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Fresh Air

Rank #2 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.

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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.

iTunes Ratings

13967 Ratings
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By Jessica lgm mm - Feb 15 2019
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Informative and entertaining. Love Terry Gross!

Just spectacular

By michaeljeromebeck - Jan 08 2019
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Gross is the greatest interviewer working today by a vast margin. Fresh Air rocks.

iTunes Ratings

13967 Ratings
Average Ratings
9992
1774
912
607
682

Enjoy

By Jessica lgm mm - Feb 15 2019
Read more

Informative and entertaining. Love Terry Gross!

Just spectacular

By michaeljeromebeck - Jan 08 2019
Read more

Gross is the greatest interviewer working today by a vast margin. Fresh Air rocks.

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Fresh Air

Rank #2 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.

Top Episodes

Most Popular Episodes of Fresh Air

Rank #1: Writer Recalls Her Mother's Secret Gambling Enterprise

Feb 04 2019
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Before states ran legal lotteries there was the underground street version — the numbers. When writer Bridgett M. Davis was growing up in Detroit in the '60s, her mother was a successful bookie in the African American community. She says the numbers helped fund both an underground economy and legitimate businesses at a time when opportunities for African-Americans were limited. "Numbers men were also race men, and they believed in taking their largesse and reinvesting it in the community, starting all kinds of businesses — everything from, say, a bowling alley to an insurance company to a newspaper." Davis' memoir is 'The World According to Fannie Davis.'

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Rank #2: The 5G Network & The Possible Threat To Cybersecurity

Jan 31 2019
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'New York Times' reporter David Sanger says the world's leading producer of telecom equipment, China's Huawei, will be central to the spread of a global 5G network — which could pose a major threat to U.S. national security. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a recording of Oscar Peterson's 1969 album 'Motions & Emotions.'

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Rank #3: Melissa McCarthy

Oct 22 2018
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McCarthy is not interested in playing pleasant characters. Flawless women with perfect clothes and relationships? Nope, not for her. "Who wants to watch that?" she says. "There's nothing to sink your teeth into. ... The people I love and like are filled with quirks and eccentricities." McCarthy spoke with Terry Gross about 'Bridesmaids,' playing Sean Spicer on 'SNL,' and her role as literary forger Lee Israel in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Also, John Powers reviews the BBC drama 'Bodyguard,' dropping on Netflix Oct. 24.

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Rank #4: Jonah Hill

Oct 30 2018
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Hill always wanted to be a writer and director, but an unexpected complement in an acting class shifted him towards performing instead. He co-starred in 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Superbad,' and 'Moneyball.' Now he's written and directed his first movie, 'Mid90s,' about a group of young skateboarders. He talks about toxic masculinity, self-acceptance, and his experience directing for the first time. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Let The People See,' the story of Emmett Till.

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Rank #5: The Best TV & Movies Of 2018

Dec 20 2018
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TV critic David Bianculli and film critic Justin Chang sit down with Terry Gross to share their picks for the best of the year.

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Rank #6: Filmmakers Joel & Ethan Coen

Nov 19 2018
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The Coen brothers ('Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?,' 'No Country for Old Men') pay homage to old Westerns with their new film, 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.' The movie is a collection of six stories that often subvert the expectations of the genre.

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Rank #7: White Nationalism And The Synagogue Massacre

Oct 29 2018
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Journalist Eli Saslow says white nationalism inspired the man who killed 11 at a Pittsburgh synagogue: "In the horrific hierarchy of white nationalist beliefs, they really consider Jews their primary enemy." Saslow spoke with Terry Gross Monday morning about the tragedy and its "straight line" to the white nationalist movement. Also, we'll listen back to an excerpt of the interview with Saslow and former white nationalist Derek Black from September. Saslow's book, 'Rising Out of Hatred,' focuses on Derek, who was once a leading voice in the white nationalist movement but has since denounced his views.

