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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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'Twin Peaks' Makes A Moody And Eccentric Return To TV

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:29:03 -0400

A quarter of a century later, Showtime has revived the series some fans consider the most inventive of all time. Critic David Bianculli offers his first impressions of Twin Peaks: The Return.



Churchill, Orwell And The Fight Against Totalitarianism

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:29:00 -0400

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Tom Ricks says the writings of Winston Churchill and George Orwell still resonate today. Ricks also discusses the generals serving in the Trump administration.



Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Hasan Minhaj; Cape Verdean Dance Music; Jill Soloway

Sat, 20 May 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Minhaj talks his work on The Daily Show and Homecoming King, his new Netflix special. Critic Milo Miles reviews Synthesize The Soul. Transparent creator Soloway wants to upend TV with I Love Dick.



A Salute To 30 Years Of 'The Simpsons'

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:06:20 -0400

We listen back to interviews with some of the show's cast members and writer-producers, plus its music composer. Among those featured: creator Matt Groening and Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart.



'Alien: Covenant' Mixes Blood And Guts With Existential Questions

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:06:20 -0400

Ridley Scott's new installment of the Aliens franchise is a face-grabbing prequel featuring two androids. Critic David Edelstein says that though plodding at times, Alien: Covenant does deliver.



Comic Hasan Minhaj On Roasting Trump And Growing Up A 'Third Culture Kid'

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:16:35 -0400

"I'm an Indian-American-Muslim kid," Minhaj says, "but am I more Indian or am I more American? What part of my identity am I?" His new Netflix special is called Homecoming King.



Angaleena Presley Takes Aim At Nashville On 'Wrangled'

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:47:00 -0400

Presley makes a passionate, pointed plea about the current state of country music on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker says that despite its melodramatic nature, Wrangled is subtle, nuanced and clever.



Trump's Election Integrity Commission Could Have A 'Chilling Effect' On Voting Rights

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:47:00 -0400

Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot, says the new commission will keep alive the idea that voter fraud is rampant — despite the fact that "all the studies show the opposite."



'Synthesize The Soul' Offers A Perfectly Paced Dance Party

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:59:30 -0400

A new collection presents synthesizer dance music from the Cape Verde islands in the '70s and '80s. Critic Milo Miles says the music on Synthesize The Soul will sweeps you up with energy and rhythm.



After 6 Prison Terms, A Former Inmate Helps Other Women Rebuild Their Lives

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:11:00 -0400

For Susan Burton, getting on track after being released from prison was a daunting experience. Now she's determined to help other women follow in her footsteps. Her new memoir is Becoming Ms. Burton.



The Art Ensemble of Chicago's Free-Wheeling Style Shines In 'Message to Our Folks'

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:31:00 -0400

Paul Steinbeck's new book chronicles the antics, both on and off stage, of the storied jazz ensemble. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Message to Our Folks celebrates the band's success on their own terms.



'Fargo' Is A Series About The 'Things People Do For Money'

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:31:00 -0400

Noah Hawley says his FX series, now in its third season, explores the central premise of the Coen Brothers' iconic 1996 film. Hawley is also the creator of the FX series Legion.



Lincoln Said What? Bogus Quotations Take On A New Life On Social Media

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:34:00 -0400

Many of those quotes we see on Facebook or Instagram are attributed to authors who never said them. Does it matter when we get a quotation wrong? Linguist Geoff Nunberg says, not always.



Fresh Air Weekend: Gabourey Sidibe; 'No One Can Pronounce My Name'; Rhiannon Giddens

Sat, 13 May 2017 09:00:00 -0400

The Precious star talks about overcoming anxiety and working as a phone-sex operator. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Rakesh Satyal's new novel. Giddens' speaks for the silenced on Freedom Highway.



Streaming Services Put Female Characters At The Center With 'Anne' And 'Dick'

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:26:45 -0400

TV critic David Bianculli reviews two new shows based on novels written by women: Amazon's I Love Dick, and Netflix's adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, Anne with an E.