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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: Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:00:00 -0500

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Fresh Air Weekend: Director Spike Lee; 'Godless' Creator Scott Frank

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Lee reprises his 1986 film She's Gotta Have It in a new 10-part Netflix series. Though Frank packed his Netflix miniseries with train robberies and shootouts, Godless isn't exactly a typical Western.



'Last Jedi' Puts The Smarts — And The Heart — Back Into The 'Star Wars' Franchise

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:00 -0500

The late Carrie Fisher makes her final appearance — now as General Leia — in Star Wars Episode VIII. Critic David Edelstein says The Last Jedi is nothing short of terrific.



How Katharine Graham Defied A Federal Judge To Publish The Pentagon Papers

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:00 -0500

Graham, who died in 2001, held the title of publisher at The Washington Post from 1969 until 1979. She spoke to Fresh Air in 1997 about her 1971 decision to publish the top-secret documents.



Former 'Post' Executive Editor Ben Bradlee On Publishing The Pentagon Papers

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:00 -0500

Bradlee served as executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. In 1995, he told Fresh Air about his decision to publish the top secret documents related to U.S. policy making in Vietnam.



31 Years Later, Spike Lee Puts A New Spin On 'She's Gotta Have It'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:14:51 -0500

In a new 10-part Netflix series, Lee revisits his story of a young black artist who loves sex but isn't interested in a committed relationship.



Remembering Smithereens' Songwriter And Lead Singer Pat DiNizio

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:23:09 -0500

DiNizio, who died Tuesday, told Fresh Air in 1988 that his music was influenced by the songs he grew up listening to on AM radio in the 1960s. The Smithereens formed in Carteret, NJ, in 1980.



As Marriage Standards Change, A Therapist Recommends 'Rethinking Infidelity'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:23:09 -0500

Esther Perel has spent the past six years focusing on couples who are dealing with infidelity. "It's never been easier to cheat — and it's never been more difficult to keep a secret," she says.



Critic's 'Ghost List' Has Books, Music And A TV Show That Deserve A Second Look

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:23:09 -0500

Every year, critic John Powers is haunted by the things he wishes he'd reviewed. The themes his 2017 "Ghost List" range in spirit from cosmic surrealism to ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy.



Ranky Tanky Builds On The Music And Culture Of Slave Descendants

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:15:00 -0500

Three members of Ranky Tanky perform songs from their self-titled debut. The band's name and music derive from the tradition of the Gullah, slave descendants from the Georgia and South Carolina coast.



Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:13:00 -0500

Fresh Air's book critic says her 2017 list is chaotic in a good way. "These books zing off in all directions: They're fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived."



'Godless' Creator Was Determined To Put His Own Spin On The Classic Western

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:38:00 -0500

Scott Frank packed his Netflix miniseries with train robberies and shootouts, but Godless isn't exactly a typical Western. For one thing, the town at the center of the story is run by women.



Fresh Air Weekend: James Franco; 2017's Word Of The Year; Guillermo Del Toro

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 09:00:21 -0500

Franco tackles a Hollywood story "unlike any other" in The Disaster Artist. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says "tribalism" is his word of the year. Del Toro talks about his new film, The Shape Of Water.



'I, Tonya' Offers A Sympathetic Second Act To A Disgraced Figure Skater

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:13:55 -0500

In January 1994, skater Nancy Kerrigan was struck on the leg with a police-style baton by a man linked to skating rival Tonya Harding. A new dark comedy reconsiders the case against Harding.



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

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:13:55 -0500

In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Author Patrick Phillips revisits the incident in his book, Blood at the Root. Originally broadcast Sept. 15, 2016.



Will The Mueller Investigation Unearth A Crime? Legal Reporter Says It's Complicated

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:16:11 -0500

"There is not going to be a neat ending," New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin says of the investigation into Russian meddling. A central issue is whether a sitting president can be criminally indicted.