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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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Einbinder co-stars with Jean Smart in the HBO Max series Hacks. Her new Max special is Everything Must Go. Einbinder grew up in a comedic household — her mom, Laraine Newman, is an original SNL cast member. Being funny was "the main currency in our home," she says. "It was a love language for sure."Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
About 25 years ago, acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma asked a high school student to help him name his instrument. He brings his 18th century cello — aka "Petunia" — to the Fresh Air studio for music and conversation. Actor Griffin Dunne grew up in Beverly Hills, where his family would entertain Hollywood celebrities. That made for entertaining stories, but at the heart of his new memoir, Griffin writes about how the Dunne family overcame significant traumas, including the murder of his sister, Dominique. It's called The Friday Afternoon Club.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Hall of Famer Satchel Paige started his career pitching in the Negro leagues and later became a major league star. Author Larry Tye tells his story in Satchel. Plus, Justin Chang reviews Inside Out 2.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Journalist Alexia Fernández Campbell says that some freed men and women were given titles to land following the Civil War — but after President Lincoln's death, the land was taken back. Campbell is a contributor to 40 Acres And A Lie, a three-part series featured in Mother Jones and the public radio show and podcast Reveal, which explores how the land loss deprived Black people of building intergenerational wealth. David Bianculli reviews the new Apple TV+ series, Presumed Innocent.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
'The Always Sunny in Philadelphia' co-creator and co-star bought a Welsh football club during the pandemic. McElhenney says he and actor Ryan Reynolds bought the team to "bring hope to a town that had fallen on hard times." The FX series 'Welcome to Wrexham,' now in its third season on Hulu, chronicles the team, its owners and fans.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson still remembers the first time he heard The Sugarhill Gang's 1980 hit "Rapper's Delight." It felt like a paradigm shift: "Suddenly they start talking in rhythmic poetry and we didn't know what to make of it," The Roots bandleader says. Questlove's new book is Hip-Hop is History.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Dunne grew up in Beverly Hills, in a family of storytellers — including his father, author Dominic. He talks about his complicated relationship with fame and the trauma the family experienced after the 1982 murder of his sister, Dominique. Dunne's new memoir is 'The Friday Afternoon Club.'Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Consent,' by Jill Ciment.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Stephen Sondheim's musical Merrily We Roll Along flopped when it debuted in 1981. But its Broadway revival has been a hit, garnering seven Tony nominations. We talk with director Maria Friedman, who was a friend of Sondheim's, and actor Jonathan Groff. MSNBC host Ali Velshi traces his family's migration across three continents, from a village in India to South Africa — where his grandfather crossed paths with Mahatma Gandhi — to Kenya, Canada and the U.S. Velshi's new memoir is Small Acts of Courage.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Comic, actor and filmmaker Julio Torres came to the U.S. from El Salvador in his early 20s — and he says he is personally familiar with "all the Catch-22s of the immigration system." Torres addressed immigration in Problemista; his new HBO comedy series is Fantasmas. Plus, John Powers reviews Becoming Karl Lagerfeld.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
While reporting on Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement, Farrow unearthed details of the National Enquirer's plan to pay for damaging stories about Trump and then bury those stories — a practice known as "catch and kill." The connection between that practice and the 2016 election gave prosecutors a felony case against the former president.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Whitehead's sequel to Harlem Shuffle centers on crime at every level, from small-time crooks to Harlem's elite. "My early '70s New York is dingy and grimy," the Pulitzer Prize-winning author says. Plus, Ken Tucker reviews Swamp Dogg's new album, Blackgrass.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
In his memoir, Small Acts of Courage, Velshi chronicles his family's journey, from a village in India to South Africa — where his grandfather crossed paths with Mahatma Gandhi — to Kenya, Canada and the U.S. Plus, David Bianculli reviews Hit Man.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Stephen Sondheim's 1981 flop is now a Broadway hit. This revival of Merrily We Roll Along is nominated for seven Tony Awards. Two of those nominees, actor Jonathan Groff and director Maria Friedman, talk with Terry Gross about the show.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
In 2021, burnt out from the intensity of her early career, Maggie Rogers considered quitting music entirely. Instead, she took a detour — to Harvard Divinity School, where she earned a master's degree in religion and public life. Her new album is Don't Forget Me.SNL alum Kristen Wiig co-stars with Carol Burnett in Palm Royale, an Apple TV+ series about a former pageant queen who wants to break into high society. Wiig talks about working with Burnett and the rush of SNL.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
How do you get on with life after an accident that leads to disability and chronic pain? That's the central question in Andre Dubus III's novel, Such Kindness. He talks about the injuries he faced when he was a carpenter, and how his relationship changed with his father after the senior Dubus was struck by a car and never walked again. His previous books include Townie and House of Sand and Fog. Justin Chang reviews the Western film The Dead Don't hurt.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Yohance Lacour's Pulitzer Prize-winning podcast, You Didn't See Nothin', tells the story of Lenard Clark, a 13-year-old Black boy who was beaten into a coma by white teenagers, after riding his bike into a predominantly white neighborhood. Lacour talks about the importance of the case today, and how it shaped his life and the city of Chicago.Also, John Powers reviews the film Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
About 25 years ago, the acclaimed cellist asked a high school student to help him name his instrument. Yo-Yo Ma brings his cello — aka "Petunia" — to his conversation with Terry Gross. He talks about being a child prodigy, his rebel years, and straddling three cultures: American, French, and Chinese. For sponsor-free episodes of Fresh Air — and exclusive weekly bonus episodes, too — subscribe to Fresh Air+ via Apple Podcasts or at here.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
When journalist Rachel Somerstein had an emergency C-section with her first child, the anesthesia didn't work. She recounts her own experience and the history of C-sections in her book, Invisible Labor.TV critic David Bianculli reviews the last season of Evil. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
The small Memphis label Stax Records created soul hits by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Rufus and Carla Thomas, and others. It's the subject of a new documentary on MAX. We're featuring interviews with musicians who were a big part of the Stax sound: Guitarist, songwriter, and producer Steve Cropper tells us about becoming part of the house rhythm section, and going on to help write hits for Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett. Keyboardist Booker T. Jones remembers being pulled out of class in high school to go play music at Stax. And Issac Hayes tells us about writing the classic hit "Soul Man."Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Grammy-winning musician Michael McDonald looks back on his childhood and his career in a new memoir. He spoke with Tonya Mosley about imposter syndrome and his first band as a tween. Also, investigative journalist and author Eric Schlosser talks about how mergers and acquisitions and very little regulation have all but decimated competition within food systems and supply chains. And Justin Chang reviews Furiosa, the latest film in the Mad Max franchise.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
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Charles Saulino

