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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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Apr 20, 2016

74 year-old author and psychiatrist Arlene Heyman discusses her debut short-story collection, which focuses on the sex lives and intimate relationships of characters in their 60s and 70s. Maureen Corrigan reviews two works of historical suspense fiction. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the new album from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Henry Threadgill.

Apr 19, 2016

Duchovny talks about how 'The X-Files' made him a better writer. His novel, 'Bucky F*cking Dent,' is about a a son reuniting with his absentee father. John Powers reviews the new AMC series 'The Night Manager.'

Apr 18, 2016

Each year, the park attracts millions of visitors and provides a home to countless animal species. But National Geographic journalist David Quammen warns that balancing tourism and preservation can be tricky. Ken Tucker reviews 'A Cure For Loneliness' by Peter Wolf.

Apr 16, 2016

Comic W. Kamau Bell is taking his political and social satire to CNN, where he's hosting a new docu-series called 'United Shades of America.' He describes himself as having made a living finding humor in the parts of America he doesn't understand. Kevin Whitehead reviews jazz guitarist Julian Lage's album 'Arclight.' Comics Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz play Muslim immigrants dealing with speed dating, cat calls and other aspects of life in secular New York in their sketch-comedy series 'Shugs & Fats.'

Apr 15, 2016

Why do teenagers behave like — teenagers? We get an explanation from neuroscientist Dr. Frances Jensen, who says our brains are still maturing through our 20s and that the front part of the brain is the last to develop. "And what's in the front? Your frontal cortex and prefrontal cortex; these are the areas where we have insight, empathy, impulse control," she says. "Risk-taking behavior is suppressed by activity in your frontal lobes." Her book is 'The Teenage Brain.' Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'The Jungle Book.'

Apr 14, 2016

Comic W. Kamau Bell is taking his political and social satire to CNN, where he's hosting a new docu-series called 'United Shades of America.' He describes himself as having made a living finding humor in the parts of America he doesn't understand. The original premise of the series was a black guy goes places he shouldn't or you wouldn't expect him to go.  Bell formerly hosted a series of political satire called 'Totally Biased,' which was on the FX and FXX Networks. 

Apr 13, 2016

Edward Humes describes his new book as a "transportation detective story" that chronicles the hidden characters, locations and machinery driving our same-day delivery, traffic-packed world. Also, Fresh Air producer Sam Briger talks to jazz guitar prodigy Julian Lage.

Apr 12, 2016

Comics Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz play Muslim immigrants dealing with speed dating, cat calls and other aspects of life in secular New York in their sketch-comedy series 'Shugs & Fats.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a novel by Irish writer Edna O'Brien.

Apr 11, 2016

Charles Bock's wife died from leukemia just before their daughter's 3rd birthday. Bock relived the final years of her life while writing his new novel, 'Alice & Oliver.' He drew on his wife's diaries for the novel. Kevin Whitehead reviews Julian Lage's album 'Arclight.'

Apr 9, 2016

Bee, who was the longest-serving 'Daily Show' correspondent, has a new political satire show called 'Full Frontal' on TBS. Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Robbie Fulks. Dan Lyons was in his 50s when he was laid off from Newsweek and went to work for a start-up. He says it was part frat house, part cult. He wrote for the HBO series 'Silicon Valley,' and his new memoir is 'Disrupted.'

Apr 8, 2016

"I was, to say the least, probably the most incorrigible child you can think of," Haggard told Terry Gross in 1995. The country legend died Wednesday morning in California. It was his 79th birthday. Historian Eric Foner recently won the American History Book Prize from the New York Historical Society for 'Gateway to Freedom,' about the Underground Railroad. He discussed the book in 2015.

Apr 7, 2016

Bee, who was the longest-serving 'Daily Show' correspondent, has a new political satire show called 'Full Frontal' on TBS. She talks about feminism, her hotline for rape threats, and why she doesn't like doing stand-up comedy.  Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Louder than Bombs.'

