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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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Witty And Stylish, 'Insurrecto' Offers An Inside View Of The Pain Of Colonization

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 2:59pm

Gina Apostol's dizzying new novel begin in present-day Manila before diving into the late 19th century — and the tortuous relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines.

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This Trauma Surgeon Survived Gun Violence. Now He's Taking On The NRA

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 2:13pm

When Joseph Sakran was 17, he was shot in the throat after a high school football game. That experience inspired him to become a surgeon — and to speak out against gun violence.

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Pelosi Knows How To Win — But Will She Win The House Speakership Again?

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 1:23pm

New York Times Magazine journalist Robert Draper talks about why Republicans love to attack Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the challenges she faces within her own party and her bid to be speaker of the House.

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New Biography Reveals The Life And Legacy Of Saxophonist Dexter Gordon

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 1:23pm

Gordon started out as a bebop prodigy in the '40s, and went on to star in the '86 film 'Round Midnight. Maxine Gordon captures her late husband's voice and music in the book Sophisticated Giant.

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Lefty Frizzell Box Set Showcases The Original Recordings Of A Country Classic

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 1:51pm

Though he's widely considered one of the best country-music artists of all time, Frizzell's music is not well known or widely heard today. Ken Tucker says An Article From Life aims to correct that.

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'The Beautiful Cure' Reveals The 'Profound' Power Of The Immune System

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 1:51pm

Immunologist Daniel Davis says scientists are harnessing the power of the immune system to create new medications to fight cancer, auto-immune conditions and other diseases.

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Fresh Air Weekend: The Coen Brothers; Free Climbing Yosemite's 'Dawn Wall'

Sat, 11/24/2018 - 9:00am

Joel and Ethan Coen pay homage to old Westerns with their new film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson describe their ascent of the southeastern face El Capitan.

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'The Window' Showcases The Wide-Ranging Talent Of Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 9:27am

McLorin Salvant's powerful voice takes center state on her new album, a duo with pianist Sullivan Fortner. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the music on The Window is riveting.

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Jazz Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant Doesn't Want To Sound 'Clean And Pretty'

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 9:27am

McLorin Salvant first studied classical voice, but turned to jazz because it offered her more range. "In jazz, I felt I could sing these deep, husky lows," she told Terry Gross in this 2015 interview.

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Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis On Singing Harmony And Living A 'Wild!' Life

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 8:29am

Fulks and Lewis come from different generations, but both play the old style of country music. They shared songs and stories from their new album during this September 2018 interview.

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'You Better Own This': How Rami Malek Came To Embody Freddie Mercury

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 2:16pm

Malek sang at the top of his lungs while playing Queen's iconic lead singer in the new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Still, he says, "No one can sing like Freddie Mercury."

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'It Looked Impossible': New Film Follows Free Climbers Up The 'Dawn Wall'

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 2:07pm

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson were the first to free climb to the top of the southeastern face of Yosemite's El Capitan. "It's as sheer and as vertical as the side of a skyscraper," Jorgeson says.

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Sumptuous And Gloriously Alive, 'The Favourite' Is The Best Costume Drama In Ages

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 1:56pm

Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz vie for the favor an ailing Queen Anne in a new comedy-drama set in the 18th century. Justin Chang says it's director Yorgos Lanthimos' most "emotionally resonant work."

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Women Fall For Mr. Wrong In Crime Dramas 'Dirty John' And 'Escape From Dannemora'

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 1:56pm

John Powers reviews two new series based on true crime stories. Dannemora dramatizes the story of a 2015 prison break. Dirty John follows the delusions and dangers of a woman falling for a conman.

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Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen On Singing Cowboys And Working With Oxen

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 1:19pm

The Coen brothers pay homage to old Westerns with their new film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The movie is a collection of six stories that often subvert the expectations of the genre.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Bugs And Bacteria In Your Home; Actor Steven Yeun

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 9:00am

Ecologist Rob Dunn talks about the tiny life forms living in different parts of the home. Geoff Nunberg explains why "nationalist" is his pick for word of the year. Yeun discusses his film Burning.

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40 Years Later, Jonestown Offers A Lesson In Demagoguery

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 1:27pm

In 1978, more than 900 followers of the Rev. Jim Jones committed mass suicide in Guyana. Jeff Guinn explains how Jones captivated so many in The Road to Jonestown. Originally broadcast April 11, 2017.

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The Twists And Turns In 'Little Drummer Girl' Are Pure Le Carré

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:43pm

An actress is charged with infiltrating a terrorist cell in a new AMC miniseries based on John Le Carré's 1983 novel. David Bianculli says it's one of 2018's most tense and well-acted TV thrillers.

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Crackling Heist Thriller 'Widows' Takes On Issues Of Race, Class And Gender

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 1:28pm

Steve McQueen's new film centers on four women who come together to pull off a $5 million robbery. Critic Justin Chang says as gripping as it is, Widows never feels like mere escapism.

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Inside The Russian Disinformation Playbook: Exploit Tension, Sow Chaos

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 1:28pm

A new video series by New York Times reporter Adam Ellick explores Russia's role in spreading fake news, dating back to the '80s conspiracy theory that the AIDS virus was created by the U.S. military.

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