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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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Former Neo-Nazi Now Helps Others Leave Hate Behind

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

Christian Picciolini spent eight years as a member of a violent, white power skinhead group. He eventually withdrew and co-founded a nonprofit to help extremists disengage. His new book is 'White American Youth.'


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How Implanted Medical Devices Create 'A Danger Within Us'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

Medical journalist Jeanne Lenzer warns that implanted medical devices are approved with far less scrutiny and testing than pharmaceutical drugs. As a result, she says, some have caused harm and even death. "Walmart tracks heads of lettuce they have on a shelf at any given time. They know how many they have to replace. They can track those a lot better than we're tracking medical devices implanted in people," Lenzer says. Her new book is 'The Danger Within Us.' Also, TV critic David Bianculli discusses the comeback of the anthology series.


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'The Crown' Creator Peter Morgan

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

The Netflix series, now in its second season, centers on a young Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family. One of the figures in the series is Elizabeth's uncle, the former King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936 and was ostracized by the family. "What we have here is a fantastic family saga," Morgan says. "And no family is complete without an embarrassing uncle, and [Edward] is the ultimate embarrassing uncle." Morgan also wrote the screenplays for the films 'Frost/Nixon' and 'The Queen.' Also, John Powers reviews the second installment of 'American Crime Story' with 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace.'


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Little Rock Nine Member Melba Pattillo Beals

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

In 1957, three years after the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional, nine black students were chosen by the NAACP to try to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The students were met by an angry white mob, and it took the presence of federal troops to get them into class. One of the students was Melba Pattillo Beals. She's written a new book called 'I Will Not Fear,' about her childhood. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'In The Fade.'


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Best Of: Lena Waithe / The Making Of Pixar's 'Coco'

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:00:00 -0500

Actress and writer Lena Waithe made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for outstanding comedy writing, for her work on Aziz Ansari's Netflix series 'Master of None.' Now she's lending her voice to a new Showtime series, 'The Chi,' set in the South Side Chicago. Also, John Powers reviews 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,' a Golden Globe award-winning series on Amazon. Co-directors and co-writers Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina spent six years creating their Pixar film 'Coco,' about the Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday on which the living remember their deceased loved ones.


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Comic Pete Holmes On 'Crashing'

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

Holmes' HBO show 'Crashing' is based on his real life, after his wife left him and he struggled to find his voice onstage. He grew up a devout Christian and says he saw himself as a "Good Boy" comic, not cursing or talking about sex in the early years of his career. "I was basically picturing [Jesus] in the back of the club." Holmes spoke with Terry Gross in 2017. 'Crashing' is back for a second season. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new David Letterman Netflix series 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.'


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Lena Waithe On 'Master Of None' & 'The Chi'

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

Waithe made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for outstanding comedy writing, for her work on Aziz Ansari's Netflix series 'Master of None.' Now she's lending her voice to a new Showtime series, 'The Chi,' set in the South Side Chicago.


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The Making Of Pixar's 'Coco'

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina spent six years creating their animated film about the Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday on which the living remember their deceased loved ones. The movie is about how the dead remain alive in our hearts as long as we keep them in our memories and tell their stories. 'Coco' just won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film. Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a collection of live recordings from soprano Maria Callas.


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'Girls Auto Clinic' Owner Patrice Banks

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

Banks left a six-figure salary as an engineer to pursue her dream of owning an auto shop. She went to technical school, worked for free, and in 2016 she opened Girls Auto Clinic. Her auto shop is staffed with women mechanics, and caters to female customers. Her new book is 'Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide.' Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Largesse of the Sea,' a book of short stories by the late writer Denis Johnson.


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The Opioid Epidemic & The Harm Reduction Debate

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

'Vox' drug policy reporter German Lopez details the scope of the opioid epidemic. There were nearly 64,000 lethal drug overdoses in 2016. "To put that in context, that's more than gun deaths. That's more than car crashes. It's more than HIV/AIDS during the peak of that epidemic," Lopez says. Also, WHYY criminal justice reporter Bobby Allyn talks about the safe injection site being considered in Philadelphia.


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Best Of: The Fight Against Alzheimer's / The Golden Age Of Sunday Comics

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 20:00:00 -0500

Neuroscientist Joseph Jebelli says, "Just the last few years alone have seen some serious breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research." His new book is 'The Pursuit of Memory.' Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Face Your Fear,' an album by singer-songwriter Curtis Harding. Also, 'Vanity Fair' editor-at-large Cullen Murphy talks about growing up the son of a cartoonist. His father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular Prince Valiant strip, which Murphy eventually wrote for 14 years. His new memoir is 'Cartoon County.'


