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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: Living With Incurable Stage-4 Cancer / Life As A Long Haul Trucker

2/16/2018
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Religion scholar Kate Bowler used to believe God had a plan for her life. Then, at 35, she was diagnosed with incurable stage-4 colon cancer. "I really had to rethink what trust and hope looks like," she says. Her new memoir is 'Everything Happens For A Reason (And Other Lies I've Loved).' Also, critic Ken Tucker reviews the 'Black Panther' soundtrack, which features Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and SZA. And Finn Murphy has logged over a million miles hauling people's belongings across the...

Duration:00:48:26

'The Big Sick' Writers Kumail Nanjiani And Emily V. Gordon

2/16/2018
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The real-life couple co-wrote the romantic comedy 'The Big Sick,' which stars Nanjiani, and is based on their own relationship. The movie is nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay. Also, we remember cabaret singer Wesla Whitfield, who died last week at the age of 70. She spoke with Terry Gross in 1988.

Duration:00:47:27

How Trump Uses MS-13 To Frame The Immigration Debate

2/15/2018
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'New Yorker' staff writer Jonathan Blitzer says President Trump uses the notorious gang to paint a portrait of rampant criminality among immigrants — and "as a stand-in for immigrants generally." He also talks with Terry Gross about the uncertain fate of DACA, and the Senate debate on overhauling immigration policy. Also, David Edelstein reviews Marvel's new film 'Black Panther.'

Duration:00:47:27

A Long Haul Trucker Shares Stories From The Road

2/14/2018
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Finn Murphy has logged over a million miles hauling people's belongings across the country. His new memoir, 'The Long Haul,' is filled with insights about life on the road, and the subculture of truckers. Also, critic Ken Tucker reviews the 'Black Panther' soundtrack, which features Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and SZA.

Duration:00:47:37

Steve Bannon Sees #MeToo As 'Existential Threat'

2/13/2018
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After chief strategist Steve Bannon was ousted from the Trump White House in August, Joshua Green was the first journalist he called. Green's best-selling book about Bannon's role in Trump's election, 'Devil's Bargain,' might've played a part in his exit. We talk with Green about what Bannon thinks of #MeToo, the future of the nationalist movement, and his eagerness to get back to the White House. Also, we remember Pakistani human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir, who died Sunday.

Duration:00:47:56

Faith, Cancer And Living 'Scan To Scan'

2/12/2018
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Religion scholar Kate Bowler used to believe God had a plan for her life. Then, at 35, she was diagnosed with incurable stage-4 colon cancer. "I really had to rethink what trust and hope looks like," she says. Her new memoir, 'Everything Happens For A Reason (And Other Lies I've Loved),' is about how her illness has affected her faith.

Duration:00:48:17

Best Of: 17 Brushes With Death / Jordan Klepper Of 'The Opposition'

2/9/2018
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Maggie O'Farrell has survived some terrifying episodes. Her new memoir, 'I Am, I Am, I Am,' details 17 near-death experiences, and what she's learned from them. Also, to mark Black History Month, Penguin Press is reprinting six books from the Harlem Renaissance. Maureen Corrigan has an appreciation. Comic Jordan Klepper got his big break as a comedian when he was hired to be a correspondent on 'The Daily Show' with Jon Stewart. Now he hosts his own show on Comedy Central called 'The...

Duration:00:49:57

Remembering 'Frasier' Actor John Mahoney

2/9/2018
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Mahoney, best-known for his role on the sitcom 'Frasier,' died Sunday. He joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre shortly after he began acting at the age of 37. Mahoney spoke with Terry Gross in 1990. Also, we remember Internet pioneer (and Grateful Dead lyricist) John Perry Barlow. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1996. Film critic David Edelstein reviews the thriller 'The 15:17 to Paris.'

Duration:00:49:24

Who Is Watching You?

2/8/2018
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Writer Robert Draper talks about state-of-the-art surveillance, from closed-circuit TV to drones — and the consequences on our sense of privacy. Draper writes in 'National Geographic' that the proliferation of cameras focused on the public has led "to the point where we're expecting to be voyeur and exhibitionist 24/7."

Duration:00:48:30

Jordan Klepper, Host of 'The Opposition'

2/7/2018
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Klepper got his big break as a comedian when he was hired to be a correspondent on 'The Daily Show' with Jon Stewart. Now he hosts his own show on Comedy Central called 'The Opposition.' "He creates his own reality," Klepper says of his character, who's modeled after far-right conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones. "He sees the two dots and he fills the spaces with the things that make him feel more comfortable." Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the debut novel 'Self-Portrait with Boy' by...

