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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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Feb 21, 2017

Journalist Glenn Frankel talks about a chapter of paranoia and persecution in America, in which the president, Congress, the courts and the press all played a part.  Frankel's new book is about the Hollywood Blacklist and the making of the classic film 'High Noon,' which was written as a parable about the blacklist. 

Feb 20, 2017

Author Mary Graham says President Trump has demonstrated a lack of transparency, in his refusal to release his tax records and health records, and in his immigration ban, which was issued without consultation from government lawyers, or agencies. Her book is ‘Presidents’ Secrets.’ Also, ‘Fresh Air’ producer Sam Briger talks to Sebastian Barry about his novel ‘Days Without End,’ about an Irish immigrant who enlists in the U.S. Army in the 1850s.

Feb 18, 2017

Actor Mahershala Ali talks about 'Moonlight,' converting to Islam, and why he didn't feel understood as a kid. Filmmaker Raoul Peck's documentary 'I Am Not Your Negro' features the work of late writer and social critic James Baldwin. "Baldwin was one of the first authors ever where I felt not only at home, but he was speaking directly to me," says Peck. We'll also listen back to a 1986 interview that Terry Gross recorded with James Baldwin.

Feb 17, 2017

‘Manchester by the Sea’ is nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture. We listen back to Terry Gross’ recent conversation with director Kenneth Lonergan. TV critic David Bianculli reviews the CBS ‘Good Wife’ spin-off ‘The Good Fight,’ and the HBO series ‘Big Little Lies.’  We remember jazz pianist and singer Barbara Caroll, and film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘The Great Wall,’ starring Matt Damon.

Feb 16, 2017

The Oscar-nominated actor talks about ‘Moonlight,’ converting to Islam, and why he didn’t feel understood as a kid.  Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the novella ‘Ghachar Ghochar.’

Feb 15, 2017

‘ProPublica’ journalist Andrew Revkin talks about President Trump’s possible cuts to the EPA, as well as the potential impact of pulling out of the Paris Agreement. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Tift Merritt’s album ’Stitch of the World.’ Also, we remember heroic Vietnam War commander Lt. General Harold Moore who died last week. Critic at-large John Powers reviews ‘Kedi,’ a documentary about the street cats of Istanbul.

Feb 14, 2017

Filmmaker Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ features the work of late writer and social critic James Baldwin. “Baldwin was one of the first authors ever where I felt not only at home, but he was speaking directly to me,” says Peck. We’ll also listen back to a 1986 interview that Terry Gross recorded with James Baldwin.

Feb 13, 2017

Consumers have grown accustomed to the idea of online retailers collecting information about them, but author Joseph Turow says now brick-and-mortar stores are doing it too. His book is ‘The Aisles Have Eyes.’ Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new Count Basie sampler album, and writer Sarah Hepola shares her complicated feelings about Valentine’s Day.

Feb 11, 2017

The new documentary film 'Tower' tells the story of the 1966 University of Texas shooting that killed more than a dozen people. Director Keith Maitland says the incident was largely pushed aside for years. Maureen Corrigan reviews George Saunders’ first novel ‘Lincoln in the Bardo.’ Also, we remember writer Bharati Mukherjee who died last month. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2002.

Feb 10, 2017

Bridges talks about the lessons he learned from his father, actor Lloyd Bridges, the cult of 'Big Lebowski' fans, and how he calms his nerves. Bridges is nominated for an Oscar for his role in 'Hell or High Water.' TV critic David Bianculli shares an appreciation of the 1960s duo The Smothers Brothers, and John Powers reviews the Criterion reissue of ‘Black Girl,’ by Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène.

Feb 9, 2017

President Trump has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but Sarah Kliff of ‘Vox’ says it's "an overreach" to say that Republicans have a plan for what comes next. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews George Saunders’ first novel, ‘Lincoln in the Bardo.’

Feb 8, 2017

The new documentary film ‘Tower’ tells the story of the 1966 University of Texas shooting that killed more than a dozen people. Director Keith Maitland and survivor Claire Wilson James say the incident was largely pushed aside for years afterwards. “I think that cost people … an opportunity to deal with that trauma,” says Maitland.

