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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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The 'End Of Loyalty' And The Decline Of Good Jobs In America

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:11pm

Author Rick Wartzman says that jobs offering security, decent wages and good benefits are becoming harder to find, in part because of automation, globalization and the weakening of unions.

'Everything Is Up For Grabs': Life Inspires Art For 'Catastrophe' Co-Creator

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:11pm

Sharon Horgan isn't shy about borrowing from real life for her Amazon comedy series about relationships. "I am my own provider of material," she says.

(Image credit: Mark Johnson/Amazon)

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

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 12:26pm

Giles Martin says he included outtakes and raw performances in the new box set to show "how human the making of Sgt. Pepper was." Originally broadcast June 1, 2017.

'Golden Hill' Recalls The Dark Alleys And Twisted Virtue Of 18th-Century NYC

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:50pm

Francis Spufford's latest novel is set in 1746 Lower Manhattan, a world of spies, thieves, card sharks and crooked bankers. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Golden Hill "intelligent and entertaining."

Rhiannon Giddens Speaks For The Silenced

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:50pm

Giddens' Freedom Highway is an exploration of African-American experiences, accompanied by an instrument with its own uniquely African-American story: the banjo. Originally broadcast May 11, 2017.

Despite A Strong Start, 'Modern Gods' Falls Short Of Its Promise

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:50pm

Critic Maureen Corrigan says Nick Laird's latest novel begins as a tale of two Irish sisters, but ultimately turns into "a lot of wild blather" about political and religious orthodoxies.

Fresh Air Weekend: Revisiting The Donner Party; 'Okja'; Reporting On Extremist Groups

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 8:00am

Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism. Justin Chang reviews the new film Okja. Journalist Souad Mekhennet's new memoir is I Was Told To Come Alone.

(Image credit: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

Nigerian Drummer Tony Allen Revisits His Jazz Roots In A Salute To Art Blakey

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:18pm

Allen mixes African, European and American beats on his new album, A Tribute to Art Blakey. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the record showcases the way that musicians "bat ideas back and forth."

Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:18pm

After starring in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Originally broadcast June 27, 2016.




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