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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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Fresh Air Weekend: Director Elia Kazan; Singer Ronnie Spector; Novelist John Updike

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 8:00am

We commemorate Fresh Air's 30th anniversary as a nationally syndicated show with interviews from our first years on air. Kazan and Spector spoke to Terry Gross in '88. Updike's interview is from '89.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Writer/Director John Waters

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 2:40pm

Once called the "King of Bad Taste," Waters is known for his off-beat cult films Pink Flamingos and Polyester, as well as the more mainstream Hairspray. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Rocker Joey Ramone

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 2:40pm

The Ramones helped launch the punk rock scene in the mid 1970s with songs that were short, fast and loud. In 1988, lead singer Joey Ramone spoke to Terry Gross about the band's history.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Character Actor Divine

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 2:40pm

Divine spoke to Terry Gross in 1988 about his most memorable film credits, including his role as the woman who wins the title of "Filthiest Person Alive" in the John Waters' film Pink Flamingos.

After Harvey Hit, A Houston-Based Novelist Forged Floodwaters To Reach His Mother

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 2:39pm

Though Mat Johnson's home wasn't flooded in the recent hurricane, the roads around him were. He had to pass these roads to make sure his elderly mother got the care she needed.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Big Band Pianist Jay McShann

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 1:20pm

A native of Oklahoma, McShann came to Kansas City, Mo., in 1937, when it was the capital for boogie-woogie, blues and swing. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1987, and also played a few songs in the studio.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Jazz Singer Anita O'Day

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 1:20pm

O'Day first became known in 1941 when she joined Gene Krupa's band. Later, she later sang with Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman and many other small groups. Originally broadcast in 1987.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Drummer And Composer Max Roach

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 1:20pm

Considered one of the inventors of modern jazz drumming, Roach helped formulate the language of bebop, along with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Remembering Horror Film Director Tobe Hooper

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:37pm

Hooper, who died Saturday, wrote and directed the 1974 cult classic film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which helped inspire a wave of slasher films that followed. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist John Updike

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:37pm

Over the course of his decades-long career, Updike authored more than 25 novels, including the Rabbit series. He also penned short stories, poems, essays and a memoir. Originally broadcast in 1989.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Writer/Director Paul Schrader

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:37pm

Schrader wrote the screenplays for Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ, and wrote and directed Blue Collar. He spoke in 1988 about his religious upbringing and his work in film.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Singer Otis Williams, Founder Of The Temptations

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:23pm

Williams started the famed harmony group, whose hits included "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg." Later he kept The Temptations together after its lead singers left. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Soul Singer Ben E. King

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:23pm

King began his career in the '50s with The Drifters, but it was the '61 hit "Stand by Me" that sealed his musical legacy. He spoke with Terry Gross in '88 about his career and his childhood in Harlem.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Ronnie Spector, Lead Singer Of The Ronettes

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:23pm

Spector, who spoke to Terry Gross in 1988, was part of the 1960s girl group that gave us "Be My Baby." She left the music business for a number of years before returning to recording in the 1970s.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Prolific Filmmaker Sidney Lumet

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 1:22pm

The Dog Day Afternoon director spoke to Terry Gross in 1988 about his career, which spanned more than five decades and included credits for acting, directing, screenwriting and producing.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': The Kirk Douglas Interview

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 1:22pm

One of Hollywood's biggest stars of the 1950s and '60s, Douglas went on to run his own production company. His film credits include Spartacus and Lust for Life. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Filmmaker And Theater Legend Elia Kazan

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 1:22pm

Kazan, whose film credits include Streetcar Named Desire and On The Waterfront, spoke in 1988 about directing Marlon Brando and his 1952 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Fresh Air Weekend: Capturing The Unabomber; 'Sour Heart'; Comic Bridget Everett

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 8:00am

FBI profiler James R. Fitzgerald explains how linguistic work led helped unmask the Unabomber. Maureen Corrigan reviews Jenny Zhang's debut story collection. Everett discusses her work in Patti Cake$.

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Celebrating 30 Years Of Fresh Air: Oscar-Winning Actress Patty Duke

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:54pm

Duke grew up in the public eye, playing Helen Keller in the stage and screen versions of The Miracle Worker. Later she starred in her own TV sitcom, The Patty Duke Show. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Celebrating 30 Years Of Fresh Air: Brazilian Composer Antônio Carlos Jobim

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:54pm

In 1988, Terry Gross spoke with Jobim, who wrote "The Girl from Ipanema," one of the songs that started the Bossa nova craze in the United States. Jobim died in 1994.

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