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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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Chef Samin Nosrat Shares The Power Of 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' On Netflix

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 2:18pm

Nosrat says there are four elements in cooking, and if you understand how they work, you can make delicious food. She travels the world to learn more about those elements in her new four-part show.

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Bradley Cooper Learned To Sing, Direct And Talk Deeply For 'A Star Is Born'

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 2:15pm

Cooper makes his directorial debut with a remake of the classic film about a doomed love affair. He hope his version presents a fuller portrait of the iconic characters.

(Image credit: Peter Lindbergh/Warner Bros.)

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Fresh Air Weekend: Actor Rami Malek; The Power Of The Immune System

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 9:00am

Malek explains how he came to embody Queen's iconic lead singer in Bohemian Rhapsody. John Powers reviews Insurrecto, by Gina Apostol. Daniel Davis explains new developments in immunology.

(Image credit: Alex Bailey/20th Century Fox)

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Remembering Master Magician And Sleight-Of-Hand Artist Ricky Jay

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:40pm

Jay, who died Sunday, was an avid scholar of con games and could make cards disappear and reappear in ways that seemed impossible. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1987, 1998 and 2002.

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Overly Orchestrated 'Roma' Is An Epic Of Everyday Life In Mexico

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:14pm

Critic Justin Chang says the immaculate staging of Alfonso Cuarón's new film is both an asset and a liability: "There's something curiously showy about the unshowiness of Roma."

(Image credit: Alfonso Cuarón/Netflix)

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Author And Artist Illustrates Life After A Sudden Death In 'Widower's Notebook'

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 2:35pm

When Jonathan Santlofer's wife died five years ago, he was thrown into a "fugue state" of grief. Sketching her portrait from old photographs has helped him stay close to her.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Jonathan Santlofer )

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'Come With Me' Lays Bare The Risks And Regrets Of Our Online Lives

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 1:50pm

Helen Schulman splices together an old-school family drama with high-tech fantasy in her new novel, a rich, closely observed story about regrets and risk-taking in the Internet age.

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Witty And Stylish, 'Insurrecto' Offers An Inside View Of The Pain Of Colonization

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 2:59pm

Gina Apostol's dizzying new novel begin in present-day Manila before diving into the late 19th century — and the tortuous relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines.

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This Trauma Surgeon Survived Gun Violence. Now He's Taking On The NRA

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 2:13pm

When Joseph Sakran was 17, he was shot in the throat after a high school football game. That experience inspired him to become a surgeon — and to speak out against gun violence.

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Pelosi Knows How To Win — But Will She Win The House Speakership Again?

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 1:23pm

New York Times Magazine journalist Robert Draper talks about why Republicans love to attack Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the challenges she faces within her own party and her bid to be speaker of the House.

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New Biography Reveals The Life And Legacy Of Saxophonist Dexter Gordon

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 1:23pm

Gordon started out as a bebop prodigy in the '40s, and went on to star in the '86 film 'Round Midnight. Maxine Gordon captures her late husband's voice and music in the book Sophisticated Giant.

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Lefty Frizzell Box Set Showcases The Original Recordings Of A Country Classic

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 1:51pm

Though he's widely considered one of the best country-music artists of all time, Frizzell's music is not well known or widely heard today. Ken Tucker says An Article From Life aims to correct that.

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'The Beautiful Cure' Reveals The 'Profound' Power Of The Immune System

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 1:51pm

Immunologist Daniel Davis says scientists are harnessing the power of the immune system to create new medications to fight cancer, auto-immune conditions and other diseases.

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Fresh Air Weekend: The Coen Brothers; Free Climbing Yosemite's 'Dawn Wall'

Sat, 11/24/2018 - 9:00am

Joel and Ethan Coen pay homage to old Westerns with their new film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson describe their ascent of the southeastern face El Capitan.

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'The Window' Showcases The Wide-Ranging Talent Of Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 9:27am

McLorin Salvant's powerful voice takes center state on her new album, a duo with pianist Sullivan Fortner. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the music on The Window is riveting.

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Jazz Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant Doesn't Want To Sound 'Clean And Pretty'

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 9:27am

McLorin Salvant first studied classical voice, but turned to jazz because it offered her more range. "In jazz, I felt I could sing these deep, husky lows," she told Terry Gross in this 2015 interview.

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Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis On Singing Harmony And Living A 'Wild!' Life

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 8:29am

Fulks and Lewis come from different generations, but both play the old style of country music. They shared songs and stories from their new album during this September 2018 interview.

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'You Better Own This': How Rami Malek Came To Embody Freddie Mercury

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 2:16pm

Malek sang at the top of his lungs while playing Queen's iconic lead singer in the new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Still, he says, "No one can sing like Freddie Mercury."

(Image credit: Alex Bailey/20th Century Fox)

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'It Looked Impossible': New Film Follows Free Climbers Up The 'Dawn Wall'

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 2:07pm

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson were the first to free climb to the top of the southeastern face of Yosemite's El Capitan. "It's as sheer and as vertical as the side of a skyscraper," Jorgeson says.

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Sumptuous And Gloriously Alive, 'The Favourite' Is The Best Costume Drama In Ages

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 1:56pm

Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz vie for the favor an ailing Queen Anne in a new comedy-drama set in the 18th century. Justin Chang says it's director Yorgos Lanthimos' most "emotionally resonant work."

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