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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 Remembers '60 Minutes' Correspondent Morley Safer

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:17am

In his 1990 interview with Terry Gross, Safer discussed his groundbreaking coverage of the war in Vietnam. He died Thursday at 84.

The 'Other Woman' Tries To Fix The Marriage She Destroyed In 'Maggie's Plan'

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:17am

In Rebecca Miller's comedy, an affair leads to divorce and remarriage — until the new wife decides she wants out. Critic David Edelstein says that Maggie's Plan doesn't quite come together.

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:17am

After five seasons as Walt on Breaking Bad, Cranston reinvented himself as Lyndon B. Johnson in the play (and now the HBO film) All the Way. Originally broadcast March 27, 2014.

Ralph Peterson Proves We're In A Golden Age Of Jazz Piano Trios

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:18am

Peterson's partners are two brothers who are a generation younger than him. The album Triangular III catches this working band in action.

A Reporter On The Panama Papers: The Basic Idea Is 'To Hide True Ownership'

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:18am

Documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm have offered new insight into how easy it is for the rich and corrupt to hide their assets. McClatchy's Kevin Hall has been reporting on the documents.

'Eleven Hours' Vividly Depicts The Beauty And Brutality Of Childbirth

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:33am

Pamela Erens' new novel takes place in the maternity ward of a New York hospital as a pregnant nurse assists in another woman's labor. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a fierce read.

Kenya Barris On 'Black-ish' And What Kids Lose When They Grow Up With More

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:26pm

Barris' ABC comedy series was inspired by his own family experiences. He says the show is about "raising your kids in a different environment than you were accustomed to being raised in."

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses 'The Sympathizer' And His Escape From Vietnam

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 1:00pm

Nguyen and his family fled their village in South Vietnam in 1975. He won the Pulitzer Prize this year for The Sympathizer, a spy novel set during and just after the war in Vietnam.

Racing Toward TV's Future, Late-Night Shows Shift To Any-Time Social Media

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:56am

Late-night talk shows are focusing increasing on their web audiences with segments like "Carpool Karaoke" and "Lip Sync Battle." TV critic David Bianculli says the changes are exciting.

An Emotional Storm Breaks In Paradise In 'A Bigger Splash'

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 1:02pm

An aging rock star's respite in the Mediterranean is interrupted by an old lover in A Bigger Splash. John Powers calls the film, which stars Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes, a "gripping slow-burn."

The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:45pm

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation and disease risk — but that environment also matters. His new book is The Gene.

Fresh Air Weekend: Richard Russo; Dan Clowes; The Cultural History Of Pit Bulls

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 8:00am

Russo discusses his new novel, Everyone's Fool. Cartoonist Dan Clowes talks about time travel and giving readers their money's worth. Bronwen Dickey explores the history of America's most feared dog.

Remembering Michael S. Harper, A Poet With An Ear For Jazz

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:58pm

Harper, who died Saturday, was known for his jazz-influenced poems. His first volume of poetry, Dear John, Dear Coltrane, was nominated for a National Book Award in 1978. Originally broadcast in 2000.

Jane Austen's 'Love & Friendship' Comes To Screen, And It's An Absolute Treat

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:58pm

An impoverished widow has designs on a married lord — and a plans for her own teenage daughter — in Whit Stillman's adaptation of the Austen novella, Lady Susan. Critic David Edelstein has a review.

Baltimore Author Discusses 'Living (And Dying) While Black'

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:58pm

Author D. Watkins says that crack destroyed his East Baltimore neighborhood, and he explains how the real day-to-day of selling drugs is nothing like the movies. Originally broadcast Oct. 1, 2015.

Actor Gary Cole On 'Veep' And Why 'Office Space' Endures

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:22pm

The actor, who plays a political consultant on Veep, tells Fresh Air he landed his first major TV role only after a number of other actors turned it down. "It was very, very fluke-ish," Cole says.

Cartoonist Daniel Clowes On Time Travel And Giving Readers Their Money's Worth

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:22pm

At 55, Clowes is one of the most influential artists in the independent comics world. His latest book, Patience, uses time travel to look at the ways random events can set a life on a new path.

Is America Engaged In A 'Vicious Cycle' Of Jailing The Poor?

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:25pm

There are almost 12 million admissions to local jails each year in the United States. Activist Nancy Fishman says that most of those jailed are poor people who are being held for low-level offenses.

Car Seat Headrest Is Gloriously Morose In 'Teens of Denial'

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:25pm

Will Toledo, the singer-songwriter who performs under the name Car Seat Headrest, is ambitious and passionate on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the record will make you want to sing along.

How Soul Great Clarence Carter Put Fame Records On The Map

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Carter's influence on pop and soul predates his best-known hit, "Patches," and is still felt today. Rock historian Ed Ward revisits the early career and the lasting impact of the expert songwriter.

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