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Breaking The Menstruation Taboo
More than half of the population menstruates, and yet there is still so much shame and stigma surrounding what is a normal part of life. We talk with filmmaker Lina Lyte Plioplyte about her new documentary Periodical. The film looks at the origins of the cultural stigma around periods. We also talk about period poverty, taxation on menstrual products, and reframing how we think about menopause. The documentary is streaming on Peacock and airing on MSNBC. Also, Maureen Corrigan shares her picks for the 10 best books of the year.
Liz Cheney's Mission To Stop Trump
The former representative says a second Trump presidency would be an "existential threat" to democracy: "There's simply no defense, no excuse for putting that power back in the hands of Donald Trump."
Dave Davies Reflects On His Career In Radio & Reporting
Dave Davies, Fresh Air's longtime fill-in host, is cutting back workload on the show. Today we're paying tribute to him — by listening to clips of some of his memorable interviews. And we'll talk about his reporting career in Philadelphia and the odd jobs he had along the way.
How One Strange Thing Billie Holiday Told Maya Angelou Changed Her Life (Fresh Air+)
The late poet, author and activist Maya Angelou may best be known for her writing, but earlier in her life, she had a career as a night club singer, too. Through that, she came to know famous jazz singer Billie Holiday, who came to stay with Angelou and her young son, Guy, for a brief time in the late 1950s. Holiday's visit was a difficult one, but her critical read of Angelou's vocals helped turn her towards a life on the page. It's a powerful story Angelou tells in her 1981 memoir, "The Heart of a Woman," and one she relayed to host Terry Gross in a 1981 interview. Listen to the full 1981 interview: https://n.pr/47NXkfP. Listen to Angelou in 1986: https://n.pr/3uARzTT | https://n.pr/411edRB. Listen to Angelou in 1990: https://n.pr/3T4fHZ8. Hear all 40+ years of Fresh Air at https://FreshAirArchive.org. Not a Fresh Air+ supporter yet? Find out more at http://plus.npr.org.
Best Of: AI's Prejudices / UFOs & Gov't Conspiracies
Computer scientist Joy Buolamwini coined the term the "coded gaze" while in grad school at MIT. As a brown-skinned woman, the facial recognition software program she was working on couldn't detect her face until she put on a white mask. She's written a book about the potential harms of AI — which include the social implications of bias and how it affects everyone. Also, we'll talk about UFO conspiracy theories with journalist Garrett Graff. He talks with us about how they've led to other conspiracy theories about the government.And Justin Chang will review the latest film by Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, The Boy and the Heron.
America's WWII-Era Fight Against Fascism
Maddow's new book, Prequel, chronicles the the ultra right-wing groups that sided with Hitler's Germany and plotted to overthrow the U.S. government before World War II. The plot led to the largest sedition trial in American history. The book is also about sitting members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who colluded with a Nazi agent to spread Nazi propaganda to millions of Americans with the help of American taxpayers money. Prequel is based on Maddow's hit podcast series, Ultra.Also, Justin Chang reviews The Boy and the Heron, by Hayao Miyazaki.
Still waiting for Sarah Silverman to apologize for her ch**k slur
Still waiting for Sarah Silverman to apologize for her ch**k slur she and Bill Maher threw off for laughs. Haven’t been able to stand either of them since
Little less Tonya
Is it ok to review the low star reviews?
Longtime fan of Terry Gross and her decades long career of long-form interviews. Her work speaks for itself. For 30+ years the interview form had been twisted by tabloid tv, press junkets and pop culture trends. With the hateful contemporary comment section culture the internet brought us it’s so comforting to hear a singular engaged intellect who has decades long relationships with some of her guests, an obvious research discipline, and an uncanny ability to hold her own with seasoned experts in so many areas of culture, science and always with a deep personal ability for discovery and insight. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard guests truly compelled and wondrous by the insightful questions and observations Terry presents.
The dismissive nature from some of the low star reviews here is childish and unbelievably narcissistic. I’m not sure why Apple seems to stick some of the worst permanently in the main page (I've seen the same ones there for months, not sure why since it’s not helpful or interesting to have these personal gripes define what this 40 year catalog of deep and detailed conversations is really about).
Ignore the foolish haters and listen for yourselves.