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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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Amy Adams Gives An Unforgettable Performance In HBO's 'Sharp Objects'

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 11:02am

A new miniseries adapted from Gillian Flynn's novel stars Adams as a newspaper reporter who returns to her small hometown to investigate the disappearance of one girl and the murder of another.

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Supreme Court Reporter: 'The Politics Of The First Amendment Have Completely Flipped'

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 2:50pm

New York Times journalist Adam Liptak says the court's conservative justices have increasingly based their decisions on the foundation of free speech — including a case that dealt a blow to unions.

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'Fresh Air' Celebrates July 4 With The Late Flat-Picking Guitar Player Doc Watson

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 1:24pm

Watson, who died in 2012, was a pioneering bluegrass, country and folk guitarist and singer who changed the way people thought about mountain music. Originally broadcast in 1988 and 1989.

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3 New Songs Will Make You Want To Crank The Volume

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 1:23pm

Rock critic Ken Tucker listens to new songs by My Morning Jacket's Jim James, the Danish band Iceage and George Clinton and Parliament. As each song shows, "there's an art to summoning up chaos."

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Former Ambassador To Russia Looks Ahead To Trump's Summit With Putin

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 1:18pm

Michael McFaul, who sat in on meetings between Putin and Obama, warns that the Russian president "doesn't meet just for the sake of a meeting; he seeks to advance Russian interests."

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Confused In Midlife? You're In Good Company With 'The Cost Of Living'

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:52pm

Deborah Levy thought her life would slow down at 50, but instead, it became "faster, unstable, unpredictable." Critic Maureen Corrigan says Levy's memoir is a "smart, slim meditation on womanhood."

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Boots Riley Mines His Experiences As A Telemarketer In 'Sorry To Bother You'

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 3:27pm

The social satire takes aim at corporations that underpay and exploit workers. This is Riley's first film — he has a long career as a rapper — and his band, The Coup, plays on the film's soundtrack.

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'Lost Album' Offers A Fresh Look At Peak Coltrane

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 11:52am

A new album revives the lost tracks of a studio session Coltrane recorded with his quartet in 1963. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album is solid — but not revelatory.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Comic W. Kamau Bell; Musician Frank Newsome

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 9:00am

Bell's new Netflix special is called Private School Negro. Kevin Whitehead reviews reviews John Coltrane's Lost Album. Newsome is a former coal miner who sings a cappella in a lined-out hymn style.

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'Leave No Trace' Follows A Father And Daughter Off The Grid

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 2:34pm

Director Debra Granik's new film is based on a true story about a veteran suffering from PTSD who lives secretly in a municipal forest with his teenage daughter.

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Remembering Former Poet Laureate Donald Hall

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 2:34pm

Hall, who died on Saturday, wrote about farm work and his wife, poet Jane Kenyon, in the 1993 memoir Life Work. He and Kenyon spoke to Fresh Air in 1996, and Hall was interviewed again in '02 and '12.

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Beyoncé And Jay-Z Present A Unified Front On 'Everything Is Love'

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 1:19pm

The Carters, who married in 2008, celebrate their union with a heavily autobiographical new album. Critic Ken Tucker is impressed by the record's easy shifts between hip-hop and R&B.

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Reporter Covering Immigration Warns Government Is 'Ill Equipped' To Reunite Families

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 1:19pm

New Yorker writer Jonathan Blitzer has been in El Paso, Texas, reporting on immigration and family separation. "I've been meeting women who are crying so violently they can barely speak," he says.

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'Sicario: Day Of The Soldado' Is A Swaggering Sequel That's Short On Precision

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 3:51pm

The war on drugs has gone from bad to worse in this follow-up to the 2015 film. Justin Chang says that though its "bigger and brasher" than the original, the story in this sequel doesn't fully engage.

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Comic W. Kamau Bell On The 'Shades Of America' And Not Feeling 'Black Enough'

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 3:21pm

Bell's new Netflix special is called Private School Negro. He says the word "negro" offends some people, but he has embraced it: "It takes me right back to the height of the civil rights movement."

(Image credit: KC Bailey/Netflix)

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Betrayal, Ruination And Dark Comedy Converge In 'A Very English Scandal'

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 1:54pm

A new BBC miniseries streaming on Amazon and starring Hugh Grant tells the story of Britain's Thorpe affair, a 1970s tabloid fiesta that brought together politics, illicit sex and a criminal trial.

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Black Lung Disease Can't Keep Frank Newsome From Singing Hymns

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 1:54pm

Newsome, a former coal miner who has black lung disease, started singing when he joined a church in 1963. His sings a cappella in a lined-out hymn style — one of America's oldest music traditions.

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'Squeezed' Explores Why America Is Getting Too Expensive For The Middle Class

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 1:54pm

Author Alissa Quart writes that the costs of housing, child care, health care and college are outpacing salaries and threatening the livelihoods of middle class Americans.

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Pediatrician Who Exposed Flint Water Crisis Shares Her 'Story Of Resistance'

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 2:10pm

After warning of elevated lead levels in her patients in Flint, Mich., Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha faced a backlash: "The state said that I was an unfortunate researcher, that I was causing near-hysteria."

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Beep Beep, Yeah! Paul McCartney On Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke' Is TV At Its Best

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 12:45pm

Late Late Show host James Corden took the famed Beatle on a ride that was, by turns, unexpectedly tender, touching and meaningful.

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