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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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Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. On DNA Testing And Finding His Own Roots

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 1:56pm

As host of the PBS series Finding Your Roots, Gates tells celebrities about their family history. He reflects on his own history and some of the more controversial aspects of DNA testing.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Rachel Maddow On The Lessons Of Spiro Agnew; John C. Reilly

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 9:00am

Maddow and her former producer Mike Yarvitz revisit the Agnew story in the podcast Bag Man. Justin Chang reviews M. Night Shyamalan's Glass. Reilly plays Oliver Hardy in the new film Stan & Ollie.

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M. Night Shyamalan's Superhero Thriller 'Glass' Overflows With Preposterousness

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 1:24pm

Shyamalan's latest film stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy in an eccentric, perilously self-indulgent sequel that braids together two previous movies: Unbreakable and Split.

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Memoirist Retraces Her Journey From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D.

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 1:24pm

Growing up, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. She writes about her transition into the mainstream in Educated. Originally broadcast Feb. 20, 2018.

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How Ted Kennedy's '80 Challenge To President Carter 'Broke The Democratic Party'

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 1:31pm

Journalist Jon Ward talks about the chaos that led Kennedy to challenge Carter for the Democratic nomination — and the long-lasting damage it did to the party. Ward's new book is Camelot's End.

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Breezy And Irreverent 'Brexit' Captures Big Truths About Today's Politics

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 1:31pm

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the top strategist for Britain's "Leave" campaign in a new HBO film that offers a jaunty — if incomplete — take on the UK's pending departure from the EU.

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2 New Albums Confirm Thelonious Monk's Genius As A Composer

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 1:45pm

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two new interpretations of Monk's complete works: Monk's Dreams, by pianist Frank Kimbrough, and Work, by guitarist Miles Okazaki.

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How The 1965 Immigration Act Made America A Nation Of Immigrants

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 1:45pm

For many years, U.S. immigration favored immigrants from northern Europe. NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten explains how a 1965 law changed things — and led to the current debate about border security.

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'Ghost Wall' Is An Eerie Coming-Of-Age Tale That Begs For A Second Read

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 1:18pm

Sarah Moss' beautifully written novel is set in the 1970s in the rugged countryside of the far north of England, where a group of campers are reenacting the daily lives of Iron Age Britons.

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John C. Reilly On The Comedy Of Laurel And Hardy: 'It's Almost Like A Ballet'

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:47pm

"The brilliant thing about their work when you watch it, it seems so nonchalant," Reilly says of the iconic slapstick duo. He plays Oliver Hardy in the new film Stan & Ollie.

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New Recording Of 'Doctor Atomic' May Be The Opera's Definitive Performance

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 1:25pm

John Adams' opera, which premiered in 2005, centers on the first atomic bomb test at Los Alamos, N.M. Now, a new album features a recording of Doctor Atomic conducted by the composer himself.

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A Surgeon Reflects On Death, Life And The 'Incredible Gift' Of Organ Transplant

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 1:07pm

Joshua Mezrich has performed hundreds of kidney, liver and pancreas transplants. He shares stories from the operating room in his book, When Death Becomes Life.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Kevin Hart; Ben Stiller

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 11:31am

Hart reflects on the controversial jokes from his past that led him to step down from hosting the Oscars. Stiller's Showtime series Escape At Dannemora is based upon a real-life prison break.

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'Fresh Air' Marks The 20th Anniversary Of The Premiere Of 'The Sopranos'

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 1:24pm

Critic David Bianculli offers an appreciation of the influential HBO drama. Plus, we listen back to archival interviews with series creator David Chase and Edie Falco, who played Carmela Soprano.

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'True Detective' Regains Its Footing In A Meditative 3rd Season

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 1:24pm

Mahershala Ali is a small-town cop grappling with the disappearance of two high-school students — while also dealing with his own isolation — in the new season of the HBO series.

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Kevin Hart Says Comedy's Full Of 'Flawed But Funny' People, Himself Included

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:58am

Hart reflects on the controversial jokes from his past that led him to step down from hosting the Oscars. "Sometimes to grow as a comedian, you got to go through the stupid part," he says.

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'Bad Behavior By People In High Office': Rachel Maddow On The Lessons Of Spiro Agnew

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 1:22pm

Richard Nixon's first vice president resigned in 1973 amid charges of bribery and tax evasion. Now, Maddow and her former producer Mike Yarvitz revisit the Agnew story in the podcast Bag Man.

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Ben Stiller Unlocks An 'Old-Fashioned' Prison Break In 'Escape At Dannemora'

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 1:55pm

Stiller's seven-part Showtime series centers on the true story of two convicted murderers who used tools provided by a prison employee to break out of maximum security prison in 2015.

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Childbirth Injury Led A New Mom To Start A Parenting Podcast 'To Feel Less Alone'

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 4:27pm

Hillary Frank struggled after an childbirth injury left her in chronic pain for months. Her podcast The Longest Shortest Time, and her book Weird Parenting Wins aim to give other parents a voice.

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Suspenseful 'Water Cure' Dips Into 2019's Dystopian Zeitgeist

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 2:41pm

Sophie Mackintosh's debut novel centers on four women living in a decrepit hotel on an isolated island. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Water Cure is "everything this age seems to be demanding."

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