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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: Sat, 27 May 2017 09:00:03 -0400

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Fresh Air Weekend: Aziz Ansari; Harry Styles And Dan Auerbach Go Solo; Pamela Paul

Sat, 27 May 2017 09:00:03 -0400

Ansari discusses Master Of None and how his parents feel about acting. Ken Tucker reviews new albums by Styles and Auerbach. Paul, who edits The NY Times Book Review, talks about her love of reading.

'Chappelle's Show' Co-Creator Moves Into The Limelight With '3 Mics'

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:15:00 -0400

After working mostly as a behind-the-scenes guy on Chappelle's Show and Inside Amy Schumer, Neal Brennan is now stepping out as a performer. Originally broadcast Feb. 22, 2017.

A One-Night Stand Takes A Disturbing Turn In 'Berlin Syndrome'

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00:00 -0400

In Cate Shortland's new film, an Australian woman traveling abroad becomes the captive of a mysterious stranger. Critic Justin Chang says Berlin Syndrome is a gripping character study.

How Gen. Michael Flynn Became A Central Figure In The Russia Hacking Scandal

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:13:00 -0400

Matthew Rosenberg of The New York Times began writing about Gen. Flynn in 2009 in Afghanistan; now he's investigating Flynn's role in Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Aziz Ansari On 'Master Of None' And How His Parents Feel About Acting

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:09:04 -0400

Now that the second season of his Netflix series is out, the comic is looking forward to some down time. "Forget season three of Master of None," he says. "I'm ... doing season 34 of Aziz Ansari."

Searching For A Summer Escape? These 6 Books Will Carry You Away

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:55:46 -0400

Journeys, near and far, into the past and even into near space, are the subject of the novels, memoirs and narrative histories that make up book critic Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list.

Harry Styles And Dan Auerbach Strive For Authenticity On 2 New Solo Albums

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:15:00 -0400

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Styles' self-titled solo album, as well as Waiting on a Song, by Auerbach of The Black Keys. Tucker says the new albums "meet in a middle-ground of forced humility."

'Times' Book Review Editor Shares Her Love Of Reading In 'My Life With Bob'

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:15:00 -0400

Pamela Paul of The New York Times talks about her own new book, which chronicles every book she's read since she was 17 years old. Even if a work isn't great, she refuses to brush it aside cavalierly.

'Smile Stealers' Recalls A Time When Dentists Routinely Reached For The Pliers

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:15:00 -0400

Medical historian Richard Barnett traces the history of dentistry in his new book. He says that prior to the 18th century, the profession was often practiced by charlatans with "big muscles."

'Twin Peaks' Makes A Moody And Eccentric Return To TV

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:29:03 -0400

A quarter of a century later, Showtime has revived the series some fans consider the most inventive of all time. Critic David Bianculli offers his first impressions of Twin Peaks: The Return.

Churchill, Orwell And The Fight Against Totalitarianism

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:29:00 -0400

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Tom Ricks says the writings of Winston Churchill and George Orwell still resonate today. Ricks also discusses the generals serving in the Trump administration.

Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Hasan Minhaj; Cape Verdean Dance Music; Jill Soloway

Sat, 20 May 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Minhaj talks his work on The Daily Show and Homecoming King, his new Netflix special. Critic Milo Miles reviews Synthesize The Soul. Transparent creator Soloway wants to upend TV with I Love Dick.

A Salute To 30 Years Of 'The Simpsons'

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:06:20 -0400

We listen back to interviews with some of the show's cast members and writer-producers, plus its music composer. Among those featured: creator Matt Groening and Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart.

'Alien: Covenant' Mixes Blood And Guts With Existential Questions

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:06:20 -0400

Ridley Scott's new installment of the Aliens franchise is a face-grabbing prequel featuring two androids. Critic David Edelstein says that though plodding at times, Alien: Covenant does deliver.

Comic Hasan Minhaj On Roasting Trump And Growing Up A 'Third Culture Kid'

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:16:35 -0400

"I'm an Indian-American-Muslim kid," Minhaj says, "but am I more Indian or am I more American? What part of my identity am I?" His new Netflix special is called Homecoming King.