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On the next Fresh Air, a former influential leader of the religious right and a former leader of militant anti-abortion protests, who also used to hand out 10 commandments plaques to members of congress and judges, tells us why he parted ways with the religious right. Terry talks with Rob Schenck, author of the new memoir Costly Grace.

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Paul Greenberg, the award-winning author of Four Fish, writes in his new book, “The Omega Principle,” about the science behind fish oil supplements, and how the harvesting of tiny fish who supply that and other industries is having a ripple effect, leading to less healthy and bountiful oceans. Join us.

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On the next Fresh Air  - Terry talks with rapper, producer, screenwriter and film director Boots Riley.  He’s the son of grassroots activists, and frontman for The Coup, a hip hop band whose members describe themselves as “a revolutionary music collective.”  Riley’s new film Sorry to Bother You, starring Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield, is a social satire inspired by his time as a telemarketer.

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On the next Fresh Air, we remember former Poet laureate Donald Hall, who died Saturday at the age of 89.  Many of his poems were about his wife, poet Jane Kenyon, and his sense of loss when she died. We'll listen back to an excerpt of Terry’s interview with Kenyon and Hall, as well as excerpts of later interviews with Hall, after her death.

W. Kamau Bell has a new Netflix stand-up comedy special called Private School Negro.  His CNN series United Shades of America is in its third season. And he has a new web miniseries investigating his ancestry and turning up some big surprises—including one about his white great-great-grandfather.

Host Terry Gross talks with journalist Alissa Quart, author of the new book Squeezed.  And we hear from Frank Newsome, who sings acapella hymns in a style that’s one of the oldest American music traditions. He’s a former Virginia coal miner who now has black lung disease. Join us. 

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On the next Fresh Air the ongoing crisis with contaminated water and lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan. Terry Gross talks with pediatrician and public health advocate Mona Hanna Attisha, about the research that led her to sound the alarm back in 2015.  Nearly three years later, she still doesn’t drink tap water there.  She’s now the director of an initiative to deal with the crisis.

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Terry Gross talks with Vanity Fair writer Emily Jane Fox, who spent the past year investigating Ivanka Trump and her siblings.  Her book Born Trump:  Inside America’s First Family, includes intimate portraits of Trump’s older children, who didn’t expect their father to win the 2016 election.  

On the next Fresh Air – writer Stephen McCauley will talk with Terry about his new novel My Ex Life. It’s a comedy about a couple whose marriage ended 30 years ago when the husband came out of the closet. They pick up their friendship as her marriage crumbles and his boyfriend has left him. Join us.

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John Prine talks with Terry about his life and music. His new album, The Tree of Forgiveness, is his first in 13 years.  Prine’s first album came out in 1971, when he was just 24 and working as a mailman.  Several of those songs became classics, including Angel from Montgomery, Sam Stone and Paradise.

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On the next Fresh Air, Terry interviews Jonathan Olshefski, the director of the documentary Quest, and Chris Rainey, whose family story is told. The film follows Chris and his wife Christina’s lives for nearly a decade. Chris runs a hip-hop studio in their basement in north Philadelphia. Christina worked for years at a homeless shelter. There’s been a lot of shootings in their neighborhood—their daughter got shot in the eye. Quest will be shown on PBS stations on Monday. Join us.

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We remember feminist author and the first female president of Smith College, Jill Ker Conway.  She died Friday at the age of 83.  She was raised on a remote sheep farm in Australia, where her first schooling was through correspondence.  She wrote three acclaimed memoirs.

New York Times science columnist Carl Zimmer is the author of the new book, She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Power, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.   He writes the Matter column for the Times.  He won the Online Journalism Award in 2017 for his series of articles in which he explored his genome.  He is the author of 13 books including, A Planet of Viruses. 

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On today’s Fresh Air, Clint Watts worked for the US Army and the FBI in counterintelligence but says he’s done some of his best work as a private citizen, on social media with a home computer and credit cards. He’s tracked jihadists and Russian actors meddling in American politics, and he testified to Congress on how to strengthen American Democracy.

His book is called Messing with the Enemy.

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On today’s Fresh Air, former White House staffer Ben Rhodes.  He was a speechwriter, and deputy national security adviser to President Obama. He’s written a memoir about his eight years in the White House called The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House. He talks about some intense moments with the President including the response to the Arab Spring and the controversy surrounding the Bengazi attack. He also talks about the 2016 election and President Obama’s reaction to Donald Trump’s victory.

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Novelist Tom Perrotta’s book Mrs. Fletcher, now out in paperback, is about how a single mother and her son are both transformed when he goes off to college. Perrotta’s previous novels Election and Little Children were both adapted to film.  His book The Leftovers, about the people left behind after many others have instantly disappeared in what may or may not be the Rapture, was adapted into a popular HBO series.

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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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