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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: 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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Ken Burns & Lynn Novick On 'The Vietnam War'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

In their new 10-part PBS documentary series, the filmmakers uncover never-before-seen footage from the Vietnam War. The series tells the story of the war from multiple perspectives: American soldiers, the government, the South and North Vietnamese, and the protestors in the U.S. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Trophy.'


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'The Life And Times Of Michael A.'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Danielle Allen's memoir, 'Cuz,' centers on her cousin Michael, who was sentenced to a long prison term for carjacking when he was 15. Three years after his release, he was found shot to death in a parked car. Allen mourns the death of her cousin, and denounces the prison system in her new book. Maureen Corrigan reviews two novels, 'Forest Dark' and 'Afterglow.' And TV critic David Bianculli reviews Jerry Seinfeld's new Netflix comedy special.


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'One Nation After Trump'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Journalists E.J. Dionne and Norm Ornstein believe the Trump presidency and this period of national soul-searching could lead to an era of Democratic renewal. Their new book (with Thomas Mann) is 'One Nation After Trump.' Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Tomorrow Forever' by Matthew Sweet, and Lloyd Schwartz visits an art exhibit of paintings by Florine Stettheimer.


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Hillary Rodham Clinton

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Clinton returns to 'Fresh Air' to talk about her loss to Donald Trump, former FBI Director James Comey, and whether she would question the legitimacy of the election if we learn about deeper Russian interference. "I wouldn't rule it out," Clinton says. Her new memoir is 'What Happened.'


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Best Of: NBC's Katy Tur / Pianist Fred Hersch

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:00:00 -0400

NBC reporter Katy Tur was at a rally in South Carolina when Trump called her name and pointed at her from the podium. Then, she says, "The entire place turns and they roar as one ... like a giant, unchained animal." Her new memoir about the campaign is 'Unbelievable.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Claire Messud's new novel, 'The Burning Girl.' Fred Hersch began his jazz career in the closet, but nearly 30 years ago, when people in the jazz world were afraid to come out, he identified himself as gay and HIV positive. Nine years ago he spent several weeks in a medically-induced coma; later he wrote songs inspired by his coma dreams. His memoir is 'Good Things Happen Slowly.'


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Bruce Springsteen

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Springsteen spoke with Terry Gross last year about masculinity, New Jersey, and why he wishes he was his stage persona. His memoir 'Born to Run' is now out in paperback. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Mother!'


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Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Hersch began his jazz career in the closet, but nearly 30 years ago, when people in the jazz world were afraid to come out, he identified himself as gay and HIV positive. Nine years ago he spent several weeks in a medically-induced coma; later he wrote songs inspired by his coma dreams. His memoir is 'Good Things Happen Slowly.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Ken Burns documentary series on the Vietnam War.


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The Risk Of Nuclear War With North Korea

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

'New Yorker' writer Evan Osnos visited North Korea in August to understand what they really mean when they talk about nuclear war. He found that nuclear weapons are an essential part of their society.


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NBC's Katy Tur On The 'Unbelievable' Trump Campaign

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Tur was at a rally in South Carolina when Trump called her name and pointed at her from the podium. Then, she says, "The entire place turns and they roar as one ... like a giant, unchained animal." Her new memoir about the campaign is 'Unbelievable.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Claire Messud's new novel, 'The Burning Girl.'


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9/11 First Responder John Feal

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Five days after the Sept. 11 attacks, while working at ground zero, an 8,000 lb. piece of steel fell on Feal's foot, crushing it. He became septic and almost died. Feal turned to activism when he was denied medical compensation by the government, and successfully lobbied for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act for other first responders. "About 2,000 people have died because of their illnesses," Feal says. "They too are heroes."


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Best Of: John Le Carré / Mike White

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 20:00:00 -0400

Bestselling novelist John Le Carré is familiar with the moral tension inherent to working in the espionage community. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," Le Carré says of his time as a spy. His new book is 'A Legacy of Spies.' In Mike White's new film, 'Brad's Status,' a father starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour. White says it's a universal situation, "but it's definitely a waste of time and energy."


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Pamela Adlon On 'Better Things'

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Adlon's FX series (which she co-created with Louis C.K.) is based on her own experience raising three girls as a single mom. The new season starts September 14. Also, John Powers reviews the new season of 'Top of the Lake,' and film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Unknown Girl.'


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Filmmaker Mike White On 'Brad's Status'

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

In White's new film, a father starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour. White says it's a universal situation, "but it's definitely a waste of time and energy." Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews HBO's 'The Deuce' and the new season of 'Twin Peaks.'


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Singer-Songwriter Loudon Wainwright III

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

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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Spy Novelist (And Former Spy) John Le Carré

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

The 85-year-old novelist 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 new book is 'A Legacy of Spies.'


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Billy Bragg

Mon, 04 Sep 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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Best Of: Elia Kazan / Ronnie Spector / John Updike

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 20:00:00 -0400

This past week we marked our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program. Here are some highlights from that retrospective. Theater legend Elia Kazan tells us about directing Marlon Brando in 'A Streetcar Named Desire.' Ronnie Spector was the lead of the '60s girl group The Ronettes, and talks about recording her mega-hit "Be My Baby" with Phil Spector. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Updike talks about how having psoriasis affected him as a writer.


