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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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Muslim NYPD Chaplain On Faith, Fear And Getting Stopped By Airport Security

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:14:00 -0500

Imam Khalid Latif is one of the people profiled in The Secret Life of Muslims, a digital series about Islamophobia. He is also the first Muslim chaplain at New York University.



Looking Back With Gratitude On Obama, And His Optimistic Vision Of America

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:14:00 -0500

Writer Mat Johnson reflects on what the Obama presidency meant to his biracial family. "I didn't always agree with Obama," he says. "But I always respected — and will always respect — that man."



After Trump's Election, A Non-Practicing Muslim Returns To Prayer

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:42:00 -0500

Comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh often jokes about being a "pork-eating, alcohol-drinking, married-to-an-atheist" Muslim. But lately she finds herself wanting to connect with her religious traditions.



Rachel Bloom Upends Romantic Comedy Tropes On 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:41:00 -0500

Bloom talks to Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado about the CW musical comedy series, now in its second season, that she co-created and stars in. Bloom plays a woman who follows an ex across the country.



How Mormon Polygamy In The 19th Century Fueled Women's Activism

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:41:00 -0500

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich says that for Mormon women living in 19th century Utah, "plural marriages" were empowering in complicated ways.



How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices'

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says school segregation will continue to exist in America "as long as individual parents continue to make choices that only benefit their own children."



Fresh Air Weekend: Jeff Bridges; Netflix' 'Unfortunate Events'; Sportscaster Joe Buck

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Jeff Bridges says his actor dad always brought joy to the set. David Bianculli reviews A Series Of Unfortunate Events. Hall-of-fame broadcaster Joe Buck discusses his new memoir, Lucky Bastard.



The Man Behind Lemony Snicket Talks About Writing For Kids And His Childhood Fears

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:21:00 -0500

Lemony Snicket, AKA Daniel Handler, wrote the children's book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Handler spoke to Terry Gross in 2001 and in 2012, when he brought his accordion to the studio.



Remembering Celebrated Indian Actor Om Puri, Star Of 'East Is East'

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:15:00 -0500

Puri, who died last Friday in Mumbai, appeared in more than 300 movies, including the British film, My Son the Fanatic. Originally broadcast in 2000.



'Series Of Unfortunate Events' On Netflix Will Charm And Delight

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:15:00 -0500

Daniel Handler has adapted his popular children's book series for Netflix. Critic David Bianculli says A Series Of Unfortunate Events is "one of the best new TV shows in a long time."



Hilarity And Hostility Converge In The Family Comedy 'Toni Erdmann'

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:15:00 -0500

The German film centers on a prankster father who barges into the life of his business consultant daughter. Critic David Edelstein says Toni Erdmann keeps you guessing — in a good way.



'20th Century Women' Mixes Comedy With Disappointment And Loss

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:28:00 -0500

Set in 1979 Santa Barbara, Mike Mills' new film is the story of a teenage boy and the three women who teach him about life. Critic John Powers calls it an "amusing, deeply-felt work."



New Gene-Editing Techniques Hold the Promise Of Altering The Fundamentals Of Life

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:28:00 -0500

New Yorker writer Michael Specter discusses emerging biotechnologies that will make it possible to remove disease and change the characteristics of life by rewriting the genetic code in cells.



Natalie Hemby Offers Contemplative Vocals And Vivid Memories On 'Puxico'

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:49:00 -0500

After writing No. 1 hits for various country stars, Hemby now has an album of her own. Critic Ken Tucker says Puxico mixes country sentiments with a folksy sound.



Hall-Of-Fame Sportscaster Joe Buck Admits To Being A 'Lucky Bastard'

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:49:00 -0500

Buck's new memoir details his experiences in sports and life, including his addiction to hair-plug transplants. When it comes to announcing, he says, "I don't have a rooting interest for either side."