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'White Lotus' Creator Mike White
As the second season of HBO's The White Lotus comes to a close, creator Mike White reflects on how it examines the dark side of sex, and how at its heart is a mix of Laverne & Shirley, Fantasy Island and Survivor.
Also, Ken Tucker shares three songs that grapple with romance.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
Great Program Because Great Host
Wishing Terry and her family well. I automatically skip any episode without her (that they exist is the only thing that keeps me from giving this five out of five stars).
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.
Fresh Air 🌟⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Been a faithful listener for years. Terry never disappoints… witty, intelligent and fun. Thanks and keep up the great work, please.