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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.
||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|
||CleanThe Systemic Segregation Of Schools||Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says school segregation will continue to exist in America "as long as individual parents continue to make choices that only benefit their own children." Hannah-Jones is a 2017 MacArthur fellow. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Meyerowitz Stories,' directed by Noah Baumbach.||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJimmy Fallon||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, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Netflix series 'Mindhunter.'||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDirector Noah Baumbach / The Making Of 'Casablanca'||Baumbach's new film 'The Meyerowitz Stories' mixes comedy with deep emotional pain. It revolves around three adult siblings whose father is a self-absorbed sculptor. Baumbach's previous films include 'Frances Ha' and 'The Squid and the Whale.' Also, film historian Noah Isenberg talks about the making of 'Casablanca,' and why it endures 75 years later.||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Rex Tillerson At The Breaking Point'||'New Yorker' writer Dexter Filkins says Sec. of State Rex Tillerson is a diplomat in an administration that doesn't value diplomacy: "Rex is a sober, steady guy, and the president is anything but that." Filkins also talks about the possibility of war with North Korea, and the consequences of having an understaffed State Department. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares an appreciation of Thelonious Monk, on his 100th birthday.||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStalin's War On Ukraine||In the early 1930s Stalin orchestrated a famine to suppress the nationalist movement in Ukraine, and strengthen Russian influence. Millions of people died. Anne Applebaum says, "so much of why the Ukrainian famine was possible was because of the way in which the Soviet Union used disinformation, propaganda, and what we would now call hate speech to encourage people to do terrible things." Her book is 'The Red Famine.' Applebaum also discusses Russian interference in recent elections. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the short story collection 'The Obama Inheritance.'||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: The 'Radical' Life Of Muhammad Ali / Cartoonist Roz Chast||Jonathan Eig talks about his new biography of Muhammad Ali, which draws on hundreds of interviews and previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says 50 years after the 'Summer of Love,' we're still using language popularized by hippies. Roz Chast talks about her new book of cartoons, 'Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York.'||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Platinum Age Of TV||'Fresh Air' TV critic David Bianculli's book revisits the best of the small screen — from 'I Love Lucy' to 'The Walking Dead.' Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Florida Project.'||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNRA-Backed Gun Laws & The State Legislature||Journalist Mike Spies says the NRA's push to allow guns on college campuses, in daycare centers and in bars is part of an effort to "normalize gun carrying as much as possible in public life." Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'Trip' from singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Blade Runner 2049' starring Ryan Gosling.||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 'Radical' Life Of Muhammad Ali||Jonathan Eig's new biography of Ali draws on hundreds of interviews and previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files. "I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," Eig says. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed, but ... he had the spirit of a rebel." Also linguist Geoff Nunberg says 50 years after the 'Summer of Love,' we're still using language popularized by hippies.||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRemembering Tom Petty||Singer and guitarist Tom Petty, who died Monday night, spoke with Terry Gross in 2006 about the seeds of his Hall Of Fame career: "We always wanted very much to create our own sound." Milo Miles reviews a new collection of African dance music.||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCartoonist Roz Chast / Classicist Daniel Mendelsohn||Chast has a new book of cartoons called 'Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York.' 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.'||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: 'The Deuce' Creators / Former Obama Speechwriter||David Simon and George Pelecanos (creator/producer of 'The Wire') talk about their new HBO series 'The Deuce,' which takes place in 1971 New York City, when the streets were rife with sex workers and the porn industry was beginning to take off. Writer Haroon Mogul talks about how a minor encounter at a border crossing helped him out of depression. David Litt, a former speechwriter for President Obama, talks about his "hopey, changey" years in the White House.||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLarry David / Hugh Hefner||TV critic David Bianculli shares an appreciation of HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and its star, 'Seinfeld' co-creator Larry David. Larry David spoke with 'Fresh Air' in 2015. 'Curb' is returning this weekend, after a six year hiatus. And we'll listen back to an excerpt of Terry Gross' 1999 conversation with 'Playboy' founder Hugh Hefner. He died this week at 91.||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLobbying In Trump's Washington||'New York Times' reporter Nicholas Confessore explains how Trump's election was a boon to those with access to the president. "If you had a Trump connection, you could write your own ticket," he says. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'American Made' starring Tom Cruise.||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Simon & George Pelecanos On 'The Deuce'||Simon and Pelecanos (creator/producer of 'The Wire') talk about their new HBO series 'The Deuce,' which takes place in 1971 New York City, when the streets were rife with sex workers and the porn industry was beginning to take off. "The 'pornographication' of America has been profound," Simon says. "You don't have a multi-billion dollar industry operating every year and not have it transform the way we think about ourselves and each other."