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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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A Roots And Rockabilly Holiday Concert With JD McPherson And His Band

7 hours 18 min ago

McPherson never thought he'd make a Christmas album. Then, he says, "I got a bug in my ear." He and his band perform live in studio from Socks, and McPherson talks about growing up on a cattle farm.

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Maureen Corrigan Picks The Best Books Of 2018, Including The Novel Of The Year

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 1:29pm

Fresh Air's book critic recommends the ten best books of the year, including The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai's sweeping story about the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.

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The Revolution Will Be Driverless: Autonomous Cars Usher In Big Changes

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 1:29pm

Autonomous vehicles could be the "most disruptive technology to hit society worldwide since the advent of the motor car," says former New York City traffic commissioner Sam Schwartz.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Bradley Cooper; Samin Nosrat

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 9:00am

Cooper learned to sing, direct and talk deeply for A Star Is Born. James Beard award-winning food writer and chef Samin Nosrat demystifies great tastes in her Netflix series, Salt Fat Acid Heat.

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How The 'Golden Age' Of Corporate Musicals Used Songs To Boost Sales

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 1:27pm

Sheldon Harnick, John Russell and Steve Young discuss "industrial musicals," Broadway-style productions written and performed at the behest of corporations. Originally broadcast Nov. 5, 2013.

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Stylistically Dazzling 'Vox Lux' Draws Link Between Pop Stardom And Terrorism

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 1:27pm

Natalie Portman plays a young Christian woman who is propelled to pop stardom following a mass shooting. Critic John Powers says Vox Lux is inventive — and exasperating.

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On Netflix, Chef Samin Nosrat Goes Global To Demystify 'Salt Fat Acid Heat'

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 1:59pm

In her four-part show, James Beard award-winning food writer and chef Samin Nosrat travels the globe, talking to home chefs to learn more about the four essentials of great food.

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Actor Lucas Hedges On 'Ben is Back', ADHD And Crying On Screen

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 1:56pm

Best known for his roles in Manchester by the Sea and Lady Bird, Hedges stars as a teenager in rehab for opioid addiction in Ben is Back. He's also nominated for a Golden Globe for Boy Erased.

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Back For Season 2, 'Mrs. Maisel' Remains A Comedy Of The Highest Caliber

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 1:18pm

The new season of the Emmy Award-winning series finds Midge Maisel mired in personal crises, even as her comedy career is on the rise. David Bianculli says The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel remains a winner.

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'All That Heaven Allows' Examines Rock Hudson's Life As A Closeted Leading Man

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 1:18pm

Hudson lived a double life as a Hollywood heartthrob and a closeted gay man. Biographer Mark Griffin says Hudson's death from AIDS in 1985 was a turning point in public awareness of the epidemic.

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Jazz Pianist Kenny Werner Shines As A Solo Act In 'The Space'

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 2:27pm

Werner named his new album after his state of mind when he's improvising. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Werner's piano sings with the voice of experience.

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Former 'Guardian' Editor On Snowden, WikiLeaks And Remaking Journalism

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 2:19pm

In Breaking News, Alan Rusbridger reflects on the blockbuster stories he helped publish over the course of his 20-year tenure running the British newspaper The Guardian.

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Chef Samin Nosrat Shares The Power Of 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' On Netflix

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 2:18pm

Nosrat says there are four elements in cooking, and if you understand how they work, you can make delicious food. She travels the world to learn more about those elements in her new four-part show.

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Bradley Cooper Learned To Sing, Direct And Talk Deeply For 'A Star Is Born'

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 2:15pm

Cooper makes his directorial debut with a remake of the classic film about a doomed love affair. He hope his version presents a fuller portrait of the iconic characters.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Actor Rami Malek; The Power Of The Immune System

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 9:00am

Malek explains how he came to embody Queen's iconic lead singer in Bohemian Rhapsody. John Powers reviews Insurrecto, by Gina Apostol. Daniel Davis explains new developments in immunology.

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Remembering Master Magician And Sleight-Of-Hand Artist Ricky Jay

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:40pm

Jay, who died Sunday, was an avid scholar of con games and could make cards disappear and reappear in ways that seemed impossible. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1987, 1998 and 2002.

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Overly Orchestrated 'Roma' Is An Epic Of Everyday Life In Mexico

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:14pm

Critic Justin Chang says the immaculate staging of Alfonso Cuarón's new film is both an asset and a liability: "There's something curiously showy about the unshowiness of Roma."

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Author And Artist Illustrates Life After A Sudden Death In 'Widower's Notebook'

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 2:35pm

When Jonathan Santlofer's wife died five years ago, he was thrown into a "fugue state" of grief. Sketching her portrait from old photographs has helped him stay close to her.

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'Come With Me' Lays Bare The Risks And Regrets Of Our Online Lives

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 1:50pm

Helen Schulman splices together an old-school family drama with high-tech fantasy in her new novel, a rich, closely observed story about regrets and risk-taking in the Internet age.

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Witty And Stylish, 'Insurrecto' Offers An Inside View Of The Pain Of Colonization

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 2:59pm

Gina Apostol's dizzying new novel begin in present-day Manila before diving into the late 19th century — and the tortuous relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines.

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