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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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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 …

Cultural & Religious Upheaval In The Middle East / Treasure In The Thames

January 30th, 2020

47:49

Kim Ghattas grew up in Lebanon during the civil war and covered the Middle East for the BBC for 20 years. She says events in the Mideast in 1979 set …

What Happens If There's An 'Election Meltdown' In 2020

January 29th, 2020

48:27

Imagine the power grid goes out in a major city on Election Day. Or the losing candidate refuses to concede. How secure are new voting machines? These are among the things law professor Rick Hasen considers in his book, …

Singer-Songwriter Amy Rigby

January 28th, 2020

48:49

Rigby's memoir, 'Girl to City,' tracks how a Catholic girl from the Pittsburgh suburbs became part of New York City punk scene — and invented and …

The Secret History Of Nuclear War

January 27th, 2020

49:10

In his new book, 'The Bomb,' journalist Fred Kaplan pulls back the curtain on how U.S. presidents, their advisers and generals have thought about, …

Inside Trump's Chaotic 'Den Of Destruction' / Actor Tim Roth

January 25th, 2020

50:11

Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Washington Post' reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker did over 200 interviews with Trump administration insiders. Their …

The Horrors Of Auschwitz

January 24th, 2020

48:20

To mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp, we're revisiting archival interviews with Auschwitz survivor and Nobel Peace …

Attorney General William Barr's Unwavering Support Of Trump, Explained

January 23rd, 2020

48:06

'New Yorker' editor David Rohde says Barr acts as Trump's political "sword and shield," which has made him the most feared, criticized and effective …

Inside Trump's Chaotic 'Den Of Destruction'

January 22nd, 2020

49:24

Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Washington Post' reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker did over 200 interviews with Trump administration insiders. Their …

Actor Tim Roth

January 21st, 2020

49:49

The British actor can be seen in the Tarantino films 'Reservoir Dogs,' 'The Hateful Eight' and 'Pulp Fiction,' and the new movie 'The Song of Names.' …

'Just Mercy' Lawyer Asks America To Reckon With Its Racist Past & Present

January 20th, 2020

48:18

Public interest attorney 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. In 2018, EJI …

Best Of: Martin Scorsese / 'Boys & Sex'

January 18th, 2020

50:07

Martin Scorsese's latest film, 'The Irishman,' is up for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. He spoke with Terry Gross about …

'Why Religion?' Asks How Hearts Heal After Tragedy

January 17th, 2020

48:20

Religion scholar Elaine Pagels lost her young son to terminal illness and her husband a year later in an accident. Her book, 'Why Religion?,' …

Iran's Secret Influence On Iraq

January 16th, 2020

48:04

'Intercept' Senior National Security Correspondent James Risen says new documents show how Iran has embedded itself in the politics of its neighbor, …

Martin Scorsese

January 15th, 2020

49:09

Scorsese's latest film, 'The Irishman,' is up for 10 Academy Awards, including best picture and best director. He spoke with Terry Gross about death, redemption and his biggest flop.

Also, film critic Justin Chang …

The 'Fixers' That Created President Trump

January 14th, 2020

48:17

Reporters Joe Palazzolo and Michael Rothfeld won a Pulitzer for their investigation of Trump's 2016 hush money payments to Karen McDougal and porn …

The Murderous Coup of 1898 & The Rise of White Supremacy

January 13th, 2020

49:40

In the 1890s, Wilmington, N.C. was a mixed-race community with a thriving black middle class, black aldermen and police officers, and a black …

Best Of: 'Joker' Dir. Todd Phillips / Andrea Bernstein on 'American Oligarchs'

January 11th, 2020

50:31

'Joker' is an origin story for the villain in the Batman series, but director Todd Phillips says it's not a comic book movie. "It really started as …

Remembering 'Graduate' Screenwriter Buck Henry

January 10th, 2020

49:03

Buck Henry, who died Jan. 8, co-wrote the film 'Get Smart' with Mel Brooks and made regular appearances as a guest host on 'Saturday Night Live' in …

The Future Of America's Contest With China

January 9th, 2020

48:47

'New Yorker' staff writer Evan Osnos says that China is building up its military, and Pentagon analysts now believe it could defeat U.S. forces in a …

