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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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Former Restaurant Worker Serves Up Industry-Inspired Fiction In 'Sweetbitter'

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:34pm

Stephanie Danler drew on her own experiences to write her novel about a young woman working at an upscale restaurant in New York. "It's so physically punishing," she says of her work as a server.

Jazz Drummer Matt Wilson's 'Big Happy Family' Is Heartfelt And Harmonious

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:37pm

Wilson, who has been leading bands for 20 years, rounds up many of those players on his new tribute album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Big Happy Family is full of humor and heart.

'In the Darkroom' Explores The Concept of Identity — Both Fixed And Fluid

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:36pm

Pulitzer-prize winning author Susan Faludi writes about her father's sex reassignment surgery in her memoir, In The Darkroom. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "exhausting, messy and provocative."

Understanding Congressional Gerrymandering: 'It's Moneyball Applied To Politics'

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:36pm

Ratf**ked author David Daley says that Republicans targeted key state legislative races in 2010 in an effort to control state houses, and, eventually, Congressional redistricting.

New 5-Part Series Considers The 'Perfect Perversity' Of The O.J. Simpson Case

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 1:30pm

"He was acquitted of the crime he was guilty of and convicted of a crime he's innocent of," says legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. He and director Ezra Edelman discuss O.J.: Made in America.

A Childhood Of Transcendental Meditation, Spent In The 'Shadow Of A Guru'

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:54pm

Journalist Claire Hoffman grew up in a utopian community in Fairfield, Iowa. At first, she says, "it was entirely magical." Then doubt crept in. Hoffman's memoir is Greetings from Utopia Park.

Aliens Attack And Congress Goes Extreme In CBS' Political Satire 'BrainDead'

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:01pm

The creators of The Good Wife mix comedy, politics and science fiction in their new summer series. TV critic David Bianculli says BrainDead is bizarre, fun and full of "intriguing little elements."

Fresh Air Weekend: Producer Scott Rudin; William Bell's New Album; 'Silicon Valley'

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 8:00am

Rudin discusses his career as a Broadway producer. Ken Tucker reviews Bell's new record. Creator Mike Judge, co-showrunner Alec Berg and actor Thomas Middleditch discuss the HBO show, Silicon Valley.

Tracing Muhammad Ali's Rise To 'King Of The World'

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Fresh Air remembers the boxing legend who dies last week with this archival interview with David Remnick, author of the Ali biography, of King of the World. Originally broadcast in 1998.

Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being 'Loved To Death'?

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:24pm

The park attracts millions of visitors each year, but journalist David Quammen warns that balancing tourism and preservation in Yellowstone can be tricky. Originally broadcast April 18, 2016.

'Genius' Offers A High-Toned Look At The Editor-Writer Relationship

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:24pm

A new film tells the story of book editor Max Perkins, who worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe. Critic David Edelstein says Genius "isn't quite ingenious enough."

William Bell Sings With Strength And Directness On 'This Is Where I Live'

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:46pm

Bell, who had his first hit in 1961 with the song "You Don't Miss Your Water," brings his trademark compassion and tenderness to his new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls This Is Where I Live a triumph.

In HBO's 'Silicon Valley,' The Comedy Is Inspired By Real-Life Tech Culture

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:46pm

Creator Mike Judge, co-showrunner Alec Berg and actor Thomas Middleditch discuss their series, Silicon Valley. Berg, who has family working in tech, says he has "nerd cred" in his bones.

Bust Times In Oil-Rich Venezuela: 'The Banks Don't Have Money To Give Out'

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 12:21pm

New York Times reporter Nicholas Casey talks about life in Venezuela, where the collapse in oil prices has caused shortages of everything, including water, electricity, medicine and cash.

Revisiting The Tenure Of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, The 'Jewish Jefferson'

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 12:22pm

One hundred years ago, Brandeis became the first Jewish justice on the Supreme Court. Author Jeffrey Rosen says that Brandeis was also the most far-seeing progressive justice of the 20th century.

In 'Homegoing,' A Saga Of A Family United By Blood, Separated By Slavery

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 10:40am

Yaa Gyasi's debut short story collection begins in 18th century Ghana, where the slave trade separates two half sisters. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Homegoing a strong work with versatile language.

Broadway Producer Scott Rudin: 'I'm A Complete Product Of Mentorship'

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 2:00pm

Rudin, who started in theater age 15, owes a lot to the producers who taught him his craft. "They were giants," he says. All five of Rudin's current shows have been nominated for Tony Awards.




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