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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: Marc Maron / Hank Azaria

March 28th, 2020

50:25

Comic and 'WTF' podcast host Marc Maron named his new Netflix stand-up special 'End Times Fun' before the COVID-19 pandemic started — but now the title feels eerily apt. He talked with Terry Gross about how he's …

Stephen Sondheim - Part 2

March 27th, 2020

53:54

Sondheim, who turned 90 on March 22, composed the music and wrote lyrics for 'Sweeney Todd,' 'Into the Woods,' 'Company' and other Broadway shows. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2010 about his career in musical theater. …

Trump's 'War' On The Presidency / Remembering Playwright Terrence McNally

March 26th, 2020

47:34

Journalist Benjamin Wittes spoke with Terry Gross about how President Trump has changed the presidency fundamentally — and how we're seeing the impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is the author, with Susan …

Michael Pollan On The Drug We Use Every Day: Caffeine

March 25th, 2020

49:17

'Omnivore's Dilemma' author Michael Pollan talks about his audiobook, 'Caffeine: How Coffee and Tea Created the Modern World.' He describes caffeine …

How The Government Can Mobilize In A Pandemic

March 24th, 2020

47:34

Author Max Brooks became an expert on disaster preparedness — from pandemics to nuclear war — through researching for his books, 'World War Z,' 'Germ …

Comic Marc Maron On 'End Times Fun'

March 23rd, 2020

48:44

Maron named his new Netflix comedy special 'End Times Fun' before the COVID-19 pandemic started — but now the title feels eerily apt. He talked with Terry Gross about how he's handling the crisis as a "recovering …

Best Of: Octavia Spencer / Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin

March 21st, 2020

50:18

Octavia Spencer stars in the new Netflix limited series 'Self Made' as Madam C.J. Walker, America's first black, female, self-made millionaire. She …

Happy Birthday, Stephen Sondheim

March 20th, 2020

49:11

Broadway is dark because of the virus, but that doesn't need to stop us from celebrating the 90th birthday of Broadway's best living composer and lyricist—and one of the best in the history of Broadway, Stephen …

How One Orchestra, Faced With A Pandemic, Played On

March 19th, 2020

49:15

The Philadelphia Orchestra has shuttered its doors in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin reflects on their final performance in an empty concert hall, which was livestreamed for more half …

The Case For Abolishing The Electoral College

March 18th, 2020

49:54

Jesse Wegman, author of 'Let the People Pick the President,' says the Electoral College's winner-take-all rule is not mandated by the Constitution: …

'Simpsons' Voice Actor Hank Azaria

March 17th, 2020

48:41

Azaria plays a colorful baseball announcer in the IFC comedy series 'Brockmire,' which is now in its 4th and final season. Azaria spoke with 'Fresh …

Octavia Spencer

March 16th, 2020

49:03

Spencer stars in the new Netflix limited series 'Self Made' as Madam C.J. Walker, America's first female self-made millionaire. She sold hair and …

Best Of: Writer James McBride / RuPaul

March 14th, 2020

51:20

James McBride's new novel, 'Deacon King Kong,' takes place in 1969, in a Brooklyn housing project similar to the one he grew up in. "In this book and …

Philip Roth On 'The Plot Against America'

March 13th, 2020

48:13

Roth's 2004 novel, 'The Plot Against America,' is an alternative history which imagines Nazi sympathizer Charles Lindbergh beats FDR in the 1940 presidential election and the U.S. sides with the Germans in WWII. We'll …

How Trump's Mismanagement Helped Fuel Coronavirus Crisis

March 12th, 2020

48:51

​Politico reporter Dan Diamond says dysfunction within the White House, infighting and the need to flatter Trump have caused distractions that have …

The Untold Story Of Saudi Crown Prince MBS

March 11th, 2020

49:00

'New York Times' Beirut Bureau Chief Ben Hubbard says Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is full of contradictions: He ended a ban on …

