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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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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.

Aug 29, 2016

This week we’re replaying some of the best interviews of 2016. Tom Hanks spoke to Terry Gross in April about his film, ‘A Hologram for the King.’ He talks about playing brave men in films like ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ his unusual childhood, and charming his way out of difficult situations. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the soundtrack to the new Netflix series ‘The Get Down,’ about the rise of early hip-hop.

Aug 27, 2016

John Krasinski says he's thankful for his big break "every single day." Three years after the wrap of 'The Office,' he continues to branch out — he's now directing and co-starring in the film 'The Hollars.' Ken Tucker reviews 'Real' from singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless. Also, in her new book, 'The Grid,' Gretchen Bakke argues that the under-funded power grid is incapable of taking the U.S. into a new energy future.

Aug 26, 2016

The feminist icon says she is free of the "demands of gender" that she faced from adolescence onward. Her memoir is 'My Life on the Road,’ is now out in paperback. David Edelstein reviews ‘Southside With You,’ a film based on the real story of Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date.

Aug 25, 2016

Seth Freed Wessler reported on the substandard medical care in privately-run prisons in the federal corrections system for ‘The Nation.' His work may have led the Justice Department to phase out private prisons. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two reissues from saxophonist Teddy Edwards.

Aug 24, 2016

Krasinski says he's thankful for his big break "every single day." Three years after the wrap of ‘The Office,’ he continues to branch out -- he's now directing and co-starring in the film ‘The Hollars.’ Also, Milo Miles shares an appreciation of African bandleader E.T. Mensah.

Aug 23, 2016

‘Washington Post’ reporters Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher talk about Donald Trump’s upbringing, business dealings, and philosophy, “When you’re hit, hit back ten times harder.” Their new book is ‘Trump Revealed.’ Ken Tucker reviews ‘Real’ from singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless.

Aug 22, 2016

In her new book, ‘The Grid,’ Gretchen Bakke argues that the under-funded power grid is incapable of taking the U.S. into a new energy future. Bakke says, “We can make a lot more electricity than we can use, and we can make more electricity than the grid can carry, but the grid is the weakest link.” Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews ‘Let Me Tell You,’ by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen in collaboration with soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan.

Aug 20, 2016

Julie Klausner plays an unsuccessful comic who quips about celebrities in her Hulu series, 'Difficult People.' She says that she and her co-star Billy Eichner bonded over their shared love of show business and pop culture.  John Powers reviews ‘War Dogs,’ a new comedy about the business of war. Science writer Ed Yong says billions of microbes that live on and within our bodies affect digestion, immunity, body weight and general health. His new book is 'I Contain Multitudes.'

Aug 19, 2016

Asali Solomon's novel ‘Disgruntled’ is about a girl growing up in West Philadelphia whose parents were black nationalists. "My parents taught us to revere Africa — people at school made fun of Africa," she says. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares a batch of previously unknown Charlie Parker performances. John Powers reviews the new satirical film ‘War Dogs’ starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill.

Aug 18, 2016

Science writer Ed Yong says billions of microbes that live on and within our bodies affect digestion, immunity, body weight and general health. His new book is ‘I Contain Multitudes.’ Also, Milo Miles reviews the ‘Best Of’ album from Brazilian trio Bossacucanova.

Aug 17, 2016

Vance grew up in a Rust Belt town in Ohio, in a family from the hills of eastern Kentucky. His new memoir details the social isolation, poverty, and addiction that afflict poor white communities. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album ‘Rattle and Roar’ from The Earls of Leicester.

Aug 16, 2016

Klausner plays an unsuccessful comic who quips about celebrities in her Hulu series, ‘Difficult People.’ She says that she and her co-star Billy Eichner bonded over their shared love of show business and pop culture. Biologist Bill Streever talks about sailing from Texas to Guatemala while doing research for his book, ‘And Soon I heard a Roaring Wind.’

Aug 15, 2016

During the Depression, cheap, nutritious and filling food was prioritized — often at the expense of taste. Jane Ziegelman and Andy Coe, authors of 'A Square Meal,' discuss food trends of the time. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Trials of the Earth.'

Aug 13, 2016

Streep talks about learning to sing badly in 'Florence Foster Jenkins,' her natural singing voice, and why sometimes just being Meryl Streep is more nerve-racking than performing. Maureen Corrigan reviews 'You Will Know Me,' a book about the fierce and frenzied world of gymnastics. Finally, novelist Colson Whitehead discusses his latest book -- where the Underground Railroad is an actual locomotive that slaves ride to freedom.

Aug 12, 2016

From Julius Caesar's last words to what Gladiator duels were actually like, classicist Mary Beard sets the record straight. Her book 'SPQR' is now out in paperback. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Hell or High Water.'

Aug 11, 2016

'New York Times' reporter Rukmini Callimachi says ISIS' recruiting efforts focus on both the "mentally unwell" and those who have been "radicalized since birth."

Aug 10, 2016

Streep works hard to sing badly in her new 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 also discusses working with Stephen Sondheim for the screen adaptation of 'Into the Woods,' and why sometimes just being Meryl Streep is more nerve-racking than performing.

Aug 9, 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 shares political songs from The Mekons and The Mavericks.

Aug 8, 2016

As a child, Colson Whitehead imagined the Underground Railroad to be a subway beneath the earth that escaped slaves could ride to freedom. He returns to his childhood vision in his new novel, 'Underground Railroad.' Maureen Corrigan  reviews 'You Will Know Me,' a book about the fierce and frenzied world of gymnastics. 

Aug 6, 2016

McInerney discusses being fired from The New Yorker, Raymond Carver's writing advice, and his "second life" after his bestselling novel, 'Bright Lights, Big City.' Music historian Ed Ward shares the story of German New Wave in Düsseldorf. Also, producer Ann Marie Baldonado talks to comic Ali Wong about her Netflix special 'Baby Cobra,' which she performed while 7.5 months pregnant.

Aug 5, 2016

Keret's collection of personal essays, 'The Seven Good Years,' spans the time between the birth of his son and the death of his father. He says his father, who was a Holocaust survivor, taught him to "look reality straight in the face." His book is out in paperback. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Little Men.'

Aug 4, 2016

Segments like 'Carpool Karaoke' and 'Drop the Mic' from the 'Late Late Show' have up to 120 million views on YouTube. Corden takes us behind-the-scenes of these videos, and talks about his background in musical theater. Also, Joan Shelley and guitar accompanist Nathan Salsburg play from their new album 'Over and Even.'

Aug 3, 2016

Hearst was abducted in 1974 and then declared allegiance to her captors. Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin does not believe Hearst was brainwashed, but rather, "responded rationally to the circumstances."

Aug 2, 2016

Neuroscientist Dean Burnett explores the strange behaviors of the mind in his book 'Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To.' He says the human brain is like a computer that files information in a way that defies logic and that brains can alter memory, cause motion sickness, and affect intelligence. Also, producer Ann Marie Baldonado talks to comic Ali Wong about her Netflix special 'Baby Cobra,' which she performed while 7.5 months pregnant.

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