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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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Dispatches From A 'Dopesick' America

8/21/2018
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Author Beth Macy's book, 'Dopesick,' takes an intimate look at cops, judges, drug dealers, young heroin users and their long-suffering parents, doctors and health activists struggling to fight the opioid epidemic. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Severance' by Ling Ma.

Duration:00:37:41

'Crazy Rich Asians' Author Kevin Kwan

8/20/2018
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Kwan thought the screen adaptation of his bestselling novel might be a small independent film — instead it's been hailed as a groundbreaking moment for Hollywood casting. He tells Terry Gross about his upbringing in Singapore and how it inspired the book. Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Wild! Wild! Wild!' an album by Linda Gail Lewis and Robbie Fulks, and John Powers reviews Olga Tokarczuk's Man Booker-winning novel 'Flights.'

Duration:00:49:01

Best Of: Aretha Franklin / Growing Up On A Secret Missile Range

8/17/2018
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Aretha Franklin died Thursday at 76. When she spoke with Terry Gross in 1999, she told stories behind some of her greatest recordings, like "Respect." The "Queen of Soul" also talked about her formative years, singing gospel music in the Baptist church where her father Rev. C. L. Franklin preached. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Crazy Rich Asians.' When Karen Piper was six her family moved to the Mojave Desert to a secretive missile testing facility. In 'A Girl's Guide To Missiles' she...

Duration:00:50:20

Novelist And Former Spy John Le Carré

8/17/2018
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Le Carré worked for MI5 and MI6 early in his career. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," he said of those years. His novel 'A Legacy of Spies' came out in 2017. Rock critic Ken Tucker shares an appreciation of the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, who died this week.

Duration:00:49:02

Remembering Aretha Franklin

8/16/2018
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Franklin died today at 76. When she spoke with Terry Gross in 1999, she told stories behind some of her greatest recordings, like "Respect." The "Queen of Soul" also talked about her formative years, singing gospel music in the Baptist church where her father Rev. C. L. Franklin preached.

Duration:00:49:02

The Consequences Of Climate Change

8/15/2018
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2018 is shaping up to be the fourth hottest year on record. Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter for 'The New York Times,' discusses the dire consequences of rising temperatures, such as drought, famine, disease, war and increased migration. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Crazy Rich Asians,' and rock critic Ken Tucker reviews SOPHIE's album 'OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES.'

Duration:00:49:26

Growing Up On A Secret Missile Range

8/14/2018
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When Karen Piper was six her family moved to the Mojave Desert to a secretive missile testing facility. In 'A Girl's Guide To Missiles' she describes how her parents designed weapons, but she didn't understand how it all connected to war. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Andy Biskin's 'Songs From The Alan Lomax Collection.'

Duration:00:47:38

Sire Records' Seymour Stein / 'Lodge 49' Creator Jim Gavin

8/13/2018
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In his autobiography, 'Siren Song,' Seymour Stein writes about how he started out in the music business as a teen before going on to sign groundbreaking artists like Talking Heads, The Ramones, Madonna, and Ice-T. Jim Gavin, creator of the AMC comedy series 'Lodge 49,' talks about strip mall culture, why he likes to write characters who are fools, and explains why he defines success as "just sticking around." Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine,' a book of...

Duration:00:48:25

Best Of: Creator Of HBO's 'The Tale' / Reducing Mass Incarceration

8/10/2018
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In 1973, Jennifer Fox wrote a story for her 8th grade English class called 'The Tale,' which alluded to an intimate relationship between a 13-year-old girl and her running and riding coaches. Her teacher thought it was fiction. It wasn't. "I wrote at 13 with no concept of abuse at all," she says. "It was a love story." Decades later, Fox's mother found the story, forcing her to confront her past trauma and see it with new eyes. Fox wrote and directed the new HBO film 'The Tale,' starring...

Duration:00:47:43

David Sedaris Revisits His Diaries

8/10/2018
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Sedaris pulls from his decades-old diaries in 'Theft by Finding.' In it, he revisits major turning points, such as the death of his mother, as well as more prosaic, everyday moments. Sedaris talks with Terry Gross about how his writing has changed, leaving Raleigh for the Art Institute of Chicago, and why he stopped drinking. (Originally broadcast May 2017) Film critic Justin Chang reviews Spike Lee's new film 'BlacKkKlansman.'

