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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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Remembering Smithereens' Songwriter And Lead Singer Pat DiNizio

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:23pm

DiNizio, who died Tuesday, told Fresh Air in 1988 that his music was influenced by the songs he grew up listening to on AM radio in the 1960s. The Smithereens formed in Carteret, NJ, in 1980.

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As Marriage Standards Change, A Therapist Recommends 'Rethinking Infidelity'

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:23pm

Esther Perel has spent the past six years focusing on couples who are dealing with infidelity. "It's never been easier to cheat — and it's never been more difficult to keep a secret," she says.

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Critic's 'Ghost List' Has Books, Music And A TV Show That Deserve A Second Look

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:23pm

Every year, critic John Powers is haunted by the things he wishes he'd reviewed. The themes his 2017 "Ghost List" range in spirit from cosmic surrealism to ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy.

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Ranky Tanky Leans On The Music And Culture Of Slave Descendants

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:15pm

Three members of Ranky Tanky perform songs from their self-titled debut. The band's name and music derive from the tradition of the Gullah, slave descendants from the Georgia and South Carolina coast.

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Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017

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

Fresh Air's book critic says her 2017 list is chaotic in a good way. "These books zing off in all directions: They're fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived."

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'Godless' Creator Says He Wanted To Embrace Every Single Western Cliché

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

Scott Frank packed his Netflix mini-series with train robberies and shoot-outs, but Godless isn't exactly a typical Western. For one thing, the town at the center of the story is run by women.

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Fresh Air Weekend: James Franco; 2017's Word Of The Year; Guillermo Del Toro

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 9:00am

Franco tackles a Hollywood story "unlike any other" in The Disaster Artist. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says "tribalism" is his word of the year. Del Toro talks about his new film, The Shape Of Water.

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'I, Tonya' Offers A Sympathetic Second Act To A Disgraced Figure Skater

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:13pm

In January 1994, skater Nancy Kerrigan was struck on the leg with a police-style baton by a man linked to skating rival Tonya Harding. A new dark comedy reconsiders the case against Harding.

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The 'Racial Cleansing' That Drove 1,100 Black Residents Out Of Forsyth County, Ga.

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:13pm

In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Author Patrick Phillips revisits the incident in his book, Blood at the Root. Originally broadcast Sept. 15, 2016.

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Will The Mueller Investigation Unearth A Crime? Legal Reporter Says It's Complicated

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 2:16pm

"There is not going to be a neat ending," New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin says of the investigation into Russian meddling. A central issue is whether a sitting president can be criminally indicted.

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Israeli Film 'Foxtrot' Is A Bruisingly Powerful Look At A War Without End

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 2:16pm

Foxtrot centers on an Israeli couple reeling from the death of their soldier son. Critic Justin Chang says the title is "a clever if heavy-handed metaphor for a nation mired in its own stasis."

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James Franco Tackles A Hollywood Story 'Unlike Any Other' In 'Disaster Artist'

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 3:06pm

Franco's new film is a behind-the-scenes take on the making of the 2003 cult classic The Room. "It was made for $6 million," he says. "It looks like it was made for about $60."

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As Fissures Between Political Camps Grow, 'Tribalism' Emerges As The Word Of 2017

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 3:06pm

"The meme of the moment is to say that American politics has become 'tribal,'" linguist Geoff Nunberg says. One sign of the division is the fact that no one can't agree on how to use the word.

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Director Guillermo Del Toro Says 'Shape Of Water' Centers On 'Love Beyond Words'

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:41pm

"I wanted to make a completely honest, heart-on-sleeve, non-ironic melodrama," del Toro says. Set in 1962, his new film features a fairy tale romance between a creature and a mute woman.

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'Cartoon County' Looks Back At The Golden Age Of Sunday Comics

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:41pm

Vanity Fair editor-at-large Cullen Murphy grew up the son of a cartoonist. His father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular Prince Valiant strip, which Murphy eventually wrote for 14 years.

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'Nuclear War Planner' Reflects On The Cold War And Assesses The Current Threat

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 1:46pm

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He looks back on his early days as a national security analyst in The Doomsday Machine.

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

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 1:46pm

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 - 1:46pm

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 - 9:00am

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 - 4:23pm

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.

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