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Jordan Peele On 'Get Out'

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

'Get Out' tells the story of a young black man whose white girlfriend takes him to meet her parents for the first time. Writer-director Jordan Peele, who calls the movie a "social thriller," says, "It was very important to me to just get the entire audience in touch in some way with the fears inherent [in] being black in this country," Peele says. The film is nominated for two Golden Globes. Also, we remember jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd, who died last month. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2002.


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Can President Trump Stop The Mueller Investigation?

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

Neal Katyal wrote the special counsel regulations when he worked for the Clinton administration. He lays out the legal issues that could arise if Trump tries to interfere with the Mueller investigation. Also rock critic Ken Tucker reviews a new box set of Louisiana Hayride performances from the '50s.


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'Making China Great Again'

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

'New Yorker' staff writer Evan Osnos talks about how China learned to use President Trump to its advantage. He says that as the president withdraws the U.S. from commitments around the globe, strategists in Beijing see an opening. Osnos also explains why China's president thinks flattery is the way to win over Trump.


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The Fight Against Alzheimer's

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

"Just the last few years alone have seen some serious breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research," neuroscientist Joseph Jebelli says. His new book is 'The Pursuit of Memory.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan shares an appreciation of "alphabet" mystery writer Sue Grafton, who died last week. We'll also hear an excerpt of her 1989 interview with Terry Gross.


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Actor Jonathan Groff

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

Our Best of 2017 series comes to an end with actor Jonathan Groff. He stars in the 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.'


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Best Of: Margo Price / Best Books / Esther Perel

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 20:00:00 -0500

Nashville singer-songwriter Margo Price pawned her wedding ring — and her husband sold their car — to pay for the recording studio to make her 2016 debut album, 'Midwest Farmer's Daughter.' Now she's released her second album, 'All American Made,' an overtly political and feminist record that grapples with the current political climate. Book critic Maureen Corrigan shares her list of the best books of 2017. Also, therapist 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. Her new book is 'The State of Affairs.'


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Hasan Minhaj / Seth Meyers

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Our Best of 2017 series continues with 'Daily Show' correspondent Hasan Minhaj. He describes himself as a "third-culture kid" who doesn't fully belong in either the world of his parents or that of his hometown of Davis, Calif. Also we'll hear from 'Late Night' host Seth Meyers. He 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.


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Spy Novelist (And Former Spy) John Le Carré

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Our Best of 2017 series continues with best-selling novelist John Le Carré. The 85-year-old writer is familiar with the moral tension inherent to working in the espionage community: "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," Le Carre says of his time as a spy. His latest book is 'A Legacy of Spies.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews an album from Marta Sánchez's quintet.


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Comic Patton Oswalt

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 17:00:00 -0500

As 2017 comes to a close, we're listening back to some of our favorite interviews from this year. After the sudden death of his wife in April 2016, comic Patton Oswalt felt his life slipping away. He talks about grief, returning to comedy, and falling in love again. His new Netflix special is 'Patton Oswalt: Annihilation.'


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Lin-Manuel Miranda

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

As 2017 comes to a close, we're listening back to some of our favorite interviews from this year. Lin-Manuel Miranda is the man behind the Broadway sensation 'Hamilton,' a hip-hop musical about the founding fathers. Miranda discusses his Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning project, as well as his role in the Disney animated film 'Moana.' This interview originally aired on Jan. 3, 2017. Also, David Edelstein shares his picks for the 10 best films of 2017.


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Remembering Singer Keely Smith

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Smith, who died Saturday, was discovered by bandleader Louis Prima as a teenager. She later married Prima, and the two became a popular Las Vegas lounge act. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2000. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new album from trombonist Roswell Rudd, and film critic David Edelstein reviews Paul Thomas Anderson's new film 'Phantom Thread,' starring Daniel Day-Lewis.


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Best Of: NPR's Robert Siegel / 'Quest' Documentary

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:40:24 -0500

Siegel, the longtime host of NPR's 'All Things Considered,' will retire in January after hosting for 30 years. We talk about his career in radio. Rock critic Ken Tucker looks back on the year in music. Also, filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski spent nearly 10 years filming Christopher "Quest" Rainey and his family, who run a recording studio in a working-class African-American neighborhood of North Philadelphia. Olshefski and Rainey discuss the film.


