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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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At the height of the Jim Crow era, Taylor broke barriers by becoming the country's fastest and most famous cyclist. Author and 'Washington Post' journalist Michael Kranish tells his story in the new book, 'The World's Fastest Man.' "He really belongs in the pantheon of civil rights leaders as a sports athlete," Kranish says. "He was able to use his athleticism and his championships for a greater purpose to show that the racist theories of eugenics and other things were wrong." Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two new noir suspense novels for summer — 'This Storm' by James Ellroy and 'Conviction' by Denise Mina. And Ken Tucker reviews Willie Nelson's new album 'Ride Me Back Home.'
Rethinking 'Elderhood'

Rethinking 'Elderhood'

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Geriatrician Dr. Louise Aronson treats patients who are in their 60s — as well as those who are older than 100. "I need to be a different sort of doctor for people at different ages and phases of old age," she says. Aronson writes about changing approaches to elder health care in the book, 'Elderhood.'Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a live recording from saxophonist Stan Getz.
This summer marks 50 years since the first Apollo moon landing. Journalist Charles Fishman's new book 'One Giant Leap' focuses on the untold stories of the ordinary men and women who worked behind-the-scenes on the Apollo missions. "Apollo was the biggest non-military effort in the history of human civilization," Fishman says. He talks about the team at Playtex who designed the spacesuits, the computer programmers, and the state of the U.S. space program today. Ken Tucker reviews Bruce Springsteen's new solo album, 'Western Stars.' Classically-trained British actor Damian Lewis plays a ruthless hedge-fund manager on Showtime's 'Billions,' which recently ended its fourth season. He also starred in the series 'Homeland' as Nicholas Brody, a Marine sergeant who converts to Islam in captivity.
Writer and cartoonist Tim Kreider admits unabashedly that the longest relationship of his adult life was with the stray cat that became his companion for 19 years. His collection of personal essays details his many unconventional relationships, which include the girlfriend he traveled with on a circus train, a married woman he fell in love with and his whirlwind romance with a sexual performance artist. "One of the few conclusions I may have reached from writing this book is that when we say 'relationship' or 'marriage' we all think we're talking about the same thing," Kreider says. "But I think there are a lot of different deals out there." (Originally broadcast Feb. 2018) Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Showtime cop drama 'City on a Hill.'
'New York Times' cybersecurity correspondent Nicole Perlroth says hacking tools developed by the NSA were stolen, posted online and are now being used in cyberattacks, including one on the city of Baltimore.Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco.'
This summer marks 50 years since the first Apollo moon landing. Journalist Charles Fishman's new book 'One Giant Leap' focuses on the untold stories of the ordinary men and women who worked behind-the-scenes on the Apollo missions. "Apollo was the biggest non-military effort in the history of human civilization," Fishman says. He talks about the team at Playtex who designed the spacesuits, the computer programmers, and how NASA nearly forgot to send an American flag into space.
'Washington Post' journalist Anna Fifield visited North Korea and interviewed many of its citizens — including members of Kim Jong Un's family — for her new book about the country and its leader. Her book is 'The Great Successor.' Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'The Body in Question' by Jill Ciment, about jurors on a murder trial.
Actor Damian Lewis

