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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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Fresh Air Weekend: Billy Bragg On Skiffle; 'Crime And Punishment In Black America'

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Bragg describes skiffle, the music movement that brought guitar to British radio. James Forman Jr. explains how black Leaders unwittingly contributed to the era of mass incarceration.



'Dunkirk' Is A Harrowing War Movie, Muddled By A Convoluted Timeline

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:12:26 -0400

A new film dramatizes the '40 Allied retreat from the beaches of France as the Nazis close in. Despite strong action sequences, Dunkirk relies too much on fragmented storytelling and obvious plotting.



'Awkward' And 'Insecure' Get To The Root Of Writer Issa Rae's Humor

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:12:26 -0400

As a self-described "awkward black girl," Rae says she often felt that she was straddling two worlds growing up. She created and stars in the HBO series Insecure. Originally broadcast Nov. 8, 2016.



Fresh Air Remembers Oscar Award-Winning Actor Martin Landau

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:58:54 -0400

Landau, who died Saturday, appeared in the films Crimes and Misdemeanors and Ed Wood, as well as in the 1960s TV series Mission Impossible. Originally broadcast in 1990.



The Insecurity Of America's Old And Underfunded Voting Systems

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:58:54 -0400

Cybersecurity reporter Kim Zetter warns that our election systems, including our voting machines, are vulnerable to hacking: "We can't rule out that elections haven't already been manipulated."



2 Smart New Novels Find Humor In Fantasies Of Escape

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:58:54 -0400

These terrific comic novels — The Last Laugh by Lynn Freed and Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam — will have you laughing at the many ways we all try to run away from the realities of life.



Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:13:00 -0400

The singer describes skiffle as "a bunch of British school boys in the mid '50s playing Lead Belly's repertoire ... on acoustic guitars." Bragg's new book is Roots, Radicals And Rockers.



'Film' And 'Notfilm' Showcase The Collaboration Of Buster Keaton And Samuel Beckett

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:27:43 -0400

Beckett wrote the screenplay for only one film, a 1965 silent short starring Keaton. Film has recently been re-released, along with a documentary called Notfilm. Critic Lloyd Schwartz has a review.



Inside The 'Shakespearean Irony' Of Trump And Bannon's Relationship

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:27:00 -0400

Author Joshua Green says that although Steve Bannon was instrumental to Donald Trump's election, it now appears that the president lacks the ability to implement Bannon's nationalist vision.



Remembering George Romero, A Filmmaker Who Brought The Dead To Life

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:56:00 -0400

Romero was known for graphic horror films like Night of the Living Dead, which showed corpses rising up to feast on the living. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1988.



How Black Leaders Unwittingly Contributed To The Era Of Mass Incarceration

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:20:33 -0400

James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community.



Jet-Setting Vacationers Find Trouble In Paradise In 'Beautiful Animals'

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:20:00 -0400

Two entitled young women vacationing on a chic Greek island get involved with a mysterious stranger in Lawrence Osborne's new novel. Critic John Powers calls it a "seductively menacing new thriller."



Fresh Air Weekend: The Love Story Behind 'The Big Sick'; Life After Ballet

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:00:17 -0400

Comic Kumail Nanjiani remembers the first time he thought of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon: when he saw her in a coma. Ballerina Wendy Whelan fought to retire on her own terms.



'Lady Macbeth' Is An Icy British Psychodrama About Power And Abuse

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:13:31 -0400

Director William Oldroyd's new film is set in late 19th-century England, where a young woman, forced to marry an abrasive older man, engages in an affair with a ruffian servant.



'Ode To Billie Joe' Was A Surprise Hit That Prompted Dozens Of Jazz Versions

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:13:31 -0400

Fifty years ago, singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry released a song that described a slice of life in rural Mississippi. Critic Kevin Whitehead shares a few of the jazz covers that followed.