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Rank #8: Michael Lewis On 'The Fifth Risk'

Oct 02 2018
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Lewis, author of 'Moneyball' and 'The Big Short,' examines the energy, agriculture and commerce departments under President Trump. Lewis warns that half of the top 700 positions in the administration remain unfilled, and some of the people who have been appointed have conflicts of interest, or are unqualified, making them unprepared to deal with risks. "Many of them are potentially catastrophic risks — the risk of a pandemic, or the risk of a nuclear accident, or the risk of a terrorist attack — one after another. And many of these are not risks that most people are thinking about," Lewis says. His new book is 'The Fifth Risk.'

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Rank #9: Best Of: Film Composer Nicholas Britell / Novelist Sigrid Nunez

Feb 02 2019
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Film composer Nicholas Britell says when he's writing a score, he wants the audience to lose themselves in the film. "Music can have so much power, but you have to be careful with that power." Britell's score for 'If Beale Street Could Talk' is nominated for an Academy Award. He also did the score for 'Vice.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a recording of Oscar Peterson's 1969 album 'Motions & Emotions.' Sigrid Nunez's National Book Award-winning novel, 'The Friend,' is narrated by a woman grieving the suicide of her longtime friend and former writing professor, whom she slept with once. Nunez talks about how the subjects of the book relate to her own life.

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Rank #10: Trump's Tax Schemes, Explained

Oct 18 2018
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Investigative reporters Susanne Craig and David Barstow say the president received today's equivalent of $413 million from his father's real estate empire, with the help of schemes to avoid paying taxes, including fraud. Also, critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'Desperate Man' by Eric Church.

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Rank #11: Margo Price

Feb 01 2019
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Nashville singer-songwriter Margo Price sold her car and pawned her wedding ring to pay for the studio time to make her first album, 'Midwest Farmer's Daughter.' The album was a success. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2017 when her second album, 'All American Made,' came out, and played songs about jail, drinking, and growing up on the family farm. Price is up for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Also, we remember character actor Dick Miller, who died this week at 90. "You don't have to be a leading man" to make it in Hollywood, he told Terry Gross in 1990. He appeared in more than 100 films, including 'Gremlins' and 'The Little Shop of Horrors.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews 'The ABC Murders,' an adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel about iconic detective Hercule Poirot. In this iteration, Poirot is played by John Malkovich.

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Rank #12: The Challenges Of Reporting In The Trump Era

Oct 01 2018
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Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Washington Post' reporter Greg Miller talks about breaking news, anonymous sourcing, and "lies" versus "falsehoods." His book is 'The Apprentice: Trump, Russia And The Subversion Of American Democracy.' TV critic David Bianculli considers how '60 Minutes' and 'SNL' responded to the Kavanaugh hearings.

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Rank #13: Is SCOTUS Too Powerful?

Oct 31 2018
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Author David A. Kaplan warns that the Supreme Court is becoming increasingly polarized — and influential: "Why should nine unelected, unaccountable judges dictate so much policy in the country?" We'll also talk about what Trump's two appointees – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – mean for the future of the court. Kaplan's book is 'The Most Dangerous Branch.' Also, Ken Tucker reviews Kurt Vile's new album, 'Bottle It In.'

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Rank #14: From Convict To Criminal Justice Reporter

Dec 12 2018
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Keri Blakinger is a criminal justice reporter for the 'Houston Chronicle,' but before she reported on prisons, she spent almost 2 years locked up on narcotics charges. Blakinger spoke with Terry Gross about surviving a suicide attempt, solitary confinement, and finishing her degree at Cornell before becoming a reporter. Her reporting has led to prison reform in Texas. "I was so lucky to come out of this and I've been so privileged in so many ways to end up with hope and second chances and a happy ending," Blakinger says. Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews two Christmas albums — one by The Monkees and one by Rodney Crowell.

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Rank #15: 'Is Democracy Dying?'

Sep 27 2018
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'Atlantic' journalist Anne Applebaum says the changes taking place in Poland — including a rise of conspiracy theories and attacks on the free press — mirror similar shifts happening in the U.S. TV critic David Bianculli reviews the return of 'Murphy Brown.'

