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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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Sep 27, 2016

Journalist Joshua Partlow was in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, a time of corruption, government dysfunction and civilian hostility to U.S. military operations. His new book is ‘A Kingdom of Their Own.’ Rock historian Ed Ward takes us back to the 1961 fishing trip that launched the Beach Boys.

Sep 26, 2016

Peter Berg discusses his new film, which recreates the final hours of the oil rig that exploded and sank, causing the BP oil spill. Eleven rig workers died trying to prevent the disaster. Berg also directed ‘Friday  Night Lights.’ Ken Tucker reviews Angel Olsen’s new album, ‘My Woman.’

Sep 24, 2016

Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 Western, 'The Magnificent Seven,' centers on a band of men who have volunteered to save a village from a greedy mine owner. He says it's a "simple story of [being] in service of others." John Powers reviews the new ABC thriller 'Designated Survivor,' starring Kiefer Sutherland. Ryan Speedo Green grew up in a trailer park and did time in juvenile detention before discovering he had a unique singing voice. He now performs at New York's Metropolitan Opera.

Sep 23, 2016

Mary Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting 1,200 pages because "there was something untrue about them." Her book, ‘The Art of Memoir,’ is now out in paperback. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘The Magnificent Seven.’

Sep 22, 2016

Before making ‘Narcos,’ Eric Newman spent years researching drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's story. He says, "For us ... it was very important to show the most balanced look at the [drug] war we possibly could." Also, we remember ‘LA Confidential’ film director Curtis Hanson in an excerpt of his 1997 interview.

Sep 21, 2016

Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 Western, 'The Magnificent Seven,' centers on a band of men who have volunteered to save a village from a greedy mine owner. He says it's a "simple story of [being] in service of others." John Powers reviews the new ABC thriller 'Designated Survivor,' starring Kiefer Sutherland. 

Sep 20, 2016

Ryan Speedo Green grew up in a trailer park and did time in juvenile detention before discovering he had a unique singing voice. He now performs at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Also, we remember late playwright Edward Albee in an excerpt of his 1984 interview.

Sep 19, 2016

Married couple Rennie and Brett Sparks have been writing songs together for 21 years. Their latest album, ‘Unseen,’ is based on their experiences living in the desert in the southwest. Their best-known song, 'Far From Any Road,' was the theme song for the first season of the HBO series 'True Detective.'

Sep 17, 2016

Jeff Ross says he learned to "dish it out and take it" as a kid in Newark, N.J. He says that ideally a celebrity roast is "like a party where everybody goes and has a good time." David Edelstein reviews ‘Snowden,’ a film by Oliver Stone. Abby Wambach scored 184 goals, more than any other man or woman in the history of international soccer. Still, she knew that someday that identity would end — and "what then?" Her new memoir is 'Forward.'

Sep 16, 2016

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, writer Mat Johnson identified as black – but looked white. His novel 'Loving Day' is about a man who returns to his hometown after inheriting a run-down mansion. [Originally broadcast June 2015] David Edelstein reviews Oliver Stone’s film ‘Snowden.’

Sep 15, 2016

In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Eventually the entire black population of Forsyth County was driven out, says ‘Blood at the Root’ author Patrick Phillips. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews an album from Jim Black’s trio.

Sep 14, 2016

Wambach scored 184 goals, more than any other man or woman in the history of international soccer. Still, she knew that someday that identity would end — and "what then?" Her new memoir is 'Forward.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Loner,' a novel by Teddy Wayne. 

Sep 13, 2016

Jeff Ross says he learned to "dish it out and take it" as a kid in Newark, N.J. He says that ideally a celebrity roast is "like a party where everybody goes and has a good time."

Sep 12, 2016

Feline behavior specialist Sarah Ellis explains how humans can get their cats to come on command, take medicine and stop waking them up at night. Her new book is ‘The Trainable Cat.’ Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews country singer Kelsey Waldon’s new album.

Sep 10, 2016

Pamela Adlon says her long-time collaboration with Louis C.K. helped hone her writing voice. Her new series for FX, 'Better Things,' is based on her experiences as the single mother of three daughters. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Jonathan Safran Foer's third novel, 'Here I Am.' Known for the avant-garde sound he brings to Wilco, guitarist Nels Cline turns to ballads and jazz standards on his new album, 'Lovers.' He describes it as a "mood-music record" that isn't cheesy.

