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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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'Godless' Creator Was Determined To Put His Own Spin On The Classic Western

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 2:17pm

Scott Frank packed his Emmy-nominated Netflix miniseries with train robberies and shootouts — but challenged Western norms by putting women in charge of the town. Originally broadcast Dec. 11, 2017.

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Playwright Neil Simon Explains Why He 'Just Always Wanted To Write'

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 1:24pm

Simon, who died Sunday, spoke to Fresh Air in 1996 about finding balance between his desire for leisure time and his need to write: "They were at odds," he says. "I'm my own odd couple."

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John Oliver Finds Humor In The News No One Wants To Hear About

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 1:24pm

The host of On Last Week Tonight often dives into obscure stories on his Emmy-nominated show, including NRA TV and the laws that govern televangelism. Originally broadcast March 7, 2018.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Sen. John McCain

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 2:13pm

The former prisoner of war, who died Saturday, told Terry Gross: "My experiences have made me so appreciative of the opportunities that I've been given." Originally broadcast in 2000 and 2005.

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First-Rate Performances Drive 'King Of The Road' Tribute To Roger Miller

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 2:13pm

Miller, who died in 1992, had a career that spanned three decades. A new 36-track tribute album features a very eclectic line-up, including Dolly Parton, Ringo Starr and actor John Goodman.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Actor André Holland; 'Crazy Rich Asians' Author Kevin Kwan

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 9:00am

Castle Rock star Holland talks about growing up in rural Alabama. Kevin Whitehead reviews Andy Biskin's Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection. Kwan reflects on the screen adaptation of his novel.

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

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 2:03pm

Late Late Show host James Corden took the famed Beatle on a ride that was, by turns, unexpectedly tender, touching and meaningful. Originally broadcast June 25, 2018.

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

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 2:03pm

A riding accident left Brady Jandreau with a skull and brain injury — but he refused to quit. He plays himself in director Chloé Zhao's retelling of his story. Originally broadcast April 10, 2018.

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

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 2:03pm

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 An Israeli Journalist's Coverage Of The Palestinian Conflict Inspired 'Fauda'

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 1:56pm

After years as a reporter, Avi Issacharoff co-created an action series about an elite unit of the Israeli military whose members work undercover in the West Bank. Fauda is now streaming on Netflix.

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A Desperate Father Goes 'Searching' For His Missing Daughter In A Taut New Film

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 1:22pm

Searching takes the mundane details of a typical computer session — from video chats to browser windows — and spins them into a surprising, sometimes uncomfortably voyeuristic crime thriller.

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Actor André Holland Explores: 'Where I Fit, How I Fit, If I Fit'

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 2:17pm

The Moonlight actor stars as a death row lawyer on the Hulu series Castle Rock. Holland says many of the characters he plays are "wrestling with ... that question of identity and where they fit."

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'Severance' Is A Sardonic Wake-Up Call For All Of Us Stuck In Routine

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 3:36pm

Ling Ma's Severance is an unusual apocalyptic novel, says critic Maureen Corrigan. Satiric, playful and scary, it lends assurance that humor will linger even as the world comes to an end.

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Dispatches From A 'Dopesick' America

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 3:08pm

Author Beth Macy details opioids' odyssey from medicine to scourge, in her book about young heroin users, their long-suffering parents, doctors, drug company executives, cops, judges and drug dealers.

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'Wild! Wild! Wild!' Coheres As A Carefully Conceived Lark

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 2:14pm

Linda Gail Lewis and Robbie Fulks have teamed up on a shrewd, witty album that's a throwback to the earliest era of rock n' roll — but it's not pickled in nostalgia.

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Witty, Imaginative, Risky And Relentless — 'Flights' Soars

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 2:14pm

Olga Tokarczuk's book won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize. Critic John Powers says the hard-to-classify work is positively exploding with maps, remembrances, riffs, history and more.

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'It's Taken On A Whole Other Life,' Says 'Crazy Rich Asians' Author Kevin Kwan

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 2:14pm

Kwan thought the screen adaptation of his bestselling novel might be a small independent film — instead it's been hailed as a groundbreaking moment for Hollywood casting.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Aretha Franklin; 'Crazy Rich Asians'; 'A Girl's Guide To Missiles'

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 12:27pm

The Queen of Soul died Thursday at 76. Film critic Justin Chang says Crazy Rich Asians lives up to expectations. And Karen Piper describes growing up on a weapons development site in the desert.

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Novelist John Le Carré Reflects On His Own 'Legacy' Of Spying

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 1:30pm

Le Carré worked for MI5 and MI6 early in his career. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," he said of those years. His novel A Legacy of Spies came out in 2017. Originally broadcast Sept. 5, 2017.

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We Still Can't Comprehend The Power Of Aretha Franklin's Voice

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:55am

No one's voice has ever soared like this.

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