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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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How U.S. Health Care Became Big Business

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:01am

Writer Elisabeth Rosenthal has worked as a physician and says it's far more lucrative in the U.S. health system to provide a lifetime of treatments than a cure. Her new book is An American Sickness.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Alec Baldwin; Valerie June's New Album; Laura Jane Grace

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 8:00am

Baldwin discusses his career highs and lows and playing a "larger than life" Trump. Ken Tucker reviews June's The Order of Time. Trans punk rocker Grace talks about her new memoir.

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Genre-Bending 'Colossal' Mixes Monster Metaphor With Romantic Comedy

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:16pm

Anne Hathaway plays a woman mysteriously linked to a monster in South Korea in her latest film. Critic David Edelstein says Colossal shows that "even the dumbest genres can be used to profound ends."

Remembering Don Rickles, The Insult Comic Who Made Fun Of Everything

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:16pm

Rickles, who died yesterday, mined racial, ethnic and religious stereotypes for laughs. "I crossed the line when nobody else could do it," he once said. Originally broadcast in 2008, 1998 and 2007.

U.S. Military Leaders Are Worried That A War With Russia Could Start By Accident

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 1:09pm

David Wood of The Huffington Post says Russian jets are playing "chicken" with U.S. planes in international airspace with alarming frequency, and that a rash response could lead to all-out war.

'Tell Me How It Ends' Offers A Moving, Humane Portrait Of Child Migrants

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:07am

Valeria Luiselli's new book is based on her experiences working as an interpreter for Central American child migrants seeking entry to the U.S. Critic John Powers calls it "fair minded and expansive."

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Melds Jazz And Hip-Hop Beats On 'Ruler Rebel'

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 1:32pm

The New-Orleans-born trumpeter salutes the earliest jazz recordings on his new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Ruler Rebel showcases Adjuah's "commanding personal voice and ... sense of direction."

Alec Baldwin On Career Highs And Lows And Playing A 'Larger Than Life' Trump

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 1:32pm

Baldwin tells Fresh Air that his SNL impression of the president is purposefully exaggerated. "There's a kind of volume to it," he says. "It's kind of the Macy's Day Parade [version] of Trump."

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For Laura Jane Grace, Punk Was A Form Of Armor

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 2:43pm

The founder of the band Against Me! felt so conflicted about her gender growing up that she thought she was schizophrenic. Since transitioning, she's become more in touch with herself.

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