||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Winston Churchill Became The 'Hero Of The Empire'||Author Candice Millard argues that Churchill's battlefield coverage and daring escape from capture while serving as a correspondent for a British newspaper during the Boer War were turning points in his life. Millard's book is 'Hero of the Empire.' Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Manhattan Beach' by Jennifer Egan. Contributor Haroon Mogul talks about how a minor encounter at a border crossing helped him out of depression.||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFormer Obama Speechwriter David Litt||Litt says that writing speeches and jokes for President Obama was often a delicate task: "There's a whole industry of people trying to take your words out of context." Litt's new memoir is 'Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years.' Also, Ken Tucker reviews two new albums from the band Deer Tick.||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: Loudon Wainwright III / 'The Vietnam War'||Wainwright III 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.' David Bianculli reviews the new Jerry Seinfeld Netflix special. Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick talk about their new 10-part PBS series 'The Vietnam War,' which tells the story of the war from multiple perspectives, including the North Vietnamese.||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBillie Jean King||John Powers remembers the monumental 'Battle of the Sexes' match between tennis players Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, and we listen back to our 2013 interview with 20-time Wimbledon champion Billie Jean King, who led a movement that demanded fairer treatment and pay for female players. Her famous 'Battle of the Sexes' is now at the center of a feature film starring Emma Stone. She talked to 'Fresh Air' about the challenges of being a female player before there was a women's league. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'To Love And Be Loved' by pianist Harold Mabern.||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKen Burns & Lynn Novick On 'The Vietnam War'||In their new 10-part PBS documentary series, the filmmakers uncover never-before-seen footage from the Vietnam War. The series tells the story of the war from multiple perspectives: American soldiers, the government, the South and North Vietnamese, and the protestors in the U.S. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Trophy.'||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'The Life And Times Of Michael A.'||Danielle Allen's memoir, 'Cuz,' centers on her cousin Michael, who was sentenced to a long prison term for carjacking when he was 15. Three years after his release, he was found shot to death in a parked car. Allen mourns the death of her cousin, and denounces the prison system in her new book. Maureen Corrigan reviews two novels, 'Forest Dark' and 'Afterglow.' And TV critic David Bianculli reviews Jerry Seinfeld's new Netflix comedy special.||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'One Nation After Trump'||Journalists E.J. Dionne and Norm Ornstein believe the Trump presidency and this period of national soul-searching could lead to an era of Democratic renewal. Their new book (with Thomas Mann) is 'One Nation After Trump.' Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Tomorrow Forever' by Matthew Sweet, and Lloyd Schwartz visits an art exhibit of paintings by Florine Stettheimer.||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHillary Rodham Clinton||Clinton returns to 'Fresh Air' to talk about her loss to Donald Trump, former FBI Director James Comey, and whether she would question the legitimacy of the election if we learn about deeper Russian interference. "I wouldn't rule it out," Clinton says. Her new memoir is 'What Happened.'||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: NBC's Katy Tur / Pianist Fred Hersch||NBC reporter Katy Tur was at a rally in South Carolina when Trump called her name and pointed at her from the podium. Then, she says, "The entire place turns and they roar as one ... like a giant, unchained animal." Her new memoir about the campaign is 'Unbelievable.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Claire Messud's new novel, 'The Burning Girl.' Fred Hersch began his jazz career in the closet, but nearly 30 years ago, when people in the jazz world were afraid to come out, he identified himself as gay and HIV positive. Nine years ago he spent several weeks in a medically-induced coma; later he wrote songs inspired by his coma dreams. His memoir is 'Good Things Happen Slowly.'||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBruce Springsteen||Springsteen spoke with Terry Gross last year about masculinity, New Jersey, and why he wishes he was his stage persona. His memoir 'Born to Run' is now out in paperback. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Mother!'||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Pianist Fred Hersch||Hersch began his jazz career in the closet, but nearly 30 years ago, when people in the jazz world were afraid to come out, he identified himself as gay and HIV positive. Nine years ago he spent several weeks in a medically-induced coma; later he wrote songs inspired by his coma dreams. His memoir is 'Good Things Happen Slowly.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Ken Burns documentary series on the Vietnam War.||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Risk Of Nuclear War With North Korea||'New Yorker' writer Evan Osnos visited North Korea in August to understand what they really mean when they talk about nuclear war. He found that nuclear weapons are an essential part of their society.||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNBC's Katy Tur On The 'Unbelievable' Trump Campaign||Tur was at a rally in South Carolina when Trump called her name and pointed at her from the podium. Then, she says, "The entire place turns and they roar as one ... like a giant, unchained animal." Her new memoir about the campaign is 'Unbelievable.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Claire Messud's new novel, 'The Burning Girl.'||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9/11 First Responder John Feal||Five days after the Sept. 11 attacks, while working at ground zero, an 8,000 lb. piece of steel fell on Feal's foot, crushing it. He became septic and almost died. Feal turned to activism when he was denied medical compensation by the government, and successfully lobbied for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act for other first responders. "About 2,000 people have died because of their illnesses," Feal says. "They too are heroes."