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Fresh Air



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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Best Of: Father Greg Boyle / 'Stranger Things' Co-Creators

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:00:00 -0500

Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle has spent 30 years working in LA with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. He says gang violence is "not about the flying of bullets. It's about a lethal absence of hope." Ken Tucker reviews 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift. Also, brothers Ross and Matt Duffer talk about the "sequel" to their sci-fi Netflix series 'Stranger Things.'


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Mindy Kaling / Remembering Liz Smith

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

'The Mindy Project' has ended after six seasons. Creator and star Mindy Kaling talked to 'Fresh Air' in 2012 when the show first started. Also, we remember late 'New York Daily News' gossip columnist Liz Smith. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2000. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Mudbound.'


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Greta Gerwig On 'Lady Bird'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Gerwig, the co-writer and star of 'Frances Ha' and 'Mistress America,' is making her directorial debut with the new film 'Lady Bird.' It's about a high school senior preparing for college and trying to assert her independence from her mother. Also, we remember late health care economist Uwe Reinhardt with an excerpt of his 2009 interview.


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Breaking The Weinstein Story: Investigative Reporters Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Before they broke 'The New York Times' story detailing sexual harassment allegations against film executive Harvey Weinstein, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey had to convince Weinstein's victims to talk to them.


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Filmmaker Dee Rees / 'Stranger Things' Co-Creators

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

'Mudbound' follows two families — one black and one white — just before, during and after WWII. Director Dee Rees says her experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., in the 1980s informed her film. Also, twin brothers Ross and Matt Duffer talk about the "sequel" to their Netflix series 'Stranger Things.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Future Home' by Louise Erdrich.


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Priest Helps Former Gang Members Start New Lives

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle has spent 30 years working in LA with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. His new book is 'Barking to the Choir.' Ken Tucker reviews 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift.


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Best Of: Life & Music Of Lou Reed / Photographer Pete Souza

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:00:00 -0500

Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for 'Rolling Stone,' says he sought to write the biography that Lou Reed "deserved." DeCurtis didn't shy away from writing about the darker side of Reed's life, including addiction and domestic abuse. His book is 'Lou Reed: A Life.' Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Lady Bird.' As the chief official White House photographer for President Obama, Pete Souza estimates took 1.9 million photos over the course of eight years. He talks about some of his most memorable moments with the former president.


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An American 'Turning Point' In Vietnam War

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

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. Bowden interviewed dozens of participants in the battle as well as civilians who suffered terribly in the fighting. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Murder on the Orient Express.'


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Understanding Bitcoin

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

The digital currency's value has gone from zero to $120 billion in nine years. Technology writer Nathaniel Popper says major banks are looking into the possibilities of its decentralized network. Also, David Edelstein reviews 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,' starring Frances McDormand.


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'Lou Reed: A Life'

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for 'Rolling Stone,' says he sought to write the biography that Lou Reed "deserved." DeCurtis didn't shy away from writing about the darker side of Reed's life, including addiction and domestic abuse. "It wasn't like I had to go looking for the drugs and the sex," biographer he says. "Lou wrote about it ... so I felt it was fair game."


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Obama White House Photographer Pete Souza

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Souza was the chief official White House photographer for President Obama for eight years. He spoke with Terry Gross about capturing the mood and emotion of everything from the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting to the national security team watching the Bin Laden raid in the Situation Room. He estimates he took 1.9 million photos. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares a remembrance of composer Muhal Richard Abrams, and 'Fresh Air' remembers longtime WHYY engineer Kevin Griffin, who died Saturday.


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Michael Lewis: How Trump Is Changing The Federal Gov't

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

The 'Moneyball' author is writing a series of articles for 'Vanity Fair' about President Trump's picks to lead federal agencies — and the consequences of those appointments. Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a recording of Brahms by Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire.


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Best Of: Actor Jonathan Groff / Humorist John Hodgman

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 20:00:00 -0400

Jonathan Groff stars in the new Netflix series 'Mindhunter' as an FBI agent trying to understand the minds of serial killers. He played King George III in Broadway's 'Hamilton,' had a recurring role on 'Glee,' and did the voice of iceman Kristoff in 'Frozen.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews books by 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner and Tom Hanks. John Hodgman talks about growing up an only child, the death of his mother, and his book 'Vacationland.'


