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Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.



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Inside The Global Seed Vault

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Cary Fowler discusses his new book, 'Seeds on Ice,' about a tunnel near the North Pole where hundreds of thousands of crop varieties are being stored in case of a catastrophe. Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Out in the Storm' by Waxahatchee.


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Best Of: Billy Bragg / 'Crime And Punishment In Black America'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:00:00 -0400

The British singer-songwriter writes about skiffle, a music movement inspired by American roots music, in his new book 'Roots, Radicals and Rockers.' He brings his guitar to the studio to play skiffle and some of his own songs. Also, James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community. His book is 'Locking Up Our Own.'


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Issa Rae Of HBO's 'Insecure' / Remembering George Romero

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

As a self-described "awkward black girl," Rae says she often felt that she was straddling two worlds growing up. She drew on her own experiences to create the HBO series 'Insecure,' now beginning its second season. Also, we listen back to a 1988 interview with 'Night of the Living Dead' director George Romero. He died Sunday at 77. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Dunkirk.'


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Our Vulnerable Election System / Remembering Martin Landau

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Journalist Kim Zetter has been writing about cybersecurity and the integrity of our voting systems for more than a decade. Zetter talks about how election security has already been breached, and what kind of hack could happen next. Also, we remember Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1990. Book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two comic novels.


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Billy Bragg

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

The British singer-songwriter writes about skiffle, a music movement inspired by American roots music, in his new book 'Roots, Radicals and Rockers.' He brings his guitar to the studio to play skiffle and some of his own songs.


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Inside The 'Shakespearian Irony' Of Trump & Bannon's Relationship

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Author Joshua Green says that although Steve Bannon was instrumental to Donald Trump's election, it now appears that the president lacks the ability to implement Bannon's nationalist vision. Green's new book is 'Devil's Bargain.' Also, critic Lloyd Schwartz shares an appreciation of playwright Samuel Beckett's short silent film 'Film,' starring Buster Keaton.


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'Crime And Punishment In Black America'

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community. His book is 'Locking Up Our Own.' Also, critic John Powers reviews the novel 'Beautiful Animals' by Lawrence Osborne.


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Best Of: Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon / Life After Ballet

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:00:00 -0400

Comic Kumail Nanjiani remembers the first time he thought of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon: when he saw her in a coma. Now the couple has co-written a romantic comedy based on their story called 'The Big Sick.' Wendy Whelan, a ballerina with the New York City Ballet, feared she would never dance again after undergoing hip surgery when she was 46. But after reconstructive surgery and months of physical therapy, she briefly returned to the dance company that had been her home for 30 years. The new documentary 'Restless Creature' focuses on that period, when her identity was shattered


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Jessi Klein: Head Writer For 'Inside Amy Schumer'

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Klein won an Emmy for her work on 'Inside Amy Schumer.' Her book, 'You'll Grow Out of It,' a collection of humorous personal essays. [Originally broadcast July 2016.] 50 years ago, singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry released "Ode to Billie Joe," which prompted dozens of jazz versions. Kevin Whitehead shares a few. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Lady MacBeth.'


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Following The Man Who Created President Trump

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Roger Stone, one of Donald Trump's closest political advisers, is a colorful operative who has been accused of dirty tricks and disinformation for decades. Stone tried to convince Trump to run for president for close to 30 years. We talk with Morgan Pehme, co-director of the new Netflix documentary 'Get Me Roger Stone.' Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'War For the Planet of the Apes.'


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Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon On 'The Big Sick'

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Comic Kumail Nanjiani remembers the first time he thought of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon: when he saw her in a coma. Now the couple has co-written a romantic comedy based on their story called 'The Big Sick.'


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Why The Justice Dept. Fails To Prosecute Executives

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Only one corporate executive was convicted after the financial meltdown of 2008. Pulitzer Prize-winning 'ProPublica' reporter Jesse Eisinger's new book 'The Chickens*** Club' is about why the Department of Justice reaches settlements with banks and corporations and fails to prosecute executives. Also, commentator Mat Johnson shares a story about losing his hard drive.


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Life After Ballet: Wendy Whelan

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Wendy Whelan retired from the New York City Ballet at the age of 47, after a hip injury. She wasn't sure she'd ever dance again, but after reconstructive surgery and months of physical therapy, she briefly returned to the dance company that had been her home for 30 years. The new documentary 'Restless Creature' focuses on that period, when her identity was shattered. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'Golden Hill.'


