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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, 23 Apr 2018 14:26:03 -0400

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Reflects On 'Ambition And Manhood In America'

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:26:03 -0400

Gregory Pardlo's new memoir, Air Traffic, chronicles his complicated relationship with his father, a labor organizer who lost his job following the air traffic controllers' 1981 strike.

'Art Of The Wasted Day' Makes A Case For Letting The Mind Wander

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:09:11 -0400

Patricia Hampl's sharp new book argues that daydreaming is a vital part of life. Maureen Corrigan says, after reading it, "you'll understand more of what makes life worth living."

Fresh Air Weekend: James Comey; 'Atlanta' Actor Brian Tyree Henry

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0400

Comey defends the FBI against charges of partisanship. Critic Ken Tucker reviews John Prine's The Tree of Forgiveness. Henry talks about his Atlanta character Alfred, aka the rapper "Paper Boi."

Amy Schumer Deftly Challenges Beauty Standards In 'I Feel Pretty'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:19:59 -0400

A woman with low self-esteem hits her head and suddenly sees herself as madly attractive. Critic David Edelstein says I Feel Pretty suggests the notion of what's "pretty" should be "elasticized."

Before He Became The 'Night Court' Judge, Harry Anderson Was A Con-Man Magician

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:19:59 -0400

Anderson, who died April 16, began his career as a street performer specializing in elaborate pranks. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1989 about an illusion in which he pretended to chop off his own hand.

Remembering Milos Forman, Director Of 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:19:59 -0400

The Academy Award-winning filmmaker, who died on April 13, spoke to Fresh Air in 1994 about growing up in the former Czechoslovakia, first under the Gestapo, then under communist rule.

'Westworld' And 'The Handmaid's Tale' Make Impressive Season 2 Returns

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:01:49 -0400

Both shows are set in a dystopian near-future where things have gone terribly wrong — and both expand their established environments considerably in their sophomore seasons.

Who Is The Mystery Man Behind @realDonaldTrump? (Besides The President)

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:54:54 -0400

Journalist Robert Draper says "no one understands Trump's base" better than White House social media director (and former caddie) Dan Scavino.

Actor Brian Tyree Henry On Fame, Authenticity And 'Atlanta'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:32:00 -0400

Henry plays Alfred, aka the rapper "Paper Boi," on the FX series Atlanta. As his character becomes more successful, Henry says, he's getting "a little further away from the essence of who [he] is."

Barbara Bush On Meeting George, Motherhood And Her Signature Fake Pearls

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:48:00 -0400

The former first lady, who died Tuesday, told Terry Gross in 1994 that she grew up thinking she'd be a nurse. "But then I met that marvelous George [H.W.] Bush and the nursing went out the window."

James Comey To 'Fresh Air': The FBI Isn't 'On Anybody's Side'

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:12:00 -0400

The former FBI director tells Terry Gross that he wants to sound the alarm about the "forest fire" of the Trump presidency — and also to defend the FBI against charges of partisanship.

Latest Episode Of 'Legion' Delivers A Thrillingly Original Hour Of TV

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:48:36 -0400

Legion began its second season in early April on FX. David Bianculli says the new episode of the series, "Chapter 11," is strange and compelling in a way that reminds him of the original Twin Peaks.

After A Journey Through The Lone Star State, Author Concludes: 'The Future Is Texas'

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:48:36 -0400

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright predicts that the largest "red" state in the union will eventually move into the "blue" column — and change the nation's politics in the process.

Fresh Air Weekend: The Story Behind 'The Rider'; The Work Of Rodgers And Hammerstein

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 09:00:12 -0400

Cowboy Brady Jandreau and director Chloé Zhao discuss The Rider. Maureen Corrigan reviews Meg Wolitzer's The Female Persuasion. Todd Purdum talks about Rogers and Hammerstein's legendary partnership.

A Tormented Veteran Rescues Kids From Abuse In 'You Were Never Really Here'

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:23:32 -0400

Joaquin Phoenix plays a shattered soul who makes his way as a thug-for-hire in director Lynne Ramsay's brutal and unsparing new crime film. Justin Chang calls the movie "superior art-house pulp."