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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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Remembering Bharati Mukherjee, An Indian-Born American Writer

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 1:35pm

Mukherjee, who died Saturday in Manhattan, grew up in India, Switzerland and England. Her work explores the thoughts and experiences of immigrants from many countries. Originally broadcast in 2002.

Fresh Air Weekend: Director Jim Jarmusch; 'The Salesman'; 'Modern Death'

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 8:00am

Jarmusch's new movie Paterson was inspired by William Carlos Williams' epic poem. Film critic David Edelstein reviews The Salesman. Dr. Haider Warraich discusses the pitfalls of extending life.

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'La La Land' Director Aimed To Make A Film Even Musical Skeptics Would Love

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:33pm

Damien Chazelle, who is nominated for an Oscar for his musical La La Land, says songs are "an expression of inner feelings that can't be articulated any other way." Originally broadcast Jan 5, 2017.

'It's A Playground': Meryl Streep On Acting With Abandon

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:33pm

Streep is nominated for an Oscar for playing Florence Foster Jenkins, a socialite who didn't let her imperfect voice stop her from becoming an opera singer. Originally broadcast Aug. 10, 2016.

Exploring The Nationalistic And Christian Right Influences On Trump

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 1:54pm

Sarah Posner, a reporter with The Nation's Investigative Fund, talks about how the Steve Bannon-Jeff Sessions-Mike Pence nexus is influencing President Trump's policies.

Remembering 'Elephant Man' Actor John Hurt

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:13pm

The British actor, who died last week, became famous in the U.S. in the '70s for his starring role in the BBC series I, Claudius, and later appeared in the film Alien. Originally broadcast in 1989.

If Confirmed, Would Neil Gorsuch Rule Contrary To Trump's Policies?

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:13pm

Legal expert Jeffrey Rosen says of the Supreme Court nominee: "If he thought that individual liberty was threatened by presidential or congressional overreaching, then he would step in."

'The Salesman' Offers A Brilliant Portrayal Of Marriage And Vengeance

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:13pm

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's latest film is one of the five nominees for this year's foreign-language Academy Award. Critic David Edelstein says The Salesman is tense and powerful.

Jim Jarmusch On Iggy Pop, Hip-Hop And Finding Poetry In Mundane Things

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:39pm

Jarmusch's new movie, which was inspired by William Carlos Williams' epic poem Paterson, is about a bus driver who writes poetry. Jarmusch also made a documentary about Iggy and the Stooges.

Critic Says This Year's Sundance Was The 'Most Fraught' He Can Recall

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:28am

Los Angeles Times critic Justin Chang tells Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado that politics sometimes overshadowed the films at this year's festival. Call Me By Your Name was one of his favorite films.

'Perfect Little World' Imagines Family Drama Inside A Utopian Compound

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 1:28pm

Kevin Wilson's new novel is set on a state-of-the-art commune where children don't know who their biological parents are. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the book lives up to its title.

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Doctor Considers The Pitfalls Of Extending Life And Prolonging Death

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 1:14pm

In Modern Death, Dr. Haider Warraich says a slow dying process, during which patients move in and out of hospitals or nursing homes, is a "very recent development in our history as a species."

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Fresh Air Weekend: Silicon Valley Survivalists; An LSD Memoir; 'Manchester' Director

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 8:00am

Journalist Evan Osnos talks about tech executives who are prepping for doomsday. Maureen Corrigan reviews A Really Good Day. Director Kenneth Lonergan discusses Manchester By The Sea.

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Remembering Mary Tyler Moore, The Smart, Comic Actress Who Inspired A Generation

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:22pm

Moore, who died Wed. at the age of 80, played a single professional woman on the 1970s show named after her, and an assertive housewife on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Originally broadcast in 1995.

Listening To The Monkees With Fresh Ears, 50 Years Later

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:20pm

Rock historian missed the "Prefab Four" the first time they came along. Listening now, he finds that the Monkees' best songs have held up, mostly because they used top-notch songwriting talent.

Journalist: Russia's Interference Is An 'Assault On The Western Liberal Order'

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 2:37pm

Luke Harding, the former Moscow Bureau Chief for The Guardian, says that Putin "wants to turn the clock back to an age ... where strong sovereign nations didn't talk about values or human rights."

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Why Some Silicon Valley Tech Executives Are Bunkering Down For Doomsday

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 1:44pm

Journalist Evan Osnos discusses the Silicon Valley survivalists who are stockpiling food and weapons and investing in luxury underground bunkers. "They feel a sense of fragility in our politics."

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'A Really Good Day' Recaps A Month-Long Adventure Of Microdosing LSD

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 12:33pm

Ayelet Waldman's new memoir describes her experiences with a variant of bipolar disorder, and her attempts to self-medicate with LSD. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a "gutsy ... really good story."

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The History of U.S. Intervention And The 'Birth Of The American Empire'

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 12:33pm

Journalist Stephen Kinzer's book, True Flag, explains how the Spanish-American War launched an ongoing debate about America's role in the world. Kinzer has also been writing about President Trump.

'Founder' Serves Up A Profile Of The Man Behind McDonald's

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:25pm

A new biopic tells the story of Ray Kroc, who turned a single burger restaurant into a multi-billion dollar worldwide franchise. Critic David Edelstein says The Founder offers a dark dose of realism.

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