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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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How Reconstruction Remade The Constitution

September 17th, 2019

48:46

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner talks about how current issues of racial inequality, voter suppression and mass incarceration relate to …

Investigating Justice Brett Kavanaugh

September 16th, 2019

48:43

In their new book, 'The Education of Brett Kavanaugh,' 'New York Times' reporters Kate Kelly and Robin Pogrebin investigate the allegations against the Supreme Court justice and what was omitted from the confirmation …

Best Of: The CIA's Search For Mind Control / Tan France Of 'Queer Eye'

September 14th, 2019

50:31

Stephen Kinzer's book, 'Poisoner in Chief,' exposes how CIA scientist Sidney Gottlieb worked in the 1950s and early '60s to develop mind control …

Singer Linda Ronstadt

September 13th, 2019

48:27

The Mexican-American singer spoke with Terry Gross in 2013 about her career and her Parkinson's diagnosis. The new documentary, 'The Sound of My Voice,' traces Ronstadt's career from the late '60s onward.

Also, critic …

Where Does Our Recycling Go?

September 12th, 2019

47:42

Now that China isn't taking our recycling anymore, where will it go? Environmental scientist Kate O'Neill discusses recycling and the global politics …

Tan France Of 'Queer Eye'

September 11th, 2019

47:53

France, the son of Pakistani Muslim immigrants, says he almost turned down the job of fashion expert in the Netflix series 'Queer Eye.' "The thought of being one of the very first openly gay South Asian men on a major …

Behind-The-Scenes Of The Weinstein Investigation

September 10th, 2019

49:00

'New York Times' reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who broke the story of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct, talk about the obstacles Weinstein created to prevent their investigation, getting actors to …

The CIA's Secret Search For Mind Control

September 9th, 2019

49:04

Stephen Kinzer's book, 'Poisoner in Chief,' exposes how CIA scientist Sidney Gottlieb worked in the 1950s and early '60s to develop mind control …

Best Of: Janet Mock On 'Pose' / Elvis' Guitarist James Burton

September 7th, 2019

50:21

Janet Mock made history as the first trans woman of color to write and direct an episode of TV for her work on Ryan Murphy's FX series 'Pose.' The …

Maggie Gyllenhaal On 'The Deuce'

September 6th, 2019

49:33

Gyllenhaal produces and stars in the HBO series, 'The Deuce.' The show centers on sex work, porn, organized crime, politics and feminism in 1970s New …

Trump's Businesses & Conflicts Of Interest

September 5th, 2019

48:31

Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Washington Post' reporter David Fahrenthold says in the past, an honor system helped keep presidents from using the office to …

Fentanyl & The Dark Web

September 4th, 2019

48:21

'Fentanyl, Inc.' author Ben Westhoff says the synthetic opioid, while useful in hospitals, is killing more Americans as a street drug than any other …

Elvis' Guitarist James Burton

September 3rd, 2019

49:24

Burton, who went professional at age 14, played in Ricky Nelson's band, and has been on hundreds of recordings, including those by Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash. You can hear him on the new box set, 'Elvis: Live 1969.'

Emmys Week: 'BoJack Horseman' Creator / 'Pen15' Creators

September 2nd, 2019

50:00

Raphael Bob-Waksberg's Emmy-nominated animated Netflix series satirizes Hollywood using a mix of human and animal characters. "Part of the original …

Best Of: Sister Helen Prejean / Breakthroughs In Heart Health

August 31st, 2019

50:56

Sister Helen Prejean is best known for her 1993 memoir, 'Dead Man Walking,' about her role as a spiritual adviser to a convicted killer on death row. …

Emmys Week: Billy Eichner & Randy Rainbow

August 30th, 2019

49:20

Billy Eichner's Emmy-nominated series, 'Billy on the Street,' turns open ended questions about pop culture and celebrities into a game show. He …

