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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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Monkey thieves, drunk elephants — Mary Roach reveals a weird world of animal 'crime'

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 12:25pm

Roach researched animal misbehaviors for her book, Fuzz. She says animals tend to ignore the rules we try to impose on them — and they often have the last laugh. Originally broadcast Sept. 14, 2021.

'Blonde,' the new Marilyn Monroe biopic, is an exercise in exploitation, not empathy

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 4:29am

The Netflix film turns Monroe into an avatar of suffering, brought low by a miserable childhood, a father she never knew and an industry full of men who abused and exploited her until her death.

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Extreme heat, flooding and wildfires: How climate change supercharged the weather

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 12:22pm

Washington Post reporter Brady Dennis warns our aging infrastructure systems weren't built to withstand the stresses of climate change: "There is a certain amount of suffering that we can't avoid."

You won't want to miss this funny and surprising 'Reboot'

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 12:36pm

Hulu's new comedy series is about the rebirth of an old comedy series — one that never existed. Reboot is the funniest sitcom about making a sitcom since the Showtime series Episodes.

'British Vogue' editor-in-chief wants his magazine to reflect the world he sees

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 11:42am

Edward Enninful grew up in Ghana, assisting his mother in her dressmaking shop. "For me, fashion was always such an inclusive, beautiful thing," he says. His memoir is A Visible Man.

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How Trump's DOJ pressured the Southern District of NY to aid the White House

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 12:27pm

Geoffrey Berman served as U.S. Attorney in the Southern District. In his memoir, Holding the Line, he describes how the Dept. of Justice demanded he use his office to aid the Trump administration.

'Reservation Dogs' co-creator says the show gives audiences permission to laugh

Mon, 09/19/2022 - 12:06pm

Sterlin Harjo says there's a tendency to be "very precious with Native people ... that's kind of how the world is trained to view us." The irreverent series follows four teens on a reservation.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Nina Totenberg; 'Abbott Elementary' star Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sat, 09/17/2022 - 11:01am

Totenberg looks back on her decades-long friendship with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Kevin Whitehead reviews the new album from the Free Form Funky Freqs. Ralph plays a veteran teacher on Abbott.

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With 'Succession', Matthew Macfadyen finds himself a long way from Mr. Darcy

Fri, 09/16/2022 - 12:35pm

The British actor played a brooding Mr. Darcy in the '05 film adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. Now he's won an Emmy for playing a scheming Midwesterner on Succession. Originally broadcast Jan. 2022.

Fresh Air remembers jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis

Fri, 09/16/2022 - 12:35pm

In 1965, Lewis' trio had a crossover hit with The 'In' Crowd, a jazz recording they made in a Washington, D.C. nightclub, which reached the pop charts. Lewis died Sept. 12.

Viola Davis is 'The Woman King' in an epic story inspired by true events

Fri, 09/16/2022 - 12:20pm

Gina Prince-Bythewood's latest film is a rousingly old-fashioned action-drama about women warriors in 19th-century West Africa.

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'Friday Night Lights' author tackles a historic WWII football match-up

Thu, 09/15/2022 - 12:26pm

Buzz Bissinger revisits a football game among Marines that took place on a Pacific island in 1945, while they were waiting to engage in the assault on Okinawa. His new book is The Mosquito Bowl.

Ken Burns connects the past and the present in 'The U.S. and the Holocaust'

Thu, 09/15/2022 - 10:54am

Burns' new six-hour series brings World War II history to life — and reminds us that our life, right now, is indeed history in the making.

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Nina Totenberg looks back on her decades-long friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Wed, 09/14/2022 - 11:55am

The NPR legal affairs correspondent met the future SCOTUS justice in the early '70s, when Totenberg interviewed Ruth Bader Ginsburg for a story about a decision pertaining to women's rights.

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Ling Ma's stories start out familiar but get very, very weird

Wed, 09/14/2022 - 11:47am

Nothing is just one thing in Bliss Montage: Satire swirls into savagery; a gimmicky premise into poignancy. Ma writes with such authority that readers are simply swept along.

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How lawyers from one giant DC firm influenced Trump's Supreme Court picks

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 12:44pm

Servants of the Damned author David Enrich says lawyers from the firm of Jones Day were deeply embedded in the Trump White House — and helped create policy designed to limit the federal government.

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From 'Dreamgirls' to 'Abbott Elementary,' Sheryl Lee Ralph forged her own path

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 11:24am

Ralph is up for an Emmy for her role as a no-nonsense kindergarten teacher on Abbott Elementary. She says classroom management is about "letting [kids] know that boundaries are there for a reason."

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Fresh Air Weekend: Tennis great John McEnroe; Musician Amanda Shires

Sat, 09/10/2022 - 4:00am

McEnroe reflects on his career in a new Showtime documentary. Shires examines the fault lines in her marriage on her new album, Take it Like a Man,

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Remembering NPR international correspondent Anne Garrels

Fri, 09/09/2022 - 12:22pm

Garrels, who died Sept. 7, reported on conflicts from the U.S.S.R., China, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Her most heralded dispatches were from the 2003 Iraq war. Originally broadcast in 2003.

'If I Survive You' is a sweeping portrait of a family's fight to make it in America

Fri, 09/09/2022 - 9:15am

Jonathan Escoffery's If I Survive You is an intensively granular, yet panoramic depiction of what it's like to try to make it — or not — in this kaleidoscopic madhouse of a country.

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