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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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'The Awakening Of A Former White Nationalist'

9/24/2018
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Derek Black once promoted a racist agenda by making speeches, hosting a radio show and starting a website. His father was a former grand wizard of the KKK. Derek's change of heart is the subject of a new book, 'Rising Out of Hatred,' written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eli Saslow. They speak with Terry Gross about the white nationalist movement — and what led Black to leave it behind.

Duration:00:48:28

The 'Radical' Life Of Muhammad Ali

9/24/2018
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Jonathan Eig's biography of Ali draws on hundreds of interviews and previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files. "I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," Eig says. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed, but ... he had the spirit of a rebel." 'Ali' is out in paperback. (Originally broadcast Oct. 2017)Also, John Powers reviews the HBO documentary 'Jane Fonda in Five Acts,' and film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Sisters Brothers,' starring John C....

Duration:00:49:24

Best Of: Maggie Gyllenhaal / Breaking Free From The Evangelical Purity Movement

9/21/2018
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Gyllenhaal stars in the HBO series 'The Deuce' as Candy, a sex worker who becomes a porn actress and then a porn director in 1970s New York City. She says the series is about the "imbalance of power between men and women — in terms of sex, in terms of art, in terms of business." Film Critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Sisters Brothers,' starring John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix. In her book 'Pure,' Linda Kay Klein reflects on the "deep, long-lasting shame" caused by churches that claim...

Duration:00:49:27

Maggie Gyllenhaal

9/20/2018
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Gyllenhaal stars in the HBO series 'The Deuce' as Candy, a sex worker who becomes a porn actress and then porn director in 1970s New York City. She says the series is about the "imbalance of power between men and women — in terms of sex, in terms of art, in terms of business." Gyllenhaal talks to Terry Gross about why she insisted on being a producer for the show, the #MeToo movement, and how she and her colleagues addressed the allegations against co-star James Franco. Also, TV critic...

Duration:00:47:31

What Paul Manafort's Guilty Plea Reveals

9/19/2018
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'New York Times' reporter Ken Vogel says that Paul Manafort engaged in illegal tactics in his campaign to burnish the image of Russian-backed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Vogel explains how Manafort pioneered a new kind of lobbying in Washington, and how Manafort's plea deal might affect the next phase of the Mueller investigation. Also, Ken Tucker reviews Aaron Lee Tasjan's album 'Karma For Cheap.'

Duration:00:48:29

Breaking Free From The Evangelical Purity Movement

9/18/2018
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In her book 'Pure,' Linda Kay Klein reflects on the "deep, long-lasting shame" caused by churches that claim women and girls are responsible for the sexual desires of men. "It was all about how [a woman] needed to be a good Christian by protecting [men] from the threat that is you — the threat that is your body. The threat that is your sexuality." Klein left the evangelical church in her 20s and is the founder of Break Free Together, an organization that tries to help people escape the...

Duration:00:47:41

Neil DeGrasse Tyson On Astrophysics & The Military

9/17/2018
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In his new book, 'Accessory to War,' the astrophysicist argues that people who work in his field are often complicit to military development — despite being overwhelmingly liberal and anti-war. Tyson also talks about President Trump's "Space Force." Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Wayne Shorter's 'Emanon' and Maureen Corrigan reviews Sarah Weinman's non-fiction book 'The Real Lolita,' about a kidnapping that may have inspired Nabokov's classic novel.

Duration:00:48:38

Best Of: Colin Jost & Michael Che / Chef José Andrés

9/14/2018
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Jost and Che are the co-head writers and 'Weekend Update' anchors for 'Saturday Night Live.' They talk about doing the show in the Trump era, why they hate Twitter, and hosting the Emmys Monday, Sept. 17. When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, chef José Andrés and his team sprung into action. "After a hurricane, you see a lot of chaos, and people go hungry and people go thirsty. But what [chefs] are very good at is understanding the problem and adapting," Andrés says....

Duration:00:49:39

Novelist John Green On OCD

9/14/2018
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Green is the author of popular young adult novels including 'The Fault in Our Stars,' which was adapted into a film, and 'Turtles All the Way Down,' about a teenage girl with OCD — which John also has. He says it "starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have." Green and his brother Hank have a popular video blog called Vlogbrothers; their followers call themselves "nerdfighters." The brothers go on tour this month. (Originally...

Duration:00:48:35

SNL's Colin Jost & Michael Che

9/13/2018
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The co-head writers talk with Terry Gross about doing 'Saturday Night Live' in the Trump era, Twitter, and hosting the 2018 Emmys. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Hulu series 'The First,' about a mission to Mars set in the near future, starring Sean Penn.

