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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.

    Surveillance & Local Police: How Technology Is Evolving Faster Than Regulation

    Surveillance & Local Police: How Technology Is Evolving Faster Than Regulation

    Journalist Jon Fasman says local police departments are able to use very powerful surveillance tools, often with little oversight. Fasman talks about license plate readers, predictive policing, facial recognition software and more. "The question is: Is it worth the cost to our privacy and liberty to implement this technology? And if so, what limits are we willing to set? What penalties do we want for failing to observe these limits?" Fasman's book is 'We See It All.'

    Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews 'The Lady and the Dale,' a docuseries on HBO.

    • 48 min
    'The Human Factor' & Middle East Peace Negotiations

    'The Human Factor' & Middle East Peace Negotiations

    We get an inside look at the negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli leaders during the Clinton administration that held real promise for a peace agreement — before an assassin's bullet changed everything. We talk with filmmaker Dror Moreh about his documentary, 'The Human Factor, and with Dennis Ross, President Clinton's point man in the effort.

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    Exploring The Human Voice

    Exploring The Human Voice

    We talk with 'New Yorker' writer John Colapinto, author of 'This Is the Voice,' about how voices work, how they evolved in our prehistoric ancestors, how babies learn to vocalize words of their parents' languages so quickly, and what makes voices sexy or authoritative. Colapinto's own vocal injury led him to explore this subject.

    Also, we remember legendary broadcaster Larry King. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1982.

    • 48 min
    Best Of: 'News Of The World' Director / Busting Myths About Exercise

    Best Of: 'News Of The World' Director / Busting Myths About Exercise

    News of the World' is a Western set five years after the end of the Civil War. It stars Tom Hanks as a former Confederate captain who travels from one small poor Texas town to another, reading aloud from newspapers to townspeople who gather, paying ten cents apiece to be informed and entertained by these stories. We talk with director Paul Greengrass, who also directed Hanks in 'Captain Phillips.'

    Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Aftershocks,' by Nadia Owusu.

    Paleoanthropologist Daniel Lieberman says the concept of "exercise" is a relatively new thing. His new book, 'Exercised,' examines why we run, lift and walk for a workout, when our ancestors didn't.

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    How Tragedy & Resilience Made Joe Biden

    How Tragedy & Resilience Made Joe Biden

    Journalist Evan Osnos talks about President Biden's long career in the Senate, how personal tragedy changed him, and some of the political missteps he made along the way. Osnos' biography is 'Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now.' (Interview was recorded before the election in Oct. 2020)

    Also, we remember late musician Howard Johnson, who made a place for tuba in jazz, working with Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner, Gil Evans and others. He later expanded into rock and roll playing with Taj Mahal and The Band. He also helped create and played in the original 'Saturday Night' Live band.

    And Justin Chang reviews 'The White Tiger' on Netflix.

    • 49 min
    Busting Myths About Exercise

    Busting Myths About Exercise

    Paleoanthropologist Daniel Lieberman says the concept of "exercise" is a relatively new thing. His new book, 'Exercised,' examines why we run, lift and walk for a workout, when our ancestors didn't. We'll also talk about how sitting and slouching affect our health.

    Also, Kevin Whitehead reviews the digital album 'Some Kind of Tomorrow,' recorded over Zoom.

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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
26.2K Ratings

26.2K Ratings

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Fresh Air

Adam Jentleson interview was excellent++

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Far left

Well I’ve liked the interviews on here about books but recently it’s just Joe Biden and how his plan is so much better than Trumps I’m not right or far right I consider myself neutral I just hate people dissing other candidates that have done great things for our country and I’m not saying Joe Biden isn’t going to do great things I’m saying you can’t just go complain about things Trump hasn’t done he’s been screwed over due to the pandemic. Plans are one thing actions are another we’ll see if Biden sticks to his agenda. Thanks for reading this

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January 22

“Best of” from January 23 hit 5 stars for all three segments. Thank you,

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