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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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Jul 17, 2018

Dan Kaufman, author of 'The Fall of Wisconsin,' says the state has experienced a conservative transformation in recent years — despite a tradition of progressive politics dating back to the 19th century. Ken Tucker reviews Gorillaz's album 'The Now Now.' Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg examines the tug-of-war over the English language between the British and Americans.

Jul 16, 2018

Albertine was the guitarist and lyricist for The Slits, one of the first all-women British punk bands. She talks about her early days onstage, finding her mother's diaries, and why she's done with dating and relationships. Her new memoir is 'To Throw Away Unopened.' Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new HBO documentary 'Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind.' 

Jul 14, 2018

'Vanity Fair' reporter Gabriel Sherman talks about former Fox News co-president Bill Shine's new role as deputy chief of staff, the president's relationship with Sean Hannity, and the ways in which Trump acts as an "executive producer" of the cable news network. Also, critic David Edelstein reviews the documentary 'Three Identical Strangers' about triplets separated at birth and then reunited. Author Paul Greenberg talks efficacy of fish oil supplements. His new book is 'The Omega Principle.'

Jul 13, 2018

Cartoonist John Callahan was a paraplegic and recovered alcoholic who poked fun at people like himself. He died in 2010; the film 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot,' starring Joaquin Phoenix is based his life. He spoke with Terry Gross in '89 and '91. Also, we remember 1950's Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter, who died Sunday. He made more than 50 films, including 'Damn Yankees,' 'Battle Cry' and 'That Kind of Woman,' before coming out as gay later in life. He spoke to 'Fresh Air' in 2005. Finally, film critic Justin Chang reviews the new movie 'Eighth Grade,' directed by Bo Burnham.

Jul 12, 2018

'Vanity Fair' reporter Gabriel Sherman says the president is in regular contact with Fox News host Sean Hannity: "They speak almost daily, after Hannity's show, sometimes before, and sometimes for up to an hour a day." Sherman talks about former Fox News co-president Bill Shine's new role as deputy chief of staff, and the ways in which the president acts as an "executive producer" of the cable news network.

Jul 11, 2018

After decades in the militant anti-abortion movement, Rev. Rob Schenck had a change of heart; he now sees abortion as an issue that should be resolved by "an individual and his or her conscience." His new memoir about his conversions over the years is 'Costly Grace.' 

Jul 10, 2018

While visiting jails across the country, journalist Alisa Roth witnessed mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement, wearing restrictive jumpsuits and receiving very limited therapy. Roth estimates nearly 50 percent of inmates are mentally ill. Her book is 'Insane.' Also, critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'My Year of Rest and Relaxation,' a novel by Ottessa Moshfegh.

Jul 9, 2018

Author Paul Greenberg says the harvesting of tiny fish for omega-3 supplements is having a ripple effect, leading to less healthy and bountiful oceans. His new book is 'The Omega Principle.' Also, critic David Edelstein reviews the documentary 'Three Identical Strangers' about triplets separated at birth and then reunited when they were in college.

Jul 7, 2018

Riley's new film 'Sorry To Bother You' is a social and political satire inspired by his time as a telemarketer. Riley is the son of grassroots activists and the frontman for the hip-hop band The Coup, a self-described "revolutionary music collective." Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews​ the HBO limited series 'Sharp Objects​,​​'​ starring Amy Adams.​ ​ ​After warning of elevated lead levels in her patients' blood in Flint, Mich., Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha faced a backlash. Her new book, 'What the Eyes Don't See,' is about exposing the crisis, the activist movement, and her personal story as the daughter of Iraqi immigrants.

Jul 6, 2018

A century ago, two brothers took the world by storm with their mass-produced boxed cereal. Medical historian Howard Markel chronicles their contentious relationship, their prescient concepts of wellness, and their troubling ideas about eugenics and masturbation. (Originally broadcast August 2017.) TV critic David Bianculli reviews the HBO limited series 'Sharp Objects,' and Ken Tucker reviews the Drake album 'Scorpion.'

Jul 5, 2018

'New York Times' journalist Adam Liptak says the court's conservative justices have increasingly based their decisions on the foundation of free speech —including a case that dealt a blow to unions. "The politics of the First Amendment have completely flipped," Liptak says.

Jul 4, 2018

On this Fourth of July, we're going deep into our archive for some great American music. Watson, who died in 2012, was a pioneering bluegrass, country and folk guitarist and singer who changed the way people thought about mountain music. This show features parts of an interview that first aired in 1988, and a performance from 1989. Also, Ken Tucker reviews some newly released music that he likes to listen to with the volume way up.

