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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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In Trump's Gov't, 'The Regulated Have Become The Regulators'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Eric Lipton of 'The New York Times' says lobbyists now working for the government are leading a regulatory roll back that is benefiting the industries they used to represent. TV critic David Bianculli reviews Netflix's 'The Defenders.'


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Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia & Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like 'World War Z' and 'Minecraft: The Island.' Ken Tucker reviews the new reissued, remastered versions of Nick Lowe albums.


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Poet Imagines Life Inside A Notorious Colony For The Disabled

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, grew up near the former Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded. In her new collection of poems, she imagines life inside the colony. Brown also talks about faith, the death of her twin sister, and how her body and poetry are connected. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a concert recording of the Bill Evans Trio.


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Best Of: Tom Perrotta / The Unusual Story Of The Kellogg Brothers

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:00:00 -0400

Perrotta's previous books 'Election' and 'Little Children' were made into films, and 'The Leftovers' became an HBO series. His new book, 'Mrs. Fletcher,' tells the story of a single mother whose only child has left for college. Perrotta says the book was inspired by the upheaval he experienced when his own kids moved out. John Powers reviews the new Criterion release of Albert Brooks' 1985 film 'Lost in America.' A century ago, two brothers took the world by storm with their mass-produced boxed cereal. Medical historian Howard Markel chronicles their contentious relationship and their prescient and troubling concepts of wellness.


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Remembering Broadway Legend Barbara Cook

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Cook, who starred in Broadway shows like 'The Music Man' and 'Candide, died on Tuesday at 89. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2016 about her struggle with addiction and her second career as a cabaret singer. Justin Chang reviews the film 'Good Time' starring Robert Pattinson.


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The Still Unfolding Story Of JFK's Assassination / Aubrey Plaza

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Investigative reporter Philip Shenon tells us about newly-declassified documents which shed light on Lee Harvey Oswald's trip to Mexico weeks before the assassination. He met with Cuban officials and may have boasted about planning to kill the President Kennedy. "It's remarkable to discover that the CIA itself describes what happened after the Kennedy assassination as being a cover up," Shenon says. Also, Aubrey Plaza joins 'Fresh Air' producer Ann Marie Baldonado to talk about 'Ingrid Goes West,' and her iconic role as April on 'Parks & Rec.'


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A Physician Wonders, Should I Help My Patients Die?

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

California physician Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter is grappling with when to implement her state's new End of Life Option Act — which allows certain terminally ill patients to receive medical assistance to hasten death. Her book is 'Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life.' Also, we listen back to a 2008 interview with late country musician Glen Campbell. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'What She Ate.'


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How The Kellogg Brothers Revolutionized Breakfast

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

A century ago, two brothers took the world by storm with their mass-produced boxed cereal. Medical historian Howard Markel chronicles their contentious relationship, their prescient concepts of wellness, and their troubling ideas about eugenics and masturbation. TV critic David Bianculli reviews the 10-part series 'Mr. Mercedes.'


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'Why Buddhism Is True'

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Science journalist and author Robert Wright says that Buddhist meditation might help counteract our natural tendency towards unhappiness and dissatisfaction. His new book is 'Why Buddhism is True.' Also John Powers reviews the new Criterion release of Albert Brooks' 1985 film 'Lost in America.'


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Best Of: Former VP Al Gore / Ariel Levy

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:00:00 -0400

The former vice president's documentary, 'An Inconvenient Sequel,' seeks to build bipartisan consensus to address climate change. "Mother Nature has a more persuasive voice than any of us," Gore says. Ken Tucker reviews Randy Newman's new album. 'New Yorker' staff writer Ariel Levy was five months pregnant when she took a writing assignment in Mongolia. She miscarried alone in her hotel room, and shortly after her return home, her marriage fell apart. Levy's memoir, 'The Rules Do Not Apply,' explores her loss of identity as a wife and mother, and how writing saved her.


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Remembering French Actress Jeanne Moreau / Playwright Sam Shepard

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Jeanne Moreau, an icon of French New Wave cinema, died on Monday at 89. She starred in the films 'Jules and Jim' and 'The Lovers.' She spoke with Terry Gross in 1993 about disobeying her father to pursue acting and working with director Louis Malle. Sam Shepard, who died Sunday, penned more than 55 plays, including 'Buried Child.' His breakthrough film role was as astronaut Chuck Yeager in 'The Right Stuff.' He talked with Terry Gross in 1998. Ken Tucker reviews Randy Newman's new album 'Dark Matter.'


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Bill Moyers

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Journalist Bill Moyers once worked as the special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, and, 52 years ago, witnessed firsthand the political maneuvering that resulted in the landmark passage of Medicare. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Wind River.'


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Former VP Al Gore

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

The former vice president's documentary, 'An Inconvenient Sequel,' seeks to build bipartisan consensus to address climate change. "Mother Nature has a more persuasive voice than any of us," Gore says.


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'I Was Somebody's Mother': Ariel Levy On Love And Loss

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

The 'New Yorker' writer was five months pregnant when she took a writing assignment in Mongolia. She miscarried alone in her hotel room, and shortly after her return home, her marriage fell apart. Levy's new memoir 'The Rules Do Not Apply,' explores her loss of identity as a wife and mother, and how writing saved her. TV critic David Bianculli reviews three series worth checking out this August.


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Author Tom Perrotta

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Perrotta's previous books 'Election' and 'Little Children' were made into films, and 'The Leftovers' became an HBO series. His new book, 'Mrs. Fletcher,' tells the story of a single mother whose only child has left for college. Perrotta says the book was inspired by the upheaval he experienced when his own kids moved out. Also, Lloyd Schwartz reviews a collection from Austrian pianist Artur Schnabel.


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Best Of: Jessica Williams / NYT White House Correspondent Peter Baker

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 20:00:00 -0400

The '2 Dope Queens' co-host talks about growing up in a religious family, landing a job on 'The Daily Show' at 22, and her new Netflix film 'The Incredible Jessica James.' Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of noir writer Chester Himes. 'New York Times' Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker has covered the last four presidents. He says President Trump has crossed so many boundaries that "it's easy to become inured to it."


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Jazz Pianist Dave Frishberg / Ray Manzarek

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Frishberg is known for such witty songs as "Peel Me A Grape," "I'm Hip," and several songs from TV's 'Schoolhouse Rock.' He spoke with Terry in 1991. He has a new memoir. Also, to mark the 50th anniversary of The Doors' single "Light My Fire" hitting No. 1 on the Billboard chart, we listen back to Manzarek talk about coming up with his keyboard part. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Detroit,' directed by Kathryn Bigelow.


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The Unique Challenges Of Covering President Trump

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

'New York Times' Chief White House correspondent Peter Baker has covered the last four presidents. He says President Trump has crossed so many boundaries that "it's easy to become inured to it."


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The 'Great Quake' That Changed Our Understanding Of The Planet

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Science writer Henry Fountain says the deadly quake that shook Alaska in 1964 was so loud some thought it was the beginning of World War III. His new book is 'The Great Quake.' Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of noir writer Chester Himes, and Kevin Whitehead reviews an album from saxophonist JD Allen's quartet.


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Jessica Williams

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400

The '2 Dope Queens' co-host talks about growing up in a religious family, landing a job on 'The Daily Show' at 22, and why she feels she can "never be average." Williams stars in the new Netflix film 'The Incredible Jessica James.' Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg discusses the ubiquitous references to a single sentence of Jane Austen's work.


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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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