RuPaul

March 10th, 2020

50:36

RuPaul describes his drag persona as "one-part Cher, two-parts David Bowie, one-part Diana Ross and two heaping spoonfuls of Dolly Parton." The …

Writer James McBride

March 9th, 2020

48:51

James McBride's new novel, 'Deacon King Kong,' takes place in 1969, in a Brooklyn housing project similar to the one he grew up in. "In this book and in this community, people generally love each other," he says. …

Best Of: Author Louise Erdrich / 'Watergate Girl' Jill Wine-Banks

March 7th, 2020

51:00

Louise Erdrich talks about her new novel, 'The Night Watchman.' It was inspired by her grandfather, a chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa who fought a Congressional initiative to move indigenous peoples off …

Biographer Robert Caro

March 6th, 2020

48:46

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robert Caro was never interested in only telling the stories of great men. Instead, he says, "I wanted to …

Uncovering The CIA's Operation To Steal State Secrets

March 5th, 2020

49:18

For 50 years, countries all over the world bought encryption technology from a Swiss company, called Crypto AG, to protect their communications with …

Author Louise Erdrich On Native Peoples' 'Long, Brutal Fight For Survival'

March 4th, 2020

48:28

Erdrich's new novel, 'The Night Watchman,' was inspired by her grandfather, a chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa who fought a Congressional initiative to move indigenous peoples off their land and into …

A Father Searches For His Son And Answers In The Costa Rican Jungle

March 3rd, 2020

49:17

In 2014, the 27-year-old son of adventurer Roman Dial walked alone into the Costa Rican wilderness. "I'm planning on doing 4 days in the jungle," he …

Former Parole Officer On 'Hardship & Hope After Prison'

March 2nd, 2020

47:55

As a parole officer in New Orleans, Jason Hardy was responsible for 220 individuals — four times the recommended caseload. He says the parole and …

Best Of: Actor Ben Mendelsohn / Trump's 'Hit List'

February 29th, 2020

51:09

In the HBO series 'The Outsider,' which was adapted from a Stephen King novel, Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn plays a detective trying to solve a …

Aidy Bryant On 'Shrill'

February 28th, 2020

49:39

Bryant co-writes and stars in the comedy series 'Shrill,' based on Lindy West's book about identifying as fat and a feminist. Bryant is also a cast member on 'Saturday Night Live.' (Originally broadcast March 2019)

Understanding Trump's 'Hit List'

February 27th, 2020

50:09

Axios reporter Jonathan Swan says the president has "crossed a psychological line" since impeachment, developing a list of disloyal officials to oust …

Actor Ben Mendelsohn On 'The Outsider'

February 26th, 2020

49:34

In the HBO series, which was adapted from a Stephen King novel, the Australian actor plays a detective trying to solve a murder — and resisting the …

Facebook: The Inside Story

February 25th, 2020

48:31

How can one company be so wildly successful — and so thoroughly distrusted? 'Wired' Editor-at-Large Steven Levy reflects on Facebook's enigmatic …

The Supreme Court's Battle For A 'More Unjust' America

February 24th, 2020

47:59

In his new book, 'Supreme Inequality,' lawyer/journalist Adam Cohen makes the case that the Supreme Court has been "a right-wing court for 50 years," siding with corporations and the wealthy — and against the poor.

And …

Best Of: Claire Danes / Rachael & Vilray Sing Swing Standards

February 22nd, 2020

51:01

Claire Danes has played CIA agent Carrie Mathison on 'Homeland' for 8 seasons. As the last season begins on Showtime, she looks back on the series. …

Writer Recalls Her Mother's Secret Gambling Enterprise

February 21st, 2020

49:24

Growing up, Bridgett M. Davis' mother booked and banked bets from their home in Detroit. She writes about her experience — and the role of "the …

Claire Danes

February 20th, 2020

48:49

Danes has played CIA agent Carrie Mathison on 'Homeland' for 8 seasons. As the last season begins on Showtime, she looks back on the series. She also …

