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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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Smart, Unsentimental 'Heartland' Pays Tribute To America's Working Class

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 12:32pm

Sarah Smarsh grew up as a member of the white working class in rural Kansas. In a new memoir, she examines the crushing ways in which class shapes possibility in the U.S.

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How A 'By-Any-Means-Necessary' Quest For A Child Inspired Netflix's 'Private Life'

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:43am

Writer and director Tamara Jenkins drew on her own experiences with IVF treatment to create what she calls a "buddy movie" about a New York City couple who are desperate to have a baby.

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Michael Lewis: Trump's Approach To Government Shows 'Neglect And Misunderstanding'

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 1:30pm

Lewis' new book, The Fifth Risk, examines three federal departments under Trump: energy, agriculture and commerce. He warns that half of the top 700 positions in the administration remain unfilled.

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On 'SNL,' '60 Minutes' And More, How Networks And Cable Covered Kavanaugh

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 3:23pm

Critic David Bianculli looks back at the history of televised government hearings, including the Senate Confirmation Hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Author Of 'The Apprentice' Talks Of Getting Trolled And Sourcing Stories

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 3:23pm

Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Greg Miller reflects on his experience investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia — and what it's like to hear President Trump's comments on his stories.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Jon Batiste; Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 9:00am

Batiste, the band leader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, demonstrates his "everything in the pot" style of piano. Fulks and Lewis share songs from their new album, Wild! Wild! Wild!

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A Single Act Of Violence Inspires Outrage And Anger In 'Monsters And Men'

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 1:30pm

Reinaldo Marcus Green's haunting new film tells the story of three Brooklyn men whose lives are impacted by the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in their neighborhood.

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Robert Redford: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 1:30pm

Redford has announced that he's retiring from acting, and that his role in the new film The Old Man and the Gun, will be his last. In 2013, he said it was "sort of weird" being known for his looks.

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'Murphy Brown' Returns, With Familiarly Defiant — And Heavy-Handed — Humor

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 1:25pm

Twenty years later, the core surviving members of the original cast are back, and so is the show's proudly liberal spirit. If you're in tune with that, then Murphy Brown, once again, is for you.

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Journalist: Poland's Shift Toward Authoritarianism Is A 'Red Flag' For Democracy

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 1:25pm

Atlantic journalist Anne Applebaum says the changes taking place in Poland — including a rise of conspiracy theories and attacks on the free press — mirror similar shifts happening in the U.S.

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'In The Moment, You Just Fly': Jon Batiste Lets Loose At The Piano

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 3:35pm

Batiste, the band leader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, sits at the piano and demonstrates his "everything in the pot" style of playing.

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Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis On Singing Harmony And Living A 'Wild!' Life

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 1:26pm

Fulks and Lewis come from different generations, but both play the old style of country music — her brother is Jerry Lee Lewis. They share songs and stories from their new album, Wild! Wild! Wild!.

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How A Rising Star Of White Nationalism Broke Free From The Movement

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 2:31pm

Derek Black once promoted a racist agenda by making speeches, hosting a radio show and starting a website. His change of heart is the subject of a new book, written by journalist Eli Saslow.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Maggie Gyllenhaal; Breaking Free From The Purity Movement

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 9:00am

Gyllenhaal takes on the power imbalance of sex work in The Deuce. Critic Justin Chang reviews The Sisters Brothers. Linda Kay Klein reflects on the shame caused by the Evangelical purity movement.

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'Jane Fonda In Five Acts' Reveals The Shifting Identities Of An Icon

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 1:40pm

Susan Lacy's terrific HBO documentary examines Fonda's juicy, controversial life in five parts. The first four are named for a man under whose influence Fonda lived; in the fifth, she stands alone.

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Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 1:40pm

"I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," says biographer Jonathan Eig. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed." Originally broadcast Oct. 4, 2017.

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The Tough Wild West — Now With Feelings — In 'The Sisters Brothers'

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:39pm

Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly play a brotherly pair of assassins-for-hire in Jacques Audiard's latest film. Critic Justin Chang calls The Sisters Brothers a "funny, stirring, brutal story."

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Fast-Paced And Proudly Unusual, 'Maniac' Dives Into The Mysteries Of The Mind

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 2:23pm

Jonah Hill and Emma Stone star in a new, 10-part Netflix series about the psychological exploration of alternative realities and identities. Critic David Bianculli says Maniac is "a blast."

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes On The Power Imbalance Of Sex Work In 'The Deuce'

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 2:17pm

When the creators of HBO's The Deuce approached Gyllenhaal about starring as a sex worker on the show, she accepted the role — but only if she could produce as well as act.

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Aaron Lee Tasjan Mixes Yearning Vocals And Strong Guitar On 'Karma For Cheap'

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 1:20pm

Tasjan has played in bluegrass festivals and also opened for punk bands. Critic Ken Tucker says regardless of the musical genre, the singer-songwriter's third album "proves its worth."

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