Romance and sex aren't the same thing. If you're too delicate to say "sex" or even a more clinical term like "intercourse" or "coitus," then don't try to write about such things, and definitely don't do publicity interviews about it.

Jun 15th
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j law

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Jun 1st
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j law

Anne Marie's voice sounds like a 10 year-old girl.

May 24th
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Peter Chaloner

Good of you to tell us what the FCC was doing in the 19th century. Consider reading a history book.

Apr 27th
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Tammy Buchanan

Mary Roach wrote about this in "Stiff". I want to donate my body to crash testing.

Apr 3rd
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Dan Williams

it took January 6th for her to decide that her religion was a bunch of BS. sure I'm going to waste 45 minutes of my life listening to her

Mar 26th
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New Jawn

She told the truth then and now. But I don't have a TV and I'd never heard her speak before, and I don't know if I've ever heard a more weak, mousy, pathetic little voice totally lacking even a hint of confidence. I hope her book is better than her interview. Finally, I've been listening to the podcast "Warriors in their own words," so I don't put much stock in "being triggered."

Mar 20th
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Lâm Cao Thanh

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j law

What Mr. Cecchi-Azzolina calls a "tip", is really a bribe. Big difference. Please call it what it is.

Mar 16th
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Bea Kiddo

I grew up watching and listening to Richard Lewis. He was a funny man and I have nothing but funny and good memories from him. He was definitely part of the “good times and good years” that I grew up with and made me a better person.

Mar 3rd
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Jan 11th
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Carlos Barron

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Dec 2nd
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New Jawn

You lost me after the rock climbing, second pregnancy and not sure who the baby daddy was, and the hundredth tattoo.

Nov 21st
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Carlos Barron

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Nov 15th
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