Fresh Air

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Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.

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Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2018-05-21 20:00
last episode published
2018-05-21 20:00
publication frequency
1.19 days
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Number of Episodes
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21.05.2018

Writer Michael Chabon On Fatherhood

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author writes about his relationship with his father, as well as his own experiences as the parent of four, in 'Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews the reboot of 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' on Amazon.
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19.05.2018

Best Of: Annette Bening / Tig Notaro

Bening starred in the films 'American Beauty,' 'The Kids Are All Right,' '20th Century Women,' and most recently, 'The Seagull.' Bening spoke with Terry Gross about her transition from stage to screen, her stop-and-start approach to show business, and ...
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18.05.2018

Remembering Tom Wolfe

Wolfe began experimenting with nonfiction writing techniques in the 1960s. The "new journalism" pioneer and best-selling author died Monday. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1987. Also, we listen back to a 2014 interview with author Edward St. Aubyn. His ...
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17.05.2018

President Trump's 'War' On The 'Deep State'

'New Yorker' staff writer Evan Osnos says that hundreds of non-partisan civil servants, considered not loyal enough to the administration, have been marginalized or pushed out of government entirely.
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16.05.2018

Comic Tig Notaro

In 2012, Notaro became famous after her stand-up set about her cancer diagnosis went viral. Since then, she created the Amazon series 'One Mississippi,' got married and had twins. She's also recorded a couple more stand-up specials, including one in wh...
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15.05.2018

Michael Pollan On The 'New Science' Of Psychedelics

Pollan, author of 'The Omnivore's Dilemma' and 'The Botany of Desire,' talks about his new book, 'How to Change Your Mind.' It covers the history of psychedelic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms, and how they're now being used experimentally in therap...
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14.05.2018

The Life And Death Of Robin Williams / 'Jessica Jones' Star Krysten Ritter

'New York Times' writer Dave Itzkoff examines Williams' comic brilliance and struggle with addiction in the biography 'Robin.' Williams took his own life in 2014; an autopsy later revealed he had Lewy body dementia. Also, 'Jessica Jones' star Krysten R...
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12.05.2018

Best Of: Tracey Thorn / Chef Lidia Bastianich

Tracey Thorn (formerly of the band Everything But the Girl) stepped away from performing two decades ago in order to start a family. Now she sings about the different stages of women's lives on her solo album, 'Record.' Maureen Corrigan reviews the boo...
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11.05.2018

'Crime And Punishment In Black America'

Yale Law professor James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community. He received a 2018 Pulitzer Prize fo...
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10.05.2018

Annette Bening

Bening starred in the films 'American Beauty,' 'The Grifters,' 'The Kids Are Alright,' and '20th Century Women.' Now she's in the screen adaptation of Anton Chekhov's 'The Seagull.' Bening spoke with Terry Gross about her transition from stage to scree...
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9.05.2018

New Email Dump Reveals Secret Inner Workings Of The EPA

'New York Times' reporter Eric Lipton says the response to a recent Freedom of Information Act request shows that Scott Pruitt and his staff have gone to great lengths to keep the public and the news media at a distance. Film critic Justin Chang review...
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8.05.2018

Jay & Mark Duplass

Filmmaker siblings Jay and Mark Duplass have been making movies together since they were kids. Their short film, 'This is John,' made for $3 on a VHS tape, went to the Sundance Film Festival. They've gone on to do HBO's 'Togetherness,' and films like '...
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7.05.2018

Chef Lidia Bastianich

Bastianich grew up eating farm-to-table meals with her Italian family. After she emigrated to America, she drew on those childhood meals in opening her first restaurant. Her new memoir is 'My American Dream.' Also, critic at large John Powers reviews t...
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5.05.2018

Best Of: Comic Michelle Wolf / Journalist Alex Wagner

In an exclusive interview after the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Wolf addresses the backlash to her set. "I wouldn't change a single word. I'm very happy with what I said, and I'm glad I stuck to my guns." Also, CBS News contributor Alex Wagner ...
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4.05.2018

Lynching In America

The new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., honors the victims of lynching and racial terrorism in the U.S. 'Fresh Air' looks back on the history of lynching, including the grotesque picture postcards sold as lynching mementos....
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3.05.2018

Singer-Songwriter Tracey Thorn

The Everything But the Girl singer stepped away from performing two decades ago in order to start a family. Now she sings about the different stages of women's lives on her solo album, 'Record.'
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2.05.2018

'Soul Of America' Makes Sense Of The Present By Examining The Past

Presidential historian Jon Meacham says looking back at times when the nation was divided by partisan fury and racial strife can help shed light on "the politics of the moment." Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'Sparrow' from country sing...
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1.05.2018

