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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.Subscribe to Fresh Air Plus! You'll enjoy bonus episodes and sponsor-free listening - all while you support NPR's mission. Learn more at plus.npr.org/freshair

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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.Subscribe to Fresh Air Plus! You'll enjoy bonus episodes and sponsor-free listening - all while you support NPR's mission. Learn more at plus.npr.org/freshair

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    Yo-Yo Ma Says He's Living His Best Childhood Now

    Yo-Yo Ma Says He's Living His Best Childhood Now

    About 25 years ago, the acclaimed cellist asked a high school student to help him name his instrument. Yo-Yo Ma brings his cello — aka "Petunia" — to his conversation with Terry Gross. He talks about being a child prodigy, his rebel years, and straddling three cultures: American, French, and Chinese.

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    The Untold Story Of The C-Section

    The Untold Story Of The C-Section

    When journalist Rachel Somerstein had an emergency C-section with her first child, the anesthesia didn't work. She recounts her own experience and the history of C-sections in her book, Invisible Labor.

    TV critic David Bianculli reviews the last season of Evil.

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    The Stax Records Soul Sound

    The Stax Records Soul Sound

    The small Memphis label Stax Records created soul hits by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Rufus and Carla Thomas, and others. It's the subject of a new documentary on MAX. We're featuring interviews with musicians who were a big part of the Stax sound: Guitarist, songwriter, and producer Steve Cropper tells us about becoming part of the house rhythm section, and going on to help write hits for Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett. Keyboardist Booker T. Jones remembers being pulled out of class in high school to go play music at Stax. And Issac Hayes tells us about writing the classic hit "Soul Man."

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    The Sacrifice That Saved Charlize Theron's Life (Fresh Air+)

    The Sacrifice That Saved Charlize Theron's Life (Fresh Air+)

    In the new 'Mad Max' prequel movie, 'Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,' Anya Taylor-Joy takes up the titular helm from Charlize Theron, who played the part in 2015's 'Mad Max: Fury Road.' On this week's bonus episode, we listen back to a powerful story of childhood trauma from Theron's 2019 interview with Terry. Hear the full interview with Charlize Theron: https://n.pr/3WQEeCQ | Hear an interview with 'Mad Max' director George Miller: https://n.pr/3QUIc9T. Listen to 40+ years of Fresh Air's archives at https://FreshAirArchive.org. Not a Fresh Air+ supporter yet? Find out more, and join for yourself, at https://plus.npr.org/freshair.

    Best Of: Michael McDonald / The American 'Food Cartel'

    Best Of: Michael McDonald / The American 'Food Cartel'

    Grammy-winning musician Michael McDonald looks back on his childhood and his career in a new memoir. He spoke with Tonya Mosley about imposter syndrome and his first band as a tween.

    Also, investigative journalist and author Eric Schlosser talks about how mergers and acquisitions and very little regulation have all but decimated competition within food systems and supply chains.

    And Justin Chang reviews Furiosa, the latest film in the Mad Max franchise.

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    'Mad Max' Director George Miller

    'Mad Max' Director George Miller

    The fifth installment of the Mad Max series of post-apocalyptic action films is roaring into theaters. It's called Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, and it's a prequel to the 2015 film, Mad Max: Fury Road, which earned 10 Oscar nominations. First, Justin Chang reviews the new movie, and then we revisit our 2016 interview with director George Miller.

    Also, we remember alto saxophonist David Sanborn, who toured or recorded with David Bowie, James Brown, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and others.

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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
33.2K Ratings

33.2K Ratings

Pinkpanda2212 ,

What a Great Cohost!

I’ve always revered the time when I get to listen to Terri Gross and Fresh Air. I can’t imagine the amount of prep time required for an interview. And I think you chose wisely with Tonya Mosley as cohost. Articulate and well prepared, I enjoy just listening to her voice.

That must have been a long search for cohost, but it paid off. Thank you for all the work you do.

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.

mst3kaddict ,

Fatphobic

Your recent Navy interview was incredibly offensive to fat people. We don’t use the terms “out of control” or “ballooned” when referring to a human body and you should have called
out the person you were interviewing when they said it.

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