Fresh Air

Fresh Air

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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.

Episodes

Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia & Growing Up With Hollywood Parents  

Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like 'World War Z' and 'Minecraft: The Island.' Ken Tucker reviews the new reissued, remastered versions of Nick Lowe albums.

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Poet Imagines Life Inside A Notorious Colony For The Disabled  

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, grew up near the former Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded. In her new collection of poems, she imagines life inside the colony. Brown also talks about faith, the death of her twin sister, and how her body and poetry are connected. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a concert recording of the Bill Evans Trio.

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Best Of: Tom Perrotta / The Unusual Story Of The Kellogg Brothers  

Perrotta's previous books 'Election' and 'Little Children' were made into films, and 'The Leftovers' became an HBO series. His new book, 'Mrs. Fletcher,' tells the story of a single mother whose only child has left for college. Perrotta says the book was inspired by the upheaval he experienced when his own kids moved out. John Powers reviews the new Criterion release of Albert Brooks' 1985 film 'Lost in America.' A century ago, two brothers took the world by storm with their mass-produced boxed cereal. Medical historian Howard Markel chronicles their contentious relationship and their prescient and troubling concepts of wellness.

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Remembering Broadway Legend Barbara Cook  

Cook, who starred in Broadway shows like 'The Music Man' and 'Candide, died on Tuesday at 89. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2016 about her struggle with addiction and her second career as a cabaret singer. Justin Chang reviews the film 'Good Time' starring Robert Pattinson.

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The Still Unfolding Story Of JFK's Assassination / Aubrey Plaza  

Investigative reporter Philip Shenon tells us about newly-declassified documents which shed light on Lee Harvey Oswald's trip to Mexico weeks before the assassination. He met with Cuban officials and may have boasted about planning to kill the President Kennedy. "It's remarkable to discover that the CIA itself describes what happened after the Kennedy assassination as being a cover up," Shenon says. Also, Aubrey Plaza joins 'Fresh Air' producer Ann Marie Baldonado to talk about 'Ingrid Goes West,' and her iconic role as April on 'Parks & Rec.'

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A Physician Wonders, Should I Help My Patients Die?  

California physician Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter is grappling with when to implement her state's new End of Life Option Act — which allows certain terminally ill patients to receive medical assistance to hasten death. Her book is 'Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life.' Also, we listen back to a 2008 interview with late country musician Glen Campbell. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'What She Ate.'

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How The Kellogg Brothers Revolutionized Breakfast  

A century ago, two brothers took the world by storm with their mass-produced boxed cereal. Medical historian Howard Markel chronicles their contentious relationship, their prescient concepts of wellness, and their troubling ideas about eugenics and masturbation. TV critic David Bianculli reviews the 10-part series 'Mr. Mercedes.'

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'Why Buddhism Is True'  

Science journalist and author Robert Wright says that Buddhist meditation might help counteract our natural tendency towards unhappiness and dissatisfaction. His new book is 'Why Buddhism is True.' Also John Powers reviews the new Criterion release of Albert Brooks' 1985 film 'Lost in America.'

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Best Of: Former VP Al Gore / Ariel Levy  

The former vice president's documentary, 'An Inconvenient Sequel,' seeks to build bipartisan consensus to address climate change. "Mother Nature has a more persuasive voice than any of us," Gore says. Ken Tucker reviews Randy Newman's new album. 'New Yorker' staff writer Ariel Levy was five months pregnant when she took a writing assignment in Mongolia. She miscarried alone in her hotel room, and shortly after her return home, her marriage fell apart. Levy's memoir, 'The Rules Do Not Apply,' explores her loss of identity as a wife and mother, and how writing saved her.

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Remembering French Actress Jeanne Moreau / Playwright Sam Shepard  

Jeanne Moreau, an icon of French New Wave cinema, died on Monday at 89. She starred in the films 'Jules and Jim' and 'The Lovers.' She spoke with Terry Gross in 1993 about disobeying her father to pursue acting and working with director Louis Malle. Sam Shepard, who died Sunday, penned more than 55 plays, including 'Buried Child.' His breakthrough film role was as astronaut Chuck Yeager in 'The Right Stuff.' He talked with Terry Gross in 1998. Ken Tucker reviews Randy Newman's new album 'Dark Matter.'

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Bill Moyers  

Journalist Bill Moyers once worked as the special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, and, 52 years ago, witnessed firsthand the political maneuvering that resulted in the landmark passage of Medicare. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Wind River.'

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Former VP Al Gore  

The former vice president's documentary, 'An Inconvenient Sequel,' seeks to build bipartisan consensus to address climate change. "Mother Nature has a more persuasive voice than any of us," Gore says.

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'I Was Somebody's Mother': Ariel Levy On Love And Loss  

The 'New Yorker' writer was five months pregnant when she took a writing assignment in Mongolia. She miscarried alone in her hotel room, and shortly after her return home, her marriage fell apart. Levy's new memoir 'The Rules Do Not Apply,' explores her loss of identity as a wife and mother, and how writing saved her. TV critic David Bianculli reviews three series worth checking out this August.

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Author Tom Perrotta  

Perrotta's previous books 'Election' and 'Little Children' were made into films, and 'The Leftovers' became an HBO series. His new book, 'Mrs. Fletcher,' tells the story of a single mother whose only child has left for college. Perrotta says the book was inspired by the upheaval he experienced when his own kids moved out. Also, Lloyd Schwartz reviews a collection from Austrian pianist Artur Schnabel.

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Best Of: Jessica Williams / NYT White House Correspondent Peter Baker  

The '2 Dope Queens' co-host talks about growing up in a religious family, landing a job on 'The Daily Show' at 22, and her new Netflix film 'The Incredible Jessica James.' Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of noir writer Chester Himes. 'New York Times' Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker has covered the last four presidents. He says President Trump has crossed so many boundaries that "it's easy to become inured to it."

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Jazz Pianist Dave Frishberg / Ray Manzarek  

Frishberg is known for such witty songs as "Peel Me A Grape," "I'm Hip," and several songs from TV's 'Schoolhouse Rock.' He spoke with Terry in 1991. He has a new memoir. Also, to mark the 50th anniversary of The Doors' single "Light My Fire" hitting No. 1 on the Billboard chart, we listen back to Manzarek talk about coming up with his keyboard part. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Detroit,' directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

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The Unique Challenges Of Covering President Trump  

'New York Times' Chief White House correspondent Peter Baker has covered the last four presidents. He says President Trump has crossed so many boundaries that "it's easy to become inured to it."

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The 'Great Quake' That Changed Our Understanding Of The Planet  

Science writer Henry Fountain says the deadly quake that shook Alaska in 1964 was so loud some thought it was the beginning of World War III. His new book is 'The Great Quake.' Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of noir writer Chester Himes, and Kevin Whitehead reviews an album from saxophonist JD Allen's quartet.

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Jessica Williams  

The '2 Dope Queens' co-host talks about growing up in a religious family, landing a job on 'The Daily Show' at 22, and why she feels she can "never be average." Williams stars in the new Netflix film 'The Incredible Jessica James.' Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg discusses the ubiquitous references to a single sentence of Jane Austen's work.

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Inside The Global Seed Vault  

Cary Fowler discusses his new book, 'Seeds on Ice,' about a tunnel near the North Pole where hundreds of thousands of crop varieties are being stored in case of a catastrophe. Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Out in the Storm' by Waxahatchee.

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