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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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Personal Demons And Class Differences Complicate Love In 'Normal People'

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 2:19pm

Marianne is a social pariah, Connell is a football player. Sally Rooney's nuanced, flinty love story opens in a small town in Ireland, where two teens who "get" each other get together.

(Image credit: Beth Novey/NPR)

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'Losing Earth' Explores How Oil Industry Played Politics With The Planet's Fate

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 3:39pm

Journalist Nathaniel Rich says the oil industry helped create a partisan debate around climate change in the 1980s by paying scientists to write op-eds questioning climate science.

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Wily And Clever, Billie Eilish's Debut Album Sounds Like No One Else

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 2:53pm

The 17-year-old California singer-songwriter's album, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? keeps listeners guessing. Her frame of reference is vast — ranging from glam rock to folk music.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin; A Therapist Goes To Therapy

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 12:10pm

Nézet-Séguin conducts at New York's Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra. John Powers revisits the 1970 film Wanda. Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb talks about her experiences in therapy.

(Image credit: Daniel Burke Photo&Video/WHYY)

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Remembering Choreographer And Dancer Merce Cunningham

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 1:27pm

Cunningham, who died in 2009, would have been 100 on April 16. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1985 about his unconventional approach to dance, in which music and dance are performed independently.

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From The 'Fresh Air' Archives: Dancer Gwen Verdon

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 1:27pm

Verdon, who died in 2000, spoke to Terry Gross in 1993 about her work with and marriage to choreographer Bob Fosse. The new FX series Fosse/Verdon revisits the complexities of their partnership.

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'Fosse/Verdon' Surges With Creativity, Excitement And Dance

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 1:27pm

FX's new drama tells the story of the complex partnership between choreographer Bob Fosse and dancer Gwen Verdon. Married, then divorced, their lives remained connected professionally for decades.

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'High Life' Is A Stunning Space Odyssey — With A Baby On Board

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:43am

Claire Denis' sci-fi thriller is like no outer space movie you've seen; it opens with an astronaut caring for a baby in space — then flashes back to reveal the strange story behind their journey.

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For Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Making Music Is 'Like A Religious Call'

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 2:43pm

Nézet-Séguin uses every part of his body when he conducts — including his eyes, eyebrows, shoulders and feet. He's the music director at New York's Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

(Image credit: Jan Regan/The Philadelphia Orchestra)

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. Points To Reconstruction As The Genesis Of White Supremacy

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 2:19pm

Gates says white supremacy was born in the years after the Civil War, as white Southerners looked for ways to roll back the newly acquired rights of African-Americans. His new book is Stony the Road.

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Rob Delaney On Wrapping Up 'Catastrophe' And Working Through Grief

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 2:18pm

Delaney co-wrote the final season of his Amazon series shortly after the death of his young son. Catastrophe didn't lessen his grief, but he says he found work and grief to be "compatible."

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Journalist Describes An 'Almost Unimaginable' Crisis In Venezuela

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 3:14pm

Times reporter Nicholas Casey was in Maracaibo, Venezuela, in March 2019 during a six-day power outage. "By the fourth day," he says, "you started to hear shots getting fired in the street."

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Betty Carter Concert Recording Captures The Singer At The Top Of Her Game

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 2:55pm

Carter had a late-career renaissance when she performed for New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center in 1992. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the recording showcases how much feeling Carter put in her singing.

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'Chief' Explores The Motivations And Impact Of SCOTUS Justice John Roberts

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 1:22pm

CNN legal affairs correspondent Joan Biskupic discusses the roots of Roberts' conservatism and his work for the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. Her new book is The Chief.

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'Other Americans' Take Center Stage In A Timely New Novel

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 12:57pm

The short chapters in Laila Lalami's novel are narrated by a rotating cast of characters. They conjure a murder mystery, a cross-cultural romance, an immigrant saga, war stories and family dramas.

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Fresh Air Weekend: John Mulaney; Natasha Lyonne

Sat, 03/30/2019 - 9:01am

Former SNL writer Mulaney was "absolutely terrified" to host the show. David Bianculli reviews What We Do in the Shadows. Lyonne says her own near death experience informed her work on Russian Doll.

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New 'Twilight Zone' Reboot Pales In Comparison To The Original

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 1:41pm

Jordan Peele hosts the new Twilight Zone series streaming on CBS All Access. Critic David Bianculli says the reboot of the cult favorite misses the mark in most ways.

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Mexican-American Author Finds Inspiration In Family, Tragedy And Trump

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 1:41pm

Luis Alberto Urrea's The House of Broken Angels borrows from the story of his older brother, who died of cancer. He told Fresh Air in 2018 that the book went through a rewrite after the 2016 election.

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