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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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John Prine On Music, Cancer And Why He Never Expected To Be A Recording Artist

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 1:23pm

The singer, songwriter and guitarist was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In '18 Prine described how his voice changed after surgery: "It dropped down lower and feels friendlier."

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'Legion' And 'Jessica Jones' Played The Long Game — And It Paid Off

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:30pm

After three seasons, both Marvel TV shows are ending their runs with first-rate acting and storytelling that's strong, ambitious and surprisingly satisfying.

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On HBO's 'Barry,' Bill Hader Asks, 'Can You Change Your Nature?'

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 1:27pm

Hader co-created and stars as a hitman who enrolls in acting classes in the dark comedy series. In the second season, Barry struggled to express himself as an actor — while keeping his past a secret.

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Ava DuVernay Focuses On The Central Park 5's Perspective: 'Now People Know'

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 1:23pm

DuVernay's Netflix series, When They See Us, tells the story of how five black and brown teenagers were manipulated into confessing to a brutal rape they did not commit.

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To Infinity And ... Be Done: After 4 Films, Have We Finally Outgrown 'Toy Story'?

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 1:09pm

Though it's as dazzling as you'd expect from a Pixar animation, Toy Story 4 is also more ungainly than its predecessors, with coarser humor and audacious plot leaps that don't always pay off.

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Uncovering The Story Of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's 1st Black Sports Star

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 2:34pm

At the height of America's Jim Crow era, Taylor broke barriers by becoming the country's fastest and most famous cyclist. Michael Kranish tells his story in the new book, The World's Fastest Man.

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New Noir By James Ellroy And Denise Mina Is Daredevil Storytelling At Its Finest

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 2:34pm

From Nazis and narcos to mistresses and mysterious ship wrecks, Ellroy's This Storm and Mina's Conviction offer plot twists and zig-zags that take readers on a wild ride.

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Willie Nelson's Voice And Spirit Remain Strong On 'Ride Me Back Home'

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 2:34pm

The 86-year-old country star reflects on the passage of time on his new album. Ride Me Back Home is a lively, restless collection that contains solid new material and a keen sense of self-scholarship.

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Saxophonist Stan Getz Delivers A Barrelful Of Tenor On 'Getz At The Gate'

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 1:50pm

There's nothing dated about a new 2-disc album that revisits Getz's 1961 nightclub recording at New York's Village Gate. Listening to it now, it's hard to overstate what a terrific tenor he was.

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A Clearer Map For Aging: 'Elderhood' Shows How Geriatricians Can Help

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 1:50pm

Physician Louise Aronson treats patients who are in their 60s — as well as those who are older than 100. She writes about changing approaches to elder health care in the book, Elderhood.

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Fresh Air Weekend: The Ordinary People Behind The Moon Landing; Damian Lewis

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 9:00am

Charles Fishman says 410,000 people helped make the Apollo 11 moon landing a success. Ken Tucker reviews Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars. Lewis plays a ruthless hedge-fund manger on Billions.

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Essayist Breaks Free From Conventional Relationships In 'Because I Love You'

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 2:22pm

Tim Kreider says the longest relationship of his adult life was with the stray cat. He writes about that relationship and others in his essay collection. Originally broadcast Feb. 26, 2018.

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Expect Excellence From 'City On A Hill': A Cop Drama That Won't Disappoint

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 5:00am

Set in '90s Boston, Showtime's new series stars Kevin Bacon as an FBI agent trying to change the system from within — and encountering resistance everywhere he turns.

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'Last Black Man In San Francisco' Reveals A Longing For Home In A Changing City

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 1:18pm

Jimmie Fails plays a man who continues to visit the old Victorian house he grew up in — even though his family no longer owns it — in this comic fable about the toll of gentrification.

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Hackers Demanding Ransoms Paralyze City Computer Systems In The U.S.

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 1:18pm

NY Times cybersecurity correspondent Nicole Perlroth says hacking tools developed by the NSA were stolen, posted online and are now being used in cyberattacks, including one on the city of Baltimore.

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Bruce Springsteen Puts A Twist On California-Style Pop With 'Western Stars'

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 1:35pm

Springsteen invokes a sunset melancholy on a new solo album that draws inspiration from the Southern California pop records of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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'One Giant Leap' Explores The Herculean Effort Behind The 1969 Moon Landing

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:25pm

Fifty years after Apollo 11's historic moon landing, journalist Charles Fishman tells the story the 410,000 men and women who helped make the mission a success.

(Image credit: NASA/Getty Images)

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'The Great Successor' Ventures Inside Kim Jong Un's North Korea

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 3:10pm

Journalist Anna Fifield visited North Korea and interviewed many of its citizens — including members of Kim Jong Un's family — for her new book about the country and its leader.

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Jurors Generate Drama Of Their Own In Smart, Disturbing 'Body In Question'

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 11:49am

Jill Ciment's new novel follows a group of bored, drowsy, horny jurors who are sequestered together as they serve on a gruesome murder case in Central Florida.

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Devastating New Miniseries Examines The Horrors Faced By The Central Park 5

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 1:31pm

In telling the story of five teens wrongly convicted of rape, Ava DuVernay's When They See Us reminds viewers what happens when adults responsible for upholding justice instead chose to subvert it.

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