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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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New Ken Burns Series Remembers Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of Everyday People

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 1:48pm

Burns made a name for himself by finding the small stories that lend perspective and emotion to larger narratives. Critic David Bianculli says his latest effort is "compelling from the start."

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Journalist Says: In North Korea, Talk Of War And Nuclear Weapons Is 'Everywhere'

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 2:08pm

New Yorker writer Evan Osnos visited North Korea in August to understand what they really mean when they talk about nuclear war. He found that nuclear weapons are an essential part of their society.

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Adolescent Friendship Fades Away In Claire Messud's Gothic 'Burning Girl'

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 1:50pm

Messud's novel centers on best friends from different class backgrounds who begin to drift apart in 7th grade. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls The Burning Girl a story of "betrayal and isolation."

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Reporter Katy Tur Shares Her 'Front-Row' View Of The Trump Campaign

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 1:12pm

Tur was at a rally in South Carolina when Trump called her name and pointed at her from the podium. Then, she says, "The entire place turns and they roar as one ... like a giant, unchained animal."

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Sept. 11 First Responder Fights On Behalf Of Others Who Rushed To Help

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 3:16pm

Demolition supervisor John Feal was working at ground zero 16 years ago when an 8,000-pound piece of steel crushed his foot. After being denied medical compensation, he became an advocate for others.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist John Le Carré And Director Mike White

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

Le Carré looks back on his career in espionage, and White discusses his new film, Brad's Status, about a father who starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour.

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A Young Doctor Turns Detective In 'The Unknown Girl'

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:59am

A woman turns up dead the day after a doctor, Jenny, ignores the woman's after-hour visit to her clinic. Jenny's sense of guilt pushes her to conduct her own investigation.

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'Top Of The Lake: China Girl' Takes You Places Cop Shows Usually Ignore

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:59am

The TV series' second season takes place four years after its first, and begins with an unknown Asian woman's body washing up (in a suitcase) on a beach near Sydney.

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Actress Pamela Adlon Says 'Better Things' Is Dedicated To Her Daughters

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:59am

Adlon's FX series is based on her own experience raising three girls as a single mom. Her daughters are very much a part of the show, she says. Originally broadcast Sept. 6, 2016.

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Director Mike White Unpacks The Impulse To Compare In 'Brad's Status'

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:24pm

In White's new film, a father starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour. White says it's a universal situation, "but it's definitely a waste of time and energy."

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Two High-Profile Creators Pass The Baton From 'Twin Peaks' To 'The Deuce'

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:08pm

David Lynch's perplexing 18-hour revival just ended on Showtime, and David Simon's latest ambitious drama is about to begin on HBO.

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Loudon Wainwright III Opens Up About The 'Exes & Excess' That Inform His Music

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:36am

Wainwright has written remarkable songs about family, and how we hurt and heal each other. Now he details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir Liner Notes.

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Novelist John Le Carré Reflects On His Own 'Legacy' Of Spying

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 3:29pm

The 85-year-old novelist worked for MI5 and MI6 early in his career. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," he says of those years. His new novel is called A Legacy of Spies.

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Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 1:56pm

The singer describes skiffle as "a bunch of British school boys in the mid '50s playing Lead Belly's repertoire ... on acoustic guitars." Originally broadcast July 19, 2017.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Director Elia Kazan; Singer Ronnie Spector; Novelist John Updike

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 9:00am

We commemorate Fresh Air's 30th anniversary as a nationally syndicated show with interviews from our first years on air. Kazan and Spector spoke to Terry Gross in '88. Updike's interview is from '89.

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Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Writer/Director John Waters

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 3:40pm

Once called the "King of Bad Taste," Waters is known for his off-beat cult films Pink Flamingos and Polyester, as well as the more mainstream Hairspray. Originally broadcast in 1988.

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Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Rocker Joey Ramone

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 3:40pm

The Ramones helped launch the punk rock scene in the mid 1970s with songs that were short, fast and loud. In 1988, lead singer Joey Ramone spoke to Terry Gross about the band's history.

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Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Character Actor Divine

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 3:40pm

Divine spoke to Terry Gross in 1988 about his most memorable film credits, including his role as the woman who wins the title of "Filthiest Person Alive" in the John Waters' film Pink Flamingos.

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After Harvey Hit, A Houston-Based Novelist Forged Floodwaters To Reach His Mother

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 3:39pm

Though Mat Johnson's home wasn't flooded in the recent hurricane, the roads around him were. He had to pass these roads to make sure his elderly mother got the care she needed.

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Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Big Band Pianist Jay McShann

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 2:20pm

A native of Oklahoma, McShann came to Kansas City, Mo., in 1937, when it was the capital for boogie-woogie, blues and swing. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1987, and also played a few songs in the studio.

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