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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, 29 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Veep' Executive Producer; 'Hourglass'; MLB's Rick Ankiel

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Producer Frank Rich says his HBO series is about the "craven desire for power." Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Dani Shapiro's new memoir. Ankiel talks about his unlikely baseball comeback.



Listening Back To A 2009 Conversation With Director Jonathan Demme

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:22:37 -0400

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who died Wednesday, directed The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Married to the Mob and Stop Making Sense. We'll hear a clip of his 2009 conversation with Dave Davies.



Film Adaptation Of 'The Circle' Is Part Satire, Part Moralistic Melodrama

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:26:00 -0400

Emma Watson and Tom Hanks star in the remake of Dave Eggers' novel about a giant social media company. Critic David Edelstein says he found much of the acting overheated and the ending confusing.



Whose Side Was She On? 'American Heiress' Revisits Patty Hearst's Kidnapping

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:26:00 -0400

Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin says Hearst, who was abducted in 1974 and declared allegiance to her captors, "responded rationally to the circumstances." Originally broadcast Aug. 3, 2016.



Kendrick Lamar Extends His Vocal And Emotional Range On 'DAMN.'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:52:00 -0400

Emotions like lust and love serve as metaphors for social and political struggles on Lamar's new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the music on DAMN. signals the artist's bold refusal to back down.



For 'New York Times' Obit Writers, 'Death Is Never Solicitous Of A Deadline'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:52:00 -0400

Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox have written obituaries for thousands of people, ranging from heads of state to the inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch. They are featured in the new documentary Obit.



'Veep' Executive Producer On Making A Show About The 'Craven Desire For Power'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:06:13 -0400

The HBO series is now in its sixth season. Producer Frank Rich also writes a column for New York magazine about the intersection of politics and popular culture.



Hulu's 'Handmaid's Tale' Delivers A Timely And Feminist Message

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:06:13 -0400

A new 10-part adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1986 novel stars Elisabeth Moss as a woman living in a totalitarian state. Critic David Bianculli says the miniseries depicts a bleak and haunting future.



Celebrating The Centennial Of Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:33:00 -0400

Fitzgerald, who died in 1996, had her first hits with Chick Webb's big band before going out on her own in the 1940s. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Fitzgerald at her best is as good as it gets.



Psychiatrist Recalls 'Heartbreak And Hope' On Bellevue's Prison Ward

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:44:00 -0400

Dr. Elizabeth Ford treated mentally ill inmates in New York City for more than a decade. It was almost universal, she says, that they had suffered abuse or significant neglect as children.



For Baseball's Rick Ankiel, Losing His Pitching Ability Led To An Unusual Comeback

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:42:00 -0400

Ankiel entered the major leagues in 1999 as a gifted pitcher, but one day suddenly lost that gift. He talks about his pitching demons, his troubled childhood and his way back to baseball.



'Hourglass' Exposes The Fissures That Develop In A Long-Term Marriage

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:41:00 -0400

Dani Shapiro's new memoir dramatizes the dizzying ways a lifetime passes, loops around, speeds up and sometimes seems to stand still. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an incisive and charged work.



Fresh Air Weekend: Obama's White House; 'A Quiet Passion'; Updating The Dictionary

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Alyssa Mastromonaco talks about her years working in the West Wing. Justin Chang reviews Terence Davies' new film about Emily Dickinson. Kory Stamper explains how new words get into the dictionary.



'Quiet Passion' Captures The Wit And Vulnerability Of Poet Emily Dickinson

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:24:00 -0400

British filmmaker Terence Davies turns his attention to the gifted New England poet in his new movie. Critic Justin Chang calls the film a "sharp, sensitive portrait" of a woman ahead of her time.



'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:24:00 -0400

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to adolescent sexuality, the subject of girls' pleasure is often left unspoken. Originally broadcast March 29, 2016.