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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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'Love', Maybe: Netflix Explores The Cringe-Worthy Beginnings Of A Relationship

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:29pm

Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust play two people on the brink of becoming a couple in Love, the new comedy series co-created by Judd Apatow, Rust and Rust's wife, Lesley Arfin.

Lucius Layers Harmonies With Emotion In 'Good Grief'

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:25pm

The surging voices of two female lead singers create the signature sound of the five-piece band Lucius. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the band's new album, Good Grief, is often lovely and well-crafted.

Bad Luck Or Bad Genes? Dealing With BRCA And 'A Cancer In The Family'

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:25pm

Oncologist Theodora Ross discusses the hereditary nature of cancer and her own predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer, which led her to have a double mastectomy and to have her ovaries removed.

Fresh Air Weekend: Sarah Paulson; 'Charlie Chan Hock Chye'; American Eugenics

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 8:00am

Actress Sarah Paulson plays prosecutor Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson. John Powers reviews Sonny Liew's new graphic novel. Adam Cohen discusses forced sterilizations in America.

The Rocking, Rollicking R&B Of Billy Ward And His Dominoes

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:23pm

The vocal group Billy Ward and his Dominoes covered white hits for the black market, and along the way discovered two of the greatest voices of the era. Rock historian Ed Ward tells the story.

Remembering 'Great Santini' Author Pat Conroy

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:23pm

Conroy, who died last week, was the author of several books, two of which — The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides — were made into feature films. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1987, 1995 and 2002.

Sarah Paulson Strives To 'Get It Right' As O.J. Simpson Prosecutor

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:38pm

The actress set out to portray Marcia Clark in a "truthful way" in FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson. "I read, watched and listened to any and everything I could get my hands on," Paulson says.

Remembering Record Producer George Martin, The 'Fifth Beatle'

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 12:17pm

Martin, who died yesterday in London, was among the earliest to recognize The Beatles' talents and is often credited with helping them develop their sound. Originally broadcast in 1980.

'Bullies', A Story Of Friendship, Booze And Brawls In An Oakland Biker Bar

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 12:17pm

Alex Abramovich was in his 30s when he looked up a guy who had bullied him in grade school. In his new memoir, Abramovich writes about reconnecting with Trevor, now the head of a motorcycle club.

Roman Diaz Makes A Spiritual Statement With 'L'ó Dá Fún Bàtá'

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 2:03pm

Percussionist Roman Diaz arrived in New York from Havana in 1999 and has since become a mainstay in the avant-garde jazz and Afro-Cuban music communities. Critic Milo Miles reviews his debut album.

An Addict, Now Clean, Discusses Needle Exchanges And 'Hope After Heroin'

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 1:39pm

At the height of her addiction to heroin, Tracey Helton Mitchell lived in an alley and sold her body. Now she works as an addiction specialist helping others. Her new memoir is The Big Fix.

'Charlie Chan Hock Chye' Offers A Heartfelt Take On Aging, Art And History

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 12:27pm

The new graphic novel by Malaysia-born cartoonist Sonny Liew spans 80 years as it tells the story of a fictional comic-book. Critic John Powers calls the book a "startlingly brilliant tour de force."

The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 12:22pm

In the first half of the 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits they considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in his new book, Imbeciles.

Fresh Air Weekend: Louie Anderson; The Waco Brothers; Reconsidering Lovecraft

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 8:00am

Louie Anderson says he modeled his 'Baskets' role after his own mom. The Waco Brothers' new album mixes country and punk. Writer Victor LaValle discusses his conflicting feelings for H.P. Lovecraft.

In Richard Price's 'The Whites', Haunted Cops And Cases They Couldn't Close

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 12:48pm

Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. Originally broadcast Feb. 17, 2015.

Tina Fey's War-Zone 'Foxtrot' Falls Out Of Step

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 12:48pm

Fey plays a neophyte reporter charged with covering the Afghanistan occupation in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Critic David Edestein says the film isn't bad, so much as "shapeless and blandly apolitical."

Waco Brothers Mix Country And Punk On 'Going Down In History'

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 2:51pm

The Waco Brothers recently released their first album of original material in more than a decade. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the music on Going Down in History is "urgent, precise and pointed."

America's 'Lead Wars' Go Beyond Flint, Mich.: 'It's Now Really Everywhere'

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 2:47pm

David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz chronicle America's poisonous relationship with lead in Lead Wars. "We've created a terribly toxic environment in all sorts of ways," Rosner says.

Comic Louie Anderson Modeled His 'Baskets' Role After His Own Mom

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 1:22pm

Anderson delivers a stand-out comic performance as the mother of an embittered rodeo clown. He says, "I really loved playing this part for a big reason that my mom gets to come to life."

Provocative Book Explores The Connection Between Loneliness And Art

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 1:24pm

Olivia Laing surveys the landscape of urban alienation in her new book, a work that is part-memoir and part-criticism. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Lonely City is "absolutely one of a kind."

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