Fresh Air

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  • Hosted by Terry Gross

Fresh Air opens the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics. 

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Terry Gross hosts this multi-award-winning daily interview and features program. The veteran public radio interviewer is known for her extraordinary ability to engage guests of all dispositions. Every weekday she delights intelligent and curious listeners with revelations on contemporary societal concerns.

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As the son of a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Derek Black was once the heir apparent of the white nationalist movement.

Growing up, he made speeches, hosted a radio show and started the website KidsStormfront — which acted as a companion to Stormfront, the white nationalist website his father, Don Black, created.

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On the next Fresh Air – Derek Black a former leader of the white nationalist movement. His father was a Grand Wizard of the KKK and created the first major white nationalist website Stormfront. Derek was considered the movement’s heir apparent, but he quit in 2013. He’s the subject of the new book Rising Out of Hatred by journalist Eli Saslow. Terry talks with both of them. Join us.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes On The Power Imbalance Of Sex Work In 'The Deuce': When the creators of HBO's The Deuce approached Gyllenhaal about starring as a sex worker on the show, she accepted the role — but only if she could produce as well as act.

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The title of The Sisters Brothers is both tongue-in-cheek and matter-of-fact. It's about two brothers with the last name Sisters: Eli Sisters and Charlie Sisters.

The whole movie is like that, a series of deadpan jokes wrapped in a shambling no-big-deal realism. The humor never feels arch or tacked-on; it wells up naturally from the characters and the funny, stirring, brutal story in which they find themselves.

Muhammed Ali is the subject of book by Jonathan Eig which chronicles the boxer’s toughest bouts, his social activism, and his sometimes chaotic personal life. We’ll talk with Eig about his book – the first comprehensive biography of Ali’s life. It will be published in paperback October 2nd.

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When the creators of the HBO series The Deuce first approached Maggie Gyllenhaal about starring in the show as a sex worker, she didn't immediately say yes.

Set in New York City in the 1970s, The Deuce centers on the intersection of sex work, pornography, organized crime, the police, politicians and feminists. Gyllenhaal didn't have a problem with the role, but she did have strong feelings about how the power dynamics of sex should be portrayed.

Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about starring in the HBO series The Deuce, in which she plays a sex worker who becomes an actress in, and then a director of, porn films.  Gyllenhaal has applied her feminist point of view to how she portrays the character. She insisted on being a producer of the series, so she’d have a say in how her character was portrayed, and how the sex scenes were handled.  Join us.

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New York Times reporter Ken Vogel talks about what we learned from the Paul Manafort trial—including how he set up a front group and used laundered money to pay Washington lobbyists, so that he could circumvent registering as a foreign lobbyist when he was representing the Russian backed authoritarian Ukrainian leader Victor Yanukovych. Join us.

When Linda Kay Klein was 13, she joined an evangelical church that prized sexual "purity" and taught that men and boys were sexually weak.

According to Klein's faith, girls and women were responsible for keeping male sexual desire in check by wearing modest clothing, maintaining a sexless mind and body and taking a "purity pledge," in which they promised to remain virgins until marriage.

On the next Fresh Air, Terry talks with Linda Kay Klein about the Evangelical sexual purity and abstinence movement. Her new book, Pure, is part memoir, including the story of how she left the church. It’s also based on conversations she’s had with other women about how the Evangelical purity movement has affected their sense of identity and their sex lives. Join us.

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Did A Real-Life Kidnapping Inspire Nabokov's 'Lolita'?

Sep 17, 2018

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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new book, Accessories to War, is about the unspoken alliance between Astrophysics and the military.  Join us.

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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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John Green is author of popular young adult novels including The Fault in Our Stars which was adapted into a film, and Turtles All the Way about a teenage girl with OCD - which John also has.   John and his brother Hank have a popular video blog called Vlogbrothers; their followers call themselves nerdfighters. The brothers go on tour this month. Join us.

Saturday Night Live head writers and Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che have different attitudes toward co-hosting the Emmy awards Monday night.

Jost admits to being nervous about hosting — especially when he thinks about the show ahead of time: "I'm thinking about it in advance. That's more nerve racking than when you're actually out on stage."

Back in the '70s, when Sean Penn was a teenager and his dad, director Leo Penn, was working in television, Leo got Sean small roles in a few shows, including a pair of episodes of Little House on the Prairie. But since becoming a movie star, Penn hasn't starred in a TV project — until now, when he headlines a new, eight-hour drama series called The First, launching Friday on Hulu.

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Michael Che and Colin Jost are head writers for Saturday Night Live, and anchors of the show's Weekend Update. They’re preparing for a new season of Saturday Night Live, and they’re getting ready to host the Emmy Awards Monday Night.  Join us.

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Claire Tomalin is best known for her biographies of Charles Dickens and Mary Wollstonecraft, but now she’s written a memoir. It’s about her family, her career and about grief. Join Us.

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Veteran journalist Bob Woodward has written about every U.S. president since Richard Nixon — nine in total. But in all his years covering politics, he has never encountered a president like President Trump.

Woodward's latest work, Fear: Trump in the White House, paints a portrait of Trump as uninformed and mercurial. The book describes moments when staff members joined together to purposefully block what they believe are the president's most dangerous impulses — sometimes by surreptitiously removing papers from the president's desk.

Bob Woodward talks with Terry about his new book Fear: Trump in the White House.  He writes, “The reality was that the U.S. in 2017 was tethered to the words and actions of an emotionally overwrought, mercurial and unpredictable leader.  Members of his staff had joined to purposefully block what they believed were the president’s most dangerous impulses.” Join us.

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