Duration:00:47:19

After 16 Years, Afghanistan War Is 'At Best A Grinding Stalemate'

2/6/2018
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll warns that there is no end in sight to America's longest war: "Most of the generals ... say in public, 'There's no military solution to this war.'" His new book is 'Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan.'

Duration:00:48:11

Writer Reflects On 'Seventeen Brushes With Death'

2/5/2018
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Maggie O'Farrell has survived some terrifying episodes. She's had a machete pressed to her throat during a robbery, once contracted amoebic dysentery while traveling, and nearly bled out while giving birth. Her new memoir 'I Am, I Am, I Am,' details 17 near-death experiences, and what she's learned from them. Also, critic John Powers reviews the thriller novel 'This is What Happened,' and the German TV series 'Babylon Berlin' on Netflix.

Duration:00:49:18

Best Of: A Former Neo-Nazi / The Founder Of Girls Auto Clinic

2/2/2018
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Christian Picciolini spent eight years as a member of a violent, white power skinhead group. He eventually withdrew and co-founded a nonprofit to help extremists disengage. His new book is 'White American Youth.' Fresh Air also spoke with Patrice Banks about her new book, 'Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide.' Banks left a six-figure salary as an engineer to pursue her dream of owning an auto shop. She went to technical school, worked for free, and in 2016 she opened Girls Auto Clinic. Her...

Duration:00:47:59

Greta Gerwig On 'Lady Bird' / Dee Rees On 'Mudbound'

2/2/2018
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With the Academy Awards only a few weeks away, we're revisiting Terry Gross' interviews with filmmakers Greta Gerwig and Dee Rees. Gerwig, who co-wrote and starred in 'Frances Ha' and 'Mistress America,' makes her directorial debut with the film 'Lady Bird.' It's about a high school senior preparing for college and trying to assert her independence from her mother. 'Lady Bird' has five Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director. Dee Rees' film 'Mudbound' follows two...

Duration:00:48:27

Mueller's 'Stunningly Bipartisan' Reputation In Washington

2/1/2018
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Robert Mueller started as director of the FBI a week before the Sept. 11 attacks. We talk with journalist Garrett Graff about Mueller's leadership style, his reputation in Washington, and what might happen to the current investigation of the Trump campaign if Mueller is fired as special counsel.

Duration:00:47:09

'The Secret History Of Israel's Targeted Assassinations'

1/31/2018
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Investigative reporter Ronen Bergman says that while Israel's shootings, poisonings, bombings and drone strikes against its perceived enemies were "tactical successes," they were also diplomatically harmful. His book is 'Rise and Kill First.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews guitarist Wes Montgomery's 1965 Paris concert.

Duration:00:46:58

The Hollywood Blacklist And The Classic Western 'High Noon'

1/30/2018
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Journalist Glenn Frankel talks about a chapter of paranoia and persecution in America, in which the president, Congress, the courts and the press all played a part. Frankel's book is about the Hollywood Blacklist and the making of the classic film 'High Noon,' which was written as a parable about the blacklist. Also, to mark Black History Month, Penguin Press is reprinting six books from the Harlem Renaissance. Maureen Corrigan has an appreciation.

Duration:00:48:34

Paul Manafort And 'The Plot Against America'

1/29/2018
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'Atlantic' journalist Franklin Foer says before Manafort became Trump's campaign manager, he rewrote the rules of lobbying and then became entangled in the world of dictators, oligarchs and dirty money. Foer's article is called 'The Plot Against America.'

Duration:00:48:12

Best Of: Paul Thomas Anderson / 'Lessons From The Oldest Old'

1/26/2018
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Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson talks about his new film, 'Phantom Thread,' which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a renowned and obsessive fashion designer. It's nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'The Perfect Nanny,' inspired by a tragic murder of two kids by their nanny. 'New York Times' reporter John Leland followed six people above the age of 85 for one year. That series changed his understanding of old age — and inspired his...

Duration:00:50:57

Singer-Songwriter Sam Baker

1/26/2018
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In 1986 Sam Baker was on a train in Peru when a bomb exploded in the luggage rack above him. His body was torn apart, he had a brain injury, and severe hearing loss. Somehow, during his long recovery, songs started coming to him. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2014 about how the bombing changed his life and made him a musician. His new album is 'Land of Doubt.'

Duration:00:48:02

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