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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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Two Families Cruise Toward Catastrophe In 'Do Not Become Alarmed'

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 2:19pm

Maile Meloy's novel centers on two families whose children go missing during an international vacation. Maureen Corrigan read it in two nights and says it's a "very smart work of literary fiction."

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For Our 30th Anniversary, Fresh Air Tapes Live With Seth Meyers Of 'Late Night'

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 1:57pm

The SNL veteran used to ruminate over shows that didn't quite hit the mark; now the he resists the urge to look back: "It's nice to be in this place where you can be very forward focused," he says.

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Journalist Ventured 'Behind The Lines Of Jihad' To Interview The World's Most Wanted

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:16pm

Washington Post correspondent Souad Mekhennet has risked kidnapping and imprisonment to report on extremist groups, such as ISIS and the Taliban. Her new memoir is I Was Told to Come Alone.

After Years Of Restraint, A Linguist Says 'Yes!' To The Exclamation Point

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:29am

F. Scott Fitzgerald once declared that using an exclamation point was like laughing at your own joke, but linguist Geoff Nunberg begs to differ. He's begun embracing the mark in his own writing.

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'Hue 1968' Revisits An American 'Turning Point' In The War In Vietnam

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:25pm

Author Mark Bowden says the capture of Hue, Vietnam, was part of a wave of well-planned Communist attacks that shocked American commanders and helped turn U.S. public opinion against the war.

Fresh Air Weekend: Actor Giancarlo Esposito; 6 Summer Books; Polar Photography

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 8:00am

Esposito reprises his Breaking Bad villain, Gus Fring, on Better Call Saul. Maureen Corrigan presents her early summer reading list. Paul Nicklen takes pictures of a fragile and ferocious ecosystem.

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'My Cousin Rachel' Spins A 19th-Century Melodrama About A Mysterious Young Widow

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 12:50pm

Rachel Weisz plays a widow who might have designs on her cousin's fortune in a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's 1951 novel. Critic David Edelstein says the film will keep viewers in suspense.

The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 12:50pm

Wonder Woman's creator had a few secrets of his own. Historian Jill Lepore describes William Moulton Marstothe's unusual life in The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Originally broadcast Oct. 27, 2014.

'Becoming Cary Grant' Reveals The Self-Invention Of A Hollywood Icon

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:05am

Mark Kidel's new Showtime documentary tells the story of the man behind the debonair star. Off screen, Grant was "lonely, insecure and haunted by fears of being abandoned," says critic John Powers.

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For One Saudi Woman, 'Daring To Drive' Was An Act Of Civil Disobedience

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 2:03pm

In 2011, Manal al-Sharif filming herself driving in a country where women are banned from getting behind the wheel. Driving, she says, is "a way to emancipate women. It gives them so much liberty."

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'Beatriz At Dinner' Serves Up A Barbed Satire About Race, Class And Culture

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 2:03pm

Salma Hayek plays a Mexican-American massage therapist who attends the dinner party of a wealthy client in Beatriz At Dinner. Reviewer Justin Chang calls the film an "elegantly acerbic new comedy."

'Better Call Saul' Actor Giancarlo Esposito On The Making Of An Iconic Villain

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:57pm

Six years after the demise of his Breaking Bad character, Esposito is back on TV as the vicious drug lord Gus Fring. He says the current role allows him to take the character "back in time."

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Polar Photographer Shares His View Of A Ferocious But Fragile Ecosystem

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 2:59pm

Paul Nicklen has spent decades documenting the Arctic and the Antarctic. "I want people to realize that ice is like the soil in the garden," he says. "Without ice the polar regions cannot exist."

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50 Years Later, 'Loving' Revisits The Landmark Supreme Court Ruling

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:17pm

Author Sheryll Cashin's talks about the Loving v. Virginia ruling, which overturned state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Cashin grew up the child of civil rights activists in Huntsville, Ala.

Fresh Air Weekend: Sen. Al Franken; Humorist David Sedaris

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 7:00am

Franken talks about SNL, President Trump and his new memoir, Giant of the Senate. Sedaris revisits turning points in his life in Theft by Finding, a collection of excerpts from his diaries.

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'Fresh Air' Interviews With Beatles Ringo Starr And Paul McCartney

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:56pm

To mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S. release of Sgt Pepper, we listen back to Terry Gross' 1995 interview with Ringo Starr, as well as her 2001 and 2012 interviews with Paul McCartney.

Gal Gadot Shines As 'Wonder Woman,' Despite The Film's By-The-Numbers Plot

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:56pm

DC Comics' new Wonder Woman adaptation centers on a trained warrior who hates war. Critic David Edelstein says the heroine is the best part of the film's "tacky superhero universe."

50 Years Later, Producer Remixes 'Sgt. Pepper' To 'Bring It Into The Modern World'

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:59pm

Giles Martin says he included outtakes and raw performances in the new box set to show "how human the making of Sgt. Pepper was." The original album was produced by Martin's father, George.

David Sedaris On The Life-Altering And Mundane Pages Of His Old Diaries

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:13pm

Sedaris' Theft by Finding is a collection of excerpts from those diaries. In it, he revisits major turning points, like how he met his longtime boyfriend and his decision to stop drinking.

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