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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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The Generic Drugs You're Taking May Not Be As Safe Or Effective As You Think

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 3:33pm

Journalist Katherine Eban says most of the generic medicine being sold in the U.S. is manufactured overseas — sometimes under questionable quality control standards. Her new book is Bottle of Lies.

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'Fleabag' Returns For A Raunchy 2nd Season — And Quits While It's Ahead

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:55pm

Phoebe Waller-Bridge pulls off the rare feat of taking a hugely successful show and making it much better. In Season 2, her character falls for a foul-mouthed Catholic priest.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Hollywood Legend Doris Day

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 1:33pm

The singer and actor, who died May 12, made nearly 40 movies over the course of her career. In 1968, Day walked away from performing and began rescuing animals. Originally broadcast in 2012.

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Howard Stern On 'Fresh Air': Part 2

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 1:33pm

In the second half of our two-part interview, Stern talks about his 2017 cancer scare, his thoughts on retirement and his mother's depression. His new book is Howard Stern Comes Again.

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Howard Stern Tells Terry Gross His 'Pure Id' Days Are Behind Him

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 12:02pm

Stern says he's not the raunchy shock jock he once was. "If I hadn't grown, and evolved, and changed ... I don't know that I could still be on the radio." His new book is Howard Stern Comes Again.

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French Comedy 'Non-Fiction' Infuses Every Conversation With Seductive Pull

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 1:20pm

Writer-director Olivier Assayas has a knack for turning abstract ideas into stimulating cinema — which is exactly what he does in Non-Fiction, a modern-day talkfest centering on the Parisian elite.

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'Fleabag' And 'Killing Eve' Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge Is Full Of Surprises

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 1:11pm

Waller-Bridge writes female characters who are flawed and unpredictable. Her Fleabag character struggles to maintain a facade of confidence, while her characters on Killing Eve hide other secrets.

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Fresh Air Weekend: How Oligarchs Stash Fortunes; 'PEN15' Creators

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 9:00am

Journalist Oliver Bullough describes a secret transnational economy in Moneyland. Ken Tucker reviews Lizzo's new album. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle return to middle school in the Hulu series PEN15.

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'Fresh Air' Celebrates 'Veep,' A Comedy Series Skewering Presidential Politics

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 1:20pm

As the HBO series Veep concludes its seventh and final season, we listen back to archival interviews with showrunner David Mandel and shows stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale.

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'My Mother Is Mad At The Sun': A Poet Reflects On His Mom's Alzheimer's Disease

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 1:20pm

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reads a poem about his late mother, who had Alzheimer's Disease. Schwartz's latest collection is Little Kisses.

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Jazz Film 'Bolden' Mixes Fact And Fiction To Capture A Legendary Bandleader

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 1:20pm

Dan Pritzker's new film tells the story of Charles "Buddy" Bolden, a mythic jazz hero who burned so bright he burned himself out. Though striking and stylish, Bolden loses its grip in the final act.

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Deutsche Bank Is The 'Rosetta Stone' To Unlock Trump Finances, Journalist Says

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 1:18pm

The German bank was Trump's partner on countless investments at a time when most of Wall Street shied away. As a result, NY Times editor David Enrich says, it has a trove of information about Trump.

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'VEEP' Draws To A Close, Its Freewheeling Cynicism Still A Delight

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 2:13pm

Everyone is either a fool, a knave or a monster in HBO's hilariously scabrous political satire starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. After seven seasons, Veep ends its run with its sharp teeth fully intact.

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Eugenics, Anti-Immigration Laws Of The Past Still Resonate Today, Journalist Says

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 1:48pm

Daniel Okrent, author of The Guarded Gate, draws a parallel between the eugenics movement, which helped shape U.S. immigration in the early 20th century, and President Trump's hard-line stance today.

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Decades Later, Nat Turner Rebellion Makes Its Debut With 'Laugh To Keep From Crying'

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 2:24pm

The R&B group recorded in Philadelphia in the early '70s, but their debut is only just being released. The album is all over the map, but its passion and bristling intelligence is noteworthy.

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'No Visible Bruises' Upends Stereotypes Of Abuse, Sheds Light On Domestic Violence

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 2:20pm

An average of four women are killed by their partners every day in America. Crisis center CEO Suzanne Dubus and write Rachel Louise Snyder talk about how to help women leave abusive relationships.

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'Biggest Little Farm' Chronicles One Couple's Effort To 'Jump-Start The Soil'

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 2:03pm

Molly and John Chester took a massive leap when they decided to leave Los Angeles to start an organic farm. John's new documentary tells the story of their struggles and successes.

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Return To Middle School In 'PEN15': Creators Say 'It's All About Survival'

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 1:50pm

"There's not a lot of heroic acts in middle school," Maya Erskine says. She and Anna Konkle play 13-year-old versions of themselves in the series Hulu comedy PEN15.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Patricia Arquette; David Carr's Daughter, Erin Lee Carr

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 9:00am

Arquette explores the "toxic codependency" of Munchausen by proxy in the Hulu series The Act. Erin Lee Carr's new memoir, All That You Leave Behind, is about family, addiction and mentorship.

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'What Doesn't Kill You' Is A Humorous, Authentic Take On Growing Up Black

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 1:25pm

In his new book of essays, Damon Young, co-founder of the blog Very Smart Brothas, sticks it to his high school bully — while also offering insights into race, power and how to be a modern man.

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