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'All Things Considered' Host Robert Siegel / Best Of TV

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

The longtime host of 'All Things Considered' will retire in January. Siegel joined NPR in 1976 when, as he says, the network had only been on the air for five years and, "we really could make it up as we went along." Also, TV critic David Bianculli shares his picks for best shows of 2017.


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'Quest' Follows A North Philly Family For 8 Years

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski spent nearly 10 years filming Christopher Rainey and his family, who run a recording studio in a working-class African-American neighborhood of North Philadelphia. During the course of the film we see the Raineys get married, raise their daughter, and try to recover from a traumatic turn of events when she is hit by a stray bullet. Olshefski and Christopher "Quest" Rainey join us. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Post.'


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How Sex Divided American Politics

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

In her new book 'Moral Combat,' academic R. Marie Griffith writes about how battles around sex, gender and sexual orientation became part of American politics, including issues of women's suffrage and marriage equality. Also, writer Dagoberto Gilb tells a story about his much-anticipated trip to Mexico, in which he found himself stuck indoors during an earthquake strike. And critic Kevin Whitehead remembers some of the jazz musicians who died this year.


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Sustainable Seafood / 'Manhattan Beach' Author Jennifer Egan

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Chef-turned-advocate Barton Seaver works to get people excited about fish. He says there are a lot of species that are not endangered that we should be eating. Film critic Justin Chang picks his top 12 movies of 2017. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jennifer Egan talks about her work of historical fiction, 'Manhattan Beach,' which imagines the lives of women who worked on the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II. Rock critic Ken Tucker looks back on the year in music.


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Best Of: Spike Lee / 'Godless' Creator Scott Frank

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:00:00 -0500

Spike Lee's 1986 debut feature film, 'She's Gotta Have It,' centered on a young black artist who loves sex, but isn't interested in a committed relationship. Now he returns to the character in an expanded, 10-part Netflix series. Also, writer and director Scott Frank says his Netflix series 'Godless' was inspired by historical records from 19th century Southwestern towns in which women took over after the men died in an accident. He talks about wanting to make a Western and embracing the genre's clichés.


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'Washington Post' Publisher Katharine Graham / Exec. Editor Ben Bradlee

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

The new Spielberg film 'The Post' stars Meryl Streep as Graham and Tom Hanks as Bradlee as they defy a federal judge by publishing the Pentagon Papers. Graham and Bradlee each spoke with Terry Gross, in 1997 and 1995, respectively, about how they decided whether or not to publish the top-secret documents. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.'


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Spike Lee

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Lee's 1986 debut feature film, 'She's Gotta Have It,' centered on a young black artist who loves sex, but isn't interested in a committed relationship. Now he returns to the character in an expanded, 10-part Netflix series.


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'Rethinking Infidelity'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -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. Her new book is 'The State of Affairs.' Also, we remember Smithereens' lead singer Pat DiNizio. And critic at-large John Powers shares his list of things he wishes he reviewed in 2017.


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Ranky Tanky / Best Books Of 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Three members of the band Ranky Tanky perform songs from their self-titled debut album. Their name and music derives from the Gullah tradition, slave descendants from the Georgia and South Carolina coast. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan picks her best books for a chaotic 2017.


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'Godless' Creator Scott Frank

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Writer and director Scott Frank says his Netflix series 'Godless' was inspired by historical records from 19th century Southwestern towns in which women took over after the men died in an accident. He talks about wanting to make a Western and embracing the genre's clichés.


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Best Of: James Franco / Guillermo Del Toro

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:00:00 -0500

James Franco's new film, 'The Disaster Artist,' is about the making of the 2003 cult classic 'The Room,' which has been called the 'Citizen Kane' of bad movies. Franco talks about what drew him to 'The Room,' and its star, Tommy Wiseau. And linguist Geoff Nunberg shares his word of 2017. Also, director Guillermo del Toro discusses 'The Shape of Water,' which is set in 1962 and features a fairy tale romance between an amphibious water creature and a mute woman.


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The 'Racial Cleansing' Of Forsyth County, GA

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Eventually the entire black population of Forsyth County was driven out. Patrick Phillips, author of 'Blood at the Root,' tells the story. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'I, Tonya.'


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The Mueller Investigation's Possible Outcomes

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Robert Mueller is conducting a "full and thorough investigation of the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election," and any possible links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. Any such links could be called collusion, but is collusion a crime? 'New Yorker' staff writer and CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin discusses the Mueller investigation and the approach President Donald Trump's legal team is taking. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Foxtrot.'


