Fresh Air

Weekdays 4:00 pm & Repeats Monday-Thursday12:00 AM
  • 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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On the next Fresh Air - we begin a week of Emmy nominated guests - starting with John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, who talks with Terry about taking a close & comic look at current events.  Also Brian Tyree Henry, who plays the rapper Paper Boi on the FX series Atlanta on the impact of music in his life, from marching band to his parents vinyl collection.   Join us.

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We’ll hear two interviews with Terry Gross.  He talks about his years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War; his criticisms of how the White House and top military brass conducted the war; his deep objections to the use of torture as an interrogation technique; and why he remained loyal to the Republican party despite his disagreements with some of the party’s most conservative views.

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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On the next fresh air - the star of the film The Rider, which is now streaming and on DVD.  Brady Jandreau plays a slightly fictionalized version of himself:  a young native American rodeo rider, who after a serious head injury has to give up riding, rodeo and training horses: the only life he knows.  We’ll also hear from the film’s director, about working with non-actors. Join us.

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The ingeniously high-concept whodunit Searching isn't the first movie to turn the big screen into a computer screen, to make you feel as if you're eavesdropping on online conversations and surfing the Internet alongside its characters. You might have seen the 2014 horror movie Unfriended, where a group chat suddenly turns deadly — basically the Skype version of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

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Dave Davies speaks with Avi Issaccharoff, co-creator of the Israeli action series Fauda, which is now streaming on Netflix.  Issaccharoff is an Israeli journalist who’s covered the Palestinian conflict for years.  Some stories in the series come from his reporting.  Join us.

Growing up in rural Alabama, actor André Holland spent countless Friday and Saturday nights sitting around on the front porch, listening to people tell stories. Looking back now, Holland credits those evenings — and the cadences he heard on the porch — with inspiring him to become an actor.

Holland, who appeared in the film Moonlight, is currently playing Othello in Shakespeare's Globe in London — without a British accent. When he auditioned for a Shakespeare production earlier in his career, he was told by a casting agent to eliminate his "southern sound."

On the next Fresh Air- Terry Gross talks with Andre Holland, star of the new Stephen King-inspired series Castle Rock.  In the oscar winning film Moonlight, Holland he played the adult Kevin. In Selma, he played Andrew Young. He’s now in London starring in Othello. We’ll talk about acting, and about growing up in Alabama, where his parents were voting rights activists. Join us.

There's no shortage of statistics about the depth of America's opioid epidemic — there were 72,000 overdose deaths just last year — but numbers don't tell the whole story. Beth Macy takes a ground-level look at the crisis in Dopesick, a new book focusing on central Appalachia. Macy has spent three decades reporting on the region, focusing on social and economic trends and how they affect ordinary people — she says this area is the birthplace of the modern opioid epidemic.

There's a sentence at the beginning of Ling Ma's standout debut novel, Severance, that stopped me cold: "When you wake up in a fictitious world," one character tells another, "your only frame of reference is fiction."

Dave Davies speaks with Beth Macy. She spent years speaking with dealers, users, doctors, cops, and judges in central Appalachia, which she calls the birthplace of the modern opioid epidemic. She also spoke with parents who lost children to overdoses and became activists in the fight for better treatment. Beth Macy’s new book is Dopesick. Join Us.

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Around the time Kevin Kwan published his 2013 satirical novel Crazy Rich Asians, a producer reached out with an offer: "I will option this movie if you are willing to change Rachel to a white girl ..." Kwan recalls the producer saying.

Kwan didn't even bother to respond.

The film adaptation of Kwan's book is now out. All of the characters are Asian and Asian-American, and all of the actors are of Asian descent.

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Author Kevin Kwan whose best-selling novel Crazy Rich Asians has been adapted into a new film.  The story is inspired by his childhood in Singapore, in a crazy rich family.

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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:

Aretha Franklin: The 'Fresh Air' Interview: The Queen of Soul rarely gave interviews, so we were delighted when she sat down with Terry Gross in 1999. Franklin died Thursday at age 76.

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Aretha Franklin is dead and we still, 50 years after she made her artistic and commercial breakthrough, can scarcely comprehend the still-shocking power of her singing.

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John Le Carre talks with Terry about being a spy before he became known for writing espionage novels and creating the fictional spy George Smiley, featured in the novels The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Le Carre says he learned about deception from his father, who was a pathological liar. His novel about George Smiley’s protege is out in paperback. 

On today’s Fresh Air, remembering Aretha Franklin, who has died at the age of 76, with an interview Terry Gross recorded with Aretha in 1999. She told the stories behind some of her songs, and talked about growing up singing in the Baptist church, where her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin preached.

Aretha Franklin: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Aug 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin was more than a woman, more than a diva and more than an entertainer. Aretha Franklin was an American institution. Aretha Franklin died Thursday in her home city of Detroit after battling pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. Her death was confirmed by her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn. She was 76.

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