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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: Actor Mahershala Ali; James Baldwin; Director Raoul Peck

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:00:18 -0500

Ali discusses his Oscar-nominated performance as a drug dealer in Moonlight. Director Raoul Peck discusses I am Not Your Negro, his documentary about civil rights era writer James Baldwin.



Remembering Barbara Carroll, The 'First Lady Of Jazz Piano'

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:03:40 -0500

Carroll, who died Sunday, started recording in the late 1940s, when female jazz musicians were still considered a novelty. Originally broadcast in 2003.



'The Great Wall' Stands As A Monument To Absurd CGI Clutter

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:03:40 -0500

Matt Damon plays an accomplished bow-and-arrow warrior in ancient China in his latest film. Critic David Edelstein says The Great Wall is "lavishly ... terrible."



New Dramas 'Good Fight' And 'Big Little Lies' Make A Case For Subscription TV

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:49:00 -0500

TV critic David Bianculli reviews two shows premiering this weekend: HBO's miniseries, Big Little Lies, and CBS's The Good Fight, which will be relocating to the network's subscription streaming site.



'Manchester By The Sea' Director Explores The Depth Of Grief

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:17:00 -0500

Kenneth Lonergan's film, which has been nominated for six Oscars, is about a janitor who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother. Originally broadcast Nov. 30, 2016.



In 'Moonlight,' Actor Mahershala Ali Found Characters He Recognized

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:45:22 -0500

Ali has earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as Juan, a drug dealer who becomes an unlikely father figure to a boy who is being bullied at school and neglected at home.



'Ghachar Ghochar' Presents A Fretful Vision Of Indian Class Anxiety

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:08:00 -0500

The narrator of Vivek Shanbhag's new novel once lived a lower-class subsistence in Bangalore. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Ghachar Ghochar embodies the "fear of falling into economic and moral ruin."



The Trump Presidency's Potential Impact On Climate Change

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:24:00 -0500

ProPublica senior reporter Andrew Revkin discusses President Trump's possible cuts to the EPA, as well as the potential impact of pulling out of the Paris climate accord.



Remembering Lt. Gen. Harold Moore, Heroic Vietnam War Commander

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:24:00 -0500

Moore, who died Friday, was seen as a hero for his role in the first major land battle in Vietnam. He later co-authored the book, We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young. Originally broadcast in 1992.



Tift Merritt Mixes Quirky Metaphors And Folk Sounds On 'Stitch Of The World'

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:24:00 -0500

Acoustic guitar and the occasional faint cry of a pedal steel guitar frame Merritt's vocals on her new album. Rock Critic Ken Tucker has a review.



Ode To The Street Cat: 'Kedi' Follows Istanbul's Famous Felines

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:24:00 -0500

The new documentary by filmmaker Ceyda Torun focuses on seven cats as they make their way around the Turkish city. Critic John Powers calls Kedi a "pleasurable refuge from our daily cares."



Director Raoul Peck: James Baldwin Was 'Speaking Directly To Me'

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:08:00 -0500

Baldwin "gave me very early on the instruments I needed to ... deconstruct the world around me," Peck says. His documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, chronicles the life of the civil rights era writer.



'Jumpin' At The Woodside' Catches Count Basie And His Band Honing Their Art

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:36:23 -0500

A new sampler features live cuts of Count Basie's band in New York from 1938 to 1940. Jazz Critic Kevin Whitehead says Jumpin' at the Woodside is full of "pretty terrific" music.



'Aisles Have Eyes' Warns That Brick-And-Mortar Stores Are Watching You

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:36:23 -0500

Consumers have grown accustomed to the idea of online retailers collecting information about them, but author Joseph Turow says that now physical stores are doing it too.



Lonely On Valentine's Day? Celebrate Love That Reaches Beyond Romance

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:36:00 -0500

Author Sarah Hepola is used to being alone and disappointed on Valentine's Days. But this year her outlook has changed. "My life is rich with love, even if it's not the kind I expected," she says.