Duration:00:47:26

Biographer Claire Tomalin On 'A Life Of My Own'

9/12/2018
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After writing biographies of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Mary Wollstonecraft, Claire Tomalin turned to memoir. Her new work tells of her conflicting desires to have children and to lead a meaningful working life, her first husband's infidelity, and how long it took to find herself professionally.

Duration:00:48:16

Journalist Bob Woodward

9/11/2018
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Woodward has written books on every U.S. president since Richard Nixon — nine in total. But in all his years covering politics, he says he's never encountered a president like President Trump. Woodward's sources describe situations that reveal the president as uninformed and unaware of the possible consequences of his actions. "We are at a pivot point in history," Woodward says. His new book is 'Fear: Trump in the White House.'

Duration:00:48:41

Chef José Andrés On His 'Crazy Dream' To Feed Puerto Rico

9/10/2018
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When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, Andrés and his team sprung into action. "After a hurricane, you see a lot of chaos, and people go hungry and people go thirsty. But what [chefs] are very good at is understanding the problem and adapting," Andrés says. "And so a problem becomes an opportunity." His new memoir is 'We Fed an Island.' Andrés also talks about feeding people in his award-winning restaurants, where he likes to experiment with imaginative approaches to food.

Duration:00:47:05

Best Of: Women's Rights Activist Khalida Brohi / John Kerry

9/7/2018
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Growing up in tribal Pakistan, Khalida Brohi knew of several honor killings of women in her village. Her cousin's death motivated Brohi to become an activist. Brohi's new memoir is 'I Should Have Honor.' Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Blaze,' directed by Ethan Hawke. And during the 2004 presidential election, John Kerry's opponents used falsehoods to attack his military record. The former secretary of state reflects on that campaign — and on the current state of American politics...

Duration:00:50:32

A Trucker's Stories From The Road / Remembering Burt Reynolds

9/7/2018
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Finn Murphy has logged over a million miles hauling people's belongings across the country. His memoir, 'The Long Haul,' is filled with insights about life on the road, and the subculture of truckers. Also, we remember Burt Reynolds, who died on Thursday. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1994. And Geoff Nunberg shares a defense of the word "falsehood," which he argues isn't just a decorous synonym for "lie."

Duration:00:48:28

Obama's Former Ethics Czar

9/6/2018
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Norm Eisen's new book, 'The Last Palace,' is about his years as America's ambassador to the Czech Republic and the spread of illiberalism in Europe — a trend, he says, that's now crossed the Atlantic. He talks about President Trump, the Mueller investigation, and Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Blaze,' directed by Ethan Hawke.

Duration:00:47:12

John Kerry

9/5/2018
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During the 2004 presidential election, opponents used falsehoods to attack Kerry's military record. The former secretary of state reflects on that campaign — and on the current state of American politics — in his memoir, 'Every Day is Extra.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Steve Coleman's new album, 'Live At The Village Vanguard.'

Duration:00:48:39

Activist Khalida Brohi On Honor Killings In Tribal Pakistan

9/4/2018
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Growing up in tribal Pakistan, Khalida Brohi knew of several honor killings of women in her village. When she was just 14 years old, Brohi's cousin Khadija was murdered by their uncle because she fell in love with a man who was not her betrothed. Her death motivated Brohi to become a women's rights activist. Brohi's new memoir is 'I Should Have Honor.' Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Lake Success' by novelist Gary Shteyngart.

Duration:00:48:39

Issa Rae / Peter Morgan / Trevor Noah

9/3/2018
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We conclude our Emmys series with three more interviews with nominees: Issa Rae, co-creator and star of the HBO series 'Insecure,' spoke with Terry Gross in 2016 about "black humor" and "white humor," and what made her want to write for television. Rae is nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Also, Peter Morgan, creator of the Netflix series 'The Crown,' talked about how he sees the royal family as "just a regular family." 'The Crown' is nominated for Outstanding Drama...

Duration:00:49:42

Best Of: John Oliver / Allison Janney / Neil Simon

8/31/2018
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John Oliver, host of HBO's 'Last Week Tonight,' spoke with Terry Gross in in March about covering the news "no one in their right mind wants to hear about," like the Italian parliamentary elections, NRATV, and tax-exempt religious organizations. 'Last Week Tonight' is nominated for four Emmys, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series. Allison Janney is nominated for an Emmy for her role on CBS' 'Mom.' She told Terry Gross in 2014 that her relationship with her brother, who was an addict,...

Duration:00:50:35