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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: Director Antoine Fuqua; 'Designated Survivor'; Ryan Speedo Green

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Fuqua discusses his remake of The Magnificent Seven. Critic John Powers reviews the ABC series, Designated Survivor. Opera singer Green recounts his journey to becoming an opera singer.

It's Hard to Tell Who's Shooting Whom In 'The Magnificent Seven'

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:47:02 -0400

Critic David Edelstein says that despite its irresistible plot, Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 classic Western is ultimately "just another formula revenge picture."

Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: 'No Doubt I've Gotten A Million Things Wrong'

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:47:02 -0400

Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting pages because "there was something untrue about them." Originally broadcast Sept. 15, 2015.

Fresh Air Remembers 'LA Confidential' Director Curtis Hanson

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:43:55 -0400

Hanson also directed The River Wild, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, 8 Mile and the TV movie Too Big to Fail. He died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 71. Originally broadcast in 1997.

'Narcos' Producer On The Drug War, Colombia And Escobar's Son's Grievances

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:43:55 -0400

Before making Narcos, Eric Newman spent years researching Pablo Escobar's story. He says, "For us ... it was very important to show the most balanced look at the [drug] war we possibly could."

'Magnificent Seven' Director On Staying True To The Original Film's Message

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:25:00 -0400

Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 Western centers on a band of men who have volunteered to save a village from a greedy mine owner. Fuqua says it's a "simple story of [being] in service of others."

Kiefer Sutherland Takes Over The Oval Office As The 'Designated Survivor'

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:21:00 -0400

Sutherland plays a Cabinet member who becomes president after an explosion takes out the U.S. Capitol — and everyone above him in the pecking order. Critic John Powers has a review.

Fresh Air Remembers Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Edward Albee

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:54:00 -0400

Albee made his debut as a Broadway playwright in 1962 with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which went on to win a Tony Award. He died Friday at the age of 88. Originally broadcast in 1984.

'Sing For Your Life' Recounts A Journey From Juvenile Detention To The Opera House

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:54:00 -0400

Ryan Speedo Green grew up in a trailer park and did time in juvenile detention before discovering he had a unique singing voice. He now performs at New York's Metropolitan Opera.

For The Handsome Family, Music Is A Safe Place To Express 'Terrifying Things'

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:10:00 -0400

Married couple Rennie and Brett Sparks have been writing songs together for 21 years. Their latest album, Unseen, is based on their experiences living in the Southwest.

Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Jeff Ross; Oliver Stone's 'Snowden'; Soccer's Abby Wambach

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:38:00 -0400

Ross explains why he's careful about the things he says during celebrity roasts. Critic David Edelstein reviews Oliver Stone's Snowden. Wambach discusses her new memoir, Forward.

Oliver Stone Puts A Melodramatic Spin On 'Snowden' And The Surveillance State

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:42:00 -0400

Stone's new film presents the exiled former NSA contractor as a heroic whistle-blower. Critic David Edelstein says movie's take on Snowden is entertaining — but also a bit one-sided.

Writer Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:42:00 -0400

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, Mat Johnson identified as black, but looked white. His latest novel is about a man returning to his childhood home. Originally broadcast June 29, 2015.

Jim Black's Trio Comes Into Its Own With A Lovely, 'Constant' Album

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:07:33 -0400

Drummer Jim Black slips rock-ish beats beats under a jazz groove on his trio's new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the sound on The Constant has a distinctive edge that "pops out of the speakers."

The 'Racial Cleansing' That Drove 1,100 Black Residents Out Of Forsyth County, Ga.

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:07:33 -0400

In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Eventually the entire black population of Forsyth County was driven out, says Blood at the Root author Patrick Phillips.