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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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    Best Of: 'Armageddon Time' Director / A Revolution In Cell Biology

    Best Of: 'Armageddon Time' Director / A Revolution In Cell Biology

    James Gray's new film, Armageddon Time, was inspired by his childhood in Queens in the 1980s. Though his grandparents had fled antisemitism in Ukraine, his family didn't recognize their own biases against Black people. He talks about his life and the film.

    Book critic Maureen Corrigan shares her list for the best books of the year.

    Physician Siddhartha Mukherjee writes about cellular science could lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer, HIV, Type 1 diabetes and sickle cell anemia. His new book is The Song of the Cell.

    • 48 min
    'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah

    'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah

    Trevor Noah is stepping down as host of The Daily Show after seven years. We'll listen back to portions of two 2016 interviews with Noah, whose newest standup comedy special just premiered on Netflix.

    Also, Justin Chang reviews The Eternal Daughter starring Tilda Swinton.

    • 46 min
    How Should Nations Memorialize Their Atrocities?

    How Should Nations Memorialize Their Atrocities?

    In How the Word Is Passed, author Clint Smith explored U.S. sites that deal with the legacy of slavery. Now, in The Atlantic, he writes about German memorials to the Holocaust.

    • 44 min
    How To Stand Up To A Dictator

    How To Stand Up To A Dictator

    Nobel Peace Prize-winning Filipina journalist Maria Ressa faced criminal charges in the Philippines after her news organization's reporting angered government officials. She has a new memoir called How to Stand Up to a Dictator.

    Critic Maureen Corrigan shares her list of the best books of the year.

    • 45 min
    Reporting On The Atrocities And Destruction In Ukraine

    Reporting On The Atrocities And Destruction In Ukraine

    Guardian journalist Luke Harding shares his experience reporting from Ukraine. "It's almost impossible to process," he says. "You can see a flourishing city of half a million people with ports, with restaurants, with live music, with culture, coffee — and now it's a ghostly ruin." We talk about how the war might end — and why the West needs to pay attention. Harding's book is Invasion.

    • 45 min
    'Armageddon Time' Filmmaker James Gray

    'Armageddon Time' Filmmaker James Gray

    James Gray's new film was inspired by his childhood in Queens in the 1980s. Though his grandparents had fled antisemitism in Ukraine, his family didn't recognize their own biases against Black people. He talks about his life and the film.

    • 45 min

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