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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: Loudon Wainwright III; 'Jerry Before Seinfeld'; 'The Vietnam War'

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:00:14 -0400

Wainwright opens up about the "exes & excess" that inform his music. David Bianculli reviews Jerry Seinfeld's new Netflix special. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discuss their PBS documentary series.

Jazz Pianist Harold Mabern Is In Full Command On 'To Love And Be Loved'

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:18:54 -0400

Mabern has worked as a pianist for more than half a century. Now he brings brings his confident style and sense of musical history to his latest album, To Love And Be Loved.

'Battle Of The Sexes' Revisits Billie Jean King's Historic Win Against Bobby Riggs

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:18:54 -0400

Emma Stone stars as King in a breezy new film that carries us back to '73, and the heyday of the women's lib movement. Critic John Powers says the message of Battle of the Sexes still resonates today.

Pioneer Billie Jean King Moved The Baseline For Women's Tennis

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:18:54 -0400

King's 1973 exhibition match with self-proclaimed male chauvinist Bobby Riggs is now the subject of the new film, Battle of the Sexes. The 20-time Wimbledon champ spoke to Fresh Air on Sept. 12, 2013.

In 'Vietnam War,' Ken Burns Wrestles With The Conflict's Contradictions

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:52:00 -0400

Burns says he and co-director Lynn Novick initially thought they understood the Vietnam War. But when they started putting together their new PBS series, they realized, "We knew nothing."

'Trophy' Reveals The Convoluted Economics Of African Big Game Hunting

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:27:00 -0400

Shaul Schwarz's new documentary explores the complex relationship between hunters and conservationist. Critic David Edelstein praises the "tangled sympathies" Trophy elicits.

Novel 'Forest Dark' And Dog Book 'Afterglow' Consider The Meaning Of Life

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:54:25 -0400

Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two books that use experimental forms to tackle weighty topics. "Both of these odd new books offer something special," she says.

Jerry Seinfeld's New Netflix Special Puts His Comic Life Into Perspective

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:53:04 -0400

After more than 40 years in the business, Seinfeld revisits the clubs where he got his start. Critic David Bianculli says Jerry Before Seinfeld will make you laugh — a lot.

'Cuz' Examines The Tragic Life And Death Of A Young Black Man In LA

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:52:25 -0400

Danielle Allen's memoir centers on her cousin Michael, who was sentenced to a long prison term for carjacking when he was 15. Three years after his release, he was found shot to death in a parked car.

Matthew Sweet's Melodic Hooks Tug At The Heart On 'Tomorrow Forever'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:55:47 -0400

Sweet recalls the time just before rock 'n' roll became self-consciously "rock" on his first album of new songs in six years. Critic Ken Tucker calls the music on Tomorrow Forever "wholly unironic."

Could The Trump Presidency Lead To An Era Of Democratic Renewal?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:55:47 -0400

Journalists E.J. Dionne and Norm Ornstein say that a new wave of political activism springs from the fact that Trump is unfit for office. Their new book (with Thomas Mann) is One Nation After Trump.

Exhibit Highlights The Work Of The Late Avant-Garde Artist Florine Stettheimer

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:55:47 -0400

Stettheimer, who died in 1944, had only one public showing of her paintings during her lifetime. Now the Jewish Museum in New York has the first new exhibit of her work in more than 20 years.

Clinton Won't Rule Out Questioning 2016 Election, But Says No Clear Means To Do So

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:49:00 -0400

Hillary Clinton tells Fresh Air the mechanism for such a challenge does not exist in the U.S. "and usually we don't need it." She also says she is "optimistic about our country, but I am not naive."

Self-Aggrandizing, Interminable 'Mother!' Mixes Fantasy And Reality

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:43:27 -0400

Writer-director Darren Aronofsky's new film is set in a large country house where a young woman, played by Jennifer Lawrence, finds herself under siege by unwanted guests.

Bruce Springsteen: On Jersey, Masculinity And Wishing To Be His Stage Persona

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:43:27 -0400

"People see you onstage and, yeah, I'd want to be that guy," Springsteen says. "I want to be that guy myself very often." Originally broadcast Oct. 5, 2016.