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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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Humorist/writer Shalom Auslander's new memoir is a satirical look at all the ways a sense of "feh," which is Yiddish for "yuck," has made its way into his psyche and every aspect of his life. Auslander has written extensively over the years about growing up in a dysfunctional ultra-Orthodox Jewish family. His new memoir, aptly titled Feh, is about a journey to write a different story for himself.We'll also hear from Julianne Nicholson. Proud to call herself a character actor, she's appeared in dozens of films and TV series, from Ally McBeal and Boardwalk Empire to August: Osage County and Mare of Easttown, where she earned an Emmy. Nicholson is starring in the new film Janet Planet.And, Ken Tucker takes us back 50 years to Stevie Wonder's album Fulfillingness' First Finale, which he says is an underrated treasure.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
We remember actress Shelley Duvall, who died at the age of 75. Best-known for her role in The Shining, Robert Altman films and her own series about fairytales. She spoke with Terry Gross in 1992 about working with the two directors. Also, we remember the famous sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer. And TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Apple TV+ docuseries Omnivore, and John Powers reviews the new summer blockbuster Twisters.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Humorist Shalom Auslander has written for decades about growing up in a dysfunctional household within an ultra-orthodox Jewish community. Feh, title of his latest memoir, comes from the Yiddish word for "yuck." He talks about self-hatred, changing the narrative and his friendship with late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Also, Justin Chang reviews the new horror movie Longlegs.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
PBS FRONTLINE documentarians Tom Casciato and Kathleen Hughes spent 34 years following two working-class families in Milwaukee who lost well-paying manufacturing jobs and then struggled to regain their way of life. The film, hosted by Bill Moyers, is called Two American Families.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Julianne Nicholson says when strangers recognize her on the street, they're never quite sure how they know her: "They might think I sold them kittens, or I work in the ice cream shop." She stars in the new film Janet Planet. She earned an Emmy for her role in HBO's Mare of Easttown as Mare's (Kate Winslet) best friend. Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel Practice, by Rosalind Brown.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
We talk about the weapon the shooter used in the attempted assassination of former President Trump. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Todd Frankel explains how the AR-15 became an icon of gun culture and a favored weapon for mass shooters. Also, Ken Tucker revisits Stevie Wonder's album Fulfillingness' First Finale for its 50th anniversary.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Taffy Brodesser-Akner's new novel, Long Island Compromise, centers on the kidnapping of a rich businessman, and the impact, decades later, on his grown children. Her previous book, Fleishman Is in Trouble, was adapted into an acclaimed FX/Hulu series.Jill Ciment met her husband in the 1970s when she was a teenager and he was almost 50. At the time of their first kiss, he was a married father of two; she was his art student. In her memoir Consent she reconsiders the origin story of their marriage.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Martin Mull, who died June 27, appeared in the 1970s series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and later starred in Fernwood 2 Night. David Bianculli offers an appreciation, then we revisit Terry Gross' 1995 interview with Mull. Robert Towne, who died July 1, was nominated for an Oscar in 1974 for his screenplay for The Last Detail, and won the Academy Award in 1975 for his screenplay for Chinatown. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1988.Justin Chang reviews A Quiet Place: Day One.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
David Madland of the Center for American Progress says new, "good" jobs are on the rise, but many of the workers don't realize it's a result of Biden's new industrial policies.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Disgraced financier Bernie Madoff scammed investors out of approximately $68 billion. Investigative journalist Richard Behar spoke to Madoff in prison more than 50 times in researching his new book. Behar also conducted interviews with Wall Street insiders, prosecutors, FBI agents, and people who lost most or all of their money investing through Madoff's company.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Jill Ciment met her husband in the 1970s when she was a teenager and he was almost 50. At the time of their first kiss, he was a married father of two; she was his art student. In her memoir Consent she reconsiders the origin story of their marriage.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Brodesser-Akner's new novel, Long Island Compromise, centers on the kidnapping of a rich businessman, and the impact, decades later, on his grown children. She channeled what she learned as a journalist writing celebrity profiles for the book: "I think that the goal of all writing is to humanize those that we can only see from far away." Her previous book, Fleishman Is in Trouble, was adapted into an acclaimed FX/Hulu series.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Comedian Michelle Buteau stars in the new comedy Babes, which follows best friends as they take different paths toward motherhood. It was a role Buteau had to be talked into doing by her real life friend and co-star Ilana Glazer because, at the time, she was already in the thick of living out her character's life as the mother of twin babies. Also, we'll talk with New Yorker staff writer Emily Nussbaum about working conditions for cast members on the popular reality TV show Love is Blind. And Ken Tucker Rock critic Ken Tucker revisits Steely Dan's 1974 album Pretzel Logic, on its 50th anniversary.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
For the 40th anniversary of Talking Heads' masterpiece concert film, Stop Making Sense, A24 remastered and rereleased the movie, bringing it to new audiences and longtime fans. Talking Heads frontman David Byrne returns to Fresh Air to speak with Terry Gross about songwriting, dancing, and constructing the big suit.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
A few years ago, Bon Jovi stopped performing because of a vocal cord injury. The Hulu docuseries Thank You, Goodnight offers a career retrospective, plus a view of his surgery and return to the stage. He spoke with Terry Gross about his voice, writing "Livin' on a Prayer," and his new album, Forever.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
David Tatel is a former civil rights lawyer who spent 30 years as a judge on the D.C. Circuit, the nation's second highest court. He retired earlier this year. As an appellate judge, he was required to follow Supreme Court precedents, but what about precedents that resulted from what he considers flawed judicial reasoning? We talk with Tatel about being a judge during a time he thought the Supreme Court veered off course — and being a judge who is blind. His new book is called Vision: A Memoir of Blindness and Justice.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
As a comedy writer for shows like The Late Late Show with James Corden, Ian Karmel spent most of his life making fun of his weight, starting at a very young age. His new memoir is called T-Shirt Swim Club: Stories of Being Fat in a World of Thin People. It chronicles how he used comedy to cope growing up, and now that he's lost hundreds of pounds, what he's discovered about himself and society. Also, David Bianculli reviews season three of The Bear.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
New Yorker writer Emily Nussbaum discusses the lawsuits brought forth by the Love is Blind cast members, and reflects on how reality TV has impacted our culture. Her new book about the history of reality TV is Cue the Sun! Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a recording by Finnish condutor Klaus Mäkelä.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
If you've ever wondered what conversations were like between Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci during the Covid pandemic, wonder no more. Fauci talks about his new memoir, in which he relates several profanity-laced scoldings he got from the President. Also, we hear from Hannah Einbinder, who stars with Jean Smart in the comedy series Hacks. And Maureen Corrigan shares some summer book recommendations.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
British singer/guitarist Richard Thompson spoke to Fresh Air in 1994 and 2022 about about his formative years and about pioneering a new musical genre that blended rock with traditional music of the British isles. He has a new album called Ship to Shore. Justin Chang reviews the new film Janet Planet, the first feature from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker.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

