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Fresh Air

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Rank #4 in Arts category

Arts
Society & Culture
TV & Film
Literature
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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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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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Fresh Air is Unique

By Junolemley - Aug 12 2019
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I love Fresh Air. It’s the best on radio and on the internet.

McDume

By McDume - Aug 07 2019
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Love this show.

iTunes Ratings

17203 Ratings
Average Ratings
11984
2275
1260
807
877

Fresh Air is Unique

By Junolemley - Aug 12 2019
Read more
I love Fresh Air. It’s the best on radio and on the internet.

McDume

By McDume - Aug 07 2019
Read more
Love this show.
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Fresh Air

Updated 10 days ago

Rank #4 in Arts category

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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.

Rank #1: How Tech Companies Track Your Every Move & Sell Your Data

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'Washington Post' tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler talks about how web browsers, phone apps, and smart speakers are tracking users, even when they're asleep. Fowler listened to four years' worth of audio that Amazon had captured and stored from his Alexa smart speaker — and was surprised by what he found.

Soraya Nadia McDonald reviews the final season of Netflix's 'Orange is the New Black,' set in a immigration detention center.
Jul 31 2019
48 mins
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Rank #2: Comic Wanda Sykes

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Sykes talks about coming out publicly at an LGBTQ rally, her double mastectomy, and her career before comedy — working for the National Security Agency. Sykes' latest Netflix stand-up special, 'Not Normal,' is nominated for two Emmys.
Aug 01 2019
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Rank #3: Lizzo

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The flute-playing pop star celebrates self-love on her latest album, 'Cuz I Love You.' About 10 years ago, "I made the decision that I just wanted to be happy with my body," she says. Lizzo talks to Terry Gross about collaborating with Prince, feminism, and using music to help people find a positive place within themselves.

[Originally broadcast In May 2019]
Jul 04 2019
49 mins
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Rank #4: A Former Jehovah's Witness Reflects On Leaving Her Faith

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Amber Scorah was a third generation Jehovah's Witness raised to believe that the Armageddon was imminent. As a teenager she was shunned from her religious community for having sex with her boyfriend. Scorah went on to marry an elder in the church, and she and her husband traveled to China as missionaries. But gradually doubt began to set in. Scorah speaks with Terry Gross about her decision to leave her marriage and her religion and start over. Her memoir is 'Leaving the Witness.'

Also, John Powers reviews the HBO series 'Years and Years.'
Jun 24 2019
48 mins
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Rank #5: Uncovering The Story Of Chernobyl

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HBO's recent series 'Chernobyl' has renewed public interest in the 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Journalist Adam Higginbotham has spent years investigating the causes of the accident and the dramatic efforts to contain the damage. He says design flaws, human hubris and Soviet secrecy all contributed to the disaster. His book is 'Midnight in Chernobyl.'

Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'I'm All Smiles' by pianist George Cables.
Jul 02 2019
48 mins
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Rank #6: Sarah Jessica Parker

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Parker is best-known for her role as the iconic single New Yorker Carrie Bradshaw on 'Sex and the City.' Now, on the HBO series 'Divorce,' she plays Frances, a woman navigating the dissolution of her marriage. Parker spoke with Terry Gross about growing up poor but engaged in the arts, the #MeToo movement, and how she doesn't relate to Carrie (or the other 'SATC' characters) at all.

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the thriller 'Midsommar.'
Jul 03 2019
48 mins
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Rank #7: Best Of: Comic Wanda Sykes / Crime Novelist Laura Lippman

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Wanda Sykes' latest Netflix stand-up special, 'Not Normal,' is nominated for two Emmys. She talks with Terry Gross about doing comedy in the Trump era, getting booed for criticizing the president, and coming out publicly at an LGBTQ rally.

Laura Lippman's new novel, 'Lady in the Lake,' set in the 1960s, centers on Maddie Schwartz, who leaves her marriage, gets a job at Baltimore's newspaper, and begins investigating the mysterious death of a young black woman. Lippman talks about her own experience in newsrooms as a reporter and losing her friend Rob Hiaasen in the 'Capital Gazette' shooting in Annapolis last year.
Aug 03 2019
51 mins
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Rank #8: Sleep Disorders & The Nocturnal Brain

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Neurologist Dr. Guy Leschziner, author of 'The Nocturnal Brain,' says sleep is not a binary state, and the brain can be in multiple stages of sleep at once. That can explain why people sometimes walk, eat, and even have sex while sleeping. He talks about insomnia, medication, and some of the more unusual disorders he has treated.

Also, we remember Paul Krassner, who died July 21. He published and edited the magazine 'The Realist' from 1958 until 1974 and became known as "the father of the underground press."
Jul 23 2019
48 mins
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Rank #9: Jane Mayer On The Case Of Al Franken

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The 'New Yorker' investigative reporter recently did a deep dive into the accusations of sexual misconduct that forced Sen. Franken to resign in 2017. Mayer says the chief accuser's story is full of holes. "I certainly knew that we were sort of kicking a hornet's nest by even doing this story," Mayer says, "I think that we ought to be able to report on everything."
Jul 25 2019
48 mins
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Rank #10: 'Vision Portraits' Focuses On Visually Impaired Artists

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Filmmaker Rodney Evans is still making movies, despite having lost much of his vision. His new documentary, 'Vision Portraits,' is about how he and three other blind or visually impaired artists (a photographer, a dancer, and a writer) continue to do their work.

Also, we remember Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, who died Aug. 1. He pioneered a cinéma vérité style of filmmaking with 'Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back' and 'The War Room.' Pennebaker spoke with Terry Gross in 1989.
Aug 05 2019
48 mins
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Rank #11: Polar Photographer Paul Nicklen

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Paul Nicklen has spent decades documenting the Arctic, Antarctic and the effects of climate change. He talks about some of the dangerous situations he's been in while on the job. "I'm not really scared of death, I just want my death to be cool, and I guess being speared by a narwhal would be a pretty cool way to go." (Originally broadcast in June 2017)

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Luce.'
Aug 02 2019
48 mins
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Rank #12: Crime Novelist Laura Lippman

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Lippman's new novel, 'Lady in the Lake,' set in the 1960s, centers on Maddie Schwartz, who leaves her marriage, gets a job at Baltimore's newspaper, and begins investigating the mysterious death of a young black woman. Lippman talks about her own experience in newsrooms as a reporter, deciding to become a mother in her 50s, and losing her friend Rob Hiaasen in the 'Capital Gazette' shooting last year.
Jul 30 2019
48 mins
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Rank #13: TV Critic Emily Nussbaum

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic for 'The New Yorker' talks about the art of "terrible men" in the #MeToo era, TV's revolution (from low to high brow), and what she calls "the bad fan." Her new book of essays and reviews is 'I Like to Watch.'
Jul 15 2019
48 mins
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Rank #14: A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle With Opioids

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Travis Rieder became dependent on opioids after a motorcycle accident in 2015 that crushed his left foot, and forced him to endure six surgeries. His book 'In Pain' draws on his insights as a patient, and his subsequent research into pain medicine, to examine the larger problems and dilemmas surrounding prescription opioids and the larger opioid crisis.
Jul 08 2019
48 mins
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