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Following The Dog Into A World Of Smell

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer, time of day, oncoming storms and much more. In her book, 'Being a Dog,' Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses. TV critic David Bianculli reviews 'Alias Grace,' and Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Lady Bird.'


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'Big Chicken,' Antibiotics & Modern Agriculture

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0400

In her new book, 'Big Chicken,' health journalist Maryn McKenna explores how many of the chickens consumed in the U.S. have been fed antibiotics, which can lead to serious infections in humans. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Last Flag Flying.'


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Feminist Writer Lindy West

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0400

The 'New York Times' columnist continues to speak out against sexual harassment and misogyny — even after her home address and cell phone number were posted online by trolls. West talks about leaving Twitter, abortion, and how Internet trolls influenced the Trump campaign. Ken Tucker reviews a new box set of songs from Bob Dylan's "born again" period.


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Actor Jonathan Groff

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Groff stars in the new Netflix series 'Mindhunter' as an FBI agent trying to understand the minds of serial killers. He played King George III in Broadway's 'Hamilton,' had a recurring role on 'Glee,' and did the voice of iceman Kristoff in 'Frozen.' Groff tells 'Fresh Air about his transition from Broadway and Disney to his new role.


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Humorist John Hodgman

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Hodgman says his new book of personal essays, 'Vacationland,' was inspired, in part, by arriving at midlife and "figuring out how to push forward from there." He talks about growing up an only child, the death of his mother, and his time as a contributor on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.' Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Heather, The Totality' by 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner, and 'Uncommon Type' by Tom Hanks.


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Best Of: Author John Green / 'Why We Sleep'

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 20:00:00 -0400

John Green's phenomenally popular young adult novel 'The Fault in Our Stars' is about a relationship between two teens with cancer. His new novel 'Turtles All The Way Down' is about a 16 year-old girl with OCD, which Green has, too. John Powers reviews the new collection of stories 'Her Body and Other Parties.' Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says sleep deficiency is associated with problems with concentration, memory, the immune system and shorter lifespans. Walker discusses the effects of caffeine, alcohol, sleeping pills and some tips to help you sleep better. His book is 'Why We Sleep.'


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How To Train Your Cat

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

In 'The Trainable Cat,' feline behavior specialist Sarah Ellis explains how you can train your cat to come on command, take medicine and stop waking you up in the middle of the night. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Novitiate.'


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Technology's "Frightful Five"

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

'New York Times' tech columnist Farhad Manjoo warns that the "frightful five" — Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook — are collectively more powerful than many governments. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Square.'


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Ordinary People Fighting Extremism In Africa

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

'New Yorker' writer Alexis Okeowo wanted to get past standard journalistic narratives of war and tragedy and show people as flawed, complicated individuals in her new book, 'A Moonless, Starless Sky.' She interviewed teens abducted by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, and a girl who escaped from Boko Haram. Also, critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two albums featuring jazz drummer Tom Rainey, and John Powers reviews the new collection of stories, 'Her Body and Other Parties.'


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Rising Seas And Sinking Cities

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Author Jeff Goodell says that American cities are under threat from extreme weather, rising sea levels and lax enforcement of environmental regulations. His new book is 'The Water Will Come.' Also, comedian and 'Fresh Air' commentator Zahra Noorbakhsh talks about how the rise in hate crimes has made her more cautious onstage.


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The Life And Death Of Eric Garner

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

"The reality is that Eric Garner died at the hands of a police force and a criminal justice system that were designed entirely by white people, for the most part," says journalist Matt Taibbi. His book, 'I Can't Breathe,' argues that "broken windows" policing is to blame for Garner's death.


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Best Of: Writer Amy Tan / Director Noah Baumbach

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:00:00 -0400

Amy Tan explores the contradictions of her upbringing in the memoir, 'Where the Past Begins.' In it, she connects her experiences with spirituality to those of her parents and of her maternal grandmother, who was a concubine. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Death in the Air.' Noah Baumbach's new film 'The Meyerowitz Stories,' now on Netflix, mixes comedy with deep emotional pain. It revolves around three adult siblings whose father is a self-absorbed sculptor.