Chaos, Corruption & Trump's Secrets At Deutsche Bank

February 19th, 2020

49:03

In his book 'Dark Towers,' David Enrich traces Deutsche Bank's shadowy practices, from laundering money for Russian oligarchs to the violation of …

Rachael & Vilray Sing Swing Standards

February 18th, 2020

48:18

The music duo perform songs from their self-titled debut album, which draws on the music of the '30s and '40s. "There is a timeless quality to these …

Donald Trump's Testing Of America

February 17th, 2020

49:14

'Washington Post' reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker discuss presidential rages, erratic decision-making and other troubling tendencies of the …

Best Of: The 2020 Disinformation War / Michael Pollan Explains Caffeine

February 15th, 2020

50:39

The Trump campaign is planning to spend $1 billion and a lot will go towards disinformation and propaganda. 'Atlantic' journalist McKay Coppins talks about what he learned about the new techniques the campaign and its …

'High Fidelity' Author / Remembering Ladysmith Black Mambazo Founder

February 14th, 2020

48:44

Nick Hornby's 1995 novel, 'High Fidelity,' about a heartsick record shop owner, was made into a film starring John Cusack in 2000. Now it's been …

Amazon & The 'Rise And Reign' Of Jeff Bezos

February 13th, 2020

47:57

The new FRONTLINE PBS documentary 'Amazon Empire' investigates Amazon's business practices, as well as questions surrounding privacy, surveillance …

An Inside Look At The Watergate Prosecution

February 12th, 2020

48:49

In her memoir, 'The Watergate Girl,' Jill Wine-Banks talks about confronting Nixon White House insiders on the witness stand, enduring sexism in the courtroom and how the Watergate probe differs from Trump's …

The 2020 Disinformation War

February 11th, 2020

48:26

The Trump campaign is planning to spend $1 billion and a lot will go towards disinformation and propaganda. 'Atlantic' journalist McKay Coppins …

Michael Pollan Explains Caffeine Addiction & Withdrawal

February 10th, 2020

47:21

'Omnivore's Dilemma' author Michael Pollan talks about his new audiobook, 'Caffeine: How Coffee and Tea Created the Modern World.' He describes …

Best Of: 'American Factory' Filmmakers / Uncovering A Secret Addiction

February 8th, 2020

50:12

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert's Oscar-nominated documentary goes inside a Chinese-owned automotive glass factory in Ohio, where a unionized GM …

'Joker' Dir. Todd Phillips / Remembering Kirk Douglas

February 7th, 2020

48:10

'Joker' director Todd Phillips talks about how he disguised his "deep-dive character study" film as a comic book movie. It's nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture.

Also, we remember 'Spartacus' actor Kirk …

A New Frontier Of Assassination

February 6th, 2020

47:52

'New Yorker' staff writer Adam Entous says the U.S. could face further retaliation from Iran for the death of General Soleimani: "If you look at …

Coronavirus, Animal Infections & The Next Pandemic

February 5th, 2020

49:13

Science writer David Quammen talks about the new virus in China, what we learned from SARS, and how viruses travel from animal to animal to humans. …

Grief, Guilt & An Ex-Husband's Secret Addiction

February 4th, 2020

48:40

Eilene Zimmerman didn't learn of her ex-husband's addiction to cocaine and opioids until after his drug-related death. Her memoir, 'Smacked,' explores how her former spouse, a wealthy, high-powered attorney, hid his …

'American Factory' Doc. Filmmakers On Chinese/U.S. Work Culture Clash

February 3rd, 2020

49:07

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert's Oscar-nominated documentary goes inside a Chinese-owned automotive glass factory in Ohio. The filmmakers talk …

Best Of: America's Legacy Of Racial Terror / Musician Amy Rigby

February 1st, 2020

51:44

Bryan Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, which represents people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced or abused in state jails and prisons. EJI founded a museum and monument in …

Antonio Banderas On 'Pain And Glory'

January 31st, 2020

48:37

Banderas earned his first ever Oscar nomination for his role in Pedro Almodóvar's 'Pain and Glory.' He plays a screenwriter and director who stops …

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