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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.

    Rachael & Vilray Sing Swing Standards

    Rachael & Vilray Sing Swing Standards

    The music duo perform songs from their self-titled debut album, which draws on the music of the '30s and '40s. "There is a timeless quality to these old standards," Vilray says. Rachael Price is also the lead singer of Lake Street Dive. They spoke with producer Sam Briger.

    Also, we remember Ernest Hemingway biographer A. E. Hotchner. He died Feb. 15. Hotchner spoke with Terry Gross in 1999.

    • 48 min
    Donald Trump's Testing Of America

    Donald Trump's Testing Of America

    'Washington Post' reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker discuss presidential rages, erratic decision-making and other troubling tendencies of the Trump presidency. Their new book is 'A Very Stable Genius.' (Aired Jan. 22, updated Feb. 12, following Trump's impeachment acquittal.)

    Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a record by saxophonist Ellery Eskelin.

    • 49 min
    Best Of: The 2020 Disinformation War / Michael Pollan Explains Caffeine

    Best Of: The 2020 Disinformation War / Michael Pollan Explains Caffeine

    The Trump campaign is planning to spend $1 billion and a lot will go towards disinformation and propaganda. 'Atlantic' journalist McKay Coppins talks about what he learned about the new techniques the campaign and its supporters are using to spread disinformation, discredit journalists, and dismantle the mainstream media.

    Justin Chang reviews 'And Then We Danced,' a gay romance about Georgian folk dance partners.

    'Omnivore's Dilemma' author Michael Pollan talks about his new audiobook, 'Caffeine: How Coffee and Tea Created the Modern World.' He describes caffeine as the world's most widely-used psychoactive drug.

    • 50 min
    'High Fidelity' Author / Remembering Ladysmith Black Mambazo Founder

    'High Fidelity' Author / Remembering Ladysmith Black Mambazo Founder

    Nick Hornby's 1995 novel, 'High Fidelity,' about a heartsick record shop owner, was made into a film starring John Cusack in 2000. Now it's been adapted and updated into a new Hulu series, starring Zoë Kravitz. Hornby spoke with Terry Gross when the book came out about judging people based on their pop culture tastes — an idea central to the story.

    Also, we remember the frontman of the South African a capella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala. He died this week at 78. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1991 about collaborating with Paul Simon on 'Graceland' and growing up on a farm.

    Justin Chang reviews 'And Then We Danced,' a gay romance about Georgian folk dance partners.

    • 48 min
    Amazon & The 'Rise And Reign' Of Jeff Bezos

    Amazon & The 'Rise And Reign' Of Jeff Bezos

    The new FRONTLINE PBS documentary 'Amazon Empire' investigates Amazon's business practices, as well as questions surrounding privacy, surveillance and regulation. We talk with James Jacoby, the film's director and correspondent, about how the company went from being an online bookseller to having its hands in space travel and facial recognition software.

    Also, Ken Tucker reviews singer-songwriter John Moreland's new album 'LP5.'

    • 47 min
    An Inside Look At The Watergate Prosecution

    An Inside Look At The Watergate Prosecution

    In her memoir, 'The Watergate Girl,' Jill Wine-Banks talks about confronting Nixon White House insiders on the witness stand, enduring sexism in the courtroom and how the Watergate probe differs from Trump's impeachment. She's now a legal analyst for MSNBC.

    And book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Deepa Anappara's novel 'Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line.'

    • 48 min

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