Sep 9, 2016

Science writer Steve Silberman talks about how different factors — including Nazi extermination plans and a (now discredited) journal article about vaccines — have shaped our current understanding of autism.  His book ‘NeuroTribes’ is now out in paperback. [Originally broadcast Sept. 2015] Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Sully,’ directed by Clint Eastwood.

Sep 8, 2016

Known for the avant-garde sound he brings to Wilco, Cline turns to ballads and jazz standards on his new album, ‘Lovers.’  He describes it as a "mood-music record" that isn't cheesy. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Jonathan Safran Foer’s third novel, ‘Here I Am.’

Sep 7, 2016

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen discusses the Soviet effort, in 1929, to create an autonomous Jewish state in the USSR's far eastern region. Gessen is the author of ‘Where The Jews Aren’t.’ Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews ‘Musical Monsters,’ a newly issued recording of Don Cherry.

Sep 6, 2016

Pamela Adlon says her long-time collaboration with Louis C.K. helped hone her writing voice. Her new series for FX, ‘Better Things,’ is based on her experiences as the single mother of three daughters. Also, the media have used a variety of epithets to describe white working-class Trump supporters. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says these terms embody the class contention that is central to this year's election.

Sep 5, 2016

Three years ago, Sharon Jones, the energetic lead singer for The Dap-Kings was forced to take a hiatus from the band after she was diagnosed with cancer. The new documentary 'Miss Sharon Jones,' by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple, is about the period in 2013 when Jones couldn’t perform—when she was getting months of chemo and recovering from extensive surgery. After the chemo, she did a world tour with The Dap-Kings.  The cancer has since returned, but she’s still performing. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a Beatrix Potter book, just published for the first time, about a cat who leads a double life.

Sep 3, 2016

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson's new novel 'Another Brooklyn' is based in part on her memories of growing up there in the 1970s. Woodson describes adolescence as an "amazing and urgent moment" in life. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the soundtrack to the new Netflix series 'The Get Down,' about the rise of early hip-hop. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares a batch of previously unknown Charlie Parker performances. Jane Ziegelman and Andy Coe, authors of 'A Square Meal,' discuss the food trends of the Depression.

Sep 2, 2016

Our best of 2016 series concludes with Ray Liotta. He has a reputation for playing cops and criminals on the big screen, and plays both in the NBC drama series 'Shades of Blue.' The actor, who turned 61 last year, says the role is an extension of a personal goal to keep growing and evolving as an actor. "I really believe you never stop learning and you never really ever get there — just like in life," Liotta says. Also, Ed Ward reviews  the music of one-hit wonder Jody Reynolds, who never connected with the public again after his 1958 hit 'Endless Sleep.'

Sep 1, 2016

Our best of 2016 series continues with Sarah Paulson. She's nominated for two Emmys, one for her performance in 'American Horror Story:Hotel,' the other for her portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark in the FX series 'The People vs. O.J. Simpson.' The series is based on the bestselling book about the 1995 trial by legal reporter and analyst Jeffrey Toobin.  Paulson also talks about her role in the film 'Carol' and her relationship with actress Holland Taylor.

Aug 31, 2016

Our best of 2016 series continues with Larry Wilmore. Comedy Central unexpectedly canceled his satirical news show 'The Nightly Show' earlier this month. Wilmore managed to find comic and sincere ways of addressing the news on 'The Nightly Show,' including incidents where police harassed or killed African Americans.  Wilmore wrote for 'In Living Color,' created 'The Bernie Mac Show,' worked on 'The Office,' and the ABC series, 'Blackish.' We listen back to excerpts from three of Terry's interviews with Larry Wilmore. 

Aug 30, 2016

Actor Gene Wilder died Monday at 83. Wilder, known for roles in films like ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,’ and ‘Blazing Saddles,’ spoke to Terry Gross in 2005 about how he met Mel Brooks, what he learned from Richard Pryor, and his relationship with Gilda Radner.

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