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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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Director Bo Burnham On Growing Up With Anxiety — And An Audience

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 1:11pm

The former YouTube star says he wanted his film, Eighth Grade, to take an "emotional inventory" of what today's adolescents are experiencing. Originally broadcast July 18, 2018.

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Celebrating The Lives Of 6 Jazz Greats Who Died In 2018

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 1:11pm

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead remembers the musical contributions of Hugh Masekela, Jerry González, Roy Hargrove, Buell Neidlinger, Randy Weston and Vancouver Jazz Festival founder Ken Pickering.

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'Reluctant Psychonaut' Michael Pollan Embraces 'New Science' Of Psychedelics

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 1:47pm

Author Michael Pollan experimented with mushrooms, LSD and other psychedelics while researching his latest book, How to Change Your Mind. Originally broadcast May 15, 2018.

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A Roots And Rockabilly Holiday Concert With JD McPherson And His Band

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 8:59am

McPherson never thought he'd make a Christmas album. Then, he says, "I got a bug in my ear." He and his band perform live in studio from Socks. Originally broadcast Dec. 11, 2018.

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How Rodgers And Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 12:42pm

Todd Purdum's book, Something Wonderful, is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind hit shows like Carousel and The Sound of Music. Originally broadcast April 9, 2018.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Emily Blunt; Lucas Hedges

Sat, 12/22/2018 - 9:00am

Blunt discusses playing the iconic nanny in Mary Poppins Returns. Ken Tucker recommends two new Christmas albums. Hedges stars as a teenager in rehab for opioid addiction in Ben is Back.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Disney)

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Venture 'Into The Spider-Verse' For An Exuberant, Visually Stunning Thrill

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 1:39pm

If you thought you'd seen enough characters in red masks and blue suits to last a lifetime, well, you ain't seen nothing yet: This new animated film puts a fresh spin on the Spider-Man saga.

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Loudon Wainwright III Opens Up About The 'Exes & Excess' That Inform His Music

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 1:39pm

Wainwright's music centers on family, and how we hurt and heal each other. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1992 and '17 about his life as a husband, father and son. His new Netflix special is Surviving Twin.

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Bianculli's Best TV Shows Of 2018: 'Better Call Saul' Is Still On Top

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 1:39pm

Critic David Bianculli says that being a TV critic right now is kind of like being a sports writer — in a league where 10 new teams spring up every week.

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Justin Chang's Favorite Movies Of 2018 — In A Series Of 6 Cinematic Pairings

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 1:39pm

So many of Chang's favorite films this year seemed to be in close conversation with each other that it didn't make sense, in the end, for him to separate them.

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Ken Tucker Picks His Favorite Albums Of 2018

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 1:49pm

The range of female artists was remarkable in 2018, extending from Courtney Barnett's brooding Tell Me How You Really Feel to Cardi B's hip-hop styling on Invasion of Privacy.

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Following The Defeat Of ISIS, Iraq Pursues A Campaign Of Revenge

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 1:27pm

New Yorker reporter Ben Taub says hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, including women and children, are being detained, tortured, killed or cast out for suspected association with ISIS.

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Emily Blunt's 'Mary Poppins' Is As Magical And Mysterious As Ever

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 1:03pm

When she landed the role in Mary Poppins Returns, Blunt didn't rewatch the 1964 original. "I didn't want to sort of get compromised by the details of what Julie Andrews did so beautifully," she says.

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From Slavery To 'American Wonder': Revisiting Frederick Douglass' Remarkable Life

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 1:38pm

Historian David Blight's new biography describes Douglass' escape from slavery, his passionate leadership in the abolitionist movement and his gift as a writer and orator.

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2018 'Ghost List' Revisits The TV, Books And Movies A Critic Wishes He Covered

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 1:38pm

Each year, Fresh Air critic-at-large John Powers finds himself haunted by the books, movies and shows that he loved but wasn't able to review on the air.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Actor Richard E. Grant; JD McPherson Plays A Holiday Concert

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 9:00am

Grant talks about growing up in Swaziland and his role in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Critic Maureen Corrigan picks the best books of 2018. McPherson and his band perform live in studio from Socks

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Bruce Springsteen: On Jersey, Masculinity And Wishing To Be His Stage Persona

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 1:23pm

Springsteen's one-man show closes on Broadway Saturday, then begins streaming on Netflix. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2016, admitting: "People see you onstage and, yeah, I'd want to be that guy."

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'Beale Street' Is A Heart-Stopping, Beautiful Story Of Love And Injustice

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:18pm

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins returns with a new drama about young lovers in 1970s Harlem whose lives are thrown into turmoil when one of them is falsely accused of a crime.

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Richard E. Grant Barely Survived Childhood. Now He's Thriving As An Actor

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 2:25pm

The self-described "lifelong character actor" plays an alcoholic sidekick in the film Can You Ever Forgive Me? Through Grant is allergic to alcohol, he grew up in Swaziland with an alcoholic father.

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Christmas Albums By Rodney Crowell And The Monkees Capture The Spirit Of The Season

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 2:29pm

For both Crowell and the Monkees, Christmas is a time to draw up a gratitude list and put the year in perspective. The results aren't always jolly, but they're certainly sincere and passionate.

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