafort became Trump's campaign manager, he rewrote the rules of lobbying and then became entangled in the world of dictators, oligarchs and dirty money.

Fresh Air Weekend: Director Paul Thomas Anderson; Lessons From The 'Oldest Old'

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 8:00am

Anderson's new film Phantom Thread landed six Oscar nominations. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Perfect Nanny is a guilty pleasure. John Leland followed six people above the age of 85 for one year.

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Sam Baker: Finding Grace In The Wake Of Destruction

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 1:32pm

In 1986, a bomb planted by a Peruvian terrorist group exploded in the luggage rack above Baker. During his recovery, songs about empathy started coming to him. Originally broadcast May 6, 2014.

An Enchanting Love Triangle Unfolds In 'Lover For A Day'

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 12:41pm

French filmmaker Philippe Garrel's new film follows a 50-something philosophy professor whose romantic relationship with a 23-year-old student is complicated when his grown daughter moves in.

Reporter Says Anti-Abortion, Anti-LGBTQ Activists Are Shaping Federal Policy

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 12:41pm

Dan Diamond, who covers the Dept. of Health and Human Services for Politico, says the number of HHS leaders who previously worked in the anti-abortion and anti-LGBT movement is "unusual and notable."

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