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.

Norm Eisen's new book, 'The Last Palace,' is about his years as America's ambassador to the Czech Republic and the spread of illiberalism in Europe — a trend, he says, that's now crossed the Atlantic. He talks about President Trump, the Mueller investigation, and Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Blaze,' directed by Ethan Hawke.

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John Kerry Sept. 5, 2018
During the 2004 presidential election, opponents used falsehoods to attack Kerry's military record. The former secretary of state reflects on that campaign — and on the current state of American politics — in his memoir, 'Every Day is Extra.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Steve Coleman's new album, 'Live ...
Growing up in tribal Pakistan, Khalida Brohi knew of several honor killings of women in her village. When she was just 14 years old, Brohi's cousin Khadija was murdered by their uncle because she fell in love with a man who was not her betrothed. Her death motivated Brohi to ...
We conclude our Emmys series with three more interviews with nominees: Issa Rae, co-creator and star of the HBO series 'Insecure,' spoke with Terry Gross in 2016 about "black humor" and "white humor," and what made her want to write for television. Rae is nominated for Lead Actress in a ...
John Oliver, host of HBO's 'Last Week Tonight,' spoke with Terry Gross in in March about covering the news "no one in their right mind wants to hear about," like the Italian parliamentary elections, NRATV, and tax-exempt religious organizations. 'Last Week Tonight' is nominated for four Emmys, including Outstanding Variety ...
Our week of interviews with 2018 Emmy nominees continues. Alec Baldwin is nominated for an Emmy for playing the president on 'SNL.' In 2017, he told Terry Gross that his impression is "kind of the Macy's Day Parade [version] of Trump." Brian Tyree Henry is nominated for an Emmy for ...
Our week of interviews with 2018 Emmy nominees continues. CNN anchor Jake Tapper is nominated for his live interview with Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway. He talked to Terry Gross about the difficulty of knowing how and when to cut off guests, and the 'SNL' spoof of him and Conway. Also, ...
Our Emmys-themed series continues: Scott Frank packed his Netflix miniseries 'Godless' with train robberies and shootouts — but challenged Western norms by putting women in charge of the town. 'Godless' has 12 nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series. Allison Janney has been nominated for an Emmy for her role on CBS's ...
John Oliver / Neil Simon Aug. 28, 2018
All this week we're replaying selected interviews with 2018 Emmy nominees. John Oliver, host of HBO's 'Last Week Tonight,' spoke with Terry Gross in in March about covering the news "no one in their right mind wants to hear about," like the Italian parliamentary elections, NRA TV, and tax-exempt religious ...
The former prisoner of war, who died Saturday, told Terry Gross: "My experiences have made me so appreciative of the opportunities that I've been given." He spoke with 'Fresh Air' in 2000 and 2005. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews a tribute album to Roger Miller.
A previous version of this podcast had the incorrect audio. This has been fixed. The 'Moonlight' actor now stars as a death row lawyer on the Hulu series 'Castle Rock.' He's also played a surgeon facing racial discrimination in 'The Knick,' and civil rights leader Andrew Young in 'Selma.' He ...
Following a rodeo accident, Brady Jandreau refused to quit riding and training wild horses — even it if meant risking his life. He plays a version of himself in director Chloe Zhao's slightly fictionalized retelling of his story. The director and star talk about the accident, recovery and making of ...
After years as a reporter, Avi Issacharoff co-created an action series about an elite unit of the Israeli military whose members work undercover in the West Bank. 'Fauda' is now streaming on Netflix. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Searching,' starring John Cho.
Actor André Holland Aug. 22, 2018
The 'Moonlight' actor now stars as a death row lawyer on the Hulu series 'Castle Rock.' He's also played a surgeon facing racial discrimination in 'The Knick,' and civil rights leader Andrew Young in 'Selma.' He says many of the characters he plays are wrestling with "that question of identity ...
Author Beth Macy's book, 'Dopesick,' takes an intimate look at cops, judges, drug dealers, young heroin users and their long-suffering parents, doctors and health activists struggling to fight the opioid epidemic. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Severance' by Ling Ma.
Kwan thought the screen adaptation of his bestselling novel might be a small independent film — instead it's been hailed as a groundbreaking moment for Hollywood casting. He tells Terry Gross about his upbringing in Singapore and how it inspired the book. Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Wild! Wild! ...
Aretha Franklin died Thursday at 76. When she spoke with Terry Gross in 1999, she told stories behind some of her greatest recordings, like "Respect." The "Queen of Soul" also talked about her formative years, singing gospel music in the Baptist church where her father Rev. C. L. Franklin preached. ...
Le Carré worked for MI5 and MI6 early in his career. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," he said of those years. His novel 'A Legacy of Spies' came out in 2017. Rock critic Ken Tucker shares an appreciation of the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, who died ...
Franklin died today at 76. When she spoke with Terry Gross in 1999, she told stories behind some of her greatest recordings, like "Respect." The "Queen of Soul" also talked about her formative years, singing gospel music in the Baptist church where her father Rev. C. L. Franklin preached.
2018 is shaping up to be the fourth hottest year on record. Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter for 'The New York Times,' discusses the dire consequences of rising temperatures, such as drought, famine, disease, war and increased migration. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Crazy Rich Asians,' and rock critic ...