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

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

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Best Of: Rachel Maddow On Spiro Agnew's Bribery Scandal / John C. Reilly

1/18/2019
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Richard Nixon's first vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in 1973 amidst charges of bribery and tax evasion. Now, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and producer Mike Yarvitz revisit the Agnew scandal in the hit podcast 'Bag Man.' "The parallels with what was going on in the Nixon and Agnew administration 45 years ago to the efforts by the Trump administration right now ... is uncanny," Maddow says. Justin Chang reviews 'Glass,' a film by M. Night Shyamalan. By his own count, John C. Reilly has...

Duration:00:50:55

From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D.

1/18/2019
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Growing up in rural Idaho, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. Her deeply religious parents stockpiled food and weapons for a government invasion or the end of the world. In her memoir, 'Educated,' Westover writes about how she defied her parents, and made her way to college and graduate school. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Glass' directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Duration:00:49:34

'Kennedy Vs. Carter & The Fight That Broke The Democratic Party'

1/17/2019
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Journalist Jon Ward talks about the chaos that led Ted Kennedy to challenge Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980 — and the long-lasting damage it did to the party. Ward's new book is 'Camelot's End.' Also, critic John Powers reviews 'Brexit,' an HBO movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Duration:00:49:26

How America Became A Nation Of Immigrants

1/16/2019
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For many years, U.S. immigration favored immigrants from ​​northern Europe. NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten explains how a 1965 law changed things — and led to the current debate about border security. His book is 'A Nation of Nations.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two new interpretations of Thelonious Monk's complete works.

Duration:00:48:29

John C. Reilly

1/15/2019
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By his own count, Reilly has acted in almost 80 movies, including 'Boogie Nights,' 'Chicago,' 'Talladega Nights' and 'Walk Hard.' Now, he's co-starring with Steve Coogan as half of the iconic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy in 'Stan & Ollie.' Reilly talks about the extreme prosthetic makeup and bodysuit he wore for the role, physical comedy, and bonding with Joaquin Phoenix while filming 'The Sisters Brothers.' Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Ghost Wall,' a slim and eerie novel by...

Duration:00:48:53

Notes From A Transplant Surgeon

1/14/2019
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Dr. Joshua Mezrich has performed hundreds of kidney, liver and pancreas transplants. He tells us about transplants that have gone gone wrong, talking to the families of donors, and how the definition of death has changed over time. His new book of stories from the operating room is 'When Death Becomes Life.' Also, Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new recording of 'Doctor Atomic,' an opera about the first atomic bomb test in New Mexico.

Duration:00:48:27

Best Of: Kevin Hart / Ben Stiller

1/11/2019
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Kevin Hart said he's "over" talking about the homophobic jokes that cost him the Oscars gig — but then he and Terry Gross talked about it anyway. "The bad part about being a comedian is that sometimes you just aren't funny," he says. "Sometimes to grow as a comedian you got to go through the stupid part." Ben Stiller directed the Showtime series 'Escape at Dannemora,' which dramatizes the true story of two murderers' escape from a maximum security prison in 2015. "It seemed like such an...

Duration:00:50:21

'The Sopranos' - 20th Anniversary Show

1/11/2019
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Critic David Bianculli offers an appreciation of the influential HBO drama. Plus, we listen back to archival interviews with series creator David Chase and Edie Falco, who played Carmela Soprano. Also, contributor Soraya Nadia McDonald reviews the new season of True Detective, starring Mahershala Ali.

Duration:00:49:40

Kevin Hart

1/11/2019
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Kevin Hart said he's "over" talking about the homophobic jokes that cost him the Oscars gig — but then he and Terry Gross talked about it anyway. They discussed his upbringing in North Philly, how comedy is changing, and the fine line between edgy and offensive material. "The bad part about being a comedian is that sometimes you just aren't funny," he says. "Sometimes to grow as a comedian you got to go through the stupid part." Hart's new movie is 'The Upside.'

Duration:00:49:21

Rachel Maddow Investigates Spiro Agnew's Bribery Scandal

1/9/2019
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Richard Nixon's first vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in 1973 amidst charges of bribery and tax evasion. Now, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and producer Mike Yarvitz revisit the Agnew scandal in the hit podcast 'Bag Man.' "The parallels with what was going on in the Nixon and Agnew administration 45 years ago to the efforts by the Trump administration right now ... is uncanny," Maddow says.

