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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.

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    Best Of: Jad Abumrad / Public Health Expert Dr. Leana Wen

    Best Of: Jad Abumrad / Public Health Expert Dr. Leana Wen

    Abumrad is the creator of the hit public radio series 'RadioLab.' The new 'RadioLab' miniseries, 'The Vanishing of Harry Pace,' is about the man who co-founded a publication with WEB DuBois, founded the first Black-owned record company, helped desegregate a Chicago neighborhood — and then kind of disappeared. Abumrad also co-reported the podcast miniseries 'Dolly Parton's America.'

    Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'Wayward' by Dana Spiotta.

    Finally, Dr. Wen has commented extensively on CNN and in her 'Washington Post' column about COVID-19 and the precautions we need to take. She emigrated from China as a child and relied on the public health system while she had severe asthma. She talks about her new memoir called 'Lifelines.'

    • 48 min
    Actor Courtney B. Vance / Remembering Bob Moses

    Actor Courtney B. Vance / Remembering Bob Moses

    Vance is nominated for an Emmy for his guest appearance in the HBO series 'Lovecraft Country.' He played the charismatic and show-stopping attorney Johnnie Cochran in 'The People v. O.J. Simpson.' More recently, he played Aretha Franklin's father, Rev. C.L Franklin, in 'Genius: Aretha.'

    Also, John Powers reviews a new edition of a 1963 novel by black reporter William Gardner Smith.

    Then, we remember pioneering civil rights activist Bob Moses. He died Sunday at age 86.

    Finally, Kevin Whitehead reviews two very different new albums by outstanding tenor saxophonists.

    • 47 min
    Leaks Reveal Spyware Meant To Track Criminals Targeted Activists Instead

    Leaks Reveal Spyware Meant To Track Criminals Targeted Activists Instead

    'Washington Post' reporter Craig Timberg explains how military-grade spyware licensed to governments and police departments has infiltrated the iPhones of journalists, activists and others. "It takes a story like this to help people understand how deeply enmeshed these tiny little computers have gotten into our lives," Timberg says. "I still carry my iPhone everywhere I go ... And the reality of that is that every time I do that, I'm exposing not just myself, but everyone I deal with to the possibility of spying by governments all over the world."

    Also, Justin Chang reviews 'The Green Knight' starring Dev Patel.

    • 45 min
    Leaks Reveal Spyware Meant To Track Criminals Targeted Activists Instead

    Leaks Reveal Spyware Meant To Track Criminals Targeted Activists Instead

    'Washington Post' reporter Craig Timberg explains how military-grade spyware licensed to governments and police departments has infiltrated the iPhones of journalists, activists and others. "It takes a story like this to help people understand how deeply enmeshed these tiny little computers have gotten into our lives," Timberg says. "I still carry my iPhone everywhere I go ... And the reality of that is that every time I do that, I'm exposing not just myself, but everyone I deal with to the possibility of spying by governments all over the world."

    Also, Justin Chang reviews 'The Green Knight' starring Dev Patel.

    'Moonlight' Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney

    'Moonlight' Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney

    After winning an Oscar for co-writing the film 'Moonlight,' McCraney says he received a lot of opportunities, many of which he turned down. "Some of it had to do with waiting for the other shoe to drop," he says. He's now the creator of the TV series 'David Makes Man,' which is in its second season on OWN. The series begins with a Miami boy whose mother struggles with addiction — and has echoes of McCraney's own childhood.

    • 46 min
    Public Health Expert Dr. Leana Wen On COVID & Mandates

    Public Health Expert Dr. Leana Wen On COVID & Mandates

    Dr. Wen is an emergency physician, CNN Health Analyst and former Baltimore Health Commissioner. We talk about mask and vaccine mandates, the return to school and work, and the Delta variant. "Unfortunately, we're in a situation now where the vaccinated are having to pay the price for the actions of the unvaccinated," she says. Wen emigrated from China as a child and relied on the public health system while she had severe asthma. She has a new memoir called 'Lifelines.'

    Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'Wayward' by Dana Spiotta.

    • 46 min

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