The Trumps & Kushners, 'American Oligarchs'

January 8th, 2020

48:14

Author Andrea Bernstein, co-host of the podcast 'Trump, Inc.' and the author of the new book 'American Oligarchs' talks with Terry Gross about the family histories of both the Trumps and the Kushners, and their …

'Boys & Sex'

January 7th, 2020

48:33

Peggy Orenstein's new book, 'Boys & Sex,' is based on extensive interviews with more than 100 college and college-bound boys between the ages of …

'Joker' Director Todd Phillips

January 6th, 2020

49:16

'Joker' is an origin story for the villain in the Batman series, but director Todd Phillips says it's not a comic book movie. "It really started as …

Jordan Peele / Francis Ford Coppola

January 4th, 2020

50:05

We close out our 'Best of the Decade' series with two of our favorite film directors. Jordan Peele made his directorial debut in 2017 with the …

Patti Smith / Bruce Springsteen

January 3rd, 2020

47:30

Our Best of the Decade series continues with two music icons. First, Patti Smith spoke with Terry Gross in 2010 about 'Just Kids,' her memoir about her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. And then we …

Ta-Nehisi Coates / Toni Morrison

January 2nd, 2020

48:51

Our Best of the Decade series continues with two of the most influential writers of our time. In 2015, Coates discussed his book 'Between the World and Me.' Formatted as a letter to his son, Coates writes about the …

In Concert: Carolina Chocolate Drops / Catherine Russell / Jon Batiste

January 1st, 2020

47:59

Our Best of the Decade series continues with three music interviews. Carolina Chocolate Drops are a old-time string band from Durham, N.C. Jazz …

Howard Stern / Joan Rivers

December 31st, 2019

50:43

Our Best of the Decade series continues with two irreverent New Yorkers. Stern, the "King of All Media," spoke with Terry Gross this year about how …

Anthony Bourdain / Columnist David Carr

December 30th, 2019

48:57

Our Best of the Decade series continues with two giants of the media world we lost too soon. Chef-turned-travel-host Anthony Bourdain took us around the world with CNN's 'Parts Unknown.' He died in 2018. David Carr was …

Best Of: Adam Sandler & Safdie Bros. On 'Uncut Gems' / Best TV Of 2019

December 30th, 2019

50:19

Adam Sandler plays a jewelry store owner who's deep in debt in a new thriller, 'Uncut Gems,' by writer/directors Josh and Benny Safdie. The movie was inspired by the brothers' father, who worked in the NYC diamond …

Lin-Manuel Miranda On 'Hamilton' / 'Book Of Mormon' Creators Trey Parker & Matt Stone

December 27th, 2019

49:51

As part of our Best of the Decade series, we listen back to interviews about two Broadway phenomena. First we hear from 'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda about how his "mixed tape" musical came together. And we …

Meryl Streep / Carrie Fisher

December 26th, 2019

51:15

This week, we are listening back to some of our favorite interviews from the past decade. We listen back to our 2012 and 2016 interviews with Meryl Streep. Also, Carrie Fisher spoke with Terry Gross about 'The Princess …

Rosemary Clooney In Concert

December 25th, 2019

50:25

To celebrate Christmas, we listen back to a concert given by the late singer and actress in 1997. Clooney spoke with Terry Gross about her childhood, being on the road as a young performer with her sister, and working …

A Roots & Rockabilly Holiday Concert

December 24th, 2019

49:53

Singer-songwriter JD McPherson never thought he'd make a Christmas album. Then, he says, "I got a bug in my ear." He and his band perform live in studio from 'Socks,' and McPherson talks about growing up on a cattle …

2019 In TV & Film

December 23rd, 2019

49:31

TV critic David Bianculli and film critic Justin Chang sit down with Terry Gross to share their top 10 lists and talk about larger themes. And John …

Best Of: Charlize Theron / Best Albums Of 2019 / Julie Andrews

December 21st, 2019

51:32

Charlize Theron's new film, 'Bombshell,' follows the women of Fox News who accused then-CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. She talks about playing …

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