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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.

    John Brown, Abraham Lincoln & The Fight To End Slavery

    John Brown, Abraham Lincoln & The Fight To End Slavery

    Historian H.W. Brands' new book, 'The Zealot and the Emancipator' looks at two very different 19th century leaders, John Brown and Abraham Lincoln. Brown was a militant abolitionist who embraced violence and was hanged after he tried to spark an insurrection at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. President Lincoln resisted conflict as long as possible, hoping laws and reason would keep Southern states in the Union, and eventually bring an end to human bondage.

    Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Martin Eden,' an adaptation of the Jack London novel.

    • 48 min
    Best Of: Broadway Stars Danny Burstein & Rebecca Luker / 'Nice White Parents' Creator

    Best Of: Broadway Stars Danny Burstein & Rebecca Luker / 'Nice White Parents' Creator

    Married Broadway stars Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker both contracted COVID in the spring, just as theaters went dark. Burstein was starring in 'Moulin Rouge' at the time. Burstein's case was severe and he nearly died. Luker's case was mild, but it came soon after she had been diagnosed with ALS. They talk with Terry Gross about how their illnesses have changed their lives and careers, and their hopes for the future.

    Also, John Powers reviews 'David Byrne's American Utopia' on HBO, directed by Spike Lee.

    'This American Life' producer Chana Joffe-Walt says progressive white parents may say they want their kids to go to diverse schools — but the reality tells a different story. "I think white parents are pretty savvy at evading the explicit conversation around race, although it's clearly shaping our thoughts about schools." She examines the complicated history of gentrification in a Brooklyn school in her new podcast, 'Nice White Parents.' It's a production of 'Serial' and 'The New York Times.'

    • 50 min
    How Women Have Been Left Out Of The Constitution / Remembering MLB's Joe Morgan

    How Women Have Been Left Out Of The Constitution / Remembering MLB's Joe Morgan

    As a teen, Heidi Schreck debated the Constitution in competitions. Later she realized it had failed to protect four generations of women in her family. "I believed it was perfect. I believed it was a tool of justice. I did not realize as a 15-year-old girl how profoundly I had been left out of it. I didn't realize that it didn't protect me," Schreck says. Her award-winning Broadway play, 'What the Constitution Means to Me,' is now streaming on Amazon.

    Also, we remember Joe Morgan, one of the few second-basemen to make it into baseball's Hall of Fame. He died Oct. 11 at the age of 77. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1993.

    • 49 min
    'My Octopus Teacher' Filmmaker

    'My Octopus Teacher' Filmmaker

    Craig Foster spent a year diving — without oxygen or a wetsuit — into the frigid sea near Cape Town, South Africa. One octopus began coming out of her den to hunt or explore while Foster watched. He documents their unlikely friendship in 'My Octopus Teacher,' now on Netflix.

    Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the Netflix film, 'The Trial of the Chicago 7,' written by Aaron Sorkin.

    • 48 min
    2 Broadway Stars Grapple With Illness And Uncertainty

    2 Broadway Stars Grapple With Illness And Uncertainty

    Married Broadway stars Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker both contracted COVID in the spring, just as theaters went dark. Burstein was starring in 'Moulin Rouge' at the time. Burstein's case was severe and he nearly died. Luker's case was mild, but it came soon after she had been diagnosed with ALS. They talk with Terry Gross about how their illnesses have changed their lives and careers, and their hopes for the future.

    • 49 min
    Lessons For A Post-Pandemic World

    Lessons For A Post-Pandemic World

    CNN host and 'Washington Post' columnist Fareed Zakaria says COVID-19 presents a chance to make positive changes: "We could well look back on these times 10 or 20 years from now and say, 'This was the turning point.'" His new book, 'Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World' examines the way COVID-19 will change everything from our trust in government to our relationship with technology.

    Also, John Powers reviews 'David Byrne's American Utopia' on HBO, directed by Spike Lee.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
25.1K Ratings

25.1K Ratings

BritCreel ,

More important than ever

Feeling so much appreciation for this bedrock of American democracy

NikitaSamuelle ,

Great show, but poorly edited as podcast

I was very excited to have access to Fresh Air as a podcast since I'm usually working when the show airs. The interviews are great, but the editing has been disappointing. Segment changes are choppy and episodes often end mid-sentence. The Ken Burns segment of March 15 was a particular disappointment, ending less than 10 minutes into the episode. I love the show! I just hope the editing improves.

Sheryl Bay Area ,

Very moving

This was a wonderful interview that showed Terry’s skills in getting close to her guests.
And David and Rebecca are gracious in their openness with their struggles and love for each other.
Thank you for allowing us into your private world and for raising awareness for both COVID and ALS.

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