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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.

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Philosophically Rich 'Isle Of Dogs' Is A Howl Of Joy

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:27:45 -0400

Wes Anderson's new animated feature centers on canines living on a garbage dump off the coast of Japan. David Edelstein says the film will make you laugh — even as you gasp at its visual brilliance.

Margo Price Sings About The Heartache And Beauty Of Small-Town America

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:27:45 -0400

Growing up in Aledo, Ill., Price longed to live somewhere "more romantic." When she moved away, her outlook changed: "Now, when I go back, I see the beauty in it." Originally broadcast Nov. 22, 2017.

HBO's Garry Shandling Biography Is An Affecting Take On The Meaning Of Life

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:25:10 -0400

Filmmaker Judd Apatow examines the major influences in Shandling's life — as well the ways the late comedian influenced others — in his two-part documentary, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.

How The Trump Organization Mixes Business And Politics In India

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:25:10 -0400

Journalist Anjali Kamat spent a year investigating Trump's business deals in India. Her report is in the New Republic and on the WNYC podcast, Trump Inc., which is co-hosted by Andrea Bernstein.

Comic Roy Wood Jr. Taps Into America's Psyche On 'The Daily Show'

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:16:36 -0400

Wood says the years he spent performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest — sometimes in places where he felt unsafe as a black man — prepared him for his work on The Daily Show.

Author Traces Christianity's Path From 'Forbidden Religion' To A 'Triumph'

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:04:19 -0400

Religion scholar Bart Ehrman says that the early spread of Christianity transformed the entire history of the West — for better or worse. His new book is The Triumph Of Christianity.

CD Set Offers A Long, Satisfying View Of The New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:47:57 -0400

The New York Philharmonic celebrates its 175th birthday with a box set dating back to its very first recordings a century ago, featuring some of the greatest musicians of the 20th-century.

Attacked By Alt-Right Trolls, A Jewish Journalist Links Trump To The Rise Of Hate

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:47:57 -0400

Trump "has made nationalist policy into the policy of the executive branch," says New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman. His new book, (((Semitism))), is about being Jewish in the Trump era.

Fresh Air Weekend: Author Luis Alberto Urrea; Personal Essayist Tim Kreider

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:00:11 -0400

Urrea's new novel borrows from the story of his brother, who died of cancer. Kevin Whitehead reviews a box set by the late pianist Teddy Wilson. Kreider discusses Because I Love You.

Amy Rigby Maintains Her Punk Mischievousness On 'The Old Guys'

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:53:51 -0400

Rigby's new album, which features jangly guitars and thumping drums, sounds like an old-fashioned rock 'n' roll album. But critic Ken Tucker says that The Old Guy is definitely not "a nostalgia item."

From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:53:51 -0400

New words that enter the dictionary must meet three criteria, says Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Originally broadcast April 19, 2017.

The Kronos Quartet Explodes Its Range On Two New Collaborations

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:18:34 -0400

Two new records showcase the quartet's recent collaborations with Laurie Anderson and a group from Mali. Critic Milo Miles says it's evident how much time and care went into Landfall and Ladilikan.

Robots Are Now 'Creating New Robots,' Tech Reporter Says

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:18:34 -0400

The evolution of artificial intelligence has exploded over the past five years, leading to computers that can drive and talk. New York Times' Cade Metz explains how machines are learning on their own.

From The 'Fresh Air' Archives: Eddie Bunker, Who Honed His Writing Craft In Prison

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:05:00 -0400

Bunker, who died in 2005, spent 18 years in prison before becoming a successful writer. He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1985 film Runaway Train, which helped launch the career of actor Danny Trejo.

Humor Blends With Tragedy In The Farcical 'Death of Stalin'

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:05:00 -0400

Armando Iannucci's new film satirizes the days in 1953 when the Soviet Union lost its totalitarian leader and members of his inner circle argued, plotted and killed while selecting a successor.