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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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Mindy Kaling Loves Rom Coms (And Being The Boss)

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:16pm

Kaling's Hulu series, The Mindy Project, recently ended after six seasons. In 2012, the actress told Fresh Air that her character on the show was inspired by her late mother, who was an obstetrician.

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Ingrained Prejudices Collide With Wartime Trauma In 'Mudbound'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:16pm

Dee Rees' sweeping epic follows two families in the Mississippi Delta during the 1940s. Reviewer Justin Chang says Mudbound is "easily one of the year's most ambitious American movies."

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Remembering Health Care Economist Uwe Reinhardt

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:24pm

Reinhardt, who died on Monday, helped shape the debate about health care by advocating for individual mandates and universal health care. Originally broadcast in 2009.

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Greta Gerwig Explores Mother-Daughter Love (And Angst) In 'Lady Bird'

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:05pm

"I don't know any woman who has a simple relationship with their mother or with their daughter," Gerwig says. Her new film tells the story of a teenager preparing to leave home for the first time.

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'Times' Reporters Describe How A Paper Trail Helped Break The Weinstein Story

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:35pm

Investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey say they used legal and financial records to build a timeline of settlements with Harvey Weinstein's accusers.

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Director Dee Rees Explores Racism In Post-War Mississippi In 'Mudbound'

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:03pm

Mudbound follows two families — one white and one black — just before, during and after World War II. Rees says her experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., in the 1980s informed her new film.

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Louise Erdrich Delivers A Dystopian Feminist Thriller In 'Future Home'

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 1:30pm

In Erdrich's new novel, fetuses seem to be randomly devolving and a new religious government is rounding up pregnant women, forcing them to give birth in prison-like hospitals.

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'Stranger Things 2' Creators Wanted A Sequel That Topped The Original

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 1:29pm

Brothers Ross and Matt Duffer return to the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., for the second season of their Neflix series. "We wanted to scale it up a little bit," Matt says of Stranger Things 2.

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Taylor Swift Pushes Further Into Electro-Pop With 'Reputation'

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 2:28pm

Swift brings together pulsing drumbeats, surging keyboards and multi-tracked vocals on her new album. The result is a record that mixes passion and emotion with careful control.

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Priest Responds To Gang Members' 'Lethal Absence Of Hope' With Jobs, And Love

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 2:28pm

Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle has spent 30 years working in LA with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. His new book is Barking to the Choir.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Lou Reed: A Life'; White House Photographer Pete Souza

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 9:00am

Anthony DeCurtis talks about his new biography of Lou Reed "deserved." Critic David Edelstein says Lady Bird is "packed with insight." Souza reflects on eight years (and 1.9 million photos) of Obama.

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'Murder On The Orient Express' Moves In Inspired Fits And Starts

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 2:44pm

Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 mystery novel features a cast that rips into individual roles with gusto — but never fully jells as an ensemble.

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'Hue 1968' Revisits An American 'Turning Point' In The War In Vietnam

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 2:44pm

Author Mark Bowden says the capture of Hue, Vietnam, was part of a wave of well-planned Communist attacks that helped turn U.S. public opinion against the war. Originally broadcast June 12, 2017.

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Once An Underground Currency, Bitcoin Emerges As 'A New Way To Track Information'

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 2:22pm

The digital currency's value has gone from zero to $120 billion in nine years. Digital Gold author Nathaniel Popper says major banks are looking into the possibilities of its decentralized network.

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'Three Billboards' Is a Vigilante-Revenge Thriller That Goes Off The Rails

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 2:22pm

Frances McDormand is a woman seeking justice for her murdered daughter in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. David Edelstein calls the film "fascinating, then perplexing, then annoying."

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Biographer Sought To Write The Kind Of Book Lou Reed 'Deserved'

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:01pm

"It wasn't like I had to go looking for the drugs and the sex," Anthony DeCurtis says. "Lou wrote about it ... so I felt it was fair game." DeCurtis' new book is Lou Reed: A Life.

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Remembering Interdisciplinary Composer Muhal Richard Abrams

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 2:27pm

Critic Kevin Whitehead says Abrams, who died last week, was "steeped in jazz, but eager to take on a wider world." Abrams was a co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

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Photographer Pete Souza Reflects On 8 Years (And 1.9 Million Photos) Of Obama

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:05pm

As the chief official White House photographer for President Obama, Souza sometimes shot more than 2,000 photos a day. "I was there all the time," he says. His new book is Obama: An Intimate Portrait.

(Image credit: Pete Souza/Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company, New York)

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Michael Lewis: Many Trump Appointees Are Uninterested In The Agencies They Head Up

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 2:10pm

The Moneyball author is writing a series of articles for Vanity Fair about President Trump's picks to lead federal agencies — and the consequences of those appointments.

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Brazilian Pianist Nelson Freire Brings An Uncannily Delicate Touch To 'Brahms'

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 2:10pm

Freire plays tribute to the noted German composer on his new album. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz doesn't always love Brahms, but he loves this recording.

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