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NPR interviews famous and everyday individuals, including world leaders and political figures, artists, writers, musicians, and unique people in your community.

Last Build Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0500

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Fresh Air Weekend: Carrie Fisher; Michael Chabon's 'Moonglow'; Activist Cleve Jones

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0500

Fisher, who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, talks about the affair she had with her older, married co-star. Maureen Corrigan reviews Chabon's Moonglow. Jones discusses the gay rights movement.

Fresh Air Remembers Country Superstar Charlie Rich

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:19:00 -0500

Rich, who died in 1995, was known for "countrypolitan" music, which featured orchestral arrangements and backup singers. A new Rich tribute album has just been released. Originally broadcast in 1992.

Fresh Air Remembers Artist William Christenberry, Chronicler Of The Rural South

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:19:00 -0500

Christenberry, who died on Monday, drew on his childhood experiences in Alabama. One of his pieces was inspired by an encounter he had with a Klansman. Originally broadcast in 1997.

In Prison And Outside, He Found His 'Iota Of Light': A Mentor Named Fred

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:48:00 -0500

"What is life without hope? Even an iota of light can go a long way," says Robert Sanchez, a social worker who served 15 years in prison. He found that guiding light when he met minister Fred Davie.

The Self-Described 'Rednecks' Bringing A Progressive Bent To Southern Comedy

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:10:00 -0500

Trae Crowder and two fellow comedians are progressives and, as they like to say, rednecks. It's a new and unique brand of comedy that challenges the way many people see the South.

Once Unwelcome News, Her Daughter's Outing Opened Door For A New Love

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:38:00 -0500

When Leslye Huff first told Mary Ostendorf's mother about their relationship, she took it badly. But things didn't end there. Over a decade, friendship — and even love — bloomed between the three.

Long Unseen By Readers, H.G. Wells Ghost Story Finally Debuts In Print

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:19:00 -0500

The Strand Magazine is publishing the story, which languished unread for decades. The magazine's managing editor says it was Wells' "indecipherable" handwriting that gave the story away.

Jill Stein Discusses Recount Efforts Her Campaign Has Undertaken

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:09:00 -0500

The Green Party candidate is back in the spotlight, calling for a recount in three states. Jill Stein explains that her efforts are about creating fair elections, not helping Hillary Clinton.

Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist Zadie Smith; 'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0500

Smith's latest book, Swing Time, tells the story of two girls who dream of being dancers. The Daily Show host revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, Born a Crime.

Remembering Leonard Cohen, Singer, Songwriter and Poet

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0500

Before he died earlier this month, Cohen released a new album with songs that wrestled with mortality, transcendence and the question of God — themes he touched on in this 2006 Fresh Air interview.

From Afghanistan To U.S., A Lesson In Love — One Thanksgiving At A Time

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 04:41:00 -0500

When Saboor Sahely left Afghanistan for the U.S. in 1978, he bore a lesson with him: love for his community. Now a restaurant owner in Utah, he has given out free Thanksgiving meals for 26 years.

Ray Charles: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0500

Charles was nicknamed "The Genius," not just for his great singing and piano playing, but also for his producing, arranging and choice of songs. Originally broadcast in 1998.

Johnny Cash: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0500

After recording hits in the '50s and '60s, Cash's career cooled down. Then, a '94 collaboration with producer Rick Rubin transformed the former country star into an icon. Originally broadcast in 1997.

To Survive A Post-Election Thanksgiving, Try StoryCorps' Oral History Project

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 04:43:00 -0500

Ditch the political conversation this weekend and try StoryCorps' Great Thanksgiving Listen project, where kids interview their elders about their lives.

Remembering Sharon Jones, Soul Singer And Consummate Performer

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:41:00 -0500

The energetic lead singer for The Dap-Kings spoke to Fresh Air in '07 and again in '16, after she'd been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. "I want to perform," she said in July. Jones died on Nov. 18.