Comic Michelle Wolf On The Correspondents' Dinner

In an exclusive interview after the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Wolf addresses the backlash to her set. "I wouldn't change a single word. I'm very happy with what I said, and I'm glad I stuck to my guns." Also, we remember Iranian photographer ...
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30.04.2018

Journalist Alex Wagner Seeks Out Her Roots In 'Futureface'

CBS News contributor Alex Wagner was curious about the roots of her mixed-race ancestry. She used her reporting skills to investigate, digging through archives and getting multiple and conflicting genetic tests. Her book is 'Futureface.' Also, book cri...
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28.04.2018

Best Of: Jake Tapper / Poet Gregory Pardlo

CNN anchor Jake Tapper talks about his heated interview with Trump adviser Stephen Miller, moderating presidential debates, and his new novel, 'The Hellfire Club.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a four-disc reissue of Louis Armstrong. Also, Pulitz...
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27.04.2018

Remembering 'Schoolhouse Rock!' Composer Bob Dorough

We remember jazz composer and singer Bob Dorough, who died this week at 94. He was best known for songs he wrote for 'Schoolhouse Rock!' like "My Hero, Zero" and "Three is a Magic Number." He spoke with Terry Gross in 1982 and 1996. Also, jazz critic K...
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26.04.2018

Jake Tapper

The CNN anchor talks about his heated interview with Trump adviser Stephen Miller, being parodied on 'SNL,' and cartooning. His new novel, 'The Hellfire Club,' takes place in 1954 during Sen. Joseph McCarthy's Communist "witch hunt" — a time he describ...
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25.04.2018

How America's White Power Movement Coalesced After Vietnam

Historian Kathleen Belew says that as America's disparate racist groups came together in the 1970s and '80s, the movement's goal shifted from one of "vigilante activism" to something more wide-reaching. Her book is 'Bring the War Home.' Also, critic Ke...
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24.04.2018

'The Pope Who Would Be King'

Pius IX, who became head of the Catholic church in 1846, saw progress and freedom of speech as anti-Catholic and instituted the doctrine of Papal infallibility. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Kertzer says his exile led to the emergence of modern I...
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23.04.2018

Poet Gregory Pardlo Reflects On 'Ambition And Manhood In America'

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo's new memoir, 'Air Traffic,' chronicles his complicated relationship with his father, a labor organizer who lost his job following the air traffic controllers' 1981 strike. Pardlo also talks about his brief ti...
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21.04.2018

Best Of: James Comey / 'Atlanta' Actor Brian Tyree Henry

Former FBI director James Comey tells Terry Gross that he wants to sound the alarm about the "forest fire" of the Trump presidency — and also to defend the FBI against charges of partisanship. "People love the FBI when they think it's on their side," C...
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20.04.2018

Remembering 'Cuckoo's Nest' Dir. Milos Forman / Actor Harry Anderson

Milos Forman was an Academy Award-winning director known for the films 'One Few Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' 'Amadeus,' and 'The People vs. Larry Flynt.' He spoke with Terry Gross in 1994. Harry Anderson was a con man and magician turned actor who was best...
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19.04.2018

Who Is The Mystery Man Behind @realDonaldTrump?

'New York Times' journalist Robert Draper says "no one understands Trump's base" better than White House social media director (and former golf caddie) Dan Scavino. Draper tells Terry Gross about how Scavino edits many of the president's tweets and als...
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18.04.2018

'Atlanta' Actor Brian Tyree Henry

Henry plays Alfred Miles, a.k.a. rapper "Paper Boi," on the Emmy Award-winning FX series 'Atlanta.' He talks about authenticity, studying at Yale School of Drama, and his eclectic music taste. Also, we remember former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died ...
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17.04.2018

James Comey

The former FBI director tells Terry Gross that he wants to sound the alarm about the "forest fire" of the Trump presidency — and also to defend the FBI against charges of partisanship. "People love the FBI when they think it's on their side," Comey say...
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16.04.2018

Lawrence Wright: 'The Future Is Texas'

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright predicts that the largest "red" state in the union will eventually move into the "blue" column — and change the nation's politics in the process. His new book about culture, politics and economy of the ...
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14.04.2018

Best Of: 'The Rider' / How Rodgers & Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway

Following a rodeo accident, Brady Jandreau refused to quit riding and training wild horses — even it if meant risking his life. He plays a version of himself in director Chloe Zhao's slightly fictionalized retelling of his story. The director and star ...
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13.04.2018

Jon Bon Jovi

The rock icon and his band are being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this week. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2009 about his upbringing (his mom was a Playboy bunny, his dad was a hairdresser), getting his first single on the radio, and h...
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12.04.2018

America's Eviction Crisis

Sociologist Matthew Desmond estimates that about 2.3 million evictions were filed in the U.S. in 2016 — a rate of four every minute. "Eviction isn't just a condition of poverty; it's a cause of poverty," he says. Desmond won a Pulitzer Prize for his 20...
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11.04.2018

'Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?'

