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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: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:42:33 -0500

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Miranda Lambert Mixes Assertiveness With Vulnerability On Her New Record

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:42:33 -0500

Lambert's new release features 24 songs on 2 CDs. Critic Ken Tucker calls The Weight of These Wings a collection that "keeps on giving the deeper you get into it."

11 Transgender Americans Share Their Stories In HBO's 'The Trans List'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:42:00 -0500

Nicole Maines and Kylar Broadus are both featured in the new HBO documentary. "We all come out publicly," Broadus says. "There is no hidden way to come out as a trans person."

Fresh Air Weekend: Carrie Fisher; Michael Chabon's 'Moonglow'; Activist Cleve Jones

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0500

Fisher, who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, talks about the affair she had with her older, married co-star. Maureen Corrigan reviews Chabon's Moonglow. Jones discusses the gay rights movement.

Fresh Air Remembers Country Superstar Charlie Rich

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:19:00 -0500

Rich, who died in 1995, was known for "countrypolitan" music, which featured orchestral arrangements and backup singers. A new Rich tribute album has just been released. Originally broadcast in 1992.

Fresh Air Remembers Artist William Christenberry, Chronicler Of The Rural South

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:19:00 -0500

Christenberry, who died on Monday, drew on his childhood experiences in Alabama. One of his pieces was inspired by an encounter he had with a Klansman. Originally broadcast in 1997.

'Jackie' Captures The Brittle Sadness Of A First Lady In Mourning

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:19:00 -0500

A new biopic takes audiences into the White House in the days following JFK's assassination in Dallas. Critic David Edelstein says Jackie conveys both the shyness and slyness of Jacqueline Kennedy.

Mary Halvorson Leaves Some Room For Weirdness In 'Away With You'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:30:42 -0500

Halvorson, a prolific jazz guitarist, plays with harmonies and melodies as she leads an eight-piece band on her new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead calls Away With You "richer than ever."

Journalist On Trump's Potential Conflicts Of Interest: 'They're Everywhere'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:18:00 -0500

The New York Times' Eric Lipton says that Donald Trump could take actions as president that would benefit his business holdings. But Lipton doubts congressional Republicans would probe such conflicts.

'Manchester By The Sea' Director Probes The Drama And Humor Of Grief

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:24:18 -0500

Kenneth Lonergan's new film is about a janitor, crippled by guilt and grief, who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother.

2 New Works Confront The Refugee Crisis With Empathy And Humanity

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:24:18 -0500

Critic John Powers discusses the Italian documentary, Fire at Sea, and the novel, These Are the Names. The works take very different — but nonetheless poignant — approaches to the refugee situation.

LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones: 'I'm Well Aware How Fragile Life Is'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:09:00 -0500

Jones became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination, and he lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He says, "There are some days when it is so painful that I really can barely function."

Heart-Stopping Production Numbers Make Up For A Thin Plot In 'An American In Paris'

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:54:36 -0500

The new Broadway musical was inspired by the hit 1951 Hollywood musical starring Gene Kelly, with music by George Gershwin. Critic Lloyd Schwartz explains why he hopes a lot of people see the show.

Carrie Fisher Opens Up About 'Star Wars,' The Gold Bikini And Her On-Set Affair

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:42:00 -0500

In her new memoir, The Princess Diarist, Fisher looks back on playing Princess Leia when she was 19 and reflects on her romantic involvement with her older, married co-star, Harrison Ford.

Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist Zadie Smith; 'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0500

Smith's latest book, Swing Time, tells the story of two girls who dream of being dancers. The Daily Show host revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, Born a Crime.

Remembering Leonard Cohen, Singer, Songwriter and Poet

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0500

Before he died earlier this month, Cohen released a new album with songs that wrestled with mortality, transcendence and the question of God — themes he touched on in this 2006 Fresh Air interview.