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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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Drake Steps Forward As The Morrissey Of Hip-Hop On 'Scorpion'

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 2:07pm

Drake explores the quality and variety of his own moodiness on a new double album. Critic Ken Tucker says that Scorpion has staying power — despite the fact that it sometimes feels "too long."

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How The 'Battling' Kellogg Brothers Revolutionized American Breakfast

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 2:07pm

Medical historian Howard Markel chronicles the contentious relationship between the brothers who created of Corn Flakes and other mass-produced boxed cereals. Originally broadcast Aug. 10, 2017.

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Amy Adams Gives An Unforgettable Performance In HBO's 'Sharp Objects'

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 11:02am

A new miniseries adapted from Gillian Flynn's novel stars Adams as a newspaper reporter who returns to her small hometown to investigate the disappearance of one girl and the murder of another.

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Supreme Court Reporter: 'The Politics Of The First Amendment Have Completely Flipped'

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 2:50pm

New York Times journalist Adam Liptak says the court's conservative justices have increasingly based their decisions on the foundation of free speech — including a case that dealt a blow to unions.

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'Fresh Air' Celebrates July 4 With The Late Flat-Picking Guitar Player Doc Watson

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 1:24pm

Watson, who died in 2012, was a pioneering bluegrass, country and folk guitarist and singer who changed the way people thought about mountain music. Originally broadcast in 1988 and 1989.

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3 New Songs Will Make You Want To Crank The Volume

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 1:23pm

Rock critic Ken Tucker listens to new songs by My Morning Jacket's Jim James, the Danish band Iceage and George Clinton and Parliament. As each song shows, "there's an art to summoning up chaos."

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Former Ambassador To Russia Looks Ahead To Trump's Summit With Putin

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 1:18pm

Michael McFaul, who sat in on meetings between Putin and Obama, warns that the Russian president "doesn't meet just for the sake of a meeting; he seeks to advance Russian interests."

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Confused In Midlife? You're In Good Company With 'The Cost Of Living'

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:52pm

Deborah Levy thought her life would slow down at 50, but instead, it became "faster, unstable, unpredictable." Critic Maureen Corrigan says Levy's memoir is a "smart, slim meditation on womanhood."

(Image credit: Samantha Clark/NPR)

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Boots Riley Mines His Experiences As A Telemarketer In 'Sorry To Bother You'

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 3:27pm

The social satire takes aim at corporations that underpay and exploit workers. This is Riley's first film — he has a long career as a rapper — and his band, The Coup, plays on the film's soundtrack.

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'Lost Album' Offers A Fresh Look At Peak Coltrane

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 11:52am

A new album revives the lost tracks of a studio session Coltrane recorded with his quartet in 1963. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album is solid — but not revelatory.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Comic W. Kamau Bell; Musician Frank Newsome

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 9:00am

Bell's new Netflix special is called Private School Negro. Kevin Whitehead reviews reviews John Coltrane's Lost Album. Newsome is a former coal miner who sings a cappella in a lined-out hymn style.

(Image credit: KC Bailey/Netflix)

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'Leave No Trace' Follows A Father And Daughter Off The Grid

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 2:34pm

Director Debra Granik's new film is based on a true story about a veteran suffering from PTSD who lives secretly in a municipal forest with his teenage daughter.

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Remembering Former Poet Laureate Donald Hall

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 2:34pm

Hall, who died on Saturday, wrote about farm work and his wife, poet Jane Kenyon, in the 1993 memoir Life Work. He and Kenyon spoke to Fresh Air in 1996, and Hall was interviewed again in '02 and '12.

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