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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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Nov 3, 2016

‘New Yorker’ writer George Packer says years of neglect from the Democrats enabled Trump to exploit the biases of the white working class and turn them into a "self-conscious identity group." Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Hacksaw Ridge,' directed by Mel Gibson. 

Nov 2, 2016

For the first time since hosting ‘The Late Show,’ Colbert talks to Terry Gross about shedding his ‘Colbert Report’ character and becoming comfortable playing himself.

Nov 1, 2016

Glover created and co-stars in the FX series ‘Atlanta,’ set on the fringes of the city’s hip-hop scene. Outside of the show he does stand-up and has recorded music under the name Childish Gambino. Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Oct 31, 2016

Kerry Egan's job is to help dying people accept their own mortality. It's profoundly sad, but it's also rewarding. "I'm constantly reminded of ... how much love people have for each other," she says. Her book is 'On Living.' Also, Ken Tucker reviews Leonard Cohen’s album ‘You Want It Darker.’

Oct 29, 2016

Gethard tells stories of hitting rock bottom in his new one-man off-Broadway show, ‘Career Suicide,’ which is billed as a comedy about "suicide, depression, alcoholism and all the other funniest parts of life." The host of the CNN series 'Parts Unknown' talks about what food sends him into a "spiral of depression," the perils of cooking bacon naked, and how he fell in love with Vietnam. His new cookbook, 'Appetites,' features recipes he cooks at home for his daughter.

Oct 28, 2016

Bobby Vee was a teen idol whose hits included ‘Run to Him,’ ‘Take Good Care of My Baby,’ and ‘Rubber Ball.’ He died Monday at the age of 73. Terry Gross spoke to Vee in 1999. Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘The Handmaiden,' directed by Park Chan-wook.

Oct 27, 2016

The host of the CNN series ’Parts Unknown’ talks about what food sends him into a “spiral of depression,” the perils of cooking bacon naked, and how he fell in love with Vietnam. His new cookbook, ’Appetites,’ features recipes he cooks at home for his daughter. ‘Fresh Air’ contributor Mat Johnson describes his mother’s journey with multiple sclerosis.

Oct 26, 2016

How a platform designed for free speech enables Internet trolls. 'National Review' writer David French describes the hateful tweets he received after he criticized Donald Trump and the alt-right. 'BuzzFeed' reporter Charlie Warzel discusses what Twitter is and isn’t doing about trolls.

Oct 25, 2016

Rick Hasen, founder of ‘The Election Blog’ discusses Donald Trump’s warning about potential voter fraud. “He’s threatening the bedrock of democracy, and doing it to claim he’s not a loser,” Hasen says. Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg talks about vulgar language in the 2016 election.

Oct 24, 2016

Gethard tells stories of hitting rock bottom in his new one-man off-Broadway show, which is billed as a comedy about "suicide, depression, alcoholism and all the other funniest parts of life."

Oct 22, 2016

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their own childhood experiences in making ‘Moonlight,’ a film about a boy growing up in a Miami housing project. Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Upstream,' a book of essays by Mary Oliver. The 3rd season of the dystopian series ‘Black Mirror,’ is soon available on Netflix. Terry spoke to creator Charlie Brooker about how he was inspired by shows like 'The Twilight Zone.’ ‘Black Mirror’ explores the unintended consequences of the digital age.

Oct 21, 2016

At the age of 82 Leonard Cohen has a new album entitled ‘You Want It Darker.’ He spoke to Terry Gross in 2006. John Powers reviews the new Netflix documentary ‘The 13th.’

Oct 20, 2016

The 3rd season of the dystopian series created by Charlie Brooker is soon available on Netflix. Inspired by shows like ‘The Twilight Zone,’ it's about the unintended consequences of the digital age. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the ‘Rocky Horror’ remake starring Laverne Cox, and ‘Black Mirror.’

Oct 19, 2016

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their own childhood experiences in making Moonlight, a film about a boy growing up in a Miami housing project.

Oct 18, 2016

Journalist Beth Macy talks about George and Willie Muse, black albino brothers who were born in the Jim Crow South, kidnapped, and forced to become circus freaks. Her new book, ‘Truevine,' tells their story. Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘Upstream,’ a book of essays by Mary Oliver. Milo Miles reviews a new album of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson’s never-released tracks from the 1940s and ‘50s.

Oct 17, 2016

Author and law professor Tim Wu says much of the "free" content on the web comes at a price to users, who are subjected to ads that are targeted specifically at them and increasingly hard to ignore. His new book is ‘The Attention Merchants.’ Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Wadada Leo Smith’s album ‘America’s National Parks.’

Oct 15, 2016

Gaby Hoffmann grew up in the Chelsea Hotel with her mother, an actress in Andy Warhol's Factory. She appeared in 'Field of Dreams' and other films as child, but says she saw acting as "a means to an end." Hoffmann now stars in the Amazon series 'Transparent.' Ken Tucker reviews Lucy Dacus' debut album, 'No Burden.' Safran Foer's new novel, 'Here I Am,' is told from the points of view of different members of a Jewish family. He says it's about things falling apart — but also about "people trying to mend things." His previous book was 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.'

Oct 14, 2016

Woodson won the National Book Award for young people’s literature in 2014 for her memoir ‘Brown Girl Dreaming,’ and is finalist for a 2016 National Book Award with ‘Another Brooklyn.’ [Originally broadcast Dec. 2014] We remember ‘Brown v. Board of Education’ civil rights attorney Jack Greenberg who died this week. David Edelstein reviews the new animated documentary ‘Tower,’ about the first modern gun massacre. 

Oct 13, 2016

‘V Street,’ the new cookbook by married chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, features recipes inspired by global street food. Jacoby says the right techniques can coax "amazing flavor" out of vegetables. Rock historian Ed Ward revisits the ‘80s eccentric pop band The Chills.

Oct 12, 2016

Author John Hudak says federal law makes it hard to prove the medicinal value of marijuana. "As a Schedule 1 drug it is very difficult to do research on the plant," he explains. Ken Tucker reviews ‘Blue Mountain,’ a solo album from Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir.

Oct 11, 2016

Safran Foer’s new novel, ‘Here I am,’ is told from the points of view of different members of a Jewish family. He says it’s about things falling apart — but also about “people trying to mend things.” His previous book was ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.’  Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘The Mothers,’ a debut novel by Brit Bennett.

Oct 10, 2016

Hoffmann grew up in the Chelsea Hotel with her mother, an actress in Andy Warhol's Factory. Gaby appeared in ‘Field of Dreams’ and other films as child, but says she saw acting as "a means to an end." She now stars in the Amazon series ‘Transparent.’

Oct 8, 2016

Recorded at his home studio, Springsteen speaks to Terry Gross about growing up in Jersey, songwriting, and wishing to be his stage persona. His new memoir is 'Born to Run.' Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer, the time of day, oncoming storms and much more. In her new book, 'Being a Dog,' Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses.

Oct 7, 2016

In his memoir 'Do No Harm,' Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness. [Originally broadcast May 2015] Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Birth of a Nation.’

Oct 6, 2016

'National Geographic' journalist Bryan Christy estimates the wholesale market for rhino horn is roughly a quarter of a billion dollars. He says criminal syndicates use the trade to finance "all sorts of illegal activity.” Also, Fresh Air producer Sam Briger talks to Bob Weir about his long-awaited solo album, ‘Blue Mountain.’

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