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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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Black Lung Disease Can't Keep Frank Newsome From Singing Hymns

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 1:54pm

Newsome, a former coal miner who has black lung disease, started singing when he joined a church in 1963. His sings a cappella in a lined-out hymn style — one of America's oldest music traditions.

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'Squeezed' Explores Why America Is Getting Too Expensive For The Middle Class

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 1:54pm

Author Alissa Quart writes that the costs of housing, child care, health care and college are outpacing salaries and threatening the livelihoods of middle class Americans.

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Pediatrician Who Exposed Flint Water Crisis Shares Her 'Story Of Resistance'

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 2:10pm

After warning of elevated lead levels in her patients in Flint, Mich., Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha faced a backlash: "The state said that I was an unfortunate researcher, that I was causing near-hysteria."

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Beep Beep, Yeah! Paul McCartney On Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke' Is TV At Its Best

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 12:45pm

Late Late Show host James Corden took the famed Beatle on a ride that was, by turns, unexpectedly tender, touching and meaningful.

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Fresh Air Weekend: John Prine; Novelist Stephen McCauley

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 9:00am

Prine explains why he never thought he'd be a recording artist. Critic Justin Chang reviews the documentary The King. McCauley's novel, My Ex-Life, centers on couple whose marriage ended decades ago.

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'The King' Fuses Elvis' Turbulent Life Story With The Soul Of America

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 1:23pm

Eugene Jarecki's documentary uses the rise and fall of Elvis Presley to track the ups and downs of America's past century. Critic Justin Chang calls The King a "feverishly analytical" musical essay.

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In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 1:23pm

In Raven Rock, Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect government leaders and the roles for various agencies in the event of catastrophe. Originally broadcast June 21, 2018.

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'Born Trump' Examines The 'Emotional Hold' The President Has On His Family

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 3:44pm

Journalist Emily Jane Fox focused on Trump's three marriages and five children when writing her new book. "His presence is overwhelming," she says of the president's role in the family.

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2 Books Find Fuel In The American Landscape

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 3:14pm

Critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two books to expand your horizons: One is a cultural history of the great American road trip; the other an early 20th-century classic of Midwestern rural life.

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2 First-Rate Novels Celebrate The Humor And Heroism Of Unconventional Women

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 1:54pm

Authors Dorthe Nors and Sayaka Murata use bracing good humor to subvert readers' expectations about single women in their new novels, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal and Convenience Store Woman.

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Novelist Stephen McCauley Embraces Life On A 'Small, Everyday Scale'

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 1:54pm

McCauley's novel, My Ex-Life, is a comedy about a couple whose marriage ended years ago when the husband came out as gay. "All relationships evolve — even for people who stay together," he says.

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Father John Misty Mixes Egotism And Humor On 'God's Favorite Customer'

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 1:39pm

Critic Ken Tucker says Father John Misty's new album offers a "roundabout, melancholy" acknowledgement of the artistic selfishness that often accompanies confessional songwriting.

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Journalist Warns Cyber Attacks Present A 'Perfect Weapon' Against Global Order

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 1:39pm

New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger says U.S. officials worry that foreign powers have planted malware that could knock out critical infrastructure, including electric power.

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John Prine On Music, Cancer And Why He Never Thought He'd Be A Recording Artist

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 1:27pm

The singer, songwriter and guitarist underwent surgeries in 1996 and 2013 that affected his throat and voice. He likes his voice better now: "It dropped down lower and feels friendlier."

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Pithy And Pointed 'There There' Puts Native American Voices Front And Center

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 1:00pm

Critic Maureen Corrigan says Tommy Orange's novel, which centers on a cast of native and mixed-race characters whose lives intersect at a powwow, features "a literary authority rare in a debut."

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Fresh Air Weekend: Paul Schrader And Ethan Hawke On 'First Reformed'; Michael Chabon

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 9:00am

Shrader and Hawke discuss their new film about a minister who is having a crisis of faith. Justin Chang reviews The Incredibles 2. Chabon writes about fatherhood in Pops.

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Remembering D.J. Fontana, The Drummer For Elvis Presley's Band

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 1:38pm

Fontana, who died Wednesday, played on some of Presley's biggest hits, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Hound Dog" and "All Shook Up." Originally broadcast in 1987.

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Remembering War Photographer David Douglas Duncan

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 1:38pm

Duncan, who died at 102, was a Marine officer and combat photographer during World War II. Later he photographed the wars in Korea and Vietnam. Originally broadcast in 1990.

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A Filmmaker's 'Quest' For A Quiet Family Portrait Is Pierced By Unforeseen Trauma

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 1:38pm

Jonathan Olshefski spent 10 years filming Christopher Rainey and his family, who run a recording studio in North Philadelphia. Then their daughter was shot. Originally broadcast Dec. 20, 2017.

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'Incredibles 2' Zips Seamlessly Between Domestic Comedy And Death-Defying Action

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 2:37pm

The sequel to the 2004 animated hit continues the superheroic adventures of Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and their three gifted children. Critic Justin Chang calls the film "gorgeous" and "touching."

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