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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: 'Tower'; 'Lincoln In The Bardo'; Author Bharati Mukherjee

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 8:00am

Keith Maitland's new documentary recreates the 1966 University of Texas campus shooting. Maureen Corrigan reviews George Saunders' first novel. Fresh Air remembers writer Bharati Mukherjee.

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50 Years Later, The Biting Satire Of 'The Smothers Brothers' Still Resonates

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 1:42pm

Before SNL and The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour mixed entertainment and advocacy in a way that influenced a generation of satirical political shows. Critic David Bianculli looks back.

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Jeff Bridges Abides By His Actor Dad's Example: Bring Joy To The Set

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 1:42pm

Bridges was nominated for an Oscar for his role as an aging Texas ranger tracking two bank robbers in Hell or High Water. Originally broadcast Jan. 9, 2017.

Taut, Moving 'Black Girl' Helped Put African Cinema On The Map

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 1:42pm

Fifty years after its debut, a restored version of Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène's first film is now available. John Powers says Black Girl feels "as timely today as it did half a century ago."

Republicans Want To Get Rid Of Obamacare. But Then What?

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 1:35pm

President Trump has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but Sarah Kliff of Vox.com says it's "an overreach" to say that Republicans have a plan for what comes next.

George Saunders Re-Imagines A President's Grief With 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:24am

The acclaimed short-story writer sets his first novel in the cemetery where 11-year-old Willie Lincoln was buried. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Lincoln in the Bardo "searing, inventive and bizarre."

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'Tower' Pays Tribute To A 1966 Campus Shooting That Was 'Pushed Aside'

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 1:16pm

Fourteen people were killed by a sniper at the University of Texas on Aug. 1, 1966. But director Keith Maitland says people were "encouraged to move forward and not linger in the terrible tragedy."

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'Black Edge' Recounts The Biggest Insider-Trading Scandal In History

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:22pm

Sheelah Kolhatkar discusses the investigation of billionaire hedge-fund trader Steven A. Cohen. She says the ways Wall Street elites accumulate wealth often negatively affect the rest of the country.

'Legion' Is A Fun, Fast-Paced TV Adaptation Of The Marvel Comic

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:22pm

Noah Hawley's FX new series centers on a man who doesn't yet realize he's a superhero. TV critic David Bianculli calls Legion an "impressive, unpredictable trip."

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'Glass House' Chronicles The Sharp Decline Of An All-American Factory Town

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 1:35pm

Once a bustling town, Lancaster, Ohio, is now beset by unemployment, low wages and drug abuse. Brian Alexander chronicles the rise and fall of his hometown in his new book, Glass House.

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Remembering Bharati Mukherjee, An Indian-Born American Writer

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 1:35pm

Mukherjee, who died Saturday in Manhattan, grew up in India, Switzerland and England. Her work explores the thoughts and experiences of immigrants from many countries. Originally broadcast in 2002.

Fresh Air Weekend: Director Jim Jarmusch; 'The Salesman'; 'Modern Death'

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 8:00am

Jarmusch's new movie Paterson was inspired by William Carlos Williams' epic poem. Film critic David Edelstein reviews The Salesman. Dr. Haider Warraich discusses the pitfalls of extending life.

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'La La Land' Director Aimed To Make A Film Even Musical Skeptics Would Love

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:33pm

Damien Chazelle, who is nominated for an Oscar for his musical La La Land, says songs are "an expression of inner feelings that can't be articulated any other way." Originally broadcast Jan 5, 2017.

'It's A Playground': Meryl Streep On Acting With Abandon

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:33pm

Streep is nominated for an Oscar for playing Florence Foster Jenkins, a socialite who didn't let her imperfect voice stop her from becoming an opera singer. Originally broadcast Aug. 10, 2016.

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