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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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Take Thrilling Comfort In 'Bodyguard,' Where The Malfeasance Is Just Fiction

5 hours 15 min ago

A new BBC/Netflix series about terrorism and political chicanery delivers plenty of thrills — but ultimately lacks seriousness. Critic John Powers says Bodyguard is "awash in a timely cynicism."

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'Pleasant' Doesn't Interest Melissa McCarthy: 'Who Wants To Watch That?'

5 hours 49 min ago

McCarthy likes to take on "three-dimensional, flawed" characters. Otherwise, she says, "there's nothing to sink your teeth into." She stars as a caustic literary forger in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'BoJack Horseman' Creator; 'Hey, Kiddo' Author

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 9:00am

Raphael Bob-Waksberg describes his show, BoJack Horseman, as a sadness "sneak attack." Justin Chang reviews Can You Ever Forgive Me?. Jarrett J. Krosoczka discusses his graphic memoir, Hey, Kiddo.

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Father And Son Behind 'Beautiful Boy' Share Their Story Of Addiction And Recovery

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 1:33pm

David Sheff and his son Nic both wrote memoirs about Nic's meth addiction. Their stories are now the basis of a film starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. Originally broadcast in '08 and '13.

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'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Is A Rare Gem: A Sweet Film About A Mean Person

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:41am

A new film features Melissa McCarthy as a misanthropic con artist who forges letters from famous authors. Critic Justin Chang feels like McCarthy's entire career has been working toward this role.

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'Times' Journalists Puncture Myth Of Trump As Self-Made Billionaire

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 1:23pm

Investigative reporters Susanne Craig and David Barstow say the president received today's equivalent of $413 million from his father's real estate empire, through what appears to be tax fraud.

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Eric Church Gets Introspective In A Stripped-Down 'Desperate Man'

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 1:23pm

The country-music star returns to the basics in a new album that reflects some of the life-altering experiences he survived this past year. Ken Tucker says Desperate Man is an impressive achievement.

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Don't Be Fooled By The Talking Horse — 'BoJack' Is A Sadness 'Sneak Attack'

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 1:55pm

BoJack is a former sitcom star struggling with depression and addiction. Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg says part of the pitch for the animated show was: "What's Mister Ed like behind the scenes?"

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What Would Eleanor Do? 'If You Ask Me' Revisits Roosevelt's Advice Columns

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 1:32pm

For 20 years, Roosevelt answered reader questions on topics monumental, mundane and everywhere in between. A new book presents a selection of her essential advice and practical wisdom.

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'Hey, Kiddo' Aims To Help Kids With Addicted Parents Feel Less Alone

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 3:45pm

Jarrett J. Krosoczka was raised by his grandparents. The author and illustrator says he got a lot of practice telling stories as a kid — "making up excuses for where my biological parents were."

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Novelist Esi Edugyan On Depicting The 'Forgotten Figures' Of Scientific History

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 1:19pm

Edugyan's latest novel, Washington Black, tells the story of a boy who escapes slavery and embarks on a voyage of scientific discovery. It has been shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

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Phoebe Robinson: There's No Excuse For The Lack Of Diversity In Comedy

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 1:00pm

"There are so many talented, amazing people and if you're not booking them, it's either out of laziness or the fact you really don't care," says the co-host of the 2 Dope Queens podcast.

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'Washington Black' Is A Soaring Tale Of Enslavement And Escape

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 11:17am

Esi Edugyan's new novel centers on a boy who escapes slavery via hot air balloon — before crashing down to hard historical realities. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Washington Black "a wonder."

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'First Man' Director Damien Chazelle; Leonard Cohen's 'Flame'

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 9:00am

Chazelle's new film chronicles the personal losses leading up to Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon. Leonard Cohen's son, Adam, discusses a new collection of his late father's final works.

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Cult Icon John Waters On Breaking Taboos And Embracing Villains

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 2:08pm

The filmmaker behind Hairspray and Pink Flamingos made his name setting new lows in bad taste. The Baltimore Museum of Art now has a retrospective of his work. Originally broadcast 2004 and 2010.

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'The Romanoffs' Feels Like A Short Story Collection Made For The Screen

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:23pm

Each episode of Matthew Weiner's compelling new anthology series looks at a different person who is — or at least claims to be — a descendant of the infamous Romanov clan.

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'First Man' Captures The Upheaval Leading Up To Armstrong's 1969 Moon Landing

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 1:26pm

Justin Chang says a new film about the space race is one of the "noisiest, clunkiest, most inelegant movies about space travel ever made" — all of which helps convey the chaos of space travel.

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'Sing Me Back Home' Showcases The Partnership Between Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 1:26pm

Dickens and Gerrard were successful solo folk musicians who also shared an eclectic approach to music. A new album of previously unreleased recordings feature the pair "unvarnished" and "unplugged."

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How Notions Of Sex, Power And Consent Are Changing On College Campuses

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 1:26pm

Blurred Lines author Vanessa Grigoriadis says female college students were once told to protect themselves from sexual assault by learning self defense. Now, the focus is on changing men's behavior.

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Yo-Yo Ma Presents Bach As A Wise And Spellbinding Storyteller In 'Six Evolutions'

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 2:44pm

Ma began learning Bach's famous cello suites when he was 4. Now in his 60s, Ma has released his third recording of the pieces. Critic Lloyd Schwartz says this latest iteration may be his favorite.

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