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Best Of: 'How To Be A Muslim' / 'Daring To Drive'

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 20:00:00 -0400

"Professional Muslim" Haroon Moghul says, "Every time something bad happens you're called upon to apologize. ... Your entire identity is pegged to events in other parts of the world." His new book 'How to Be a Muslim' is about his experience as a first-generation Pakistani-American. Ken Tucker reviews an album of new material from late rock icon Chuck Berry. In protest of Saudi Arabia's de facto ban on women driving, Manal al-Sharif filmed herself driving and posted it on YouTube. She was arrested, but after expressions of outrage from around the world, she was eventually released. Her new memoir is 'Daring to Drive.'


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Jonathan Safran Foer

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Safran Foer's most recent novel, 'Here I Am,' is told from the points of view of different members of a Jewish family. The book is now out in paperback. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'


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'How To Be A Muslim'

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

"Professional Muslim" Haroon Moghul says, "Every time something bad happens you're called upon to apologize. ... Your entire identity is pegged to events in other parts of the world." His new book 'How to Be a Muslim' is about his experience as a first-generation Pakistani-American, being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and building the Islamic Center at NYU. Also, Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman.


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The Decline Of Good Jobs In America / Sharon Horgan Of 'Catastrophe'

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Author Rick Wartzman says that jobs offering security, decent wages and good benefits are becoming harder to find, in part because of automation, globalization, and the weakening of unions. His book is 'The End of Loyalty.' Also, Sharon Horgan, co-creator and co-star of the Amazon comedy series 'Catastrophe' talks with 'Fresh Air' producer Ann Marie Baldonado about finding her comedy partner Rob Delaney on Twitter, her confessional approach to writing, and working with the late Carrie Fisher.


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'Sgt. Pepper' At 50

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 15:00:00 -0400

Producer Giles Martin says he included the Beatles' outtakes and raw performances in the new box set to show "how human the making of Sgt. Pepper was." The original album was produced by Martin's father, George, 50 years ago.


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Rhiannon Giddens

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Giddens sings songs from her new album, 'Freedom Highway.' She co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which plays string band music from the African American tradition. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Modern Gods' by Nick Laird.


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Best Of: The Donner Party / Interviewing The World's Most Wanted

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 20:00:00 -0400

In 'The Best Land Under Heaven,' Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Okja,' now on Netflix. Also, 'Washington Post' correspondent Souad Mekhennet talks about how she's spent much of the past 15 years reporting on Islamic extremist groups. She's interviewed leaders of Al Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS. Her new memoir is 'I Was Told to Come Alone.'


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Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

After starring in Broadway shows like 'The Music Man' and 'Candide,' Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Her memoir is 'Then and Now' is out in paperback. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Tony Allen's tribute to drummer Art Blakey.


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'The Addicts Next Door' / Actor Sam Elliott

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the country. 'New Yorker' writer Margaret Talbot interviewed addicts, their families, and health professionals to understand why. Also, actor Sam Elliott (Tombstone, Road House, The Big Lebowski) says that being cautious about the roles he takes has helped him maintain his acting career for nearly 50 years. He plays an aging actor with a stalled career in the new film, 'The Hero.'


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American Health Care: What's At Stake

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

'Vox' correspondent Sarah Kliff says Republicans determined to replace and repeal Obamacare are finding it's "awfully difficult to write a bill that would get rid of it entirely." Also, David Edelstein reviews 'Baby Driver,' a film by Edgar Wright.


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Inside The Donner Party

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

In 'The Best Land Under Heaven,' Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. He says "there's so much more" to the story. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Okja,' coming to Netflix this week.


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America's Obsession With Gold

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Author James Ledbetter says many of the nation's worst economic catastrophes happened while on the gold standard. His new book traces the fascination with gold as a symbol of permanence and quality. His book is 'One Nation Under Gold.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Sexmob's album 'Cultural Capital.'


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Best Of: Roxane Gay / Sherman Alexie

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:00:00 -0400

Roxane Gay has finally written the book that she "wanted to write the least." Gay's new memoir, 'Hunger,' is about being hundreds of pounds overweight, and how she first started gaining weight after being sexually assaulted when she was 12. Also, Sherman Alexie discusses his new memoir about growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington, where poverty and violence were routine. His new book is 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me.'


