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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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Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:18pm

After starring in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Originally broadcast June 27, 2016.

Sam Elliott On Career Longevity, Playing Tough And His Iconic Role In 'Lebowski'

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 2:05pm

Elliott says that being selective about the roles he takes has helped him maintain his acting career for nearly 50 years. He plays an aging actor with a stalled career in the new film, The Hero.

What Happens When The Heroin Epidemic Hits Small Town America?

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 2:05pm

West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the country. New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot interviewed addicts, their families and health professionals to understand why.

The Battle Over American Health Care: What's At Stake In The Senate's Bill

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 1:13pm

Vox.com correspondent Sarah Kliff says Republicans determined to replace and repeal Obamacare are finding it's "awfully difficult to write a bill that would get rid of it entirely."

'Baby Driver' Is An Action-Packed, Elegant Joyride

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 1:13pm

Director Edgar Wright rejects computer-generated unreality and instead focuses on breathtaking driving in his new heist thriller. Critic David Edelstein says the result is terrifically entertaining.

'What Would You Do?' Author Wants To Stop Sensationalizing The Donner Party

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:33pm

In The Best Land Under Heaven, Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. He says "there's so much more" to the story.

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In Ambitious 'Okja,' A Teen Attempts To Save Her Super Pig From Slaughter

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:33pm

You'll root for 13-year-old Mija at every step of this new Netflix film. And Okja, the huge, genetically modified pig, is among the most touching and realistic computer-generated characters ever made.

'One Nation Under Gold' Explores America's Obsession With One Precious Metal

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:17pm

Author James Ledbetter says many of the nation's worst economic catastrophes happened while on the gold standard. His new book traces the fascination with gold as a symbol of permanence and quality.

There's Plenty Of Variety On Sexmob's Scrappy 'Cultural Capital'

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:17pm

Since the 1990s, New York trumpet player Steven Bernstein has been the ringleader of this occasional quartet. This recent album was recorded at a home studio and its rough-hewn quality is just right.

Fresh Air Weekend: Roxane Gay And Sherman Alexie

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:18am

This weekend we talk with the authors of two new memoirs: Gay's Hunger is the book "she wanted to write the least." And Alexie's You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is about growing up on a reservation.

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Garish Melodrama Becomes Universal Tragedy 'The Beguiled'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:52pm

Sofia Coppola has taken a 1971 Southern Gothic psychodrama directed by a man and remade it from a female perspective — and the result is powerful.

Chuck Berry's Final Recordings Are Fresh And Forward-Looking

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:52pm

Berry, who died in March at the age of 90, left behind an album of new material, his first such collection since 1979. Rejecting nostalgia, Berry's last project is interesting and energetic.

Guitarist Nels Cline On 'Lovers,' An Album 25 Years In The Making

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:52pm

Cline's Lovers is a collection of lushly arranged versions of American popular songs, covers and originals. He says it's a "mood-music record" that isn't "cheesy." Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2016.

'GLOW' And 'Prime Suspect': Two TV Series You Won't Want To Miss

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:14pm

In both of these period pieces — one set in the 1970s, the other in the 1980s — women have it tough, whether they're wrestling with their demons, or actually wrestling.

Experts Suspect Russia Is Using Ukraine As A Cyberwar Testing Ground

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:14pm

Wired's Andy Greenberg says Ukraine has been the victim of a "cyber-assault unlike any the world has ever seen." Cybersecurity experts think Russia is perfecting attacks that could be used on the U.S.

'The Big Sick' Is A Wonderful Movie And An Imperfect Milestone

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 1:39pm

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani steps into the leading role in a semi-autobiographical love story. It's a quietly groundbreaking crowd-pleaser, though some characters aren't as fully dimensional as others.

In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 1:39pm

In Raven Rock, Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect U.S. leaders in the event of a catastrophe. One Cold War-era plan put the post office in charge of cataloging the dead.

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Sherman Alexie Says He's Been 'Indian Du Jour' For A 'Very Long Day'

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:45pm

Alexie is excited for a new generation of Native American writers to come on the scene, "so I don't have to answer all the questions," he says. His new memoir is You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.

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Be Bigger, Fight Harder: Roxane Gay On A Lifetime Of 'Hunger'

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:15pm

Gay has finally written the book that she "wanted to write the least." The moment she realized she "never want to write about fatness" was the same moment she knew this was a memoir she had to write.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Seth Meyers, Joe Biden And A Defense Of Exclamation Points

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 12:29pm

For our 30th anniversary, we taped two shows before live audiences — with Late Night's Seth Meyers, and with former Vice President Joe Biden. Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg gives the ! another chance.

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