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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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Fresh Air Weekend: Maggie Gyllenhaal; Breaking Free From The Purity Movement

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 9:00am

Gyllenhaal takes on the power imbalance of sex work in The Deuce. Critic Justin Chang reviews The Sisters Brothers. Linda Kay Klein reflects on the shame caused by the Evangelical purity movement.

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'Jane Fonda In Five Acts' Reveals The Shifting Identities Of An Icon

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 1:40pm

Susan Lacy's terrific HBO documentary examines Fonda's juicy, controversial life in five parts. The first four are named for a man under whose influence Fonda lived; in the fifth, she stands alone.

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Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 1:40pm

"I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," says biographer Jonathan Eig. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed." Originally broadcast Oct. 4, 2017.

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The Tough Wild West — Now With Feelings — In 'The Sisters Brothers'

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:39pm

Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly play a brotherly pair of assassins-for-hire in Jacques Audiard's latest film. Critic Justin Chang calls The Sisters Brothers a "funny, stirring, brutal story."

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Fast-Paced And Proudly Unusual, 'Maniac' Dives Into The Mysteries Of The Mind

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 2:23pm

Jonah Hill and Emma Stone star in a new, 10-part Netflix series about the psychological exploration of alternative realities and identities. Critic David Bianculli says Maniac is "a blast."

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes On The Power Imbalance Of Sex Work In 'The Deuce'

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 2:17pm

When the creators of HBO's The Deuce approached Gyllenhaal about starring as a sex worker on the show, she accepted the role — but only if she could produce as well as act.

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Aaron Lee Tasjan Mixes Yearning Vocals And Strong Guitar On 'Karma For Cheap'

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 1:20pm

Tasjan has played in bluegrass festivals and also opened for punk bands. Critic Ken Tucker says regardless of the musical genre, the singer-songwriter's third album "proves its worth."

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Manafort's Guilty Plea Details His Entanglement With Russian-Backed Oligarchs

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 1:20pm

New York Times reporter Ken Vogel says that Paul Manafort engaged in illegal lobbying to burnish the image of Viktor Yanukovych, the authoritarian president of Ukraine.

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Memoirist: Evangelical Purity Movement Sees Women's Bodies As A 'Threat'

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 1:34pm

In Pure, Linda Kay Klein reflects on the "deep, long-lasting shame" caused by churches that claim women and girls are responsible for the sexual desires of men.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Examines The 'Unspoken Alliance' Between Science And War

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 1:26pm

In his new book, Accessory to War, the astrophysicist argues that people who work in his field are often complicit to military development — despite being overwhelmingly liberal and anti-war.

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Wayne Shorter's 'Emanon' Is An Oversized, Mixed-Media Jazz Event

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 1:26pm

Decades after he changed modern music as member of Miles Davis' 1960s quintet, and then as co-founder of the band Weather Report, Shorter continues to break ground with a new triple album.

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Did A Real-Life Kidnapping Inspire Nabokov's 'Lolita'?

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 1:26pm

Sarah Weinman's The Real Lolita offers a compelling argument that Nabokov's 1955 novel had its roots in the 1948 abduction of 11-year-old Sally Horner — despite the author's claim to the contrary.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Michael Che And Colin Jost Of 'SNL'; Chef José Andrés

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 9:00am

The SNL head writers have different attitudes toward co-hosting the Emmy awards Monday night. Jost admits to being nervous, but Che says, "there's nothing to be afraid of."

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A Child's Best Interest Is The Subject Of Complex Debate In 'The Children Act'

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 1:41pm

A new — and nuanced — legal drama features Emma Thompson as a family court judge trying to determine whether a minor can be forced to undergo a blood transfusion against his will.

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For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 1:41pm

The Turtles All The Way Down author says OCD "starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have." Originally broadcast Oct. 19, 2017.

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Michael Che And Colin Jost On 'SNL,' Hosting The Emmys And Hating Twitter

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 3:35pm

The SNL head writers have different attitudes toward co-hosting the Emmy awards Monday night. Jost admits to being nervous, but Che says, "It's comedy! ... There's nothing to be afraid of."

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'The First' Is A Human Mission To Mars, With A Focus On The Humans

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:43pm

Hulu's new series features Sean Penn as a veteran astronaut facing the personal sacrifice of deep space travel. Critic David Bianculli says the characters are explored just as deeply as outer space.

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Claire Tomalin Moves 'Between The Trivial And The Tragic' In 'A Life Of My Own'

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 1:31pm

After writing biographies of Charles Dickens and Mary Wollstonecraft, Tomalin turned to memoir. Her new work tells of her conflicting desires to have children and to lead a meaningful working life.

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Bob Woodward: 'People Need To Wake Up' To What's Happening Under Trump

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:51am

The veteran journalist was shocked by the tactics White House staff use to circumvent Trump: "I've never heard in any way of staff going around a president this way." Woodward's new book is Fear.

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After Hurricane Maria, Chef José Andrés Had A 'Crazy Dream' To Feed Puerto Rico

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:57pm

The James Beard award-winning chef started out preparing food for doctors and nurses. Then calls started pouring in from across the island. The message was clear, he says: "The island is hungry."

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