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Wilco Guitarist Nels Cline

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Cline's 'Lovers' is a collection of lushly arranged versions of American popular songs, covers and originals. He says it's a "mood-music record" that isn't "cheesy." [Originally broadcast Sept. 2016.] Ken Tucker reviews an album of new material from late rock icon Chuck Berry. David Edelstein reviews Sofia Coppola's film 'The Beguiled.'


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How Russia Might Be Using Ukraine As A Cyberwar Testing Ground

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

'Wired' journalist Andy Greenberg says Ukraine has been the victim of a "cyber-assault unlike any the world has ever seen." Cybersecurity experts think Russia is perfecting attacks that could be used on the U.S. TV critic David Bianculli reviews 'GLOW' and 'Prime Suspect.'


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The U.S. Gov't's Secret Plan To Save Itself (While The Rest Of Us Die)

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

In 'Raven Rock,' Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect U.S. leaders in the event of a catastrophe. One Cold War-era plan put the post office in charge of cataloging the dead. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Big Sick,' starring comic Kumail Nanjiani.


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Sherman Alexie

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Alexie's new memoir, 'You Don't Have to Say You Love Me,' is about his traumatic childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington, his difficult relationship with his parents, and how brain surgery has changed him.


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Roxane Gay

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Gay has finally written the book that she "wanted to write the least." The moment she realized she "never want to write about fatness" was the same moment she knew this was a memoir she had to write. Her new book is 'Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body.'


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Best Of: Seth Meyers / Former VP Joe Biden

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:00:00 -0400

Before taking over the reins at 'Late Night,' Seth Meyers spent spent 13 years at 'Saturday Night Live,' first as a performer, then as head writer and the co-host of 'Weekend Update.' He talks about political satire in the Trump era and being a comedian without demons. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says people have been complaining about the overuse of the exclamation since Victorian times, but he thinks the exclamation point gets a bad rap. Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with Terry Gross about President Trump's tweets, and the effect racism had on the Obama administration.


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Jay Z

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Last night Jay Z became the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2010 about growing up in a housing project in Brooklyn, finding his identity in the recording studio, and misogyny in rap lyrics. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'The Mummy.'


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Former Vice President Joe Biden

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Former Vice President Joe Biden has figured something out: "I learned how to become one of the most popular politicians in America," he says. "Announce that you are not running for president, and be authentic." In front of a live audience at WHYY studios, Joe Biden talks with Terry Gross about Donald Trump, his Catholic faith, and his plans on returning to electoral politics. Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Do Not Become Alarmed,' the new novel by Maile Meloy.


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Live With 'Late Night' Host Seth Meyers

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

When it comes to comedy, 'Late Night' host Seth Meyers is clear about what drew him to the field: "I got into it because it looked like the most fun job in the world," he says. "And it has not led me astray." Before taking over the reins at 'Late Night,' he spent spent 13 years at 'Saturday Night Live,' first as a performer, then as head writer and the co-host, alongside Amy Poehler, of the show's 'Weekend Update' segment. This interview was recorded in front of a live audience on June 9, 2017 at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia to celebrate Fresh Air's 30th anniversary as a daily national program.


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'Behind The Lines Of Jihad' To Interview The World's Most Wanted

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

When 'Washington Post' correspondent Souad Mekhennet chooses to go and conduct an interview, it can be a life or death decision. She's spent much of the past 15 years reporting on Islamic extremist groups, and she's interviewed leaders of Al Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS. Mekhennet was raised as a Muslim in Germany. Her new memoir is 'I Was Told to Come Alone.' Linguist Geoff Nunberg says people have been complaining about the overuse of the exclamation since Victorian times, but he thinks the exclamation point gets a bad rap.


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An American 'Turning Point' In The War In Vietnam

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Mark Bowden, author of 'Black Hawk Down,' talks about a turning point in the Vietnam War, the ferocious battle for the old imperial capital of Hue. He says "it was the bloodiest battle of its kind in the war." Communist forces took the city as part of the Tet Offensive of 1968, a coordinated set of attacks that soured many Americans on the conflict, and undermined the story US military leaders were telling the public and themselves about the war. Bowden interviewed dozens of participants in the battle as well as civilians who suffered terribly in the fighting. His new book is 'Hue 1968.'