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James Franco

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Franco's new film, 'The Disaster Artist,' is a behind-the-scenes take on the making of the 2003 cult classic 'The Room,' which has been called the 'Citizen Kane' of bad movies. Franco also talks about his roles in HBO's 'The Deuce,' and the controversy surrounding his 2014 film 'The Interview.' Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg shares his word of the year.


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The Golden Age Of Sunday Comics / Guillermo del Toro

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

'Vanity Fair' editor-at-large Cullen Murphy grew up the son of a cartoonist. His father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular Prince Valiant strip, which Murphy eventually wrote for 14 years. His new memoir is 'Cartoon County.' Also, director Guillermo del Toro says his new film 'The Shape of Water' centers on "love beyond words." Set in 1962, his new film features a fairy tale romance between an amphibious water creature and a mute woman.


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'Confessions Of A Nuclear War Planner'

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Daniel Ellsberg became one of the best-known opponents of the Vietnam War in 1971, when he leaked the Pentagon Papers, a secret Defense Department study of the war, to the 'New York Times.' He has a new memoir 'The Doomsday Machine,' about his years as a young national security analyst looking at top secret plans for nuclear war. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of Ezra Pound, 'The Bughouse,' and John Powers reviews the new Amazon series 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.'


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Best Of: Patton Oswalt / 'The President Show'

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 20:00:00 -0500

After the sudden death of his wife in April 2016, comic Patton Oswalt felt his life slipping away. But over the past year, things took a turn: He fell in love again. His new Netflix special is 'Patton Oswalt: Annihilation.' Justin Chang reviews 'The Shape of Water.' Anthony Atamanuik and Peter Grosz's new Comedy Central series, 'The President Show,' is set up like a late night talk show, hosted by President Trump with Vice President Pence as his sidekick.


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LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

For World AIDS Day we're listening back to our 2016 interview with activist Cleve Jones. He lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic and became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination. "Meeting Harvey, seeing his death, it fixed my course." Jones is co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and started the AIDS memorial quilt. Film critic Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of 'The Astaire Story.' Film critic David Edelstein reviews James Franco's 'The Disaster Artist.'


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How Anita Hill Shaped America's View Of Sexual Harassment

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Journalists Jane Mayer and Rebecca Traister look back on Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, in which Hill's testimony brought sexual harassment into the popular consciousness. "She served as kind of a canary in the coal mine for women about what happens when you do speak up against a powerful man, even though she hadn't even asked to speak up," Mayer says.


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'The President Show' Co-Stars

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Anthony Atamanuik and Peter Grosz's new Comedy Central series is set up like a late night talk show, hosted by President Trump with Vice President Pence as his sidekick. Justin Chang reviews 'The Shape of Water.'


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'A Doctor's Notes On Anesthesia' / Novelist Jesmyn Ward

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo specializes in pediatric anesthesiology and treats 1,000 children a year — from micro-preemies to teenagers. His new memoir is called 'Counting Backwards.' Also, National Book Award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward talks with producer Sam Briger about her book 'Sing, Unburied, Sing,' about a boy with a black mother and white father, growing up in contemporary rural Mississippi.


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Comic Patton Oswalt

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

After the sudden death of his wife in April 2016, Oswalt felt his life slipping away. But over the past year, things took a turn: He fell in love again. His new Netflix special is 'Patton Oswalt: Annihilation.'


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Best Of: Greta Gerwig On 'Lady Bird' / Dee Rees On 'Mudbound'

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:00:00 -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. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Darkest Hour.' '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.


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Singer-Songwriter Loudon Wainwright III

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Wainwright 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.'


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Jimmy Fallon

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

The 'Tonight Show' host talks with Terry Gross about parenting, being entertaining in times of tragedy, and the biggest thing he learned from his time at 'SNL.' Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Darkest Hour.'


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Margo Price

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Nashville singer-songwriter Margo Price pawned her wedding ring — and her husband sold their car — to pay for the recording studio to make her 2016 debut album, 'Midwest Farmer's Daughter.' It made her a beak-out star. Now she's released her second album, 'All American Made,' an overtly political and feminist record that grapples with the current political climate. She plays old and new songs in studio — including a bit of Kendrick Lamar's 'HUMBLE.'


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'How Russia Helped Trump Win The White House'

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

"The constellation of Russian connections circling around Planet Trump is quite extraordinary," says 'Guardian' reporter Luke Harding. His new book is 'Collusion.' Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Call Me By Your Name.'


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