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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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Fresh Air Weekend: New Muhammad Ali Biography; Roz Chast Draws A Guide To NYC

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 9:00am

Biographer Jonathan Eig says Ali had "the spirit of a rebel." Linguist Geoff Nunberg reflects on the vanished styles and language of the hippie era. Cartoonist Roz Chast draws a "love letter" to NYC.

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'The Florida Project' Presents A Thrillingly Alive Portrait Of Childhood

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 2:33pm

Director Sean Baker's new film centers on a six-year-old girl living in a dumpy motel complex outside of Orlando. Critic Justin Chang says The Florida Project "packs an emotional wallop."

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The Greatest Hits Of 'The Platinum Age Of Television'

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 2:33pm

"Television has really become where a lot of the action is right now," critic David Bianculli says. His new book revisits the best of the small screen. Originally broadcast Nov. 10, 2016.

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Don't Expect To Have Your Mind Blown By 'Blade Runner 2049'

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 1:36pm

Thirty-five years after the first Blade Runner premiered, Ryan Gosling stars in its sequel. Critic David Edelstein says the new film, though absorbing, is ultimately "just OK."

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Singer/Songwriter Jhené Aiko Displays Her Ambition And Range On 'Trip'

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 1:36pm

Aiko created some of the music on Trip as a response to losing her brother to cancer. Critic Ken Tucker says the album features sorrow and grief — as well as an attempt to escape from sadness.

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NRA-Backed Gun Laws Have Found Success In State Legislatures Across The U.S

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 1:36pm

Journalist Mike Spies says the NRA's push to allow guns on college campuses, daycare centers and bars is part of an effort to "normalize gun carrying as much as possible in American public life."

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New Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 2:25pm

"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, but ... he had the spirit of a rebel."

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50 Years After The Summer Of Love, Hippie Counterculture Is Relegated To Kitsch

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 1:51pm

Looking back on the vanished styles and language of the hippie movement, linguist Geoff Nunberg says, "The most persistent single pejorative term to come out of the era is 'hippie' itself."

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'Afrobeats' Offers A Sensual Blend Of Electronics, Vocals And Rhythms

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:07pm

A new collection mashes-up Jamaican dancehall, soca, hip-hop and polyrhythms from Ghana and Nigeria. Critic Milo Miles says Afrobeats Hot Hits is a "seductive invitation to dance."

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Tom Petty To 'Fresh Air': 'The Songs Mean A Lot To People, And It Means A Lot To Me'

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:32pm

Petty, who died Monday night, spoke with Terry Gross in 2006 about the seeds of his Hall Of Fame career: "We always wanted very much to create our own sound."

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Cartoonist Roz Chast Draws A 'Love Letter' To New York City, Cockroaches And All

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 2:35pm

The New Yorker cartoonist channels her affection for the city into a new tongue-in-cheek guidebook, Going Into Town. "It's just fun," Chast says of New York. "Everything seems to suggest stories."

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How An Epic Poem Helped Transform A Difficult Father-Son Relationship

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 2:30pm

Author David Mendelsohn says having his 81-year-old father in the college seminar he was teaching on Homer's Odyssey led to an unexpected bonding.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Deuce' Traces The Birth Of Porn; An Obama Speechwriter Looks Back

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 9:00am

David Simon and George Pelecanos discuss the dawn of the porn industry. Haroon Moghul recounts living abroad with depression. David Litt says writing for President Obama was often a delicate task.

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Larry David On His 'Curb' Persona: 'The Character Has Emboldened Me'

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 1:24pm

After years playing a version of himself on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, David has a distinct comic sensibility and a very recognizable voice and persona. Originally broadcast March 5, 2015.

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Returns, And Larry David Is Back To Playing Himself

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 1:24pm

David's comically exaggerated TV version of himself first appeared 18 years ago. TV critic David Bianculli welcomes the character's return to HBO.

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Farcical And Madcap, 'American Made' Stars Tom Cruise At His Best

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 1:47pm

Cruise plays a drug-smuggling pilot working for the DEA, CIA and Medellin Cartel in his new film, a dark comedy set in the '80s. Critic David Edelstein calls American Made "breathlessly entertaining."

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New Lobbyists Arrive In Washington, Cashing In On Their Connection to Trump

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 1:47pm

New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore explains how Trump's election was a boon to those with access to the president. "If you had a Trump connection, you could write your own ticket," he says.

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Hugh Hefner On Early 'Playboy' And Changing America's Values

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 1:00pm

In 1999, Hefner told Fresh Air that his magazine was a reaction to his own upbringing. "I believe and hope that Playboy [has] played some small part in changing the values ... of our time," he said.

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'Deuce' Creators Capture The Birth Of America's Billion-Dollar Porn Industry

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 1:58pm

David Simon and George Pelecanos' new show depicts the growth of porn from illegal enterprise to full-fledged industry. Since then, Simon says, "The 'pornographication' of America has been profound."

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Jennifer Egan's 'Manhattan Beach' Is A Gorgeous Tribute To NYC And Its Seaport

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 3:18pm

Egan's sweeping new historical novel doesn't just draw from the classic catalog of New York stories — it also takes its place among them.

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