Duration:00:49:04

Ben Stiller On 'Escape At Dannemora'

1/8/2019
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Stiller directed the Showtime series 'Escape at Dannemora,' which dramatizes the true story of two murderers' escape from a maximum security prison in 2015. "It seemed like such an old-fashioned sort of escape, and I thought, 'Wow, how can that happen in today's prison system?'" he says. Stiller talks about filming in a prison, interviewing one of the real prisoners who escaped, and also his recurring role on 'SNL' as Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen.

Duration:00:47:06

Hillary Frank On Pain, Parenting & Podcasting

1/7/2019
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After a traumatic childbirth injury left her unable to walk, sit, or hold her newborn, longtime radio producer Hillary Frank started a podcast to feel less alone with her experience. 'The Longest Shortest Time' is about the surprises and absurdities of parenting. Frank, whose new book is 'Weird Parenting Wins,' talks about her birth experience and the special misogyny reserved for mothers. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Water Cure,' a debut dystopian feminist novel by...

Duration:00:49:03

Best Of: Adam McKay / Driverless Cars

1/4/2019
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Adam McKay, who wrote and directed 'The Big Short' about the 2008 financial collapse, has a new comedy that draws on investigative journalism. 'Vice' charts Dick Cheney's rise from Yale dropout to vice president and "operator" behind George W. Bush. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a recording of Stravinsky's 'The Soldier's Tale' by Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters. Autonomous vehicles could be the "most disruptive technology to hit society worldwide since the advent of the...

Duration:00:49:35

Remembering Peace Advocate & Writer Amos Oz

1/4/2019
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Oz, who died Dec. 28, co-founded Peace Now, a group that calls for negotiations with the Palestinians and the creation of a Palestinian state. He was one of Israel's most popular and critically acclaimed writers. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1988, 1991 and 2004. Also, critic John Powers reviews 'Destroyer,' a noir thriller starring Nicole Kidman.

Duration:00:47:35

Filmmaker Adam McKay On 'Vice'

1/3/2019
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McKay, who wrote and directed 'The Big Short' about the 2008 financial collapse, has a new comedy that draws on investigative journalism. 'Vice' charts Dick Cheney's rise from Yale dropout to vice president and "operator" behind George W. Bush. "He's always kind of just been in the background. So I had to bring him to the foreground," McKay says. 'Vice' is nominated for six Golden Globes. Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg explains a communication breakdown at the Mexican border between border...

Duration:00:49:14

The Injustice Of America's Misdemeanor System

1/2/2019
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Former federal public defender Alexandra Natapoff says 13 million misdemeanors are filed each year in the U.S., trapping the innocent, punishing the poor and making society more unequal. Her book is 'Punishment Without Crime.' Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a recording of Stravinsky's 'The Soldier's Tale' by Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters.

Duration:00:48:40

Best Of 2018: Actor Rami Malek On Becoming Freddie Mercury

1/1/2019
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Malek sang at the top of his lungs while playing Queen's iconic lead singer in the new biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' Still, he says, "No one can sing like Freddie Mercury." Malek spoke with Terry Gross about recreating the 1985 Live Aid concert, learning to move like Mercury, and wearing prosthetic teeth. He also talks about playing a withdrawn and socially anxious hacker in the thriller series 'Mr.Robot,' and how he got started in acting. Malek is nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG award...

Duration:00:49:11

Best Of 2018: Jon Batiste, Band Leader For Colbert's 'Late Show'

12/31/2018
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Batiste, the music director for 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,' sits at the piano and demonstrates his "everything in the pot" style of playing. He tells Terry Gross about his influences — from Thelonious Monk to Bach. Batiste's latest album is 'Hollywood Africans.'

Duration:00:49:52

Best Of 2018: 'BoJack Horseman' Creator

12/28/2018
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Raphael Bob-Waksberg's animated comedy series for Netflix satirizes Hollywood using a mix of human and animal characters. "Part of the original pitch was like, 'What's Mr. Ed like behind the scenes?'" BoJack (a horse) is a depressed, alcoholic, sexist former sitcom star in the #MeToo era. Also, rock critic Ken Tucker and film critic Justin Chang share their favorite music and movies of the year.

Duration:00:50:14

Best Of 2018: Tracey Thorn

12/28/2018
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British singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn (Everything But the Girl) uses music to explore feminist themes. She sings about the different stages of women's lives on her recent solo album, 'Record.'

Duration:00:48:12