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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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'Cabaret Hurricane' Bridget Everett Moves To The Big Screen In 'Patti Cake$'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:30:49 -0400

The comic and cabaret performer says she's had audience members walk out of her raunchy live act. In her new film, she plays a washed-up local rock star whose daughter is an aspiring rap artist.

In 'Columbus,' John Cho Reckons With His Own First-Generation Culture Clash

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:20:26 -0400

Cho, who moved to the U.S. from South Korea as a child, says the cultural distance his Columbus character feels towards his immigrant father was "an unwelcome reflection of my own life."

In Trump's Government, The 'Regulated Have Become The Regulators'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:20:37 -0400

Eric Lipton of The New York Times says lobbyists now working for the government are leading a regulatory roll back that is benefiting the industries they used to represent.

In 'Defenders,' Netflix Enlists Marvel Superheroes In Quest For TV Domination

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:20:00 -0400

Netflix's plan was to take relatively minor or underused Marvel titles and heroes, and star them in their own season-long TV series. After that, they'd feature them together in an all-star team-up.

Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:29:08 -0400

Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.

Reissued 'Party Of One' Captures Nick Lowe At His Witty, Melodic Best

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:29:08 -0400

Six albums the British songwriter recorded between 1982 and 1990 are being reissued in remastered versions. Critic Ken Tucker singles out Party of One as being among Lowe's finest works.

The Bill Evans Trio Plays With Spontaneity And Grace On 'Another Time'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:27:51 -0400

In 1968, jazz pianist Bill Evans led a trio with Jack DeJohnette and Eddie Gomez. They spent five weeks in Europe; a newly unearthed concert recording catches them live in a Dutch radio studio.

Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:25:00 -0400

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she'd been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the "Virginia State Colony," an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.

Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Perrotta; 'Lost In America'; The 'Battling' Kellogg Brothers

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Novelist Tom Perrotta explores the empty nest in Mrs. Fletcher. Albert Brooks' Lost in America proves a comedy for the ages. Howard Markel chronicles the family drama behind Kellogg's cereal.

Remembering Broadway's Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:19:00 -0400

Cook, who starred in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, died on Tuesday. She spoke to Fresh Air in 2016 about her struggle with addiction and her second career as a cabaret singer.

Stylishly Gritty, This Chase Thriller Really Is A 'Good Time'

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:07:00 -0400

Robert Pattinson plays an amateur crook who maneuvers from one hair-raising situation to another. It's a relentless chase thriller, a funny problem-solving exercise and an exhilarating mood piece.

'Life Is Short': Aubrey Plaza Keeps Busy With 2 New Films And A TV Series

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:55:00 -0400

Plaza may be best known for Parks and Recreation, but she has several new projects in the works. She costarred in FX's Legion, and has two new films this summer, The Little Hours and Ingrid Goes West.

The Final Documents On JFK's Assassination Are Being Declassified

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:55:00 -0400

Politico's Philip Shenon says Oliver Stone's 1991 film JFK led to a law stating all documents about the Kennedy assassination must be released by October 2017. Three hundred new pages just came out.

A Physician Explores 'A Better Path' To The End Of Life

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:15:59 -0400

Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, author of Extreme Measures, discusses the ethics of using medical assistance to hasten death. Zitter is the subject of the Netflix documentary Extremis.

Remembering 'Rhinestone Cowboy' Glen Campbell

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:00:15 -0400

We revisit Campbell's 2008 interview on Fresh Air, where he talked about his childhood, his 1967 hit "Gentle on My Mind" and his battles with substance addiction.