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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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'Interstate Gospel' Showcases Pistol Annies' Impressive Range Of Style

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 1:19pm

The trio of three country-music stars who make up Pistol Annies — Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley — mix humor with righteousness and drama on their new album.

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Novelist Revisits The Assassination And Conspiracies That Fueled Colombia's Civil War

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 1:19pm

Juan Gabriel Vásquez's novel, The Shape Of The Ruins, centers on the 1948 assassination of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, the years of violence that followed and the conspiracy theories surrounding his death.

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Did Law Enforcement Overlook The Threat Of Far-Right Extremism?

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 1:19pm

Janet Reitman of The New York Times Magazine says counter-terrorism strategists failed to adequately address right-wing domestic extremism — which enabled the movement to become even more dangerous.

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How The Fugitive Slave Act Ignited A 'Struggle For America's Soul'

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 1:24pm

Author Andrew Delbanco says the 1850 law paved the way for the Civil War by endangering the lives of both escaped slaves and free black men and women in the North. His book is The War Before The War.

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Inside This Deceptively Simple Story Lurks A 'Burning' Psychological Thriller

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 1:24pm

Director Lee Chang-dong's film centers on two young men and the woman who brings them together. Critic Justin Chang calls Burning the most absorbing — and enigmatic — new movie he's seen all year.

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'Why Religion?' Asks 'How Hearts Can Heal' After Tragedy

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 2:16pm

Religion scholar Elaine Pagels lost her young son to terminal illness and her husband a year later in an accident. Her new book combines memoir and biblical scholarship to reflect on loss and faith.

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An Intimate Pontormo Show Outshines The Met's Big Delacroix Retrospective

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 2:16pm

In the age of blockbuster art exhibitions, a small show sometimes makes just as big an impression as a large one. That's what happened to critic Lloyd Schwartz on a recent trip to New York.

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Mystery Thriller 'Homecoming' Delivers A Healthy Dose Of Suspicion And Paranoia

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 2:26pm

Amazon Prime Video's new drama series stars Julia Roberts as a therapist who's working with a soldier returning from Afghanistan. Critic David Bianculli binged all 10 engrossing episodes.

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Comic Hasan Minhaj On Roasting Trump And Growing Up A 'Third Culture Kid'

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 2:26pm

"I'm an Indian-American-Muslim kid, but am I more Indian or am I more American?" Minhaj asks. His weekly political comedy series on Neflix is called Patriot Act. Originally broadcast May 18, 2017.

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Orson Welles' Long Anticipated 'Other Side Of The Wind' Is Finally Finished

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 2:16pm

Critic David Edelstein says the story behind the The Other Side Of The Wind — how Welles made it and what happened to it after his death in 1985 — is more fun than the completed film itself.

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'Combative, Tribal, Angry': Newt Gingrich Set The Stage For Trump, Journalist Says

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 2:10pm

Atlantic journalist McKay Coppins says Gingrich "set a model for future Republican leaders" by engaging in extreme partisanship while serving as speaker of the House.

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Kurt Vile Stretches In An Adventurous New Direction On 'Bottle It In'

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 1:16pm

A laid-back, generous spirit pervades many of the songs on Vile's latest album. Critic Ken Tucker says the singer/songwriter "sounds like one of the most well-adjusted pop musicians around."

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Is The Supreme Court The 'Most Dangerous Branch' Of Government?

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 1:16pm

Author David A. Kaplan warns that the court is becoming increasingly polarized — and influential: "Why should nine unelected, unaccountable judges dictate so much policy in the country?"

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Jonah Hill: Acting Was An 'Amazing Derailment' On The Path To Directing

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 1:55pm

Hill always wanted to be a writer and director, but an unexpected compliment in an acting class shifted him toward performing instead. Now he's written and directed his first movie, Mid90s.

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'Let The People See': It Took Courage To Keep Emmett Till's Memory Alive

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 1:24pm

Historian Elliott J. Gorn's new book revisits the 1955 death and public funeral of the African-American teen. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's a timely story about the fragility of collective memory.

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Eli Saslow Traces A 'Straight Line' From White Nationalism To The Synagogue Shooter

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 3:26pm

"In the horrific hierarchy of white nationalist beliefs, they really consider Jews their primary enemy," the journalist says of the suspect in the Pittsburgh shooting Saturday.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Melissa McCarthy; Actor/Director Paul Dano

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 9:00am

McCarthy plays a caustic literary forger in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of Amarcord Nino Rota. Filmmaker Dano discusses his new film Wildlife.

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Biographer Sought To Write The Kind Of Book Lou Reed 'Deserved'

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 1:28pm

"It wasn't like I had to go looking for the drugs and the sex," Anthony DeCurtis, author of Lou Reed: A Life, told Fresh Air in 2017. "Lou wrote about it ... so I felt it was fair game."

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New, Magnificently Obsessive 'Suspiria' Is More Rebirth Than Remake

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 1:10pm

Luca Guadagnino's version of Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic departs from the original in every way imaginable. Critic Justin Chang says the 2018 Suspiria showcases an "astounding level of craft."

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Corruption, Scandal And The Multi-Billion Dollar Business Of College Basketball

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 1:10pm

Writer Michael Sokolove explains how college basketball programs manipulate young athletes for the benefit — and profit — of adults. His new book is The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino.

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