Emmys Week: Natasha Lyonne & Christina Applegate

August 29th, 2019

49:35

Natasha Lyonne's character on the Netflix series 'Russian Doll' keeps dying and coming back to life. It's a premise that strikes a chord with the …

Emmys Week: Ava DuVernay & Michael K. Williams

August 28th, 2019

48:47

Ava DuVernay is the producer, writer and director of the Netflix series 'When They See Us,' which has 16 Emmy nominations. Told from the perspective …

Emmys Week: Phoebe Waller-Bridge / Ben Stiller & Patricia Arquette

August 27th, 2019

48:27

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is nominated for 5 Emmys for creating and starring in the Amazon series 'Fleabag.' She plays a 30-something single Londoner who is navigating tense relationships with her family, grieving the loss …

Emmys Week: Bill Hader & John Mulaney

August 26th, 2019

48:53

Actor Bill Hader is nominated for acting in and writing the HBO dark comedy series, 'Barry,' in which he plays a hitman who enrolls in acting …

Best Of: Exploring Underwater Caves / Character Actor Stephen Root

August 24th, 2019

50:43

Diver and photographer Jill Heinerth talks about some of her most dangerous and exhilarating experiences underwater — like getting trapped inside an iceberg in Antarctica. Heinerth also shares how she stays calm when …

Remembering Peter Fonda

August 23rd, 2019

48:38

The Oscar-nominated actor and screenwriter, who died Aug. 16, spoke to Terry Gross in 1998 about 'Ulee's Gold,' 'Easy Rider' and his acting …

Tracing The Course Of The Opioid Epidemic

August 22nd, 2019

48:31

'Washington Post' investigative journalist Scott Higham says recently released evidence shows the drug industry purposely shipped large quantities of pills to certain communities in pursuit of greater profits. "Small …

Character Actor Stephen Root

August 21st, 2019

49:31

After appearing in nearly 800 TV episodes and 100 films, Root received his first Emmy nomination for his role as a handler to a hitman in the HBO …

The Renegade Anthropologists Who Reinvented How We Think About Race & Gender

August 20th, 2019

48:14

In his new book, 'Gods of the Upper Air,' Charles King tells the story of Franz Boas, Margaret Mead and the other 20th century anthropologists who …

Exploring Underwater Caves

August 19th, 2019

48:37

Diver and photographer Jill Heinerth talks about some of her most dangerous and exhilarating experiences underwater — like getting trapped inside an iceberg in Antarctica. Heinerth also shares how she stays calm when …

Best Of: Colson Whitehead / A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle With Opioids

August 17th, 2019

49:39

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead's new book, 'The Nickel Boys,' is based on the true story of a notorious Florida reform school where …

Actor Jonathan Groff

August 16th, 2019

49:23

Groff stars in the crime-thriller series 'Mindhunter,' now in its second season on Netflix. He also talks about his roles on HBO's 'Looking,' and as …

Kitten Lady

August 15th, 2019

47:56

Hannah Shaw's job title is "professional kitten rescuer." Known on YouTube and Instagram as Kitten Lady, she has rescued hundreds of neonatal kittens, often orphaned and unweaned, who require a level of care that most …

Janet Mock On 'Pose'

August 14th, 2019

48:12

Mock made history as the first trans woman of color to write and direct an episode of TV for her work on Ryan Murphy's FX series 'Pose.' The show …

The 'Secret History' Of Koch Industries

August 13th, 2019

48:55

In his new book, 'Kochland,' journalist Christopher Leonard chronicles how Koch Industries and Charles and David Koch acquired huge businesses, …

Sister Helen Prejean

August 12th, 2019

49:28

Prejean is best known for her 1993 memoir, 'Dead Man Walking,' about her role as a spiritual adviser to a convicted killer on death row. The story …

Best Of: Filmmaker Rodney Evans / Writer Jia Tolentino

August 10th, 2019

50:44

Rodney Evans is still making movies, despite having lost much of his vision. His new documentary, 'Vision Portraits,' is about how he and three other blind or visually impaired artists (a photographer, a dancer, and a …