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Anthony Bourdain

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

The 'Parts Unknown' host talks about starting out as a dishwasher, finding his writing voice, and the only food he hesitates to eat. Bourdain has a new documentary about food waste called 'Wasted!' Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Nora Jane Struthers. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer.'


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Author John Green On OCD, Death, And Writing About Teens

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Green's phenomenally popular young adult novel 'The Fault in Our Stars' is about a relationship between two teens with cancer. His new novel 'Turtles All The Way Down' is about a 16 year-old girl with OCD, which Green has, too. TV Critic David Bianculli reviews the new Hulu documentary 'Too Funny To Fail.'


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'The Danger Of President Pence'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Though President Trump ran as an outsider, 'New Yorker' writer Jane Mayer describes his vice president as "the connective tissue" between Trump and the billionaire donors in the Republican party. Mayer talks about how Pence became vice president, and what kind of president he might be if Trump doesn't serve his full term.


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Amy Tan On 'Where The Past Begins'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Tan explores the contradictions of her upbringing in the memoir, 'Where the Past Begins.' In it, she connects her experiences with spirituality to those of her parents and of her maternal grandmother, who was a concubine. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Death in the Air.'


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'Why We Sleep'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says sleep deficiency is associated with problems with concentration, memory, the immune system and shorter lifespans. Walker discusses the effects of caffeine, alcohol, sleeping pills and some tips to help you sleep better. His book is 'Why We Sleep.' Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews the documentary 'Faces Places.'


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Best Of: Jimmy Fallon / Daniel Mendelsohn

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:00:00 -0400

The 'Tonight Show' host talks with Terry Gross about his new children's book, being entertaining in times of tragedy, and the biggest thing he learned from his time at 'SNL.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares an appreciation of Thelonious Monk, for the centennial of his birth. Author Daniel Mendelsohn says having his 81-year-old father in the college seminar he was teaching about 'The Odyssey' led to an unexpected bonding. His book is 'An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic.'


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The Systemic Segregation Of Schools

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says school segregation will continue to exist in America "as long as individual parents continue to make choices that only benefit their own children." Hannah-Jones is a 2017 MacArthur fellow. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Meyerowitz Stories,' directed by Noah Baumbach.


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Jimmy Fallon

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

The 'Tonight Show' host talks with Terry Gross about his new children's book, being entertaining in times of tragedy, and the biggest thing he learned from his time at 'SNL.' Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Netflix series 'Mindhunter.'


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Director Noah Baumbach / The Making Of 'Casablanca'

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Baumbach's new film 'The Meyerowitz Stories' mixes comedy with deep emotional pain. It revolves around three adult siblings whose father is a self-absorbed sculptor. Baumbach's previous films include 'Frances Ha' and 'The Squid and the Whale.' Also, film historian Noah Isenberg talks about the making of 'Casablanca,' and why it endures 75 years later.


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'Rex Tillerson At The Breaking Point'

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

'New Yorker' writer Dexter Filkins says Sec. of State Rex Tillerson is a diplomat in an administration that doesn't value diplomacy: "Rex is a sober, steady guy, and the president is anything but that." Filkins also talks about the possibility of war with North Korea, and the consequences of having an understaffed State Department. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares an appreciation of Thelonious Monk, on his 100th birthday.


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Stalin's War On Ukraine

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

In the early 1930s Stalin orchestrated a famine to suppress the nationalist movement in Ukraine, and strengthen Russian influence. Millions of people died. Anne Applebaum says, "so much of why the Ukrainian famine was possible was because of the way in which the Soviet Union used disinformation, propaganda, and what we would now call hate speech to encourage people to do terrible things." Her book is 'The Red Famine.' Applebaum also discusses Russian interference in recent elections. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the short story collection 'The Obama Inheritance.'


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Best Of: The 'Radical' Life Of Muhammad Ali / Cartoonist Roz Chast

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 20:00:00 -0400

Jonathan Eig talks about his new biography of Muhammad Ali, which draws on hundreds of interviews and previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says 50 years after the 'Summer of Love,' we're still using language popularized by hippies. Roz Chast talks about her new book of cartoons, 'Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York.'


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The Platinum Age Of TV

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

'Fresh Air' TV critic David Bianculli's book revisits the best of the small screen — from 'I Love Lucy' to 'The Walking Dead.' Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Florida Project.'


