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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When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, chef José Andrés and the groups he founded, World Central Kitchen and Chefs for Puerto Rico, sprung into action.

"We began serving hospitals, because the doctors and the nurses — nobody was feeding them," Andrés says of the initial effort.

But then calls started pouring in from places that were hours away from San Juan. Andrés says the message was clear: "The island is hungry. With one restaurant alone, we have not enough."

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:

Her Father Gave Her The Courage To Speak Out Against 'Honor Killings': Khalida Brohi grew up in tribal Pakistan, where her 14-year-old cousin was murdered by an uncle after she refused an arranged marriage. Her new memoir is I Should Have Honor.

Opinion: A Linguist's Defense Of 'Falsehood'

Sep 7, 2018

In his essay "On Liars," philosopher Michel de Montaigne famously wrote that the truth has a single face, while its opposite has "a hundred thousand faces."

That disproportion is reflected in the English dictionary. We have only a handful of words to describe statements that correspond to reality, like "correct" and "accurate." In fact, we don't even have a single word that means "tell the truth," which is probably to our credit.

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Finn Murphy has logged over a million miles hauling people's belongings across the country.  His memoir, now in paperback, is filled with insights about life on the road, the subculture of truckers and the attachment people have to their possessions. Join us.

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The voice of country singer-songwriter Blaze Foley sounds familiar, even if you've never heard it. It has a timbre, an ache that doesn't slow a song — as if to say, "Look how sad I am" — but drives it.

Foley was one of those artists who, however unruly his life, could center himself in his writing and playing long enough to sit in judgment on himself. That's what the director Ethan Hawke and the star Ben Dickey capture in the new film Blaze — and whatever else they miss it's more than enough.

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Norm Eisen was President Obama’s ethics czar, and Obama’s ambassador to the Czech Republic. Eisen also cofounded CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which has filed legal challenges against the president alleging ethics violations. Eisen’s new book is about his years as ambassador and the spread of illiberalism. Join us.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry says that partisan politics are harming America — and they have been for a while. In fact, when he ran for president in 2004, Kerry, then a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, contemplated naming Republican Sen. John McCain as his running mate.

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Former Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry has written a new memoir. He'll talk about how the swift boat campaign against him became a turning point in the use of falsehoods against a candidate. He'll also discuss Russian interference in the election, his reaction to President Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement, and how he nearly asked John McCain to be his running mate. Join us. 

There's life in the old road trip saga yet. That's just one of the many things that Gary Shteyngart's spectacular, sprawling new novel, Lake Success, affirms.

Throughout his career, Shteyngart has proven himself a cheeky comic daredevil, but never more so than in this novel. More than "just" an artistic tour de force, Lake Success aims — and succeeds — in saying something big about America today.

In the tribal region of Pakistan where Khalida Brohi grew up, girls didn't typically go to school. Instead, some were forced into marriage at a very young age — and punished by death if they don't act according to plan.

That's what happened to Brohi's 14-year-old cousin, Khadija. Khadija's family had arranged a marriage for her, but Khadija fell in love with someone else and ran away. Then, Brohi says, "Three men arrived and they took her ... to a place where her grave was already dug and she was murdered by my uncle right there."

Khalidah Brohi grew up in a tribal region of Pakistan. Her mother was forced into marriage at the age of nine. Khalida’s cousin was the victim of an honor killing. Khalida was the first girl in her village to go to school. Her new memoir, I Should Have Honor, is about her childhood and how she became a women’s rights activist. Join us.

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On the next Fresh Air--the Emmy nominees series concludes with Issa Rae, who’s been nominated for her starring role in her HBO series Insecure; Peter Morgan, creator and writer of the historical drama series The Crown, nominated for 13 Emmys; ... And with Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, nominated for two Emmys. Join us.

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Journalist Jake Tapper is CNN's Chief Washington correspondent and anchor of The Lead and State of the Union.   He's been nominated for two News and Documentary Emmy's including one for his live interview with Kelly Ann Conway, and the other for his CNN Sunday series State of the Union.  He has a new debut novel set in 1954 McCarthy era Washington, D.C.   It's titled The Hellfire Club.

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On the next Fresh Air - more of our series of interviews with Emmy nominees:  Terry talks with Scott Frank, writer/director of the Netflix western series Godless– inspired by classic westerns, but with some unconventional storylines.  It's been nominated for 12 Emmys.  Also Allison Janney, who's been nominated for her lead role in the comedy series Mom.  Join us.

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