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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.

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    The World Of Film Noir

    The World Of Film Noir

    Eddie Muller hosts the TCM series Noir Alley. An expanded edition of his book, Dark City, chronicles film noir from the '40s and '50s. We talk about the femme fatale, the sexiness of the genre, and why film noir flourished in the post-WWII era.

    Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the album Nuna by pianist David Virelles.

    • 43 min
    Investigating The Far-Right Militia Groups Of Jan. 6

    Investigating The Far-Right Militia Groups Of Jan. 6

    New York Times journalist Alan Feuer says some members of Trump's inner circle have close ties to the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, whose leaders have been charged with seditious conspiracy.

    • 44 min
    Novelist Mat Johnson

    Novelist Mat Johnson

    Mat Johnson's new satirical novel, Invisible Things, is set in the future, on a moon of Jupiter, in an artificial ecosystem designed to replicate life on Earth. We talk about writing satire in our current political climate, mass denialism in America, and being a caretaker of his late mother.

    • 55 min
    Novelist John Vercher On MMA Fighting, Memory Loss & Identity

    Novelist John Vercher On MMA Fighting, Memory Loss & Identity

    Writer John Vercher trained in mixed martial arts as a young man. His novel, After the Lights Go Out, centers on a veteran MMA fighter who is experiencing memory loss, severe mood swings and tinnitus. The book is also about the fighter's biracial identity.

    Also, Nick Quah reviews new podcasts that are directly inspired by reality TV's mechanics and style.

    • 45 min
    Joel Kim Booster On 'Fire Island'

    Joel Kim Booster On 'Fire Island'

    Comic Joel Kim Booster speaks with guest interviewer Sam Sanders about his new film Fire Island (which he wrote and stars in). Inspired by Pride and Prejudice, it's a rom-com about a group of gay friends and explores racism and classism in their community. Booster also talks about his Netflix stand-up special Psychosexual and growing up Asian with white, evangelical Christian parents.

    Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh.

    • 46 min
    Best Of: The Sensory World Of Animals / Mothering As Social Change

    Best Of: The Sensory World Of Animals / Mothering As Social Change

    We explore the hidden world around us — the sights, smells, tastes, sounds, and vibrations that are imperceptible to humans, but are perceived by various animals and insects. We talk with science writer Ed Yong about his new book An Immense World.

    Justin Chang reviews two films from the Sundance Film festival — now streaming — about relationships between a younger man and an older woman, Cha Cha Real Smooth and Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.

    Also, we hear from Angela Garbes, author of the new book Essential Labor. She wrote it after having to give up work during the pandemic lockdown, when she no longer had daycare. She says, raising children shouldn't be as lonely, bankrupting and exhausting as it is.

    • 47 min

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761 Ratings

761 Ratings

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