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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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'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 12:20pm

"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Originally broadcast April 20, 2015.

'X-Files' Reboot Brings Back Mulder, Scully And The Search For Truth

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 11:00am

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reunite in Fox's six-episode revival of its famous science fiction series. TV critic David Bianculli says the new X-Files is worth investigating.

Messy And Absurd, 'London Spy' Mixes Espionage With Genuine Emotion

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:08pm

Fresh Air critic John Powers says the five-part BBC America show pulls off something ambitious: It keeps viewers enthralled with its intensity, while catching them in "a lingering emotional undertow."

The Audacious Korean-American Chef Who Mastered 'Mission Chinese Food'

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:02pm

Born in Korea, raised in Oklahoma, Danny Bowien was an adult when he taught himself to make Chinese food. That DIY vibe to his cooking has made him a rising star. Now he's written a cookbook.

'Times' Restaurant Critic Dishes On Guy Fieri — And Reviews That Stir The Pot

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 1:23pm

Restaurant critic Pete Wells tries to keep the customer in mind with all of his reviews. "We show awful lot of deference to chefs in our culture and maybe not enough deference to customers," he says.

Groove Master Benji Hughes Sings 'Songs In The Key Of Animals'

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 2:22pm

The singer-songwriter plays most of the instruments himself on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says you can hear a love for pop music in Hughes' silly sentiments and artful arrangements.

Today's Slaves Often Work For Enterprises That Destroy The Environment

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 2:22pm

Kevin Bales' book, Blood and Earth, explains why slavery in the world's lawless zones is essential to operate mines that pose a grave threat to the environment.

'Hidden History' Of Koch Brothers Traces Their Childhood And Political Rise

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:24pm

Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money, says the Kochs didn't grow up in "the usual cozy, all-American family." Their parents were away much of the time and competition between the brothers was fierce.

Childhood Resentments Mix With Tragedy In 'The Past'

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 3:30pm

Four adult siblings agree to spend one final summer vacation together in Tessa Hadley's new novel. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says The Past is "as disturbing as it is diverting."

From Meditation Music To Whaling Songs, 2 New Records Showcase Berendt's Mashups

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 12:14pm

German producer and musicologist Joachim-Ernst Berendt was an early champion of so-called world music. Critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two cross-cultural rarities Berendt produced in the late 1960s.

When Ancestry Search Led To Escaped Slave: 'All I Could Do Was Weep'

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 8:00am

Regina Mason's great-great-great-grandfather, a man named William Grimes, was a runaway slave and the author of what is now considered to be the first fugitive slave narrative.

Fresh Air Weekend: Ray Liotta; Showtime's 'Billions'; Author Elizabeth Strout

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 8:00am

Ray Liotta discusses Goodfellas, acting and his return to TV. Critic John Powers reviews Showtime's new drama series, Billions. Olive Kitteridge author Elizabeth Strout discusses her latest novel.

Showtime's Financial Drama 'Billions' Doubles Down On Melodrama And Machismo

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 1:07pm

Critic John Powers says viewers shouldn't expect to learn about the inner working of Wall Street from the glossy new series Billions. Instead, the show offers clipping action and punchy dialogue.

'Fiddler' Songwriters Discuss Putting Themselves In The 'Soul Of The Characters'

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 1:07pm

Together Sheldon Harnick and the late Jerry Bock wrote the songs for the Broadway show Fiddler on the Roof. Both men spoke to Fresh Air in 2004; Harnick spoke to Fresh Air again in 2014.

The Fog Of War Collides With The Fog Of Michael Bay In '13 Hours'

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 1:56pm

Bay's new film presents the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya from the perspective of military contractors. Critic David Edelstein says 13 Hours is a "ham-handed but ... generally effective portrait."

The Failed Coup That Led To Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 1:56pm

Adolf Hitler wrote his famous manifesto while serving time for an attempted coup that started in a German beer hall. Author Peter Ross Range says, "There was an obvious need to get his message out."

'My Ears Are Open': Novelist Elizabeth Strout Finds Inspiration In Everyday Life

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:00pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge says she was a "bad lawyer" before turning her energies to writing. Her latest novel, My Name is Lucy Barton, is about an aspiring writer.

Going Away Without 'Ghosting': A Better Way To Say 'I'm Not Into You'

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:00pm

The simple answer? Honesty. Commentator Sarah Hepola says that once she learned how to turn down dates with men she wasn't interested in, it became much easier to say yes to the ones she liked.

Everyone Uses Singular 'They,' Whether They Realize It Or Not

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:00pm

The singular, gender-neutral usage of "they" is now acceptable on college campuses, among the genderqueer and in the Washington Post. Linguist Geoff Nunberg traces the rise of the new "they."

Saxophonist Scott Hamilton Harmonizes With The Jeff Hamilton Trio On 'Live In Bern'

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 2:07pm

For years, Scott Hamilton toured as a soloist. Recently he recorded a new album with drummer Jeff Hamilton's band. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the record showcases Scott Hamilton's ageless style.

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