||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: John Le Carré / Mike White||Bestselling novelist John Le Carré is familiar with the moral tension inherent to working in the espionage community. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," Le Carré says of his time as a spy. His new book is 'A Legacy of Spies.' In Mike White's new film, 'Brad's Status,' a father starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour. White says it's a universal situation, "but it's definitely a waste of time and energy."||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPamela Adlon On 'Better Things'||Adlon's FX series (which she co-created with Louis C.K.) is based on her own experience raising three girls as a single mom. The new season starts September 14. Also, John Powers reviews the new season of 'Top of the Lake,' and film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Unknown Girl.'||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFilmmaker Mike White On 'Brad's Status'||In White's new film, a father starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour. White says it's a universal situation, "but it's definitely a waste of time and energy." Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews HBO's 'The Deuce' and the new season of 'Twin Peaks.'||9/7/2017||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.'||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpy Novelist (And Former Spy) John Le Carré||The 85-year-old novelist is familiar with the moral tension inherent to working in the espionage community: "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," Le Carre says of his time as a spy. His new book is 'A Legacy of Spies.'||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBilly Bragg||The British singer-songwriter writes about skiffle, a music movement inspired by American roots music, in his new book 'Roots, Radicals and Rockers.' He brings his guitar to the studio to play skiffle and some of his own songs.||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: Elia Kazan / Ronnie Spector / John Updike||This past week we marked our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program. Here are some highlights from that retrospective. Theater legend Elia Kazan tells us about directing Marlon Brando in 'A Streetcar Named Desire.' Ronnie Spector was the lead of the '60s girl group The Ronettes, and talks about recording her mega-hit "Be My Baby" with Phil Spector. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Updike talks about how having psoriasis affected him as a writer.||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFresh Air 30: Joey Ramone / John Waters / Divine||We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interviews from our early days. Joey Ramone, lead singer of 'The Ramones,' talks about why he doesn't mind being labeled a punk. Film director John Waters talks about 'Hairspray,' and character actor 'Divine' talks about 'Pink Flamingos.' Houston native Mat Johnson tells us how he's doing in Houston, in the wake of Harvey. And we bid farewell to producer Ann Marie Baldonado, who worked for the show for 19 years.||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFresh Air 30: Max Roach / Anita O'Day / Jay McShann||We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interviews from our early days. Drummer Max Roach was one of the originators of bebop. Singer Anita O'Day made it big singing with Gene Krupa. She changed her name from Colten to "O'Day" because it means "dough" in Pig Latin, and she hoped to make plenty of it. Pianist Jay McShann was considered the last of the great Kansas City pianists. One of his sidemen was Charlie Parker.||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFresh Air 30: Paul Schrader / John Updike / Tobe Hooper||We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interviews from our early days. Paul Schrader wrote the screenplays for 'Taxi Driver,' 'Raging Bull' and 'The Last Temptation.' John Updike was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. Tobe Hooper directed the cult classic 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.'||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFresh Air 30: Ronnie Spector / Ben E. King / Otis Williams||We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interviews from our early days. Ronnie Spector was the lead of the '60s girl group The Ronettes. Ben E. King began his career in the '50s with The Drifters, but his '61 hit "Stand by Me" sealed his legacy. Otis Williams was a founding member of The Temptations. All three guests spoke with Terry Gross in 1988.||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFresh Air 30: Elia Kazan / Kirk Douglas / Sidney Lumet||We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interview from our early days. Theater legend Elia Kazan tells us about directing Marlon Brando in 'On the Waterfront,' Kirk Douglas on directing 'Spartacus' and hiring blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to write the script, and Sidney Lumet talks about working with Al Pacino on 'Serpico' and 'Dog Day Afternoon.' Also, we remember 'Fresh Air' administrative assistant Dorothy Ferebee, who died last week.||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Of: Capturing The Unabomber / Comic Bridget Everett||James R. Fitzgerald says Ted Kaczynski's writings helped crack the case that confounded the FBI for more than 17 years. 'Manhunt: Unabomber,' a TV series on the Discovery Channel, retells the story. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the new collection of stories, 'Sour Heart,' by Jenny Zhang. Comic and cabaret singer Bridget Everett (seen on 'Inside Amy Schumer') talks about her raunchy act, the music she grew up singing, and her role in the new film 'Patti Cake$.'||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFresh Air 30: Patty Duke / Carl Reiner / Antônio Carlos Jobim||To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we're listening back to interviews from 30 years ago, when 'Fresh Air' first aired as a daily, national show. Patty Duke grew up in the public eye, playing Helen Keller in the stage and screen versions of 'The Miracle Worker.' Later she starred in her own TV sitcom, 'The Patty Duke Show.' Carl Reiner spoke with Terry Gross in 1988 about how his experiences working backstage in Hollywood inspired him to create the classic sitcom 'The Dick Van Dyke Show.' Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim wrote "The Girl from Ipanema," one of the songs that started the Bossa nova craze in the United States.||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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