Remembering Toni Morrison

August 9th, 2019

49:33

The Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'Beloved,' 'The Bluest Eye,' 'Sula,' 'Song of Solomon,' and other novels, essays and …

Disinformation & The Murder Of Seth Rich

August 8th, 2019

49:11

In July of 2016, Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was murdered in his D.C. neighborhood. Police think he was the victim of a robbery …

Discrimination Against Women In Hollywood (With Geena Davis & Maria Giese)

August 7th, 2019

48:36

The new documentary 'This Changes Everything' explores how women in Hollywood are pushing for more representation in front of and behind the camera. …

Jia Tolentino On Feminism, Ecstasy & The Internet

August 6th, 2019

48:42

'New Yorker' staff writer Jia Tolentino writes about how social media shapes identity, public discourse and political engagement, particularly for …

'Vision Portraits' Focuses On Visually Impaired Artists

August 5th, 2019

48:25

Filmmaker Rodney Evans is still making movies, despite having lost much of his vision. His new documentary, 'Vision Portraits,' is about how he and three other blind or visually impaired artists (a photographer, a …

Best Of: Comic Wanda Sykes / Crime Novelist Laura Lippman

August 3rd, 2019

51:18

Wanda Sykes' latest Netflix stand-up special, 'Not Normal,' is nominated for two Emmys. She talks with Terry Gross about doing comedy in the Trump era, getting booed for criticizing the president, and coming out …

Polar Photographer Paul Nicklen

August 2nd, 2019

48:43

Paul Nicklen has spent decades documenting the Arctic, Antarctic and the effects of climate change. He talks about some of the dangerous situations …

Comic Wanda Sykes

August 1st, 2019

48:14

Sykes talks about coming out publicly at an LGBTQ rally, her double mastectomy, and her career before comedy — working for the National Security Agency. Sykes' latest Netflix stand-up special, 'Not Normal,' is nominated …

How Tech Companies Track Your Every Move & Sell Your Data

July 31st, 2019

48:26

'Washington Post' tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler talks about how web browsers, phone apps, and smart speakers are tracking users, even when they're …

Crime Novelist Laura Lippman

July 30th, 2019

48:13

Lippman's new novel, 'Lady in the Lake,' set in the 1960s, centers on Maddie Schwartz, who leaves her marriage, gets a job at Baltimore's newspaper, and begins investigating the mysterious death of a young black woman. …

Why We Need Insects / Illustrator Lisa Hanawalt

July 29th, 2019

49:18

Conservation biologist Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson warns that the world's insect population is on the decline — which may have serious consequences for …

Best Of: 'The Farewell' Director Lulu Wang / The Nocturnal Brain

July 27th, 2019

50:08

When Lulu Wang's grandmother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given three months to live, the family flew to China to see her, but decided not …

Ranky Tanky

July 26th, 2019

46:57

In 2017, three members of Ranky Tanky, a band that takes inspiration from the Gullah people, performed songs from their self-titled debut album. It …

Jane Mayer On The Case Of Al Franken

July 25th, 2019

48:14

The 'New Yorker' investigative reporter recently did a deep dive into the accusations of sexual misconduct that forced Sen. Franken to resign in …

Filmmaker Lulu Wang On 'The Farewell' & Her Family's Real Life Lie

July 24th, 2019

48:55

When Lulu Wang's grandmother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given three months to live, the family flew to China to see her, but decided not …

Sleep Disorders & The Nocturnal Brain

July 23rd, 2019

48:56

Neurologist Dr. Guy Leschziner, author of 'The Nocturnal Brain,' says sleep is not a binary state, and the brain can be in multiple stages of sleep …

Breakthroughs In Heart Health

July 22nd, 2019

48:35

Dr. Haider Warraich talks about advancements in treating and preventing heart failure, and explains how the understanding of healthy blood pressure …

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