Actor Damian Lewis

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The classically-trained British actor plays a ruthless hedge-fund manager on Showtime's 'Billions,' which recently ended its fourth season. Lewis describes his character as "the embodiment of the American dream." He also starred in the series 'Homeland' as Nicholas Brody, a Marine sergeant who converts to Islam in captivity. Also, Soraya Nadia McDonald reviews 'When They See Us,' Ava DuVernay's devastating new miniseries about the Central Park Five.
Christina Applegate stars in the Netflix series 'Dead to Me,' opposite Linda Cardellini, as a woman grieving the sudden death of her husband. She speaks with Terry Gross about her own experience with grief and loss, her double mastectomy, and working as a teen actress in 'Married with Children.' Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new installments of the Netflix anthology series 'Black Mirror.'Environmental journalist Amanda Little talks about efforts to create a global food supply for a world that will be hotter, drier and more crowded. Little writes about meat cultured in a lab, 3D printed food, and indoor vertical farming in 'The Fate of Food.'
New Orleans musician Mac Rebennack, A.K.A. Dr. John, died yesterday at 77. He was known for his raspy voice and hits such as "Right Place, Wrong Time" and "Such A Night." Rebennack spoke with Terry Gross in 1986. Contributor Zahra Noorbakhsh, who is Muslim and Iranian-American, shares a story about how the Christchurch shooting coincided with a personal health crisis. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Late Night,' starring Emma Thompson as a seasoned late night talk show host whose recent drop in ratings has her fighting for her job. She hires a new writer (Mindy Kaling) in hopes of saving the show.
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Alex Mercedes

he's not an easy guy to interview and the topic is also difficult. great job -- again -- Terry. we don't know how you do it but appreciate that you do.

Jun 4th
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Alex Mercedes

this episode won't play...

Jun 3rd
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Kevin Rowe

JuiceMoney88 having trouble loading this episode too.I'll give it an other day or two

Jun 6th
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JuiceMoney88

Alex Mercedes I've been trying to listen to this one for 3 days and today it finally worked.

Jun 5th
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Alex Mercedes

oooooo! I wish I had a TV...

May 26th
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Heather Garrison

this approach is nothing new. I really thought this would be some new research on dementia. It is well known that music and art therapy are effective but I thought this would be some new ideas.

May 24th
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Alex Mercedes

you know what I'm saying?... I'm sorry. I applaud her artistry AND I cannot listen to any more of this conversation.

May 24th
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Padmargha Maikap

Now I'm understanding this episode but Pooble this is so cool and must be nice be there are so some nice moment.... so you can get a chance and show your interesting this show, I'm so... give short opinion share with you... smile for everyone.. watch and learn... this "Fresh Air".....so awesome

May 16th
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Zoltan Vaci

I'm sick of being talked down to as ahistorical because I grew up in the 90s. Stop referring to millenials as a cohesive thought-cohort because our opinions and worldviews are just as diverse as any generation's. Just because I don't remember the Cold War doesn't mean my life wasn't in a huge part defined by its repercussions.

May 9th
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Klint McIntire

Zoltan Vaci I’m a millennial who is disillusioned with my generation’s overly-sensitive, groupthink culture

May 22nd
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Tom Hoover

this guy says "nuculer". Remember how they lambasted Bush for that? Nothing else in this interview scares me as much as liberal spin and hypocrisy.

May 3rd
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Tom Hoover true, hypocrisy kills more than wars.

May 5th
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Dulguun Batbayar

very informative, thank you

Apr 25th
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Erin April Frame

M;b

Apr 22nd
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lourdes nearon

Keri Blakinger should write a book!

Apr 17th
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Farmer John

that's it? Henry Louis Gates gets less than 1/2 the air time of your show? and you feel the rest of your show with some half-rate comic? simply deplorable

Apr 5th
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Daniel Barnes

I really wish NPR could find a way to eliminate mouth sounds. If you sufferer from misophonia, this program and this particular interview can be unbearable

Apr 3rd
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Michael Friggin Marquis

yeah what's up with her. ..she keeps stopping to swallow spit or something. the mouth sounds are unbearable which sucks because I really wanted to hear this

Apr 2nd
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Robert Koch

this guy fills in so many blanks, just keep on assuming what people think

Apr 2nd
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Ryan Scally

her lips smacking.its unbearable.....I had to turn it off

Apr 2nd
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John Reed

Awesome show!

Mar 18th
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Heather Boylen

this therapist has such a beautiful voice and a lovely way of expressing herself.

Feb 20th
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Jill Dykes

Wonderful reflections of my own story. Thank you

Jan 30th
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Cheryl

Follow

Jan 22nd
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