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Fresh Air 30: Joey Ramone / John Waters / Divine

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:00:00 -0400

We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interviews from our early days. Joey Ramone, lead singer of 'The Ramones,' talks about why he doesn't mind being labeled a punk. Film director John Waters talks about 'Hairspray,' and character actor 'Divine' talks about 'Pink Flamingos.' Houston native Mat Johnson tells us how he's doing in Houston, in the wake of Harvey. And we bid farewell to producer Ann Marie Baldonado, who worked for the show for 19 years.


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Fresh Air 30: Max Roach / Anita O'Day / Jay McShann

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interviews from our early days. Drummer Max Roach was one of the originators of bebop. Singer Anita O'Day made it big singing with Gene Krupa. She changed her name from Colten to "O'Day" because it means "dough" in Pig Latin, and she hoped to make plenty of it. Pianist Jay McShann was considered the last of the great Kansas City pianists. One of his sidemen was Charlie Parker.


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Fresh Air 30: Paul Schrader / John Updike / Tobe Hooper

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interviews from our early days. Paul Schrader wrote the screenplays for 'Taxi Driver,' 'Raging Bull' and 'The Last Temptation.' John Updike was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. Tobe Hooper directed the cult classic 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.'


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Fresh Air 30: Ronnie Spector / Ben E. King / Otis Williams

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interviews from our early days. Ronnie Spector was the lead of the '60s girl group The Ronettes. Ben E. King began his career in the '50s with The Drifters, but his '61 hit "Stand by Me" sealed his legacy. Otis Williams was a founding member of The Temptations. All three guests spoke with Terry Gross in 1988.


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Fresh Air 30: Elia Kazan / Kirk Douglas / Sidney Lumet

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interview from our early days. Theater legend Elia Kazan tells us about directing Marlon Brando in 'On the Waterfront,' Kirk Douglas on directing 'Spartacus' and hiring blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to write the script, and Sidney Lumet talks about working with Al Pacino on 'Serpico' and 'Dog Day Afternoon.' Also, we remember 'Fresh Air' administrative assistant Dorothy Ferebee, who died last week.


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Best Of: Capturing The Unabomber / Comic Bridget Everett

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 20:00:00 -0400

James R. Fitzgerald says Ted Kaczynski's writings helped crack the case that confounded the FBI for more than 17 years. 'Manhunt: Unabomber,' a TV series on the Discovery Channel, retells the story. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the new collection of stories, 'Sour Heart,' by Jenny Zhang. Comic and cabaret singer Bridget Everett (seen on 'Inside Amy Schumer') talks about her raunchy act, the music she grew up singing, and her role in the new film 'Patti Cake$.'


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Fresh Air 30: Patty Duke / Carl Reiner / Antônio Carlos Jobim

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we're listening back to interviews from 30 years ago, when 'Fresh Air' first aired as a daily, national show. Patty Duke grew up in the public eye, playing Helen Keller in the stage and screen versions of 'The Miracle Worker.' Later she starred in her own TV sitcom, 'The Patty Duke Show.' Carl Reiner spoke with Terry Gross in 1988 about how his experiences working backstage in Hollywood inspired him to create the classic sitcom 'The Dick Van Dyke Show.' Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim wrote "The Girl from Ipanema," one of the songs that started the Bossa nova craze in the United States.


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The 'Invisible Injuries' Of War

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Former Marine Sergeant TJ Brennan suffered from memory loss and PTSD after being injured by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2010. Finbarr O'Reilly captured the event on film. Now the two men have written a book together, 'Shooting Ghosts.' Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Beach Rats.'


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Armed Militias & The New Protest Landscape

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Mark Pitcavage, a senior researcher at the Anti-Defamation League, talks about America's militia movement, what it stands for, and how it has evolved since the election of President Trump. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new album by pianist Vijay Iyer, and book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the new collection of stories, 'Sour Heart,' by Jenny Zhang.


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Former FBI Agent On Decoding The Unabomber's Writing

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

James R. Fitzgerald says Ted Kaczynski's writings helped cracked the case that confounded the FBI for more than 17 years. 'Manhunt: Unabomber,' a TV series on the Discovery Channel, retells the story. Also, John Powers reviews a new edition of the noir novel 'In A Lonely Place' by Dorothy B. Hughes.


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Remembering Jerry Lewis

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

In 2005, Lewis told Terry Gross about his partnership with singer Dean Martin and how he honed his comic skills while working as a busboy. The comedian, actor and director died Sunday at the age of 91. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Marjorie Prime,' and rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Modern Pressure' from singer-songwriter Daniel Romano.


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Best Of: Max Brooks / 'What She Ate' / Poet Molly McCully Brown

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:00:00 -0400

Max 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.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'What She Ate.' 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.


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Billy Eichner / Julie Klausner Of 'Difficult People'

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner play two snarky, pop culture obsessives in New York City in the Hulu series 'Difficult People.' Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Patti Cake$.'


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Bridget Everett / John Cho

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Comic and cabaret singer Bridget Everett (seen on 'Inside Amy Schumer') talks about her raunchy act, the music she grew up singing, and her role in the new film 'Patti Cake$.' Also, actor John Cho joins producer Ann Marie Baldonado to talk about 'Columbus,' culture clashes with his immigrant parents, and the first time he read the 'Harold and Kumar' script.


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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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