Apr 6, 2016

Lisa Graves says that states can overrule local laws, and legislatures are increasingly using preemption to stop things like fracking bans, minimum wage increases, and protections for LGBT people. Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Robbie Fulks, and John Powers reviews a Brazilian film called 'Neon Bull.'

Apr 5, 2016

Dan Lyons was in his 50s when he was laid off from Newsweek and went to work for a start-up.  He says it was part frat house, part cult. He wrote for the HBO series 'Silicon Valley,' and his new memoir is 'Disrupted.' Maureen Corrigan reviews novel 'Alice & Oliver,' and Fresh Air says goodbye to our longtime administrative assistant, Dorothy Ferebee.

Apr 4, 2016

The techniques Eric Fair used were legal, but what he did still weighs on his conscience. "There is no middle ground," he says. "Torture is an enhanced interrogation." His new memoir is 'Consequence.'

Apr 2, 2016

Romano tells us how he landed a role in Martin Scorsese's series 'Vinyl,' how Letterman gave him his big break, and what makes him cry. Commentator Sarah Hepola says after years of complaining about hate on the Internet, she became part of the problem. Finally, pitchers of all ages are increasingly blowing out their elbows and needing what's known as Tommy John surgery. Sports writer Jeff Passan discusses his new book 'The Arm.'

Apr 1, 2016

Duke won an Oscar for her portrayal of Helen Keller in 1962's 'The Miracle Worker.' She died Tuesday at the age of 69. She spoke to Terry Gross in 1988. Also, novelist Vendela Vida discusses her novel 'The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty,' about the sense of dislocation that often comes with traveling to another country. Film critic David Edelstein reviews the Miles Davis biopic, 'Miles Ahead.'

Mar 31, 2016

Pitchers of all ages are increasingly blowing out their arms and needing what's known as Tommy John surgery. Sports writer Jeff Passan discusses his new book 'The Arm.'   Jacob Bernstein is the director of the new HBO documentary about his mother,  late writer and director, Nora Ephron (Heartburn, When Harry Met Sally). It's about her life, her writing and her fatal illness, which she kept secret from almost everyone. 

Mar 30, 2016

Ever since 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' the actor says he's been trying to take on more dramatic roles. In the HBO series 'Vinyl' he plays a record company executive who contemplates suicide. 

Mar 29, 2016

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to sexuality, girls hear that "they're supposed to be sexy, they're supposed to perform sexually for boys, but ... their sexual pleasure is unspoken." Orenstein discusses the effect hook-up culture, porn, and pop stars have had on girls' lives. Then, commentator Sarah Hepola says after years of complaining about hate on the Internet, she became part of the problem.

Mar 28, 2016

According to Adam Hochschild, about 2,800 Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War, and some were bombed by Nazis years before the U.S. entered World War II. His new book is 'Spain in Our Hearts.' John Powers reviews the French film 'My Golden Days.'

Mar 26, 2016

Comic Michael Ian Black lays bare his insecurities in his new book, 'Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird.)' He talks about family, masculinity and vanity. Ken Tucker reviews the latest album from country icon Loretta Lynn, and Regina King shares her experience going from a teen actor on '227' to landing roles in 'Boyz n the Hood' and 'American Crime.'

Mar 25, 2016

Comedian Garry Shandling, who died yesterday, told Terry Gross that he was "one of those kids who became aware of comedians at a very early age." He spoke to Fresh Air in 1992 and 2007. Also, 'Carol' is now on DVD. We revisit our interview with director Todd Haynes and screenwriter Phyllis Nagy. The film is about an unlikely love affair between two women in the 1950s.

Mar 24, 2016

The comic lays bare his insecurities in his new book, 'Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird.)' He talks about family, masculinity and vanity in a conversation with Terry Gross. Also, David Edelstein reviews 'Batman v. Superman.'

Mar 23, 2016

Author Elaine Kamarck explains what happens in a brokered convention and how the rules of presidential primaries can sometimes change. Her book is 'Primary Politics.' Then Maureen Corrigan reviews short story collection 'What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours' by Helen Oyeyemi.

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