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Best Of: Giancarlo Esposito / Polar Photographer Paul Nicklen

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 20:00:00 -0400

Six years after the demise of his 'Breaking Bad' character, Giancarlo Esposito is back on TV as the vicious drug lord Gus Fring in 'Better Call Saul.' He likens his current work to taking the character "back in time." Book critic Maureen Corrigan shares her early summer reading list. Photographer Paul Nicklen gets as close as possible to the animals he photographs. Once he found himself staring down the throat of an leopard seal in Antarctica: "Her head [was] twice as big as a grizzly bear."


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The Secret History Of Wonder Woman

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Author Jill Lepore uncovers the political history behind Wonder Woman. The comic book icon's creator, William Moulten Marston, was inspired by both the women's suffrage movement and erotic pin-up art. Marston also had a secret life: He had a wife and a mistress and fathered children with both of them. Critic-at-large John Powers reviews the documentary 'Becoming Cary Grant.' Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'My Cousin Rachel.'


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The Saudi Woman Who Led A Movement By 'Daring To Drive'

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

In protest of Saudi Arabia's de facto ban on women driving, Manal al-Sharif filmed herself driving and posted it on YouTube. She was arrested, but after expressions of outrage from around the world, she was eventually released. Her new memoir 'Daring to Drive' is about how she became a women's rights activist after growing up in Mecca, and adhering to a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Beatriz at Dinner,' starring Salma Hayek.


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Giancarlo Esposito Of 'Better Call Saul'

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Six years after the demise of his 'Breaking Bad' character, Giancarlo Esposito is back on TV as the vicious drug lord Gus Fring. He likens his current work to taking the character "back in time."


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Nature Photographer Paul Nicklen

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Nicklen gets as close as possible to the animals he photographs. Once he found himself staring down the throat of an leopard seal in Antarctica: "Her head [was] twice as big as a grizzly bear."


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Interracial Marriage & The 'Threat To White Supremacy'

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Law professor Sheryll Cashin's new book 'Loving' chronicles the landmark SCOTUS case Loving v. Virginia, which overturned state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Next week marks 50 years since the decision. Cashin also talks about growing up as the daughter of civil rights activists, and how her family integrated neighborhoods and schools in Alabama.


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Best Of: Sen. Al Franken / David Sedaris

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 20:00:00 -0400

As a former 'SNL' cast member and writer, Franken tends to see humor in politics. Despite this, he says his gut reaction to the Trump administration isn't levity: "This guy is outside the norm in many ways." Also, humorist David Sedaris pulls from his decades-old diaries in his latest book, 'Theft by Finding.' In it, he revisits major turning points, such as the death of his mother, as well as more prosaic, everyday moments.


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Paul McCartney / Ringo Starr

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

To mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S. release of 'Sgt Pepper,' we listen back to Terry Gross' 1995 interview with Ringo Starr, as well as her 2001 and 2012 interviews with Paul McCartney. David Edelstein reviews 'Wonder Woman.'


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'Sgt. Pepper' At 50

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Producer Giles Martin says he included the Beatles' outtakes and raw performances in the new box set to show "how human the making of Sgt. Pepper was." The original album was produced by Martin's father, George, 50 years ago.


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David Sedaris

Wed, 31 May 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Sedaris pulls from his decades-old diaries in his latest book, 'Theft by Finding.' In it, he revisits major turning points, such as the death of his mother, as well as more prosaic, everyday moments. Sedaris talks with Terry Gross about how his writing has changed, leaving Raleigh for the Art Institute of Chicago, and why he stopped drinking.


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Senator Al Franken

Tue, 30 May 2017 16:00:00 -0400

As a former 'SNL' cast member and writer, Franken tends to see humor in politics. Despite this, he says his gut reaction to the Trump administration isn't levity: "This guy is outside the norm in many ways."


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Doo-Wop Singer Dion

Mon, 29 May 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Dion Francis DiMucci brought his guitar to the studio and performed old songs, new songs, and songs by performers who influenced him. He's spoke with Terry Gross in 2000. Also, critic John Powers reviews the best-selling French novel 'The End of Eddy.'


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Best Of: Aziz Ansari / NYT Book Review Editor Pamela Paul

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:00:00 -0400

Ansari talks about his award-winning Netflix series 'Master of None,' acting alongside his real-life parents, and hosting 'SNL' the day after Trump's inauguration. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews two solo albums from Harry Styles and Dan Auerbach. Also, Pamela Paul of 'The New York Times' talks to 'Fresh Air' producer Sam Briger about her "book of books," a list of every book she's read since she was 17 years old.


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