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



Last Build Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:23:09 -0500

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Remembering Smithereens' Songwriter And Lead Singer Pat DiNizio

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:23:09 -0500

DiNizio, who died Tuesday, told Fresh Air in 1988 that his music was influenced by the songs he grew up listening to on AM radio in the 1960s. The Smithereens formed in Carteret, NJ, in 1980.



As Marriage Standards Change, A Therapist Recommends 'Rethinking Infidelity'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:23:09 -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.



Critic's 'Ghost List' Has Books, Music And A TV Show That Deserve A Second Look

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:23:09 -0500

Every year, critic John Powers is haunted by the things he wishes he'd reviewed. The themes his 2017 "Ghost List" range in spirit from cosmic surrealism to ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy.



Ranky Tanky Builds On The Music And Culture Of Slave Descendants

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:15:00 -0500

Three members of Ranky Tanky perform songs from their self-titled debut. The band's name and music derive from the tradition of the Gullah, slave descendants from the Georgia and South Carolina coast.



Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:13:00 -0500

Fresh Air's book critic says her 2017 list is chaotic in a good way. "These books zing off in all directions: They're fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived."



'Godless' Creator Was Determined To Put His Own Spin On The Classic Western

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:38:00 -0500

Scott Frank packed his Netflix miniseries with train robberies and shootouts, but Godless isn't exactly a typical Western. For one thing, the town at the center of the story is run by women.



Fresh Air Weekend: James Franco; 2017's Word Of The Year; Guillermo Del Toro

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 09:00:21 -0500

Franco tackles a Hollywood story "unlike any other" in The Disaster Artist. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says "tribalism" is his word of the year. Del Toro talks about his new film, The Shape Of Water.



'I, Tonya' Offers A Sympathetic Second Act To A Disgraced Figure Skater

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:13:55 -0500

In January 1994, skater Nancy Kerrigan was struck on the leg with a police-style baton by a man linked to skating rival Tonya Harding. A new dark comedy reconsiders the case against Harding.



The 'Racial Cleansing' That Drove 1,100 Black Residents Out Of Forsyth County, Ga.

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:13:55 -0500

In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Author Patrick Phillips revisits the incident in his book, Blood at the Root. Originally broadcast Sept. 15, 2016.



Will The Mueller Investigation Unearth A Crime? Legal Reporter Says It's Complicated

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:16:11 -0500

"There is not going to be a neat ending," New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin says of the investigation into Russian meddling. A central issue is whether a sitting president can be criminally indicted.



Israeli Film 'Foxtrot' Is A Bruisingly Powerful Look At A War Without End

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:16:11 -0500

Foxtrot centers on an Israeli couple reeling from the death of their soldier son. Critic Justin Chang says the title is "a clever if heavy-handed metaphor for a nation mired in its own stasis."



James Franco Tackles A Hollywood Story 'Unlike Any Other' In 'Disaster Artist'

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:06:06 -0500

Franco's new film is a behind-the-scenes take on the making of the 2003 cult classic The Room. "It was made for $6 million," he says. "It looks like it was made for about $60."



As Fissures Between Political Camps Grow, 'Tribalism' Emerges As The Word Of 2017

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:06:06 -0500

"The meme of the moment is to say that American politics has become 'tribal,'" linguist Geoff Nunberg says. One sign of the division is the fact that no one can agree on how to use the word.



Director Guillermo Del Toro Says 'Shape Of Water' Centers On 'Love Beyond Words'

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:41:34 -0500

"I wanted to make a completely honest, heart-on-sleeve, non-ironic melodrama," del Toro says. Set in 1962, his new film features a fairy tale romance between a creature and a mute woman.



'Cartoon County' Looks Back At The Golden Age Of Sunday Comics

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:41:34 -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.