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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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Fresh Air Weekend: John Oliver; Transgender Activist Sarah McBride

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 8:00am

Oliver dives into often obscure stories on Last Week Tonight. Justin Chang reviews A Wrinkle in Time. McBride is the spokesperson for the LGBTQ rights organization the Human Rights Campaign.

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New Collection Catches Jazz Bassist Charles Mingus 'Live at Montreux 1975'

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 1:33pm

A new 2-CD set features a decades-old recording of Mingus and his quintet at Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival. Citic Kevin Whitehead says the album showcases one of Mingus' most explosive bands.

From Refugees To Politics, Mohsin Hamid Writes The Change He Wants To See

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 1:33pm

"All of us who are writers are doing something that actually matters," Hamid says. His novel, Exit West, follows a couple deciding whether to flee their homeland. Originally broadcast March 8, 2017.

With Go-For-Broke Exuberance, 'A Wrinkle In Time' Celebrates The Power Of Love

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 1:33pm

Ava DuVernay's adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's novel assets that a young girl's imagination can change the world. Critic Justin Chang says despite some gaudiness, the film has its own kind of magic.

'Jessica Jones' Returns, Her Rage Especially Resonant In The #MeToo Era

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 1:35pm

Netflix's drama about a woman who rebels against conformity and power structures returns for a second season on Thursday. Critic David Bianculli says Jessica Jones "transcends the superhero genre."

Remembering Barry Crimmins, A Comic Who Advocated For Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 1:35pm

Crimmins, who died last week, mentored Bobcat Goldthwait when they were up-and-coming comics in the '80s. The two men spoke to Fresh Air in 2015 about their documentary Call Me Lucky.

John Oliver Finds Humor In The News No One Wants To Hear About

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:26pm

On Last Week Tonight, Oliver dives into often obscure stories, like NRA TV and the laws that govern televangelism. He describes the show's style as "the slowest improv you've ever seen."

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Journalist Charts The 'Bizarre Twists And Turns' Of The Trump-Russia Dossier

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:46pm

New Yorker writer Jane Mayer explains how the infamous Russian dossier on Donald Trump was compiled — and why so little was done about its findings during the presidential campaign.

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Mexican-American Author Finds Inspiration In Family, Tragedy And Trump

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:31pm

Luis Alberto Urrea's The House of Broken Angels borrows from the story of his older brother, who died of cancer. He says the book went through a dramatic rewrite after Trump became president.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Nick Kroll And John Mulaney Of 'Big Mouth'; Actor Doug Jones

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 8:00am

Kroll and Mulaney relive puberty in their animated Netflix series. Kevin Whitehead reviews two new compilations of Nina Simone's early work. Jones talks about playing a fish man in The Shape of Water.

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Remembering Sex And Relationship Columnist Cynthia Heimel

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 1:14pm

Heimel, who died on Sunday, was known for the humorous advice she doled out in columns for The Village Voice and Playboy. Originally broadcast in 1991.

Oscar-Nominated 'Phantom Thread' Focuses On Fashion's 'Most Obsessive'

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 1:14pm

Paul Thomas Anderson's film about a renowned fashion designer landed six Oscar nominations, but the director says making sewing look dramatic wasn't easy. Originally broadcast Jan. 23, 2018.

Spy Thriller 'Red Sparrow' Is A Long Slog With Minimal Suspense

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 1:09pm

Jennifer Lawrence is unconvincing as the star of the Bolshoi Ballet in the espionage thriller Red Sparrow. Critic David Edelstein says the film features "one bad note after another."

Nick Kroll And John Mulaney Relive Raging Hormones And First Kisses In 'Big Mouth'

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 1:06pm

The comic actors channel the indignities of puberty in their animated Netflix comedy series. Looking back on his own adolescence, Mulaney says: "I was always mystified."

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Trans Woman Reflects On Love, Loss And The Fight For Equality

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 1:32pm

Sarah McBride was the first transgender person to speak at the political convention of a major party. Now she's the spokesperson for the LGBTQ rights organization the Human Rights Campaign.

Comedy Is Drenched With Foreboding On Season 2 Of 'Atlanta'

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 1:32pm

Donald Glover's Emmy-winning FX series returns for its second season on Thursday. Critic John Powers says Atlanta is simultaneously "strange and angry and hysterically funny."

New Releases Showcase Nina Simone's Early Years In Music

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 1:46pm

In April, the singer, songwriter and pianist will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In anticipation, two compilations of Simone's early singles have been released.

Long-Term Effects Of Psychotropic Drugs Are 'Cloaked In Mystery'

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 1:21pm

When it comes to antidepressants and other psychotropic drugs, author Lauren Slater says, "We don't really know what we're taking into our bodies." Her new book is Blue Dreams.

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