Duration:00:47:24

'How ICE Went Rogue'

8/9/2018
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Journalist Franklin Foer says President Trump has "radicalized" Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), opening the door for the agency to deport any undocumented immigrant. "Never before have we had such a large, dedicated police force whose mission is to remove undocumented immigrants from the communities in which they're rooted." Foer's cover story in 'The Atlantic' explores how the Trump administration's immigration policy relies upon cultivating fear. Linguist Geoff Nunberg examines...

Duration:00:47:31

Filmmaker Reckons With Childhood Sexual Abuse In 'The Tale'

8/8/2018
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In 1973, Jennifer Fox wrote a story for her 8th grade English class called 'The Tale,' which alluded to an intimate relationship between a 13-year-old girl and her running and riding coaches. Her teacher thought it was fiction. It wasn't. "I wrote at 13 with no concept of abuse at all," she says. "It was a love story." Decades later, Fox's mother found the story, forcing her to confront her past trauma and see it with new eyes. Fox wrote and directed the new HBO film 'The Tale,' starring...

Duration:00:46:06

How The U.S. Undermined Democracy In Egypt

8/7/2018
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David Kirkpatrick, author of Into the Hands of the Soldiers, says the Obama White House watched Arab democracy fall and now the Trump administration is embracing Egypt's autocratic president. Kirkpatrick was the New York Times Cairo Bureau Chief from 2011-15. During the coup, he was in Rabaa Square when soldiers massacred protesters, killing as many as 1,000 people.

Duration:00:46:18

How Can America Reduce Mass Incarceration?

8/6/2018
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Julian Adler, co-author of 'Start Here,' and Judge Victoria Pratt discuss alternatives to jail, including community service, social services and even personal essays. Adler and his co-author Greg Berman write, jails "are accelerants of human misery. If you are poor or mentally ill or struggling to keep your family together when you enter, the chances are that all of these conditions will be markedly worse when you come out." Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'Hive Mind' by the band...

Duration:00:47:31

Best Of: Tony Shalhoub / Journalist Recalls 2.5 Years Kidnapped By Pirates

8/3/2018
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After being kidnapped in Somalia, journalist Michael Scott Moore was desperate to escape. But jumping off the deck of a boat didn't work. "They found me eventually with the search lights," he says. He tells 'Fresh Air' about how he was beaten and considered suicide before eventually being released for ransom. Moore's book is 'The Desert and the Sea.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews 'Better Call Saul' season 4, which begins Monday, Aug. 6. Former 'Monk' star Tony Shalhoub recently won a...

Duration:00:50:37

'Better Call Saul' Interviews: A Compilation

8/3/2018
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We mark the return of the 'Breaking Bad' spinoff by listening to archival interviews with star Bob Odenkirk, series co-creator Peter Gould and actors Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks. Season 4 begins Monday, Aug. 6.

Duration:00:49:07

'Documenting Hate' In America

8/2/2018
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Journalist A.C. Thompson warns that white power groups in the U.S. increasingly view themselves as paramilitary organizations. His reporting is featured in a new 'Frontline' and 'ProPublica' investigation. Film critic David Edelstein reviews a documentary about the "pimp of Hollywood," Scotty Bowers.

Duration:00:49:47

What Scientists Have Learned From 'Spying On Whales'

8/1/2018
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Smithsonian paleobiologist Nick Pyenson says about 40 to 50 million years ago whales had four legs and walked on land. Pyenson notes that the largest whales alive today are the biggest that have ever existed: "They are absolutely the largest vertebrate animals to have ever evolved in the history of life on Earth. No dinosaur was heavier." He'll explain how echolocation works, how they hold their breath for hours, and why we're in the "golden age" of whale science. Pyenson's new book is...

Duration:00:49:34

Tony Shalhoub

7/31/2018
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The former 'Monk' star recently won a Tony for his role in 'The Band's Visit' and is up for an Emmy for 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.' Despite his success, he still feels like each role could be his last. Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new release from Soprano Bethany Beardslee.

Duration:00:47:03

Journalist Recalls 2.5 Years Kidnapped By Pirates

7/30/2018
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After being kidnapped in Somalia, Journalist Michael Scott Moore was desperate to escape. But jumping off the deck of a boat didn't work. "They found me eventually with the search lights," he says. He tells 'Fresh Air' about how he was beaten, considered suicide, before eventually being released for ransom. Moore's book is 'The Desert and the Sea.' Last year, Tufts University hosted a symposium on Art, Race and Politics, which included a panel discussion (and later a concert) with musicians...

Duration:00:48:09