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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.

    What's Next For The War In Afghanistan?

    What's Next For The War In Afghanistan?

    America's 19-year war in Afghanistan may soon be coming to an end. The Trump administration negotiated a deal with the Taliban, in which the U.S. agreed to withdraw all its troops by May 1. But the Afghan government was not included in those talks. Now President Biden has to decide whether to honor the Trump deal and risk that the Taliban will try to take over the country again. We speak with 'New Yorker' reporter Dexter Filkins about what he saw in Afghanistan while he was there in January.

    • 47 min
    'Minari' Director Lee Isaac Chung

    'Minari' Director Lee Isaac Chung

    Based on Chung's own childhood, 'Minari' is about a Korean American family that moves to rural Arkansas to start a farm. The director spoke with contributor Arun Venugopal about the memories that inspired the film, why he initially kept the project a secret from his family, and choosing the title of the movie. 'Minari' just won a Golden Globe for best foreign language film.

    Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Klara and the Sun,' by Kazuo Ishiguro.

    • 48 min
    How Bellingcat's Web Sleuths Solve Global Crimes

    How Bellingcat's Web Sleuths Solve Global Crimes

    Eliot Higgins is the founder of an online collective that picks apart conspiracy theories and investigates war crimes and hate crimes using clues from the Internet — like social media posts, leaked databases and free satellite maps. We talk about how Bellingcat traced the origin of the missile that shot down flight MH17 in Ukraine, the ethics of the Bellingcat methods, and the emotional impact of seeing atrocities online. His new book is 'We Are Bellingcat.'

    Also, David Bianculli reviews the Netflix miniseries 'Behind Her Eyes.'

    • 47 min
    From Card Cheat To Illusionist: Magician Derek DelGaudio

    From Card Cheat To Illusionist: Magician Derek DelGaudio

    The sleight-of-hand master explores themes of identity, honesty and the emotional cost of keeping secrets in the memoir, 'AMORALMAN.' DelGaudio's one-man show 'In & Of Itself' is now available on Hulu. "[Secrets] are like a drug," he says. "They enter your system and they intoxicate you and they get you to modify your behavior, whether you know it or not. And so it's learning to control the effects of secrecy that really were key for me, in terms of creating a convincing illusion."

    John Powers reviews Mick Herron's spy thriller 'Slough House.'

    • 47 min
    Best Of: Sacha Baron Cohen / Changing Policing From The Inside

    Best Of: Sacha Baron Cohen / Changing Policing From The Inside

    British actor Sacha Baron Cohen is known for taking his absurd characters like Borat, Brüno and Ali G into the world and interacting with unwitting real people. Baron Cohen has been chased, sued and nearly arrested while in character. We talk about why he revived Borat after a 13-year hiatus and playing Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman in 'The Trial of the Chicago 7.'

    Also, John Powers reviews the film 'Minari.'

    For four years, Georgetown Law professor and human rights activist Rosa Brooks carried a badge and a gun and worked a minimum of 24 hours a month for the DC police department — all on a voluntary basis. Brooks writes about her experiences with the police in 'Tangled Up in Blue.'

    • 50 min
    The Legacies Of Sam Cooke, Muhammad Ali & Malcolm X

    The Legacies Of Sam Cooke, Muhammad Ali & Malcolm X

    The movie 'One Night in Miami,' directed by Regina King, imagines the conversations between four Black icons in 1964: Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown and Malcolm X, on the night of Clay's surprise win over Sonny Liston. We listen back to archival interviews about three of those men. We hear from Peter Guralnick, who wrote a biography of Sam Cooke, the popular singer and one of the first gospel artists to cross over to soul music; with Jonathan Eig, who spent four years researching and writing a biography of Muhammad Ali (previously known as Cassius Clay); and with Alex Haley, who was chosen by Malcolm X to help write his now famous autobiography. This was before Haley wrote his seminal book 'Roots'.

    Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the film 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday' on Hulu.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

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Consistently great

Such great interviews even if it was a subject You don't have much interest in. Book reviews are the best as are film and tv reviews. In top 5 of podcasts

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Terrible Phoebe Robinson Podcast

identity politics of the worst kind. Phoebe clearly has had significant advantages in life such as an excellent education, the envy of many no doubt, but still finds a way to present it as a largely negative experience. You wonder if anyone really cares about her identity as much as she does.

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Must listen

Fresh Air is a mixture of interviews with Americas popular celebrities, almost in the style of Inside The Actors Studio, and prominent non celebrities. Teri Gross is a great interviewer and the calber of the guests is of a very high level. The show has been established for a long time so it's really well produced. I personally preview each show and see if the topic interests me before downloading.

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