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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.

    Alison Bechdel On 'The Secret To Superhuman Strength'

    Alison Bechdel On 'The Secret To Superhuman Strength'

    Bechdel's new graphic memoir is about her lifelong obsession with exercise. She says she has a "predisposition of being extremely self-conscious and very caught up in my head" — and exercise helps. Bechdel's previous graphic memoir, 'Fun Home,' was about coming out at age 19, and discovering her father had a secret gay life. It was adapted into a Tony Award-winning Broadway show.

    Also, Justin Chang reviews 'The Disciple,' a film about a man from Mumbai who aspires to be a great classical musician.

    • 45 min
    The Social Lives Of Trees

    The Social Lives Of Trees

    Ecologist Suzanne Simard says trees are "social creatures" that communicate with each other in remarkable ways — including warning each other of danger and sharing nutrients at critical times. Her book is 'Finding the Mother Tree.'

    Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a collection by composer Bernard Herrmann, best-known for the scores he wrote for Alfred Hitchcock.

    • 47 min
    Former 'Pregnant Girl' Now Helps Other Teen Moms Succeed

    Former 'Pregnant Girl' Now Helps Other Teen Moms Succeed

    In her new memoir, 'Pregnant Girl,' Nicole Lynn Lewis recalls feeling overwhelmed and isolated as a young mom in college. Now she runs an organization that is designed to support young parents with their education. We talk about her experience as a teen mom, the way society abandons young mothers — particularly young Black mothers — and how to help give young families the support they need to succeed.

    • 46 min
    Best Of: Stephen Colbert / NPR's 50th Anniversary

    Best Of: Stephen Colbert / NPR's 50th Anniversary

    Stephen Colbert has been taping 'The Late Show' without a studio audience during the pandemic — but he's not always alone. Sometimes his wife Evie is in the room. If she laughs, he knows he's on the right track. "I got into show business in a way to not be alone. Like a lot of comedians, I'm a bit of a broken toy," he says.

    NPR's program, 'All Things Considered' debuted on May 3, 1971. 'ATC' creator Bill Siemering and former co-host Susan Stamberg look back on the early years of the network, NPR's mission, and Stamberg's pioneering role as the first woman to anchor a daily national news program in America.

    • 49 min
    Remembering Astronaut Michael Collins

    Remembering Astronaut Michael Collins

    While Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their historic walk on the moon, Lt. Col. Michael Collins orbited above in the Apollo 11 command capsule, waiting to rendezvous with them. For a time, on the far side of the moon, he was cut off from everyone. "It's utterly quiet. Completely serene," he told Terry Gross in 1988. "I knew that over on the other side there were 3 billion on that funny looking little planet out there, and two on the surface of the moon, but where I was that was all. Just me." Collins died Wednesday at the age of 90.

    Also, we hear an excerpt of our interview with Kate Winslet. She's starring in the new HBO series 'Mare of Easttown.'

    And Justin Chang reviews the Swedish film 'About Endlessness,' which he calls "beautifully bittersweet"

    • 47 min
    Novelist Imbolo Mbue

    Novelist Imbolo Mbue

    Set in a fictional African village in the 1980s, Mbue's latest novel, 'How Beautiful We Were,' is a David and Goliath tale about a group of villagers who take on an American oil company. Guest host Arun Venugopal talks with Mbue about her childhood in Cameroon, becoming a U.S. citizen, and the activist that inspired her new novel. Her first book, 'Behold the Dreamers,' was a 'New York Times' bestseller.

    Also, Kevin Whitehead reviews a new collection of Louis Armstrong studio recordings. And Maureen Corrigan reviews two stories about the bargains we strike for love — 'Early Morning Riser' and 'Secrets of Happiness.'

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
267 Ratings

267 Ratings

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Love fresh air

They managed to do celeb and real news journalism with the same integrity and desire to tell the human story

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Factual, informative and Creative

I love Fresh Air and the way Terri interviews, I’m from the UK and listen with interest to topics that are globally relevant and learn so much about people and subjects that surprise and enlighten me

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It’s prioritising ideology over truth and losing me

I used to love this show, because Terri used to ask questions to find out the answer no matter what, now she asks questions designed to, and has guests on who, provide what increasingly feel like pre-ordained conclusions.And consequently it feels like it’s shrinking my world viewmore than it is expanding it.

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