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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.
||Clean'Godless' Creator Scott Frank||Writer and director Scott Frank says his Netflix series 'Godless' was inspired by historical records from 19th century Southwestern towns in which women took over after the men died in an accident. He talks about wanting to make a Western and embracing the genre's clichés.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: James Franco / Guillermo Del Toro||James Franco's new film, 'The Disaster Artist,' is about the making of the 2003 cult classic 'The Room,' which has been called the 'Citizen Kane' of bad movies. Franco talks about what drew him to 'The Room,' and its star, Tommy Wiseau. And linguist Geoff Nunberg shares his word of 2017. Also, director Guillermo del Toro discusses 'The Shape of Water,' which is set in 1962 and features a fairy tale romance between an amphibious water creature and a mute woman.||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 'Racial Cleansing' Of Forsyth County, GA||In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Eventually the entire black population of Forsyth County was driven out. Patrick Phillips, author of 'Blood at the Root,' tells the story. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'I, Tonya.'||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Mueller Investigation's Possible Outcomes||Robert Mueller is conducting a "full and thorough investigation of the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election," and any possible links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. Any such links could be called collusion, but is collusion a crime? 'New Yorker' staff writer and CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin discusses the Mueller investigation and the approach President Donald Trump's legal team is taking. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Foxtrot.'||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJames Franco||Franco's new film, 'The Disaster Artist,' is a behind-the-scenes take on the making of the 2003 cult classic 'The Room,' which has been called the 'Citizen Kane' of bad movies. Franco also talks about his roles in HBO's 'The Deuce,' and the controversy surrounding his 2014 film 'The Interview.' Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg shares his word of the year.||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Golden Age Of Sunday Comics / Guillermo del Toro||'Vanity Fair' editor-at-large Cullen Murphy grew up the son of a cartoonist. His father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular Prince Valiant strip, which Murphy eventually wrote for 14 years. His new memoir is 'Cartoon County.' Also, director Guillermo del Toro says his new film 'The Shape of Water' centers on "love beyond words." Set in 1962, his new film features a fairy tale romance between an amphibious water creature and a mute woman.||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Confessions Of A Nuclear War Planner'||Daniel Ellsberg became one of the best-known opponents of the Vietnam War in 1971, when he leaked the Pentagon Papers, a secret Defense Department study of the war, to the 'New York Times.' He has a new memoir 'The Doomsday Machine,' about his years as a young national security analyst looking at top secret plans for nuclear war. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of Ezra Pound, 'The Bughouse,' and John Powers reviews the new Amazon series 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.'||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: Patton Oswalt / 'The President Show'||After the sudden death of his wife in April 2016, comic Patton Oswalt felt his life slipping away. But over the past year, things took a turn: He fell in love again. His new Netflix special is 'Patton Oswalt: Annihilation.' Justin Chang reviews 'The Shape of Water.' Anthony Atamanuik and Peter Grosz's new Comedy Central series, 'The President Show,' is set up like a late night talk show, hosted by President Trump with Vice President Pence as his sidekick.||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones||For World AIDS Day we're listening back to our 2016 interview with activist Cleve Jones. He lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic and became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination. "Meeting Harvey, seeing his death, it fixed my course." Jones is co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and started the AIDS memorial quilt. Film critic Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of 'The Astaire Story.' Film critic David Edelstein reviews James Franco's 'The Disaster Artist.'||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Anita Hill Shaped America's View Of Sexual Harassment||Journalists Jane Mayer and Rebecca Traister look back on Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, in which Hill's testimony brought sexual harassment into the popular consciousness. "She served as kind of a canary in the coal mine for women about what happens when you do speak up against a powerful man, even though she hadn't even asked to speak up," Mayer says.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'The President Show' Co-Stars||Anthony Atamanuik and Peter Grosz's new Comedy Central series is set up like a late night talk show, hosted by President Trump with Vice President Pence as his sidekick. Justin Chang reviews 'The Shape of Water.'||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'A Doctor's Notes On Anesthesia' / Novelist Jesmyn Ward||Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo specializes in pediatric anesthesiology and treats 1,000 children a year — from micro-preemies to teenagers. His new memoir is called 'Counting Backwards.' Also, National Book Award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward talks with producer Sam Briger about her book 'Sing, Unburied, Sing,' about a boy with a black mother and white father, growing up in contemporary rural Mississippi.