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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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Zippy And Delightful, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Spotlights An Unlikely Comic

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:46pm

Amazon's new series centers on a spurned 1950s housewife who has a knack for stand-up comedy. Critic John Powers says Rachel Brosnahan delivers a "genuinely funny performance" in the title role.

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Do Politics Matter In Poetry? New Biography Explores The Case Of Ezra Pound

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:46pm

A central figure in 20th century poetry, Pound was also an outspoken fascist. In The Bughouse, Daniel Swift investigates whether or not the poet's politics and madness matter to his work.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Patton Oswalt; 'The Shape Of Water'; 'President Show' Stars

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 8:00am

Oswalt says falling in love again was like "getting hit by lightning twice." Justin Chang reviews Guillermo del Toro's new film. Anthony Atamanuik and Peter Grosz discuss The President Show.

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Newly Reissued 'Astaire Story' Suffers From A Couple Of Missteps

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:23pm

In 1952, record producer Norman Granz brought six jazz stars into the studio to back a singer from outside their circle: Hollywood song and dance man Fred Astaire.

Delusions Of Grandeur Take Center Stage In James Franco's 'Disaster Artist'

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:23pm

Critic David Edlestein says Franco sends audiences into hysterics as the director and star of a new biopic about Tommy Wiseau, an oddball filmmaker with vision and drive — but very little talent.

LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones: 'I'm Well Aware How Fragile Life Is'

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:23pm

Jones lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination: "Meeting Harvey, seeing his death, it fixed my course." Originally broadcast Nov. 29, 2016.

For Years, Anita Hill Was A 'Canary In The Coal Mine' For Women Speaking Out

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 1:44pm

Journalists Jane Mayer and Rebecca Traister say Hill's harsh treatment during Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings served as a warning to other women.

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Gorgeous And Lyrical 'Shape of Water' Doesn't Quite Hit Its Mark

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:32pm

Director Guillermo del Toro's new film is both a stylized vision of Cold War paranoia and an old-school monster movie. Reviewer Justin Chang says he wanted to love The Shape of Water more than he did.

Stars Of 'The President Show' Present An 'Off The Rails' Version Of Trump

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:32pm

Anthony Atamanuik and Peter Grosz's new Comedy Central series is set up like a late night talk show, hosted by President Trump with Vice President Pence as his sidekick.

For Jesmyn Ward, Writing Means Telling The 'Truth About The Place That I Live In'

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:36pm

Ward's National Book Award-winning novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, is set in a small town modeled after her own rural hometown. It centers on a biracial young boy confronting the South's racial legacy.

For Anesthesiologist, Easing Pain And Erasing Memories Is All In A Day's Work

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:36pm

Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo specializes in pediatric anesthesiology and treats about 1,000 children a year, including premature babies. His new memoir is called Counting Backwards.

Patton Oswalt: Falling In Love Again Was Like 'Getting Hit By Lightning Twice'

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:57pm

After the sudden death of his first wife in April 2016, Oswalt felt his life slipping away. But over the past year, things took a turn: He fell in love again, and now he has a new Netflix special.

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