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NPR interviews famous and everyday individuals, including world leaders and political figures, artists, writers, musicians, and unique people in your community.

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Occupy Activist Micah White: Time To Move Beyond Memes And Street Spectacles

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:51:00 -0400

Micah White co-created Occupy Wall Street. Now he considers the worldwide movement a "constructive failure." In an NPR interview, the author of The End Of Protest says it's time for new tactics.

Trendy Hospital Clothing To Make Cancer Patients Dress 'Well' Even When Unwell

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:13:00 -0400

A trio of European women has launched INGA Wellbeing fashion line to help alleviate the dehumanizing experience many patients endure when wearing the traditional, uncomfortable hospital gowns.

Kevin Breel: What Can Depression Teach Us About Comedy?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.

Negin Farsad: Can Humor Fight Prejudice?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

Comedian Negin Farsad traveled all over the U.S. to clear up misconceptions about Islam while making people laugh. She calls this form of activism "social justice comedy."

Maysoon Zayid: Should Humor Make Us Uncomfortable?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

Maysoon Zayid teases herself for all the ways she's different: she has cerebral palsy, she's Muslim, she's Palestinian. By making us laugh at it, she gets us to think about acceptance.

Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.

A 'Tough' Metzmama: Lasting Memories Of One Armenian Grandmother

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:01:00 -0400

In Armenian, the word for grandmother is metzmama. Isabel Kouyoumjian became a metzmama after her family fled from the Armenian Genocide. For her granddaughter Joanne Nucho, she was more than that.

Fresh Air Weekend: Jordan Peele; 'Monk Dreams'; Novelist Sebastian Barry

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Get Out Director Jordan Peele discusses his love of horror films. Kevin Whitehead reviews Frank Carlberg's new tribute to Thelonious Monk. Barry's novel, Days Without End, features Irish immigrants.

The Happiness One Lucky Leprechaun Created In Yonkers

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:20:00 -0400

Jess Buzzutto was known as "The Leprechaun of Yonkers." Every day he wore green from head to toe and with a bit of luck, brought happiness to those around him.

'Get Out' Sprang From An Effort To Master Fear, Says Director Jordan Peele

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:59:00 -0400

As a kid, Peele was terrified of "the demons that lurked in the dark." Then he realized that by making a horror-thriller, he "would be wielding this power, as opposed to being a victim to it."

Fresh Air Weekend: Samantha Bee; 'Personal Shopper'; Novelist Mohsin Hamid

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:44:00 -0500

For Bee and her Full Frontal co-creator, Trump's election meant doubling down on their White House coverage. Justin Chang reviews Personal Shopper. Hamid discusses his novel Exit West.

Dan Ariely: When Are Our Decisions Made For Us?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:48:55 -0500

We often think that our decisions are our own. But Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely explains how our environment — even something as simple as how a question is framed — can affect what we choose.

Ruth Chang: How Can Making Hard Choices Empower Us?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:48:55 -0500

One choice isn't always better than the other. Philosopher Ruth Chang says, once we realize that, it's easier to embrace the hard work of decision-making.

Sheena Iyengar: Why Are Some Choices So Paralyzing?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:48:55 -0500

Psycho-economist Sheena Iyengar explains how we can actively use choice as a tool to help us arrive at decisions we can live with.

Malcolm Gladwell: Do More Choices Make Us Happier?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:48:55 -0500

We assume that our choices come with prepackaged consequences. But author Malcolm Gladwell explains how we aren't simply passive recipients of our decisions.