||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComic Patton Oswalt||After the sudden death of his wife in April 2016, Oswalt felt his life slipping away. But over the past year, things took a turn: He fell in love again. His new Netflix special is 'Patton Oswalt: Annihilation.'||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: Greta Gerwig On 'Lady Bird' / Dee Rees On 'Mudbound'||Gerwig, the co-writer and star of 'Frances Ha' and 'Mistress America,' is making her directorial debut with the new film 'Lady Bird.' It's about a high school senior preparing for college and trying to assert her independence from her mother. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Darkest Hour.' 'Mudbound' follows two families — one black and one white — just before, during and after WWII. Director Dee Rees says her experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., in the 1980s informed her film.||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSinger-Songwriter Loudon Wainwright III||Wainwright has written remarkable songs about family, and how we hurt and heal each other. Now he details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir 'Liner Notes.'||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJimmy Fallon||The 'Tonight Show' host talks with Terry Gross about parenting, being entertaining in times of tragedy, and the biggest thing he learned from his time at 'SNL.' Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Darkest Hour.'||11/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMargo Price||Nashville singer-songwriter Margo Price pawned her wedding ring — and her husband sold their car — to pay for the recording studio to make her 2016 debut album, 'Midwest Farmer's Daughter.' It made her a beak-out star. Now she's released her second album, 'All American Made,' an overtly political and feminist record that grapples with the current political climate. She plays old and new songs in studio — including a bit of Kendrick Lamar's 'HUMBLE.'||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'How Russia Helped Trump Win The White House'||"The constellation of Russian connections circling around Planet Trump is quite extraordinary," says 'Guardian' reporter Luke Harding. His new book is 'Collusion.' Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Call Me By Your Name.'||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInside The Panama & Paradise Papers||Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein helped break the story of the Panama Papers, the leaked documents that detail the offshore tax havens of the super rich. His new book is 'Secrecy World.' Also, critic at large John Powers reviews the book 'The Dawn Watch.'||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: Father Greg Boyle / 'Stranger Things' Co-Creators||Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle has spent 30 years working in LA with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. He says gang violence is "not about the flying of bullets. It's about a lethal absence of hope." Ken Tucker reviews 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift. Also, brothers Ross and Matt Duffer talk about the "sequel" to their sci-fi Netflix series 'Stranger Things.'||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMindy Kaling / Remembering Liz Smith||'The Mindy Project' has ended after six seasons. Creator and star Mindy Kaling talked to 'Fresh Air' in 2012 when the show first started. Also, we remember late 'New York Daily News' gossip columnist Liz Smith. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2000. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Mudbound.'||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreta Gerwig On 'Lady Bird'||Gerwig, the co-writer and star of 'Frances Ha' and 'Mistress America,' is making her directorial debut with the new film 'Lady Bird.' It's about a high school senior preparing for college and trying to assert her independence from her mother. Also, we remember late health care economist Uwe Reinhardt with an excerpt of his 2009 interview.||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBreaking The Weinstein Story: Investigative Reporters Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey||Before they broke 'The New York Times' story detailing sexual harassment allegations against film executive Harvey Weinstein, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey had to convince Weinstein's victims to talk to them.||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFilmmaker Dee Rees / 'Stranger Things' Co-Creators||'Mudbound' follows two families — one black and one white — just before, during and after WWII. Director Dee Rees says her experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., in the 1980s informed her film. Also, twin brothers Ross and Matt Duffer talk about the "sequel" to their Netflix series 'Stranger Things.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Future Home' by Louise Erdrich.||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPriest Helps Former Gang Members Start New Lives||Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle has spent 30 years working in LA with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. His new book is 'Barking to the Choir.' Ken Tucker reviews 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift.||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: Life & Music Of Lou Reed / Photographer Pete Souza||Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for 'Rolling Stone,' says he sought to write the biography that Lou Reed "deserved." DeCurtis didn't shy away from writing about the darker side of Reed's life, including addiction and domestic abuse. His book is 'Lou Reed: A Life.' Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Lady Bird.' As the chief official White House photographer for President Obama, Pete Souza estimates took 1.9 million photos over the course of eight years. He talks about some of his most memorable moments with the former president.||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn American 'Turning Point' In Vietnam War||Mark Bowden, author of 'Black Hawk Down,' talks about a turning point in the Vietnam War, the ferocious battle for the old imperial capital of Hue. Bowden interviewed dozens of participants in the battle as well as civilians who suffered terribly in the fighting. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Murder on the Orient Express.'||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnderstanding Bitcoin||The digital currency's value has gone from zero to $120 billion in nine years. Technology writer Nathaniel Popper says major banks are looking into the possibilities of its decentralized network. Also, David Edelstein reviews 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,' starring Frances McDormand.||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Lou Reed: A Life'||Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for 'Rolling Stone,' says he sought to write the biography that Lou Reed "deserved." DeCurtis didn't shy away from writing about the darker side of Reed's life, including addiction and domestic abuse. "It wasn't like I had to go looking for the drugs and the sex," biographer he says. "Lou wrote about it ... so I felt it was fair game."||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanObama White House Photographer Pete Souza||Souza was the chief official White House photographer for President Obama for eight years. He spoke with Terry Gross about capturing the mood and emotion of everything from the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting to the national security team watching the Bin Laden raid in the Situation Room. He estimates he took 1.9 million photos. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares a remembrance of composer Muhal Richard Abrams, and 'Fresh Air' remembers longtime WHYY engineer Kevin Griffin, who died Saturday.||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Lewis: How Trump Is Changing The Federal Gov't||The 'Moneyball' author is writing a series of articles for 'Vanity Fair' about President Trump's picks to lead federal agencies — and the consequences of those appointments. Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a recording of Brahms by Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire.||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: Actor Jonathan Groff / Humorist John Hodgman||Jonathan Groff stars in the new Netflix series 'Mindhunter' as an FBI agent trying to understand the minds of serial killers. He played King George III in Broadway's 'Hamilton,' had a recurring role on 'Glee,' and did the voice of iceman Kristoff in 'Frozen.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews books by 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner and Tom Hanks. John Hodgman talks about growing up an only child, the death of his mother, and his book 'Vacationland.'||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFollowing The Dog Into A World Of Smell||Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer, time of day, oncoming storms and much more. In her book, 'Being a Dog,' Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses. TV critic David Bianculli reviews 'Alias Grace,' and Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Lady Bird.'||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Big Chicken,' Antibiotics & Modern Agriculture||In her new book, 'Big Chicken,' health journalist Maryn McKenna explores how many of the chickens consumed in the U.S. have been fed antibiotics, which can lead to serious infections in humans. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Last Flag Flying.'||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFeminist Writer Lindy West||The 'New York Times' columnist continues to speak out against sexual harassment and misogyny — even after her home address and cell phone number were posted online by trolls. West talks about leaving Twitter, abortion, and how Internet trolls influenced the Trump campaign. Ken Tucker reviews a new box set of songs from Bob Dylan's "born again" period.||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanActor Jonathan Groff||Groff stars in the new Netflix series 'Mindhunter' as an FBI agent trying to understand the minds of serial killers. He played King George III in Broadway's 'Hamilton,' had a recurring role on 'Glee,' and did the voice of iceman Kristoff in 'Frozen.' Groff tells 'Fresh Air about his transition from Broadway and Disney to his new role.||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHumorist John Hodgman||Hodgman says his new book of personal essays, 'Vacationland,' was inspired, in part, by arriving at midlife and "figuring out how to push forward from there." He talks about growing up an only child, the death of his mother, and his time as a contributor on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.' Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Heather, The Totality' by 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner, and 'Uncommon Type' by Tom Hanks.||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: Author John Green / 'Why We Sleep'||John Green's phenomenally popular young adult novel 'The Fault in Our Stars' is about a relationship between two teens with cancer. His new novel 'Turtles All The Way Down' is about a 16 year-old girl with OCD, which Green has, too. John Powers reviews the new collection of stories 'Her Body and Other Parties.' Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says sleep deficiency is associated with problems with concentration, memory, the immune system and shorter lifespans. Walker discusses the effects of caffeine, alcohol, sleeping pills and some tips to help you sleep better. His book is 'Why We Sleep.'||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Train Your Cat||In 'The Trainable Cat,' feline behavior specialist Sarah Ellis explains how you can train your cat to come on command, take medicine and stop waking you up in the middle of the night. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Novitiate.'||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTechnology's "Frightful Five"||'New York Times' tech columnist Farhad Manjoo warns that the "frightful five" — Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook — are collectively more powerful than many governments. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Square.'||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOrdinary People Fighting Extremism In Africa||'New Yorker' writer Alexis Okeowo wanted to get past standard journalistic narratives of war and tragedy and show people as flawed, complicated individuals in her new book, 'A Moonless, Starless Sky.' She interviewed teens abducted by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, and a girl who escaped from Boko Haram. Also, critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two albums featuring jazz drummer Tom Rainey, and John Powers reviews the new collection of stories, 'Her Body and Other Parties.'||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRising Seas And Sinking Cities||Author Jeff Goodell says that American cities are under threat from extreme weather, rising sea levels and lax enforcement of environmental regulations. His new book is 'The Water Will Come.' Also, comedian and 'Fresh Air' commentator Zahra Noorbakhsh talks about how the rise in hate crimes has made her more cautious onstage.||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Life And Death Of Eric Garner||"The reality is that Eric Garner died at the hands of a police force and a criminal justice system that were designed entirely by white people, for the most part," says journalist Matt Taibbi. His book, 'I Can't Breathe,' argues that "broken windows" policing is to blame for Garner's death.||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: Writer Amy Tan / Director Noah Baumbach||Amy Tan explores the contradictions of her upbringing in the memoir, 'Where the Past Begins.' In it, she connects her experiences with spirituality to those of her parents and of her maternal grandmother, who was a concubine. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Death in the Air.' Noah Baumbach's new film 'The Meyerowitz Stories,' now on Netflix, mixes comedy with deep emotional pain. It revolves around three adult siblings whose father is a self-absorbed sculptor.||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnthony Bourdain||The 'Parts Unknown' host talks about starting out as a dishwasher, finding his writing voice, and the only food he hesitates to eat. Bourdain has a new documentary about food waste called 'Wasted!' Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Nora Jane Struthers. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer.'||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAuthor John Green On OCD, Death, And Writing About Teens||Green's phenomenally popular young adult novel 'The Fault in Our Stars' is about a relationship between two teens with cancer. His new novel 'Turtles All The Way Down' is about a 16 year-old girl with OCD, which Green has, too. TV Critic David Bianculli reviews the new Hulu documentary 'Too Funny To Fail.'||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'The Danger Of President Pence'||Though President Trump ran as an outsider, 'New Yorker' writer Jane Mayer describes his vice president as "the connective tissue" between Trump and the billionaire donors in the Republican party. Mayer talks about how Pence became vice president, and what kind of president he might be if Trump doesn't serve his full term.||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmy Tan On 'Where The Past Begins'||Tan explores the contradictions of her upbringing in the memoir, 'Where the Past Begins.' In it, she connects her experiences with spirituality to those of her parents and of her maternal grandmother, who was a concubine. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Death in the Air.'||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Why We Sleep'||Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says sleep deficiency is associated with problems with concentration, memory, the immune system and shorter lifespans. Walker discusses the effects of caffeine, alcohol, sleeping pills and some tips to help you sleep better. His book is 'Why We Sleep.' Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews the documentary 'Faces Places.'||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: Jimmy Fallon / Daniel Mendelsohn||The 'Tonight Show' host talks with Terry Gross about his new children's book, being entertaining in times of tragedy, and the biggest thing he learned from his time at 'SNL.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares an appreciation of Thelonious Monk, for the centennial of his birth. Author Daniel Mendelsohn says having his 81-year-old father in the college seminar he was teaching about 'The Odyssey' led to an unexpected bonding. His book is 'An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic.'||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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