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Rank #16: Rachel Maddow Investigates Spiro Agnew's Bribery Scandal

Jan 09 2019
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Richard Nixon's first vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in 1973 amidst charges of bribery and tax evasion. Now, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and producer Mike Yarvitz revisit the Agnew scandal in the hit podcast 'Bag Man.' "The parallels with what was going on in the Nixon and Agnew administration 45 years ago to the efforts by the Trump administration right now ... is uncanny," Maddow says.

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Rank #17: The Russian Disinformation Playbook: Exploit Tension, Sow Chaos

Nov 15 2018
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A new video series by 'New York Times' reporter Adam Ellick explores Russia's role in spreading fake news, dating back to the '80s conspiracy theory that the AIDS virus was created by the U.S. military. Ellick also talks about the impact of Russian disinformation in the U.S. "This country is so split and divided that we're now using this Soviet disinformation playbook on ourselves." Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the heist thriller 'Widows,' starring Viola Davis and directed by Steve McQueen.

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Rank #18: 'Rethinking Sex, Power, And Consent On Campus'

Oct 11 2018
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Journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis, author of 'Blurred Lines,' says one of the challenges when it comes to handling sexual assault cases on college campuses is that there isn't a universally agreed-upon definition of what sexual assault is. She spent three years reporting on college campuses for the book. Grigoriadis talks about the Kavanaugh hearings, rape culture, and how she sees the national conversation about sexual assault shifting. Also, Ken Tucker reviews an album by bluegrass musicians Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, and Justin Chang reviews 'First Man,' the new Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling.

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Rank #19: Kevin Hart

Jan 11 2019
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Kevin Hart said he's "over" talking about the homophobic jokes that cost him the Oscars gig — but then he and Terry Gross talked about it anyway. They discussed his upbringing in North Philly, how comedy is changing, and the fine line between edgy and offensive material. "The bad part about being a comedian is that sometimes you just aren't funny," he says. "Sometimes to grow as a comedian you got to go through the stupid part." Hart's new movie is 'The Upside.'

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Rank #20: A Roots & Rockabilly Christmas Concert With JD McPherson

Dec 11 2018
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Songwriter JD McPherson pledged he'd never do an album of Christmas songs — but we're so glad he's broken that promise. He and his band perform live in-studio from their album 'Socks,' and McPherson talks about his upbringing on a cattle farm in rural Oklahoma.

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Rank #1: Writer Recalls Her Mother's Secret Gambling Enterprise

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Before states ran legal lotteries there was the underground street version — the numbers. When writer Bridgett M. Davis was growing up in Detroit in the '60s, her mother was a successful bookie in the African American community. She says the numbers helped fund both an underground economy and legitimate businesses at a time when opportunities for African-Americans were limited. "Numbers men were also race men, and they believed in taking their largesse and reinvesting it in the community, starting all kinds of businesses — everything from, say, a bowling alley to an insurance company to a newspaper." Davis' memoir is 'The World According to Fannie Davis.'

Feb 04 2019
48 mins
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Rank #2: The 5G Network & The Possible Threat To Cybersecurity

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'New York Times' reporter David Sanger says the world's leading producer of telecom equipment, China's Huawei, will be central to the spread of a global 5G network — which could pose a major threat to U.S. national security. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a recording of Oscar Peterson's 1969 album 'Motions & Emotions.'

Jan 31 2019
48 mins
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Rank #3: Melissa McCarthy

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McCarthy is not interested in playing pleasant characters. Flawless women with perfect clothes and relationships? Nope, not for her. "Who wants to watch that?" she says. "There's nothing to sink your teeth into. ... The people I love and like are filled with quirks and eccentricities." McCarthy spoke with Terry Gross about 'Bridesmaids,' playing Sean Spicer on 'SNL,' and her role as literary forger Lee Israel in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Also, John Powers reviews the BBC drama 'Bodyguard,' dropping on Netflix Oct. 24.

Oct 22 2018
49 mins
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Rank #4: Jonah Hill

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Hill always wanted to be a writer and director, but an unexpected complement in an acting class shifted him towards performing instead. He co-starred in 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Superbad,' and 'Moneyball.' Now he's written and directed his first movie, 'Mid90s,' about a group of young skateboarders. He talks about toxic masculinity, self-acceptance, and his experience directing for the first time. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Let The People See,' the story of Emmett Till.

