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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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Naftule's Dream Returns, With A Fleshy, Folkie New Album

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 1:08pm

After a long absence, the klezmer-fusion band Naftule's Dream turns introspective on it's new release, Blood. Music critic Milo Miles says the band's warmth and cohesion is as rich as ever.

The 'Best Fake Rappers Out There' Satirize Breakout Success In 'Popstar'

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 1:08pm

Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer describe themselves as "frappers" — fake rappers. Working together as The Lonely Island, they created a comic film about pop-music documentaries.

From The 'Fresh Air' Archives: G. Gordon Liddy On Conquering His Fears

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 2:37pm

In 1973, Liddy was convicted for his role in the conspiracy to burglarize and bug the Democratic Party's headquarters at the Watergate office complex. Originally broadcast in 1980.

Kindred Spirits Cuong Vu And Pat Metheny Come Together In A New Jazz Album

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 2:37pm

Growing up, trumpeter Vu found inspiration in Metheny's music. Now the two collaborate on the album, Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny. Kevin Whitehead says the record showcases their musical chemistry.

From Medical Maggots To Stench Soup, 'Grunt' Explores The Science Of Warfare

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 1:10pm

When it comes to curiosity, science writer Mary Roach describes herself as someone who is "very out there." Her new book, Grunt, looks at some scientific developments that help keep soldiers safe.

Questlove On Prince, Doo-Wop And The Food Equivalent Of The 'Mona Lisa'

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 12:26pm

The Roots' drummer discusses the artistry involved in creating a great meal. "I'm more obsessed with the journey ... than the destination," Questlove says. Originally broadcast April 27, 2016.

Fresh Air Weekend: Marc Maron; Reconsidering Millennial Speak; Susan Silverman

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 8:00am

Marc Maron talks about sobriety and his "uncomfortable" comfort zone. Linguist Geoff Nunberg weighs in on the phrase "I feel like." Rabbi Susan Silverman discusses anxiety, faith and adoption.

'Weiner' Offers A Riveting, Close-Up View Of A Scandal In Progress

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:28pm

In 2013, a documentary team followed former Congressman Anthony Weiner in his bid to become mayor of New York. When a scandal hit, the cameras kept rolling. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Weiner.

Comedian Maria Bamford Finds Humor In Uncomfortable Topics

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:28pm

The star of the new Netflix series Lady Dynamite has used comedy to address her serious struggles with OCD, bipolar disorder and suicidal thoughts. Originally broadcast July 18, 2013.

In New Political Warfare, 'Armies Of Video Trackers' Swarm Candidates

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:16pm

New Yorker writer Jane Mayer discusses conservative activist James O'Keefe's latest botched sting operation, and the new kind of political opposition research O'Keefe pioneered.

In Its Retelling, 'Roots' Is Powerful, Must-See Television

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:03am

This weekend, an eight-hour remake of the 1977 miniseries begins airing on A&E, Lifetime and The History Channel. TV critic David Bianculli says the new Roots deserves to be seen and talked about.

'Mirror Test' Reflects On The Consequences Of The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:23pm

While serving as a State Department adviser in Iraq and Afghanistan, J. Kael Weston instigated a military mission that resulted the death of 31 service members. His memoir revisits the tragedy of war.

4 First-Rate Thrillers Deliver A Summer Of Suspenseful Reading

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:23pm

The suspense stories on Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list roam from the beaches of Long Island to the Welsh coast, and from the mean streets of Chicago to the alleyways of Berlin.

Irked By The Way Millennials Speak? 'I Feel Like' It's Time To Loosen Up

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:23pm

While some of his colleagues have criticized the current trend of starting sentences with the phrase, "I feel like," linguist Geoff Nunberg says it's just a case of generational misunderstanding.

Marc Maron On Sobriety And Managing His 'Uncomfortable' Comfort Zone

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:23pm

The comic recently played out his own fictional relapse on his IFC show, Maron. He says relapse is "a very real fear of mine. I'm glad it happened in fiction and not in real life."

Little Scream Casts A Dreamy Spell With 'Cult Following'

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 1:08pm

Musician Laurel Sprengelmeyer — aka Little Scream — refers to prayer, devotion, heaven and Satan on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls Cult Following a "testament to desire and endurance."

Susan Silverman On Anxiety, Adoption And Making A Family In An Uncertain World

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 1:08pm

In Casting Lots, the rabbi and mother of five explains how Judaism helped her come to terms with her anxiety. She says she and her sister, comic Sarah Silverman, are "two sides of the same coin."

Fresh Air Weekend: Kenya Barris; 'A Bigger Splash'; Novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 8:00am

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris says his own family experiences inspire the show. John Powers reviews the film, A Bigger Splash. Nguyen discusses The Sympathizer and his escape from Vietnam.

Fresh Air Remembers '60 Minutes' Correspondent Morley Safer

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:17am

In his 1990 interview with Terry Gross, Safer discussed his groundbreaking coverage of the war in Vietnam. He died Thursday at 84.

The 'Other Woman' Tries To Fix The Marriage She Destroyed In 'Maggie's Plan'

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:17am

In Rebecca Miller's comedy, an affair leads to divorce and remarriage — until the new wife decides she wants out. Critic David Edelstein says that Maggie's Plan doesn't quite come together.

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