Feb 7, 2017

Sheelah Kolhatkar talks about the investigation into billionaire hedge-fund trader Steven A. Cohen. Her book is ‘Black Edge.’ Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new FX series ‘Legion,’ based on the Marvel comic.

Feb 6, 2017

Once a bustling factory town, Lancaster, Ohio is now beset by unemployment, low wages and drug abuse. Brian Alexander chronicles the rise and fall of his hometown in his new book, ‘Glass House.’ Also, we remember writer Bharati Mukherjee. She spoke to Terry Gross in 2002.

Feb 4, 2017

Jarmusch's new movie, 'Paterson,' which was inspired by William Carlos Williams' epic poem, is about a bus driver who writes poetry. His previous film was a documentary about Iggy and the Stooges. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Asghar Farhadi's film 'The Salesman,' which is nominated for an Oscar. Dr. Haider Warraich talks about how advances in medicine have changed the dying process — and the tricky situations that can arise as a result. Warraich also shares his experience as a Pakistani Muslim living in the U.S.

Feb 3, 2017

'La La Land' hearkens back to Hollywood's glory days of song and dance. Director Damien Chazelle says he aimed to make a movie even musical skeptics would love. The film is nominated for 14 Oscars.  Meryl Streep works hard to sing badly in her film, 'Florence Foster Jenkins.' In it, she plays the title role, a character based on an actual heiress and socialite who devoted her life to music — despite having a squeaky, screechy singing voice. Streep is nominated for an Oscar for the role.

Feb 2, 2017

Sarah Posner, a reporter with The Nation's Investigative Fund, talks about how the Steve Bannon-Jeff Sessions-Mike Pence nexus is influencing President Trump's policies.

Feb 1, 2017

Legal expert Jeffrey Rosen says of Neil Gorsuch: "If he thought that individual liberty was threatened by presidential or congressional overreaching, then he would step in." Also, we remember British actor John Hurt, who died last week. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Asghar Farhadi’s film ‘The Salesman,’ which is nominated for an Oscar.

Jan 31, 2017

Jarmusch's new movie, ‘Paterson,’ which was inspired by William Carlos Williams' epic poem, is about a bus driver who writes poetry. His previous film was a documentary about Iggy and the Stooges. Also, ‘Fresh Air’ producer Ann Marie Baldonado talks with ’Los Angeles Times’ film critic Justin Chang about the highlights from the Sundance Film Festival. 

Jan 30, 2017

Dr. Haider Warraich talks about how advances in medicine have changed the dying process — and the tricky situations that can arise as a result.  Warraich also shares his experience as a Pakistani Muslim living in the U.S. Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel ‘Perfect Little World’ by Kevin Wilson.

Jan 28, 2017

Journalist Evan Osnos talks about the Silicon Valley survivalists who are stockpiling food and weapons and investing in luxury underground bunkers. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'A Really Good Day,' by Ayelet Waldman. Kenneth Lonergan's new film is about a janitor (Casey Affleck), crippled by guilt and grief, who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother. The film is nominated for six Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture.

Jan 27, 2017

The television icon died Wednesday at the age of 80. She inspired a generation playing a single professional woman in the 1970s series ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show.’ She spoke with Terry Gross in 1995. Also, rock historian Ed Ward listens back to The Monkees, 50 years later.

Jan 26, 2017

Luke Harding, the former Moscow Bureau Chief for ‘The Guardian,’ says that Putin "wants to turn the clock back to an age ... where strong sovereign nations didn't talk about values or human rights." Harding also talks about the KGB break-ins at his apartment in Moscow.

Jan 25, 2017

Journalist Evan Osnos talks about the Silicon Valley survivalists who are stockpiling food and weapons and investing in luxury underground bunkers. "They feel a sense of fragility in our politics," he says. Osnos has also been writing about Trump.

Jan 24, 2017

Journalist Stephen Kinzer's book, ‘True Flag,’ explains how the Spanish-American War launched an ongoing debate about America's role in the world. Kinzer has also been writing about President Trump. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘A Really Good Day,’ by Ayelet Waldman.

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