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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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Bruce Springsteen: On Jersey, Masculinity And Wishing To Be His Stage Persona

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 12:35pm

"People see you onstage and, yeah, I'd want to be that guy," Springsteen says. "I want to be that guy myself very often." Originally broadcast Oct. 5, 2016.

Fresh Air Weekend: Director Mike Mills; Actor Billy Eichner

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 8:00am

Mills' latest film, 20th Century Women, was inspired by his desire to understand his mother. As the host of Billy on the Street, Eichner asks strangers open-ended questions about the celebrities.

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For Film's Creators, 'Moonlight' Provided Space To Explore A Painful Past

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 12:48pm

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their childhood experiences in making Moonlight, about a boy growing up in a Miami housing project. Originally broadcast Oct. 19, 2016.

'A Lot Going On': Critic David Bianculli Picks The Best TV Of 2016

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 12:39pm

Fresh Air's TV critic says that mini-series and anthology shows are expanding the types of stories that can be told on the small screen — and the benefits to the viewers "are huge."

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In 'An Excellent Year' For Film, Critic David Edelstein Shares His 12 Favorites

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 12:39pm

Edelstein estimates that he saw 400 films in 2016 — more than enough to fill "a couple of 10-best lists." He talks about a dozen of them with Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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'Normal': The Word Of The Year (In A Year That Was Anything But)

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 11:39am

Linguist Geoff Nunberg says that the fact that people are talking a lot about "the new normal" is a sign that we're living in strange and unsettling times.

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Journalist: Trump Seems 'Willfully Blind' To Putin's Real Goals

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 12:51pm

Politico reporter Michael Crowley discusses President-elect Donald Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "There's something I think we don't completely understand," Crowley says.

How Running ExxonMobil Did (And Didn't) Prepare Rex Tillerson For Secretary Of State

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 12:44pm

New Yorker writer Steve Coll says that though Tillerson has conducted billion-dollar international deals as an oil executive, he has no government experience.

Remembering The Jazz Greats Who Died In 2016

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 12:44pm

Critic Kevin Whitehead remembers the jazz notables who died this year, including singers Ernestine Anderson and Kay Starr, saxophonist Gato Barbieri and pianist Connie Crothers, among others.

Mike Mills Grapples With His Mother's 'Tricky Ghost' In '20th Century Women'

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 2:02pm

The director's latest film is inspired by his desire to understand his mother. Set in Santa Barbara in 1979, it stars Annette Bening as a woman struggling to raise her teenage son on her own.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Nicole Maines; Sober For The Holidays; Novelist Maria Semple

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:00am

Transgender activist Maines stars in a new HBO documentary. Sarah Hepola struggles to get through the holiday season without alcohol. Semple's new comic novel is about a stressed-out wife and mother.

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Trevor Noah Says He Grew Up 'In The Shadow Of A Giant' (His Mom)

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 12:28pm

The Daily Show host revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, Born a Crime. Originally broadcast Nov. 22, 2016.

'Rogue One' Wows With Fresh Special Effects And A Multinational Cast

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 12:28pm

The nefarious Empire is building a giant weapon in the latest installment of the Star Wars saga. Critic David Edelstein says though Rogue One is part of a series, it also works as a stand-alone film.

Ken Tucker's Top 10 Favorite Albums Of 2016

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 1:38pm

Fresh Air's rock critic presents his playlist for 2016. It includes big pop stars, beloved cult stars and a couple of not-yet-stars.

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'Drug Dealer, M.D.': Misunderstandings And Good Intentions Fueled Opioid Epidemic

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 1:35pm

Psychiatrist Anna Lembke says the medical establishment and drugmakers began telling doctors in the 1980s that opioids were effective treatment for chronic pain. "That was patently false," she says.

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Fake News Expert On How False Stories Spread And Why People Believe Them

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:31am

Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed News has spent years studying media inaccuracy. He explains how false stories during the presidential campaign were spread on Facebook and monetized by Google AdSense.

A Critic's Year-End 'Ghost File': Books, Movies And TV Shows He Didn't Review

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:31am

Every year, Fresh Air critic John Powers is haunted by all the terrific things he didn't get a chance to talk about on air. As 2016 winds down, he "un-haunts" himself with these six recommendations.

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Musgraves Mixes Melancholy And Melodies On 'A Very Kacey Christmas'

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

Musgraves' new holiday record features old classics and new novelty songs. Critic Ken Tucker calls it "the rare Christmas album that can be listened to closely ... with both pleasure and admiration."

Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'

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

Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. Originally broadcast Feb. 9, 2016.

Billy Eichner Makes A Career Out Of Love/Hating Celebrity Culture

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 3:31pm

In his Billy on the Street series, Eichner roams the sidewalks of Manhattan, asking strangers open-ended questions about the entertainment industry. If he likes their answers, he gives them a dollar.

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