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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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Kendrick Lamar Extends His Vocal And Emotional Range On 'DAMN.'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:52:00 -0400

Emotions like lust and love serve as metaphors for social and political struggles on Lamar's new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the music on DAMN. signals the artist's bold refusal to back down.



For 'New York Times' Obit Writers, 'Death Is Never Solicitous Of A Deadline'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:52:00 -0400

Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox have written obituaries for thousands of people, ranging from heads of state to the inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch. They are featured in the new documentary Obit.



'Veep' Executive Producer On Making A Show About The 'Craven Desire For Power'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:06:13 -0400

The HBO series is now in its sixth season. Producer Frank Rich also writes a column for New York magazine about the intersection of politics and popular culture.



Hulu's 'Handmaid's Tale' Delivers A Timely And Feminist Message

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:06:13 -0400

A new 10-part adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1986 novel stars Elisabeth Moss as a woman living in a totalitarian state. Critic David Bianculli says the miniseries depicts a bleak and haunting future.



Celebrating The Centennial Of Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:33:00 -0400

Fitzgerald, who died in 1996, had her first hits with Chick Webb's big band before going out on her own in the 1940s. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Fitzgerald at her best is as good as it gets.



Psychiatrist Recalls 'Heartbreak And Hope' On Bellevue's Prison Ward

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:44:00 -0400

Dr. Elizabeth Ford treated mentally ill inmates in New York City for more than a decade. It was almost universal, she says, that they had suffered abuse or significant neglect as children.



For Baseball's Rick Ankiel, Losing His Pitching Ability Led To An Unusual Comeback

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:42:00 -0400

Ankiel entered the major leagues in 1999 as a gifted pitcher, but one day suddenly lost that gift. He talks about his pitching demons, his troubled childhood and his way back to baseball.



'Hourglass' Exposes The Fissures That Develop In A Long-Term Marriage

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:41:00 -0400

Dani Shapiro's new memoir dramatizes the dizzying ways a lifetime passes, loops around, speeds up and sometimes seems to stand still. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an incisive and charged work.



Fresh Air Weekend: Obama's White House; 'A Quiet Passion'; Updating The Dictionary

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

Alyssa Mastromonaco talks about her years working in the West Wing. Justin Chang reviews Terence Davies' new film about Emily Dickinson. Kory Stamper explains how new words get into the dictionary.



'Quiet Passion' Captures The Wit And Vulnerability Of Poet Emily Dickinson

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:24:00 -0400

British filmmaker Terence Davies turns his attention to the gifted New England poet in his new movie. Critic Justin Chang calls the film a "sharp, sensitive portrait" of a woman ahead of her time.



'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:24:00 -0400

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to adolescent sexuality, the subject of girls' pleasure is often left unspoken. Originally broadcast March 29, 2016.



Journalist Describes The Loneliness And Leakiness Of Trump's White House

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:28:00 -0400

As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office, White House correspondent Maggie Haberman of The New York Times says "the magnitude of the job is sinking in for him."



From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:32:00 -0400

For a new word to enter the dictionary, it must meet three criteria: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper explains the process in Word by Word.



'Fargo' And Bill Nye Make Promising Returns To The Small Screen

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:32:00 -0400

A botched theft leads to murder in Fargo's third season, and Bill Nye offers up science for adults in his new Netflix series. TV critic David Bianculli reviews both.



An Insignificant Hustler Yearns To Be A Big-Time Operator In The Ironic 'Norman'

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:12:51 -0400

Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar centers his new movie on a wannabe dealmaker, played by Richard Gere. Critic John Powers calls Norman a mordantly funny drama with a "dazzlingly revelatory" ending.