Oct 30 2018
48 mins
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Rank #5: The Best TV & Movies Of 2018

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TV critic David Bianculli and film critic Justin Chang sit down with Terry Gross to share their picks for the best of the year.

Dec 20 2018
51 mins
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Rank #6: Filmmakers Joel & Ethan Coen

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The Coen brothers ('Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?,' 'No Country for Old Men') pay homage to old Westerns with their new film, 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.' The movie is a collection of six stories that often subvert the expectations of the genre.

Nov 19 2018
48 mins
Play Now

Rank #7: White Nationalism And The Synagogue Massacre

Podcast cover
Read more

Journalist Eli Saslow says white nationalism inspired the man who killed 11 at a Pittsburgh synagogue: "In the horrific hierarchy of white nationalist beliefs, they really consider Jews their primary enemy." Saslow spoke with Terry Gross Monday morning about the tragedy and its "straight line" to the white nationalist movement. Also, we'll listen back to an excerpt of the interview with Saslow and former white nationalist Derek Black from September. Saslow's book, 'Rising Out of Hatred,' focuses on Derek, who was once a leading voice in the white nationalist movement but has since denounced his views.

Oct 29 2018
48 mins
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Rank #8: Michael Lewis On 'The Fifth Risk'

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Lewis, author of 'Moneyball' and 'The Big Short,' examines the energy, agriculture and commerce departments under President Trump. Lewis warns that half of the top 700 positions in the administration remain unfilled, and some of the people who have been appointed have conflicts of interest, or are unqualified, making them unprepared to deal with risks. "Many of them are potentially catastrophic risks — the risk of a pandemic, or the risk of a nuclear accident, or the risk of a terrorist attack — one after another. And many of these are not risks that most people are thinking about," Lewis says. His new book is 'The Fifth Risk.'

Oct 02 2018
48 mins
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Rank #9: Best Of: Film Composer Nicholas Britell / Novelist Sigrid Nunez

Podcast cover
Read more

Film composer Nicholas Britell says when he's writing a score, he wants the audience to lose themselves in the film. "Music can have so much power, but you have to be careful with that power." Britell's score for 'If Beale Street Could Talk' is nominated for an Academy Award. He also did the score for 'Vice.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a recording of Oscar Peterson's 1969 album 'Motions & Emotions.' Sigrid Nunez's National Book Award-winning novel, 'The Friend,' is narrated by a woman grieving the suicide of her longtime friend and former writing professor, whom she slept with once. Nunez talks about how the subjects of the book relate to her own life.

Feb 02 2019
49 mins
Play Now

Rank #10: Trump's Tax Schemes, Explained

Podcast cover
Read more

Investigative reporters Susanne Craig and David Barstow say the president received today's equivalent of $413 million from his father's real estate empire, with the help of schemes to avoid paying taxes, including fraud. Also, critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'Desperate Man' by Eric Church.

Oct 18 2018
47 mins
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Rank #11: Margo Price

Podcast cover
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Nashville singer-songwriter Margo Price sold her car and pawned her wedding ring to pay for the studio time to make her first album, 'Midwest Farmer's Daughter.' The album was a success. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2017 when her second album, 'All American Made,' came out, and played songs about jail, drinking, and growing up on the family farm. Price is up for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Also, we remember character actor Dick Miller, who died this week at 90. "You don't have to be a leading man" to make it in Hollywood, he told Terry Gross in 1990. He appeared in more than 100 films, including 'Gremlins' and 'The Little Shop of Horrors.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews 'The ABC Murders,' an adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel about iconic detective Hercule Poirot. In this iteration, Poirot is played by John Malkovich.

Feb 01 2019
48 mins
Play Now

Rank #12: The Challenges Of Reporting In The Trump Era

Podcast cover
Read more

Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Washington Post' reporter Greg Miller talks about breaking news, anonymous sourcing, and "lies" versus "falsehoods." His book is 'The Apprentice: Trump, Russia And The Subversion Of American Democracy.' TV critic David Bianculli considers how '60 Minutes' and 'SNL' responded to the Kavanaugh hearings.