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NRA-Backed Gun Laws & The State Legislature

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Journalist Mike Spies says the NRA's push to allow guns on college campuses, in daycare centers and in bars is part of an effort to "normalize gun carrying as much as possible in public life." Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'Trip' from singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Blade Runner 2049' starring Ryan Gosling.


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The 'Radical' Life Of Muhammad Ali

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Jonathan Eig's new biography of Ali draws on hundreds of interviews and previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files. "I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," Eig says. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed, but ... he had the spirit of a rebel." Also linguist Geoff Nunberg says 50 years after the 'Summer of Love,' we're still using language popularized by hippies.


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Remembering Tom Petty

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Singer and guitarist Tom Petty, who died Monday night, spoke with Terry Gross in 2006 about the seeds of his Hall Of Fame career: "We always wanted very much to create our own sound." Milo Miles reviews a new collection of African dance music.


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Cartoonist Roz Chast / Classicist Daniel Mendelsohn

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Chast has a new book of cartoons called 'Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York.' Author Daniel Mendelsohn says having his 81-year-old father in the college seminar he was teaching about 'The Odyssey' led to an unexpected bonding. His book is 'An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic.'


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Best Of: 'The Deuce' Creators / Former Obama Speechwriter

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 20:00:00 -0400

David Simon and George Pelecanos (creator/producer of 'The Wire') talk about their new HBO series 'The Deuce,' which takes place in 1971 New York City, when the streets were rife with sex workers and the porn industry was beginning to take off. Writer Haroon Mogul talks about how a minor encounter at a border crossing helped him out of depression. David Litt, a former speechwriter for President Obama, talks about his "hopey, changey" years in the White House.


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Larry David / Hugh Hefner

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

TV critic David Bianculli shares an appreciation of HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and its star, 'Seinfeld' co-creator Larry David. Larry David spoke with 'Fresh Air' in 2015. 'Curb' is returning this weekend, after a six year hiatus. And we'll listen back to an excerpt of Terry Gross' 1999 conversation with 'Playboy' founder Hugh Hefner. He died this week at 91.


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Lobbying In Trump's Washington

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

'New York Times' reporter Nicholas Confessore explains how Trump's election was a boon to those with access to the president. "If you had a Trump connection, you could write your own ticket," he says. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'American Made' starring Tom Cruise.


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David Simon & George Pelecanos On 'The Deuce'

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Simon and Pelecanos (creator/producer of 'The Wire') talk about their new HBO series 'The Deuce,' which takes place in 1971 New York City, when the streets were rife with sex workers and the porn industry was beginning to take off. "The 'pornographication' of America has been profound," Simon says. "You don't have a multi-billion dollar industry operating every year and not have it transform the way we think about ourselves and each other."


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How Winston Churchill Became The 'Hero Of The Empire'

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Author Candice Millard argues that Churchill's battlefield coverage and daring escape from capture while serving as a correspondent for a British newspaper during the Boer War were turning points in his life. Millard's book is 'Hero of the Empire.' Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Manhattan Beach' by Jennifer Egan. Contributor Haroon Mogul talks about how a minor encounter at a border crossing helped him out of depression.


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Former Obama Speechwriter David Litt

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Litt says that writing speeches and jokes for President Obama was often a delicate task: "There's a whole industry of people trying to take your words out of context." Litt's new memoir is 'Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years.' Also, Ken Tucker reviews two new albums from the band Deer Tick.


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Best Of: Loudon Wainwright III / 'The Vietnam War'

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:00:00 -0400

Wainwright III has written remarkable songs about family, and how we hurt and heal each other. Now he details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir 'Liner Notes.' David Bianculli reviews the new Jerry Seinfeld Netflix special. Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick talk about their new 10-part PBS series 'The Vietnam War,' which tells the story of the war from multiple perspectives, including the North Vietnamese.


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Billie Jean King

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

John Powers remembers the monumental 'Battle of the Sexes' match between tennis players Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, and we listen back to our 2013 interview with 20-time Wimbledon champion Billie Jean King, who led a movement that demanded fairer treatment and pay for female players. Her famous 'Battle of the Sexes' is now at the center of a feature film starring Emma Stone. She talked to 'Fresh Air' about the challenges of being a female player before there was a women's league. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'To Love And Be Loved' by pianist Harold Mabern.


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