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Fresh Air opens the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics. Terry Gross hosts this multi-award-winning daily interview and features program.

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Episodes

'One Nation After Trump'

9/19/2017
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Journalists E.J. Dionne and Norm Ornstein believe the Trump presidency and this period of national soul-searching could lead to an era of Democratic renewal. Their new book (with Thomas Mann) is 'One Nation After Trump.' Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Tomorrow Forever' by Matthew Sweet, and Lloyd Schwartz visits an art exhibit of paintings by Florine Stettheimer.

Duration: 00:48:57


Hillary Rodham Clinton

9/18/2017
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Clinton returns to 'Fresh Air' to talk about her loss to Donald Trump, former FBI Director James Comey, and whether she would question the legitimacy of the election if we learn about deeper Russian interference. "I wouldn't rule it out," Clinton says. Her new memoir is 'What Happened.'

Duration: 00:49:11


Best Of: NBC's Katy Tur / Pianist Fred Hersch

9/15/2017
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NBC reporter Katy Tur was at a rally in South Carolina when Trump called her name and pointed at her from the podium. Then, she says, "The entire place turns and they roar as one ... like a giant, unchained animal." Her new memoir about the campaign is 'Unbelievable.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Claire Messud's new novel, 'The Burning Girl.' Fred Hersch began his jazz career in the closet, but nearly 30 years ago, when people in the jazz world were afraid to come out, he identified...

Duration: 00:50:21


Bruce Springsteen

9/15/2017
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Springsteen spoke with Terry Gross last year about masculinity, New Jersey, and why he wishes he was his stage persona. His memoir 'Born to Run' is now out in paperback. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Mother!'

Duration: 00:49:10


Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch

9/14/2017
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Hersch began his jazz career in the closet, but nearly 30 years ago, when people in the jazz world were afraid to come out, he identified himself as gay and HIV positive. Nine years ago he spent several weeks in a medically-induced coma; later he wrote songs inspired by his coma dreams. His memoir is 'Good Things Happen Slowly.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Ken Burns documentary series on the Vietnam War.

Duration: 00:47:35


The Risk Of Nuclear War With North Korea

9/13/2017
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'New Yorker' writer Evan Osnos visited North Korea in August to understand what they really mean when they talk about nuclear war. He found that nuclear weapons are an essential part of their society.

Duration: 00:48:56


NBC's Katy Tur On The 'Unbelievable' Trump Campaign

9/12/2017
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Tur was at a rally in South Carolina when Trump called her name and pointed at her from the podium. Then, she says, "The entire place turns and they roar as one ... like a giant, unchained animal." Her new memoir about the campaign is 'Unbelievable.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Claire Messud's new novel, 'The Burning Girl.'

Duration: 00:48:08


9/11 First Responder John Feal

9/11/2017
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Five days after the Sept. 11 attacks, while working at ground zero, an 8,000 lb. piece of steel fell on Feal's foot, crushing it. He became septic and almost died. Feal turned to activism when he was denied medical compensation by the government, and successfully lobbied for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act for other first responders. "About 2,000 people have died because of their illnesses," Feal says. "They too are heroes."

Duration: 00:48:35


Best Of: John Le Carré / Mike White

9/8/2017
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Bestselling novelist John Le Carré is familiar with the moral tension inherent to working in the espionage community. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," Le Carré says of his time as a spy. His new book is 'A Legacy of Spies.' In Mike White's new film, 'Brad's Status,' a father starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour. White says it's a universal situation, "but it's definitely a waste of time and energy."

Duration: 00:49:53


Pamela Adlon On 'Better Things'

9/8/2017
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Adlon's FX series (which she co-created with Louis C.K.) is based on her own experience raising three girls as a single mom. The new season starts September 14. Also, John Powers reviews the new season of 'Top of the Lake,' and film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Unknown Girl.'

Duration: 00:49:25


Filmmaker Mike White On 'Brad's Status'

9/7/2017
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In White's new film, a father starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour. White says it's a universal situation, "but it's definitely a waste of time and energy." Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews HBO's 'The Deuce' and the new season of 'Twin Peaks.'

Duration: 00:48:52


Singer-Songwriter Loudon Wainwright III

9/6/2017
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Wainwright has written remarkable songs about family, and how we hurt and heal each other. Now he details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir 'Liner Notes.'

Duration: 00:49:04


Spy Novelist (And Former Spy) John Le Carré

9/5/2017
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The 85-year-old novelist is familiar with the moral tension inherent to working in the espionage community: "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," Le Carre says of his time as a spy. His new book is 'A Legacy of Spies.'

Duration: 00:48:48


Billy Bragg

9/4/2017
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The British singer-songwriter writes about skiffle, a music movement inspired by American roots music, in his new book 'Roots, Radicals and Rockers.' He brings his guitar to the studio to play skiffle and some of his own songs.

Duration: 00:50:52


Best Of: Elia Kazan / Ronnie Spector / John Updike

9/1/2017
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This past week we marked our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program. Here are some highlights from that retrospective. Theater legend Elia Kazan tells us about directing Marlon Brando in 'A Streetcar Named Desire.' Ronnie Spector was the lead of the '60s girl group The Ronettes, and talks about recording her mega-hit "Be My Baby" with Phil Spector. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Updike talks about how having psoriasis affected him as a writer.

Duration: 00:50:44


Fresh Air 30: Joey Ramone / John Waters / Divine

9/1/2017
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We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interviews from our early days. Joey Ramone, lead singer of 'The Ramones,' talks about why he doesn't mind being labeled a punk. Film director John Waters talks about 'Hairspray,' and character actor 'Divine' talks about 'Pink Flamingos.' Houston native Mat Johnson tells us how he's doing in Houston, in the wake of Harvey. And we bid farewell to producer Ann Marie Baldonado, who worked for...

Duration: 00:48:33


Fresh Air 30: Max Roach / Anita O'Day / Jay McShann

8/31/2017
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We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interviews from our early days. Drummer Max Roach was one of the originators of bebop. Singer Anita O'Day made it big singing with Gene Krupa. She changed her name from Colten to "O'Day" because it means "dough" in Pig Latin, and she hoped to make plenty of it. Pianist Jay McShann was considered the last of the great Kansas City pianists. One of his sidemen was Charlie Parker.

Duration: 00:49:36


Fresh Air 30: Paul Schrader / John Updike / Tobe Hooper

8/30/2017
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We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interviews from our early days. Paul Schrader wrote the screenplays for 'Taxi Driver,' 'Raging Bull' and 'The Last Temptation.' John Updike was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. Tobe Hooper directed the cult classic 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.'

Duration: 00:49:57


Fresh Air 30: Ronnie Spector / Ben E. King / Otis Williams

8/29/2017
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We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interviews from our early days. Ronnie Spector was the lead of the '60s girl group The Ronettes. Ben E. King began his career in the '50s with The Drifters, but his '61 hit "Stand by Me" sealed his legacy. Otis Williams was a founding member of The Temptations. All three guests spoke with Terry Gross in 1988.

Duration: 00:50:40


Fresh Air 30: Elia Kazan / Kirk Douglas / Sidney Lumet

8/28/2017
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We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interview from our early days. Theater legend Elia Kazan tells us about directing Marlon Brando in 'On the Waterfront,' Kirk Douglas on directing 'Spartacus' and hiring blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to write the script, and Sidney Lumet talks about working with Al Pacino on 'Serpico' and 'Dog Day Afternoon.' Also, we remember 'Fresh Air' administrative assistant Dorothy Ferebee,...

Duration: 00:50:32

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