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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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Remembering Baseball Hall Of Famer Frank Robinson

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 1:41pm

Robinson, who died Thursday, was the first player to win both the American and National League MVP awards. He later became the first black manager of a major league team. Originally broadcast in 1988.

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Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen On Singing Cowboys And Working With Oxen

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 1:41pm

The Coen brothers spoke to Fresh Air in November 2018 about The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a Western that often subverts the expectations of the genre. The film is up for three Academy Awards.

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Details Make The Difference In 'Everybody Knows' And 'Cold War'

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:10am

Cold War's richness comes from being steeped in detail. And it demonstrates what Everybody Knows does not: that the road to the universal begins with the specific.

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'NYT' Reporter Covering Trump: We've Almost 'Lost The Ability To Be Shocked'

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 2:50pm

New York Times journalist Michael Schmidt has helped break major stories concerning special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into connections between President Trump, his associates and Russia.

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3 Hip-Hop Singles Represent A Diversity Of Sounds

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 1:22pm

Critic Ken Tucker picks three new hip-hop singles he has on heavy rotation: 21 Savage's fatalistic "A Lot," Lizzo's cheerful "Juice" and Lil Peep's melancholy "I've Been Waiting."

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Environmental Photographer Focuses On Protecting The Climate — And Its People

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 1:28pm

The new documentary The Human Element follows James Balog as he captures the places and people affected by the rising oceans, wildfires and air pollution associated with climate change.

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You'll Find 12 Fresh And Unforgettable Essays In 'Black Is The Body'

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:29pm

Emily Bernard was recovering from a knife attack — a "bizarre act of violence" — when she decided to write a book of essays rooted, autobiographically, in the blackness of her own body.

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How 'A Star Is Born' Became One Of Judy Garland's 'Biggest Heartbreaks'

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 1:17pm

Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft talks about what her mother went through while making the 1954 film. The movie was produced by Sid Luft, who was Lorna's father and Garland's husband at the time.

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Random House Copy Chief: Stand Tall, Wordsmiths! (But Choose Your Battles)

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 1:15pm

The subtitle of Benjamin Dreyer's book is An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style, but "the last thing that I want to do is to pass myself off as some sort of ferocious gatekeeper," he says.

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Daughter Of A Numbers Runner Witnessed An Underground Economy In Action

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 1:25pm

Growing up, Bridgett M. Davis' mother booked and banked bets from their home in Detroit. She writes about her experience — and the role of "the numbers" in the black community — in her memoir.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Beale Street' Composer Nicholas Britell; Novelist Sigrid Nunez

Sat, 02/02/2019 - 12:15pm

Oscar-nominated composer Britell seeks out sounds that capture a movie's essence. Kevin Whitehead reviews a new release of Oscar Peterson's Motions & Emotions. Nunez discusses her novel, Friend.

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Remembering Character Actor Dick Miller

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 1:22pm

"You don't have to be a leading man" to make it in Hollywood, Miller told Fresh Air in 1990. He appeared in more than 100 films, including Gremlins and The Little Shop of Horrors.

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Margo Price Sings About The Heartache And Beauty Of Small-Town America

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 1:22pm

Price is up for the 2019 Grammy Award for best new artist. She spoke to Fresh Air in 2017 about growing up in the small town of Aledo, Ill.: "Now, when I go back, I see the beauty in it."

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In 'The ABC Murders,' John Malkovich Plays An Older, More Vulnerable Poirot

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:20pm

A new three-part miniseries takes a few liberties with the Agatha Christie novel upon which it's based — all of them commendable. Most notably: Malkovich's turn as a tender, sometimes tragic, Poirot.

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Could Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei Put U.S. Cyber-Security At Risk?

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 1:34pm

NY Times reporter David Sanger says the world's leading producer of telecom equipment will be central to the spread of a global 5G network — which could pose a major threat to U.S. national security.

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Line Between Good And Bad Taste Blurs On Oscar Peterson's 'Motions & Emotions'

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 1:34pm

A 50-year old album by pianist Oscar Peterson and a studio orchestra has been reissued by the German label MPS. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead confesses to having mixed feelings about it.

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'Beale Street' And 'Vice' Composer Isn't Afraid To Play The 'Wrong' Notes

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 2:56pm

Oscar-nominated film composer Nicholas Britell seeks out sounds that capture a movie's essence. His process involves many discussions with directors — and a lot of experimenting.

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'Black Earth Rising' Is A Fascinating, If Clunky, Take On The Rwandan Genocide

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:34pm

A new, eight-part Netflix series examines the complex aftermath of the 1994 killing spree — and offers a good reminder that history is vast, messy and ever-changing.

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Sharon Van Etten Presents A Richer, Fuller Sound On 'Remind Me Tomorrow'

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 2:30pm

Critic Ken Tucker says you don't have to know anything about Van Etten to find her new album striking and impressive: It's the sound of a woman redefining herself, on terms that are totally her own.

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In 'Maid,' A Single Mother Finds 'No Way' To Make It On Minimum Wage

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 2:28pm

While raising her young daughter, Stephanie Land cleaned houses to scrape by. It was back-aching work and the pay — $8.55 an hour to start; $9.25 an hour two years in — just wasn't enough.

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