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Hosted by Terry Gross, Fresh Air from WHYY is the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. One of public radio's most popular programs, Fresh Air features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.



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'What Would You Do?' Author Wants To Stop Sensationalizing The Donner Party

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:33:00 -0400

In The Best Land Under Heaven, Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. He says "there's so much more" to the story.



In Ambitious 'Okja,' A Teen Attempts To Save Her Super Pig From Slaughter

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:33:00 -0400

You'll root for 13-year-old Mija at every step of this new Netflix film. And Okja, the huge, genetically modified pig, is among the most touching and realistic computer-generated characters ever made.



'One Nation Under Gold' Explores America's Obsession With One Precious Metal

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:17:00 -0400

Author James Ledbetter says many of the nation's worst economic catastrophes happened while on the gold standard. His new book traces the fascination with gold as a symbol of permanence and quality.



There's Plenty Of Variety On Sexmob's Scrappy 'Cultural Capital'

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:17:00 -0400

Since the 1990s, New York trumpet player Steven Bernstein has been the ringleader of this occasional quartet. This recent album was recorded at a home studio and its rough-hewn quality is just right.



Fresh Air Weekend: Roxane Gay And Sherman Alexie

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:18:49 -0400

This weekend we talk with the authors of two new memoirs: Gay's Hunger is the book "she wanted to write the least." And Alexie's You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is about growing up on a reservation.



Garish Melodrama Becomes Universal Tragedy 'The Beguiled'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:52:32 -0400

Sofia Coppola has taken a 1971 Southern Gothic psychodrama directed by a man and remade it from a female perspective — and the result is powerful.



Chuck Berry's Final Recordings Are Fresh And Forward-Looking

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:52:32 -0400

Berry, who died in March at the age of 90, left behind an album of new material, his first such collection since 1979. Rejecting nostalgia, Berry's last project is interesting and energetic.



Guitarist Nels Cline On 'Lovers,' An Album 25 Years In The Making

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:52:32 -0400

Cline's Lovers is a collection of lushly arranged versions of American popular songs, covers and originals. He says it's a "mood-music record" that isn't "cheesy." Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2016.



'GLOW' And 'Prime Suspect': Two TV Series You Won't Want To Miss

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:14:00 -0400

In both of these period pieces — one set in the 1970s, the other in the 1980s — women have it tough, whether they're wrestling with their demons, or actually wrestling.



Experts Suspect Russia Is Using Ukraine As A Cyberwar Testing Ground

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:14:00 -0400

Wired's Andy Greenberg says Ukraine has been the victim of a "cyber-assault unlike any the world has ever seen." Cybersecurity experts think Russia is perfecting attacks that could be used on the U.S.



'The Big Sick' Is A Wonderful Movie And An Imperfect Milestone

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:39:00 -0400

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani steps into the leading role in a semi-autobiographical love story. It's a quietly groundbreaking crowd-pleaser, though some characters aren't as fully dimensional as others.



In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:39:00 -0400

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.



Sherman Alexie Says He's Been 'Indian Du Jour' For A 'Very Long Day'

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:45:00 -0400

Alexie is excited for a new generation of Native American writers to come on the scene, "so I don't have to answer all the questions," he says. His new memoir is You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.



Be Bigger, Fight Harder: Roxane Gay On A Lifetime Of 'Hunger'

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:15:00 -0400

Gay has finally written the book that she "wanted to write the least." The moment she realized she "never want to write about fatness" was the same moment she knew this was a memoir she had to write.



Fresh Air Weekend: Seth Meyers, Joe Biden And A Defense Of Exclamation Points

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:29:00 -0400

For our 30th anniversary, we taped two shows before live audiences — with Late Night's Seth Meyers, and with former Vice President Joe Biden. Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg gives the ! another chance.