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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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Meg Wolitzer Traces The Arc Of The Feminist Movement In 'The Female Persuasion'

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:54am

Wolitzer's new novel centers on a legendary feminist and the young woman whose life she transforms. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls The Female Persuasion an absorbing and compelling work.

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A Devastating Fall Couldn't Keep This Rodeo 'Rider' Off Wild Horses

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 3:29pm

A harrowing accident left Brady Jandreau with a skull and brain injury — but he refused to quit riding. He plays himself in director Chloé Zhao's slightly fictionalized retelling of his story.

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'The Rider' Offers An Aching Portrait Of Masculinity In Crisis

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 3:29pm

Writer-director Chloé Zhao's new film tells the true story of a Lakota cowboy recovering from a serious rodeo accident. Critic Justin Chang says The Rider has "a bone-deep authenticity."

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How Rodgers And Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 1:48pm

Todd Purdum's new book, Something Wonderful, is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind such hit shows as Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and The Sound of Music.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Eels Founder Mark Oliver Everett; 'Legion' Star Dan Stevens

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 9:00am

Everett sings about falling apart and bouncing back on his new album. John Powers revisits 2001: A Space Odyssey 50 years after its release. Stevens discusses his work on Legion and Downton Abbey.

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Largely Forgotten Osage Murders Reveal A Conspiracy Against Wealthy Native Americans

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 2:11pm

Members of the Osage Indian Nation became very wealthy in the 1920s after oil deposits were found on their land. Then local whites began targeting the tribe. Originally broadcast April 17, 2017.

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'Paterno' And 'Killing Eve' Bring Complexity And Intrigue To Cable

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 11:39am

Critic David Bianculli highlights two new TV dramas: an HBO film starring Al Pacino as Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, and an eight-part BBC America series about a sociopathic killer.

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Giddy, Over-The-Top 'Blockers' Makes Parents The Butt Of Prom Night Jokes

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 1:39pm

Three teenage girls make a pact to lose their virginity after senior prom — and three parents embark on a hysterical odyssey to stop them — in Kay Cannon's raunchy new sex comedy.

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Martial Solal Keeps His Mind And Fingers Nimble On 'My One And Only Love'

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 1:39pm

The Algeria-born French pianist combines serious improvising with a playful attitude on his solo recital album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Solal pulls listeners along "like a great storyteller."

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Post 'Downton Abbey,' Dan Stevens Embraces His Role As A Mutant On 'Legion'

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 1:39pm

Stevens, who played Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey, now plays a young man who's grown up thinking he has schizophrenia on Legion, an FX drama that's a spin-off of the Marvel Comics X-Men series.

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Eels' Four-Year Break Led To Songs About Falling Apart, Bouncing Back And Being A Dad

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 2:17pm

During a recent hiatus from music, Eels founder Mark Oliver Everett got married, got divorced and, at the age of 54, had a son. His latest album, The Deconstruction, is a reflection of it all.

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Eels' 4-Year Break Led To Songs About Falling Apart, Bouncing Back And Being A Dad

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 2:17pm

During a recent hiatus from music, Eels founder Mark Oliver Everett got married, got divorced and, at the age of 54, had a son. His latest album, The Deconstruction, is a reflection of it all.

(Image credit: Gus Black/Courtesy of the artist)

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Madeleine Albright Warns: Don't Let Fascism Go 'Unnoticed Until It's Too Late'

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 2:51pm

The former secretary of state describes President Trump as "the most anti-democratic leader that I have studied in American history." Albright's new book is Fascism: A Warning.

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50 Years Later, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Is Still A Cinematic Landmark

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 1:19pm

Stanley Kubrick's science-fiction epic — which opened to mixed reviews in 1968 — unknowingly foreshadowed the future of effects-driven blockbusters.

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Remembering Groundbreaking Television Producer Steven Bochco

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 1:50pm

Bochco, who died Sunday, created numerous series, including Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue. TV Critic David Bianculli looks back on Bochco's impact, then we listen to his 1989 Fresh Air interview.

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'Inseparable' Recounts The Unusual Lives Of Conjoined Twins Chang And Eng Bunker

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 1:50pm

Yunte Huang's new book chronicles the lives of the "original Siamese twins," who were brought to America in 1829 and forced to perform in a freak show. They later married and fathered 21 children.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Daily Show' Correspondent Roy Wood Jr.; Growing Up Undocumented

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 9:00am

Wood says performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest prepared him for The Daily Show. Sara Saedi describes her 18-year-long path to U.S. citizenship. Justin Chang reviews Ready Player One.

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'I Basically Ran On Adrenaline': A Staffer Remembers Obama's White House

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 11:04am

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked in the West Wing for six exhilarating and exhausting years, which she describes in her memoir, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? She spoke to Fresh Air in 2017.

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For Bill Hader, Sketch Comedy Sprung From A 'Need To Be Doing Something Creative'

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 11:04am

In 2012, Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader told Fresh Air that watching old films as a child sparked his interest in Hollywood. His latest project is the HBO series Barry.

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Steven Spielberg's Fantastical 'Ready Player One' Is A Fatally Overblown Juggernaut

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 11:04am

Spielberg's new action-adventure is set in future world where people use virtual-reality goggles to escape a dreary city. Critic Justin Chang calls it both "spectacular — and spectacularly empty."

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