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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: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:52:32 -0400

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Garish Melodrama Becomes Universal Tragedy 'The Beguiled'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:52:32 -0400

Sofia Coppola has taken a 1971 Southern Gothic psychodrama directed by a man and remade it from a female perspective — and the result is powerful.

Chuck Berry's Final Recordings Are Fresh And Forward-Looking

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:52:32 -0400

Berry, who died in March at the age of 90, left behind an album of new material, his first such collection since 1979. Rejecting nostalgia, Berry's last project is interesting and energetic.

Guitarist Nels Cline On 'Lovers,' An Album 25 Years In The Making

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:52:32 -0400

Cline's Lovers is a collection of lushly arranged versions of American popular songs, covers and originals. He says it's a "mood-music record" that isn't "cheesy." Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2016.

'GLOW' And 'Prime Suspect': Two TV Series You Won't Want To Miss

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:14:00 -0400

In both of these period pieces — one set in the 1970s, the other in the 1980s — women have it tough, whether they're wrestling with their demons, or actually wrestling.

Experts Suspect Russia Is Using Ukraine As A Cyberwar Testing Ground

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:14:00 -0400

Wired's Andy Greenberg says Ukraine has been the victim of a "cyber-assault unlike any the world has ever seen." Cybersecurity experts think Russia is perfecting attacks that could be used on the U.S.

'The Big Sick' Is A Wonderful Movie And An Imperfect Milestone

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:39:00 -0400

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani steps into the leading role in a semi-autobiographical love story. It's a quietly groundbreaking crowd-pleaser, though some characters aren't as fully dimensional as others.

In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:39:00 -0400

In Raven Rock, Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect U.S. leaders in the event of a catastrophe. One Cold War-era plan put the post office in charge of cataloging the dead.

Sherman Alexie Says He's Been 'Indian Du Jour' For A 'Very Long Day'

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:45:00 -0400

Alexie is excited for a new generation of Native American writers to come on the scene, "so I don't have to answer all the questions," he says. His new memoir is You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.

Be Bigger, Fight Harder: Roxane Gay On A Lifetime Of 'Hunger'

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:15:00 -0400

Gay has finally written the book that she "wanted to write the least." The moment she realized she "never want to write about fatness" was the same moment she knew this was a memoir she had to write.

Fresh Air Weekend: Seth Meyers, Joe Biden And A Defense Of Exclamation Points

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:29:00 -0400

For our 30th anniversary, we taped two shows before live audiences — with Late Night's Seth Meyers, and with former Vice President Joe Biden. Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg gives the ! another chance.

Why 'The Mummy' Is The Most Important Bad Movie Of The Year

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:20:00 -0400

The lousiness of The Mummy isn't the stars' fault — it's the storytelling. Universal has announced plans to make more like it, which is scarier than anything in the movie itself.

Jay Z: The Fresh Air Interview

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:20:00 -0400

On Thursday, Jay Z became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. We'll listen back to his 2010 conversation with Terry Gross. Originally broadcast Nov. 16, 2010.

Biden Talks Trump, Faith And Fate In Front Of A Live 'Fresh Air' Audience

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:19:00 -0400

Joe Biden became a senator at 30 and this is the first time in 44 years that he hasn't been in office. He talks with Terry Gross about patterns in U.S. politics and his hopes for the Trump presidency.

2 Families Cruise Toward Catastrophe In 'Do Not Become Alarmed'

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:19:00 -0400

Maile Meloy's novel centers on two families whose children go missing during an international vacation. Maureen Corrigan read it in two nights and says it's a "very smart work of literary fiction."

For Our 30th Anniversary, Fresh Air Tapes Live With Seth Meyers Of 'Late Night'

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:57:00 -0400

The SNL veteran used to ruminate over shows that didn't quite hit the mark; now the he resists the urge to look back: "It's nice to be in this place where you can be very forward focused," he says.