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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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After 17 Brushes With Death, A Writer Reflects On Coming 'Back From The Brink'

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 1:55pm

Maggie O'Farrell recounts the multiple times she cheated death in her memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am. "We're different people afterwards," she says. "These experiences always take up residence inside us."

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Fresh Air Weekend: A Former Neo-Nazi Helps Others Disengage; Girls Auto Clinic Owner

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 9:00am

Christian Picciolini used to belong to a violent, white power skinhead group; now he helps others disengage. Patrice Banks is a trained mechanic, and the owner of a garage that caters to women.

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Beguiling And Brutal, 'On Body And Soul' Centers On A Slaughterhouse Romance

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 2:18pm

Two lonely people working at a slaughterhouse connect in Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi's film. Reviewer Justin Chang says On Body and Soul is a genteel crowd pleaser that could have been edgier.

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

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 2:18pm

Mudbound follows two families — one white and one black — just before, during and after WWII. Rees' experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., informed her film. Originally broadcast Nov. 14, 2017.

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

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 12:11pm

"I don't know any woman who has a simple relationship with their mother or with their daughter," Gerwig says. Her film centers on a teen preparing to leave home. Originally broadcast Nov. 16, 2017.

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Mueller's Reputation In Washington Is 'Stunningly Bipartisan,' Journalist Says

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 1:31pm

Author Garrett Graff discusses the special counsel in charge of the Trump/Russia investigation: "Bob Mueller is probably about as apolitical and nonpartisan a figure as you could find in Washington."

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In Paris Recording, Guitarist Wes Montgomery Shows His Head For Melody

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 2:11pm

A new reissue catches Montgomery's quartet on their 1965 European tour. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the compilations are elegant and complicated, and you can hear Coltrane's influence throughout.

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Journalist Details Israel's 'Secret History' Of Targeted Assassinations

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 2:11pm

Ronen Bergman says that while Israel's shootings, poisonings, bombings and drone strikes against its perceived enemies were "tactical successes," they were also diplomatically harmful.

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What A Classic '50s Western Can Teach Us About The Hollywood Blacklist

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 2:44pm

Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film High Noon was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. Originally broadcast Feb. 21, 2017.

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3 Harlem Renaissance Novels Deliver An Ingenious Take On Race

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 2:03pm

Novelists Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman and George S. Schuyler forged their art in what W.E.B. Du Bois famously called the "double-consciousness" of African-Americans.

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Paul Manafort Joined The Trump Campaign In A State Of 'Despair And Desperation'

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 1:27pm

Atlantic journalist Franklin Foer says before Manafort became Trump's campaign manager, he rewrote the rules of lobbying and then became entangled in the world of dictators, oligarchs and dirty money.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Director Paul Thomas Anderson; Lessons From The 'Oldest Old'

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 9:00am

Anderson's new film Phantom Thread landed six Oscar nominations. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Perfect Nanny is a guilty pleasure. John Leland followed six people above the age of 85 for one year.

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Sam Baker: Finding Grace In The Wake Of Destruction

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 2:32pm

In 1986, a bomb planted by a Peruvian terrorist group exploded in the luggage rack above Baker. During his recovery, songs about empathy started coming to him. Originally broadcast May 6, 2014.

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An Enchanting Love Triangle Unfolds In 'Lover For A Day'

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 1:41pm

French filmmaker Philippe Garrel's new film follows a 50-something philosophy professor whose romantic relationship with a 23-year-old student is complicated when his grown daughter moves in.

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Reporter Says Anti-Abortion, Anti-LGBTQ Activists Are Shaping Federal Policy

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 1:41pm

Dan Diamond, who covers the Dept. of Health and Human Services for Politico, says the number of HHS leaders who previously worked in the anti-abortion and anti-LGBT movement is "unusual and notable."

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Sci-Fi Titan Le Guin Wanted To 'Stand Up And Be Counted' As A Writer With Kids

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 2:24pm

"Women who write, who have children, their work tends to get 'disappeared,' " Ursula K. Le Guin told Fresh Air in 1989. The author died Monday at the age of 88.

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Reporter Shares Life Lessons From A Year With 'The Oldest Old'

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 2:24pm

New York Times reporter John Leland followed six people above the age of 85 for one year. That series changed his understanding of old age — and inspired his book, Happiness is a Choice You Make.

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Oscar-Nominated 'Phantom Thread' Focuses On Fashion's 'Most Obsessive'

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 1:55pm

Paul Thomas Anderson's new film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a renowned fashion designer. Phantom Thread landed six Oscar nominations, but Anderson says making sewing look dramatic wasn't easy.

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Charli XCX's 'Pop 2' Emphasizes Collaboration And Emotion

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 1:25pm

The new album by British songwriter and performer Charli XCX features collaborations with Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo and others. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Pop 2 is highly enjoyable.

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'How Democracies Die' Authors Say Trump Is A Symptom Of 'Deeper Problems'

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 1:25pm

Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt are experts in what makes democracies healthy — and what leads to their collapse. They warn that American democracy is in trouble.

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