Jul 3, 2018

Michael McFaul, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Russia under President Obama, talks with Terry Gross about the upcoming Trump-Putin summit. He says Putin "doesn't meet just for the sake of a meeting; he seeks to advance Russian interests." McFaul's new memoir is 'From Cold War to Hot Peace.' Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews Deborah Levy's new memoir about divorce at age 50.

Jul 2, 2018

Riley's new film 'Sorry To Bother You' is a social and political satire inspired by his time as a telemarketer. It stars Lakeith Stanfield, the co-star of 'Get Out' and the television series 'Atlanta.' Riley is the son of grassroots activists. He's also the frontman for the hip-hop band 'The Coup,' a self-described "revolutionary music collective." And Kevin Whitehead reviews a new album of previously lost John Coltrane recordings.

Jun 30, 2018

W. Kamau Bell joins Terry Gross to talk about his ancestry and spending time with the late Anthony Bourdain. His new Netflix special is 'Private School Negro,' and his CNN series 'United Shades of America' is in its third season. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews John Coltrane's album 'Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album.' Also, Frank Newsome, a former coal miner who has black lung disease, started singing when he joined a church in 1963. He sings a cappella in a lined-out hymn style — one of America's oldest music traditions. 

Jun 29, 2018

Hall, who died Saturday at 89, wrote about farm work and his wife, poet Jane Kenyon, in the 1993 memoir 'Life Work.' He and Kenyon spoke to Fresh Air in 1996, and Hall was interviewed again in 2002 and 2012. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews Debra Granik's new film 'Leave No Trace,' which is based on a true story about a veteran suffering from PTSD who lives secretly in a municipal forest with his teenage daughter.

Jun 28, 2018

‘New Yorker’ writer Jonathan Blitzer has been in El Paso, Texas, reporting on immigration and family separation. "I've been meeting women who are crying so violently they can barely speak," he says. Also, critic Ken Tucker reviews ‘Everything is Love’ by The Carters, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

Jun 27, 2018

Bell joins Terry Gross to talk about his ancestry, spending time with the late Anthony Bourdain, and the #MeToo movement. His new Netflix special is 'Private School Negro,' and his CNN series 'United Shades of America' is in its third season. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Sicario: Day Of The Soldado.' 

Jun 26, 2018

'Squeezed' author Alissa Quart argues that the costs of housing, child care, health care and college are outpacing salaries and threatening the livelihoods of middle class Americans. Also, Frank Newsome, a former coal miner who has black lung disease, started singing when he joined a church in 1963. His sings a cappella in a lined-out hymn style — one of America's oldest music traditions. He talks to producer Sam Briger. Also, critic-at-large John Powers reviews the new Amazon miniseries 'A Very English Scandal,' starring Hugh Grant.

Jun 25, 2018

After warning of elevated lead levels in her patients' blood in Flint, Mich., Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha faced a backlash: "The state said that I was an unfortunate researcher, that I was causing near hysteria." Her new book, 'What the Eyes Don't See,' is about exposing the crisis, the activist movement, and her personal story as the daughter of Iraqi immigrants. Also, TV critic David Bianculli raves about Paul McCartney's appearance on James Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke' segment on 'The Late Late Show.'

Jun 23, 2018

Singer, songwriter and guitarist John Prine underwent surgeries in 1996 and 2013 that affected his throat and voice. Now, he says, he likes his voice better: "It dropped down lower and feels friendlier." His new album, 'The Tree of Forgiveness,' is his first in 13 years. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the new Elvis documentary 'The King.' Stephen McCauley's latest book, 'My Ex-Life,' is a comedy about a couple whose marriage ended years ago when the husband came out as gay, but then they become friends. "All relationships evolve — even for people who stay together," he says.

Jun 22, 2018

In 'Raven Rock,' Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect U.S. leaders in the event of a catastrophe. One Cold War-era plan put the post office in charge of cataloging the dead. His book is now out in paperback. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the new Elvis documentary 'The King.' 

Jun 21, 2018

'Vanity Fair' journalist Emily Jane Fox focused on Trump's three marriages and five children when writing her new book, 'Born Trump.' "His presence is overwhelming," she says of the president's role in the family. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two books that celebrate road trips, 'Don't Make Me Pull Over!' and 'Main-Travelled Roads.'

Jun 20, 2018

McCauley's latest book, 'My Ex-Life,' is a comedy about a couple whose marriage ended years ago when the husband came out as gay, but then they become friends. "All relationships evolve — even for people who stay together," he says. Also, John Powers reviews two novels about unconventional women, 'Mirror, Shoulder, Signal,' and 'Convenience Store Woman.'

Jun 19, 2018

'New York Times' national security correspondent David Sanger says U.S. officials worry that foreign powers have planted malware that could take down critical infrastructure, including the electric power grid and cell phone systems. Sanger's new book is 'The Perfect Weapon.' Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the new Father John Misty record, 'God's Favorite Customer.'

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