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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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David Duchovny On Baseball And How 'X-Files' Made Him A Better Writer

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:13pm

The co-star of the X-Files discusses his novel, Bucky F*cking Dent, about a son reuniting with his absentee father. Duchovny earned a master's degree in literature before starting his TV career.

Peter Wolf's 'Cure for Loneliness'? Music With An Undercurrent Of Melancholy

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 2:17pm

The former lead singer for the J. Geils Band has been making albums on his own since the mid-1980s. Reviewer Ken Tucker says his latest is one of the most varied collections Wolf has ever recorded.

Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being 'Loved To Death'?

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 2:12pm

Each year, the park attracts millions of visitors and provides a home to countless animal species. But journalist David Quammen warns that balancing tourism and preservation can be tricky.

Fresh Air Weekend: W. Kamau Bell; Julian Lage's 'Arclight'; 'Shugs & Fats'

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 8:00am

Comic W. Kamau Bell visits places he is afraid to go on his new series. Kevin Whitehead reviews Julian Lage's new album. Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz discuss their sketch-comedy series Shugs & Fats.

Thrilling And Kinetic, Updated 'Jungle Book' Is 'A Triumph'

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:41pm

Jon Favreau's adaptation of the Disney classic reprises the story of a little boy raised by wolves. Critic David Edelstein says The Jungle Book seamlessly blends computer animation and storytelling.

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:41pm

Research shows that teenagers' brains are not fully insulated, which means that signals move slowly. Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains. Originally broadcast Jan. 28, 2015.

Comic W. Kamau Bell On Standing Tall And Finding Humor In America's Racism

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 2:24pm

The comedian attends a Ku Klux Klan rally and a cross burning on his new series, United Shades of America. He describes the series as a travel show that takes him to places where he's afraid to go.

Jazz Guitarist Julian Lage On 'Arclight' And Shifting Musical Genres

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 1:05pm

Lage began playing guitar at the age of 5 and appeared on stage at the Grammys at 13. He talks to Fresh Air about growing up a guitar prodigy, his father's gentle coaching and his new trio album.

'Door To Door' Reveals The Magnificent — And Maddening — Story of Traffic

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 1:05pm

Edward Humes describes his new book as a "transportation detective story" that chronicles the hidden characters, locations and machinery driving our same-day-delivery, traffic-packed world.

A Clash Of Manners And Monsters In Edna O'Brien's 'Little Red Chairs'

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 1:15pm

A charismatic stranger in a remote Irish village turns out to be a war criminal in O'Brien's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book "one of [O'Brien's] best and most ambitious novels yet."

A Web Comedy Series Is 'Walking The Line Between Hipsters And Hijabis'

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 1:15pm

Comics Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz play Muslim immigrants dealing with speed dating, cat calls and other aspects of life in secular New York in their sketch-comedy series Shugs & Fats.

Guitar Prodigy Julian Lage Finds His Sweet Spot With 'Arclight'

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:15pm

Lage mixes jazz, blues and swing on his new trio album with Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Lage really hits his stride in Arclight.

'Alice & Oliver' Novelist On Marriage, Cancer And The Pain Of Uncertainty

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:15pm

Charles Bock's wife died from leukemia just before their daughter's 3rd birthday. Bock relived the final years of her life while writing his new novel. "I was just shattered," he says of the loss.

Fresh Air Weekend: Samantha Bee; Robbie Fulks' New Album; The 'Start-Up Bubble'

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 8:00am

Samantha Bee discusses Full Frontal and the freedom of her 40s. Critic Ken Tucker reviews Robbie Fulks' new album, Upland Stories. Laid-Off Journalist Dan Lyons describes working at a tech start-up.

Fresh Air Remembers Country Music Legend Merle Haggard

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:33pm

"I was, to say the least, probably the most incorrigible child you can think of," Haggard told Fresh Air in 1995. The country icon died Wednesday morning in California. It was his 79th birthday.

'Gateway To Freedom': Heroes, Danger And Loss On The Underground Railroad

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:33pm

Historian Eric Foner recently won the American History Book Prize from the New York Historical Society for Gateway to Freedom, about the underground railroad. Originally broadcast Jan. 15, 2015.

Samantha Bee On 'Full Frontal,' Feminism And The Freedom Of Her 40s

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:45pm

Since leaving The Daily Show, Bee has been busy with two new TBS shows. "I knew that there was something else that I wanted to do," she says. "It's very good for me to be creating my own thing."

A Family Drama Unfolds Through Shifting Viewpoints In 'Louder Than Bombs'

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:45pm

Point-of-view is passed like a baton among the tortured main characters in Joachim Trier's new film. Critic David Edelstein says Louder than Bombs is intimate, touching and "insistently alive."

From Fracking Bans To Paid Sick Leave: How States Are Overruling Local Laws

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:23pm

PR Watch's Lisa Graves says that states can overrule local laws, and that legislatures are increasingly using preemption to stop things like minimum wage increases and protections for LGBT people.

Robbie Fulks Sings His Way Home In 'Upland Stories'

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:23pm

The raucous singer turns thoughtful on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls Upland Stories a "marvelous mongrel mixture" of bluegrass banjo-picking, honky-tonk pedal steel and stark folk phrasings.

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