Oct 01 2018
47 mins
Play Now

Rank #13: Is SCOTUS Too Powerful?

Podcast cover
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Author David A. Kaplan warns that the Supreme Court is becoming increasingly polarized — and influential: "Why should nine unelected, unaccountable judges dictate so much policy in the country?" We'll also talk about what Trump's two appointees – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – mean for the future of the court. Kaplan's book is 'The Most Dangerous Branch.' Also, Ken Tucker reviews Kurt Vile's new album, 'Bottle It In.'

Oct 31 2018
48 mins
Play Now

Rank #14: From Convict To Criminal Justice Reporter

Podcast cover
Read more

Keri Blakinger is a criminal justice reporter for the 'Houston Chronicle,' but before she reported on prisons, she spent almost 2 years locked up on narcotics charges. Blakinger spoke with Terry Gross about surviving a suicide attempt, solitary confinement, and finishing her degree at Cornell before becoming a reporter. Her reporting has led to prison reform in Texas. "I was so lucky to come out of this and I've been so privileged in so many ways to end up with hope and second chances and a happy ending," Blakinger says. Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews two Christmas albums — one by The Monkees and one by Rodney Crowell.

Dec 12 2018
48 mins
Play Now

Rank #15: 'Is Democracy Dying?'

Podcast cover
Read more

'Atlantic' journalist Anne Applebaum says the changes taking place in Poland — including a rise of conspiracy theories and attacks on the free press — mirror similar shifts happening in the U.S. TV critic David Bianculli reviews the return of 'Murphy Brown.'

Sep 27 2018
48 mins
Play Now

Rank #16: Rachel Maddow Investigates Spiro Agnew's Bribery Scandal

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Richard Nixon's first vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in 1973 amidst charges of bribery and tax evasion. Now, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and producer Mike Yarvitz revisit the Agnew scandal in the hit podcast 'Bag Man.' "The parallels with what was going on in the Nixon and Agnew administration 45 years ago to the efforts by the Trump administration right now ... is uncanny," Maddow says.

Jan 09 2019
48 mins
Play Now

Rank #17: The Russian Disinformation Playbook: Exploit Tension, Sow Chaos

Podcast cover
Read more

A new video series by 'New York Times' reporter Adam Ellick explores Russia's role in spreading fake news, dating back to the '80s conspiracy theory that the AIDS virus was created by the U.S. military. Ellick also talks about the impact of Russian disinformation in the U.S. "This country is so split and divided that we're now using this Soviet disinformation playbook on ourselves." Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the heist thriller 'Widows,' starring Viola Davis and directed by Steve McQueen.

Nov 15 2018
48 mins
Play Now

Rank #18: 'Rethinking Sex, Power, And Consent On Campus'

Podcast cover
Read more

Journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis, author of 'Blurred Lines,' says one of the challenges when it comes to handling sexual assault cases on college campuses is that there isn't a universally agreed-upon definition of what sexual assault is. She spent three years reporting on college campuses for the book. Grigoriadis talks about the Kavanaugh hearings, rape culture, and how she sees the national conversation about sexual assault shifting. Also, Ken Tucker reviews an album by bluegrass musicians Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, and Justin Chang reviews 'First Man,' the new Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling.

Oct 11 2018
49 mins
Play Now

Rank #19: Kevin Hart

Podcast cover
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Kevin Hart said he's "over" talking about the homophobic jokes that cost him the Oscars gig — but then he and Terry Gross talked about it anyway. They discussed his upbringing in North Philly, how comedy is changing, and the fine line between edgy and offensive material. "The bad part about being a comedian is that sometimes you just aren't funny," he says. "Sometimes to grow as a comedian you got to go through the stupid part." Hart's new movie is 'The Upside.'

Jan 11 2019
49 mins
Play Now

Rank #20: A Roots & Rockabilly Christmas Concert With JD McPherson

Podcast cover
Read more

Songwriter JD McPherson pledged he'd never do an album of Christmas songs — but we're so glad he's broken that promise. He and his band perform live in-studio from their album 'Socks,' and McPherson talks about his upbringing on a cattle farm in rural Oklahoma.

Dec 11 2018
50 mins
Play Now