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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.

Last Build Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:24:32 -0500

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Remembering Health Care Economist Uwe Reinhardt

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:24:32 -0500

Reinhardt, who died on Monday, helped shape the debate about health care by advocating for individual mandates and universal health care. Originally broadcast in 2009.

Greta Gerwig Explores Mother-Daughter Love (And Angst) In 'Lady Bird'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:05:03 -0500

"I don't know any woman who has a simple relationship with their mother or with their daughter," Gerwig says. Her new film tells the story of a teenager preparing to leave home for the first time.

'Times' Reporters Describe How A Paper Trail Helped Break The Weinstein Story

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:35:29 -0500

Investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey say they used legal and financial records to build a timeline of settlements with Harvey Weinstein's accusers.

Director Dee Rees Explores Racism In Post-War Mississippi In 'Mudbound'

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:03:30 -0500

Mudbound follows two families — one white and one black — just before, during and after World War II. Rees says her experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., in the 1980s informed her new film.

Louise Erdrich Delivers A Dystopian Feminist Thriller In 'Future Home'

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:30:00 -0500

In Erdrich's new novel, fetuses seem to be randomly devolving and a new religious government is rounding up pregnant women, forcing them to give birth in prison-like hospitals.

'Stranger Things 2' Creators Wanted A Sequel That Topped The Original

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:29:00 -0500

Brothers Ross and Matt Duffer return to the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., for the second season of their Neflix series. "We wanted to scale it up a little bit," Matt says of Stranger Things 2.

Taylor Swift Pushes Further Into Electro-Pop With 'Reputation'

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:28:13 -0500

Swift brings together pulsing drumbeats, surging keyboards and multi-tracked vocals on her new album. The result is a record that mixes passion and emotion with careful control.

Priest Responds To Gang Members' 'Lethal Absence Of Hope' With Jobs, And Love

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:28:13 -0500

Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle has spent 30 years working in LA with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. His new book is Barking to the Choir.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Lou Reed: A Life'; White House Photographer Pete Souza

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Anthony DeCurtis talks about his new biography of Lou Reed "deserved." Critic David Edelstein says Lady Bird is "packed with insight." Souza reflects on eight years (and 1.9 million photos) of Obama.

'Murder On The Orient Express' Moves In Inspired Fits And Starts

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:44:15 -0500

Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 mystery novel features a cast that rips into individual roles with gusto — but never fully jells as an ensemble.

'Hue 1968' Revisits An American 'Turning Point' In The War In Vietnam

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:44:15 -0500

Author Mark Bowden says the capture of Hue, Vietnam, was part of a wave of well-planned Communist attacks that helped turn U.S. public opinion against the war. Originally broadcast June 12, 2017.

Once An Underground Currency, Bitcoin Emerges As 'A New Way To Track Information'

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:22:57 -0500

The digital currency's value has gone from zero to $120 billion in nine years. Digital Gold author Nathaniel Popper says major banks are looking into the possibilities of its decentralized network.

'Three Billboards' Is a Vigilante-Revenge Thriller That Goes Off The Rails

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:22:57 -0500

Frances McDormand is a woman seeking justice for her murdered daughter in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. David Edelstein calls the film "fascinating, then perplexing, then annoying."

Biographer Sought To Write The Kind Of Book Lou Reed 'Deserved'

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:01:24 -0500

"It wasn't like I had to go looking for the drugs and the sex," Anthony DeCurtis says. "Lou wrote about it ... so I felt it was fair game." DeCurtis' new book is Lou Reed: A Life.

Remembering Interdisciplinary Composer Muhal Richard Abrams

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:27:15 -0500

Critic Kevin Whitehead says Abrams, who died last week, was "steeped in jazz, but eager to take on a wider world." Abrams was a co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.