Author Robert Kuttner talks about the escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China and the possible consequences. Kuttner also discusses the connection he sees between global capitalism and the rise of the far right in Europe and the U.S. Also,...
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10.04.2018

A Wounded Cowboy Gets Back On The Horse In 'The Rider'

Following a rodeo accident, Brady Jandreau refused to quit riding and training wild horses — even it if meant risking his life. He plays a version of himself in director Chloe Zhao's slightly fictionalized retelling of his story. The director and star ...
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9.04.2018

How Rodgers & Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway

Todd Purdum's new book, 'Something Wonderful,' is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind such hit shows as 'Oklahoma!,' 'Carousel,' 'South Pacific' and 'The Sound of Music.'
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7.04.2018

Best Of: Eels / Actor Dan Stevens

Four years ago, Eels founder Mark Oliver Everett decided to take a break from music. He went on what he calls a project of self-improvement, during which he got married, got divorced and, at the age of 54, had a son. He also spent time reckoning with t...
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6.04.2018

Uncovering The Forgotten Osage Murders

Members of the Osage Indian Nation became very wealthy in the 1920s after oil deposits were found on their land. Then local whites began targeting the tribe, killing them off one by one in mysterious and disturbing ways. Journalist David Grann tells th...
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5.04.2018

'Legion' Actor Dan Stevens

Stevens, who played Matthew Crawley on 'Downton Abbey,' now stars in 'Legion,' an FX drama that's a spin-off of the Marvel Comics 'X-Men' series. Stevens talks about Crawley's untimely death, and wearing a motion capture suit in the live action 'Beauty...
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4.04.2018

Mark Oliver Everett (Eels)

Four years ago, Eels founder Mark Oliver Everett decided to take a break from music. He went on what he calls a project of self-improvement, during which he got married, got divorced and, at the age of 54, had a son. He also spent time reckoning with t...
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3.04.2018

Madeleine Albright

The former secretary of state describes President Trump as "the most anti-democratic leader that I have studied in American history." Albright's new book is 'Fascism: A Warning.' Also, critic at large John Powers marks the 50th anniversary of the Stan...
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2.04.2018

The 'Original Siamese Twins' / Remembering TV Producer Steven Bochco

Steven Bochco, who died Sunday, created numerous series, including 'Hill Street Blues' and 'NYPD Blue.' TV Critic David Bianculli looks back on Bochco's impact, then we listen to his 1989 'Fresh Air' interview. Yunte Huang's new book, 'Inseparable,' ch...
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31.03.2018

Best Of: Comic Roy Wood Jr. / Growing Up Undocumented

Roy Wood Jr. says the years he spent performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest — sometimes in places where he felt unsafe as a black man — helped him understand the psyche of the country. He grew up the son of a civil rights journalist in Bir...
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30.03.2018

Bill Hader / Former Obama White House Staffer

Comic actor Bill Hader spoke with Terry Gross in 2012 about his recurring 'SNL' character Stefon, doing voices and his love of classic Hollywood films. His latest project is the HBO series 'Barry.' Also, former Obama White House staffer Alyssa Mastromo...
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29.03.2018

A New Thread In The Mueller Investigation

'New York Times' reporter David Kirkpatrick explains the connection between the Mueller investigation and efforts by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to influence U.S. international policy.
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28.03.2018

Growing Up Undocumented

Sara Saedi was two when her parents fled Iran and moved to California. Her new memoir, 'Americanized,' describes her 18-year-long path to citizenship, and the lingering anxiety of being undocumented. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'Miles Dav...
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27.03.2018

How 'Bad Medicine' Dismisses & Misdiagnoses Women

Journalist Maya Dusenbery argues that medicine has a "systemic and unconscious bias" against women that's rooted in "what doctors, regardless of their own gender, are learning in medical schools." Her new book is 'Doing Harm.' Book critic Maureen Corri...
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26.03.2018

How Corporations Had A 'Hidden' Civil Rights Movement

UCLA Law professor Adam Winkler says that in the past 200 years, American businesses have gone to court claiming constitutional rights that were originally intended for people. His new book is 'We the Corporations.' Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews...
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24.03.2018

Best Of: Danny Trejo / The Evolution Of A.I.

Trejo's made a career playing menacing tough guys, from 'Sons of Anarchy' to 'Machete.' He says that his experience standing in the yard waiting for a prison riot in San Quentin prepared him for acting: "You're absolutely scared to death ... [but] you ...
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