Wonderful 🥰

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

Amazing ablum . "Es ist fantastisch, dass Deutsches Musik Fernsehen kostenlose Live-Streams anbietet. Diese Möglichkeit, deutsche Musik live und kostenlos zu erleben, ist wirklich großartig. Der Live-Stream ermöglicht es uns, unsere Lieblingsmusik jederzeit und überall zu hören, ohne dafür bezahlen zu müssen. Die Vielfalt der Musikgenres, die angeboten werden, ist beeindruckend und bietet für jeden Geschmack etwas. Außerdem finde ich es toll, dass auch Shows, Interviews und Einblicke hinter die Kulissen der deutschen Musikszene angeboten werden. Insgesamt ist der kostenlose Live-Stream von Deutsches Musik Fernsehen eine wunderbare Gelegenheit, hochwertige Unterhaltung zu genießen. https://tvlivekostenlos.de/deutsches-musik-fernsehen/ deutsches musik fernsehen live stream kostenlos"

Mar 17th
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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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New Jawn

Awful. Truly awful.

Jan 11th
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Carlos Barron

"Fresh Air" is undoubtedly a breath of fresh air in the podcast landscape. Terry Gross's ability to engage with a diverse range of guests, from celebrities to experts in various fields, creates a dynamic and enlightening listening experience. The in-depth interviews not only provide a glimpse into the lives and minds of the guests but also offer valuable insights into current events, culture, and society. https://us.enrollbusiness.com/BusinessProfile/6480559/Cereal-Boxery-Brooklyn-NY-11208/Home Terry's interviewing style is unparalleled, striking a perfect balance between empathy and curiosity. Her thoughtful questions often lead to revelations and perspectives that are both thought-provoking and entertaining. https://ezlocal.com/ny/brooklyn/packaging-service/0917944307

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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