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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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Journalist Warns Cyber Attacks Present A 'Perfect Weapon' Against Global Order

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 1:39pm

New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger says U.S. officials worry that foreign powers have planted malware that could knock out critical infrastructure, including electric power.

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John Prine On Music, Cancer And Why He Never Thought He'd Be A Recording Artist

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 1:27pm

The singer, songwriter and guitarist underwent surgeries in 1996 and 2013 that affected his throat and voice. He likes his voice better now: "It dropped down lower and feels friendlier."

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Pithy And Pointed 'There There' Puts Native American Voices Front And Center

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 1:00pm

Critic Maureen Corrigan says Tommy Orange's novel, which centers on a cast of native and mixed-race characters whose lives intersect at a powwow, features "a literary authority rare in a debut."

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Fresh Air Weekend: Paul Schrader And Ethan Hawke On 'First Reformed'; Michael Chabon

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 9:00am

Shrader and Hawke discuss their new film about a minister who is having a crisis of faith. Justin Chang reviews The Incredibles 2. Chabon writes about fatherhood in Pops.

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Remembering D.J. Fontana, The Drummer For Elvis Presley's Band

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 1:38pm

Fontana, who died Wednesday, played on some of Presley's biggest hits, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Hound Dog" and "All Shook Up." Originally broadcast in 1987.

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Remembering War Photographer David Douglas Duncan

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 1:38pm

Duncan, who died at 102, was a Marine officer and combat photographer during World War II. Later he photographed the wars in Korea and Vietnam. Originally broadcast in 1990.

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A Filmmaker's 'Quest' For A Quiet Family Portrait Is Pierced By Unforeseen Trauma

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 1:38pm

Jonathan Olshefski spent 10 years filming Christopher Rainey and his family, who run a recording studio in North Philadelphia. Then their daughter was shot. Originally broadcast Dec. 20, 2017.

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'Incredibles 2' Zips Seamlessly Between Domestic Comedy And Death-Defying Action

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 2:37pm

The sequel to the 2004 animated hit continues the superheroic adventures of Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and their three gifted children. Critic Justin Chang calls the film "gorgeous" and "touching."

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Snail Mail Delivers Sturdy Guitar Riffs And Soaring Vocals On 'Lush'

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 2:37pm

Eighteen-year-old Lindsey Jordan, who records under the name Snail Mail, has been playing guitar for 13 years. This combination of youth and experience creates a distinctive sound on her new album.

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Remembering Jill Ker Conway, The First Female President Of Smith College

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 2:37pm

The women's history scholar, who died June 1, grew up on a remote Australian sheep farm and later went on to write three memoirs, including True North. Conway spoke to Fresh Air in 1989, '94 and '98.

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Pianist Shamie Royston Brings A Hard-Swinging Brand Of Jazz To 'Beautiful Liar'

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 2:07pm

Royston is a trained composer who knows how to manipulate her materials all sorts of ways. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the music on Beautiful Liar is "sleek and sturdy" and "made to be played."

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How Taking A Stand For Justice Can Threaten The Careers Of Black Athletes

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 2:07pm

Journalist Howard Bryant discusses the history of social protest among African-American athletes. His new book, The Heritage, traces the tradition back to Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali and others.

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Paul Schrader And Ethan Hawke Test Their Faith In 'First Reformed'

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 1:48pm

Ethan Hawke's performance is purposefully understated in the film written and directed by Paul Schrader. At 47, Hawke has "a number of lessons in his face that he doesn't have to act," Schrader says.

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2 First-Rate Suspense Novels Deliver Chills, Thrills — And Stunning Endgames

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 4:05pm

In the relaxed days of summer, critic Maureen Corrigan reflexively reaches for a mystery. This year, she's settling in with The Dime, by Kathleen Kent, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware.

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A Science Writer Explores The 'Perversions And Potential' Of Genetic Tests

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 2:43pm

Carl Zimmer wondered what secrets lurked in his genetic code — so he decided to have his genome sequenced. He writes about the implications of the study of genetics in She Has Her Mother's Laugh.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Baseball's Keith Hernandez; Actor Nick Offerman

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 9:00am

Hernandez talks about baseball, Seinfeld and being his own "worst enemy." Critic Justin Chang reviews the horror movie Hereditary. Offerman play a middle-aged single dad in Hearts Beat Loud.

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A Look Back At How Milton Berle And Ed Sullivan Captivated Audiences With Variety

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 2:41pm

Critic David Bianculli remembers the debut, 70 years ago this month, of two variety shows — one hosted by Berle, the other by Sullivan — that showcased the powerful impact of television.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Anthony Bourdain, A Chef Devoted To Global Street Food

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 2:41pm

Bourdain, who died at 61, traveled the world, sampling local cuisine and meeting people along the way. He told Fresh Air in 2016: "I'm happiest experiencing food in the most purely emotional way."

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Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong Go 'Cheek To Cheek' On A New 4-Disc Set

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 3:12pm

Fitzgerald's warm, yet ultra-cool voice was at the opposite pole of jazz singing from Armstrong's gravelly growl. There's absolutely no reason their voices should blend so effortlessly — but they do.

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'I Could Never Fake It': Nick Offerman On Striving For Nonchalance

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 2:29pm

Offerman has made a career out of playing colorful cranks — most notably, Ron Swanson, the boss on NBC's Parks and Recreation. He now stars as a middle-age single dad in Hearts Beat Loud.

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