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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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    Bette Midler's Career Was Always A Little Queer (Fresh Air+)

    Bette Midler's Career Was Always A Little Queer (Fresh Air+)

    The multi-hyphenate singer, actor and author Bette Midler has been a LGBTQ+ icon for much of her wildly successful career. It's only appropriate then, in the middle of Pride Month 2024, that we look back to the unlikely beginnings of that career — as a popular singer in a gay men's bathhouse in 1970s New York City. Hear Midler's 1998 interview in full: https://n.pr/3KsuiZ2. 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: Yo-Yo Ma; Actor Griffin Dunne

    Best Of: Yo-Yo Ma; Actor Griffin Dunne

    About 25 years ago, acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma asked a high school student to help him name his instrument. He brings his 18th century cello — aka "Petunia" — to the Fresh Air studio for music and conversation. Actor Griffin Dunne grew up in Beverly Hills, where his family would entertain Hollywood celebrities. That made for entertaining stories, but at the heart of his new memoir, Griffin writes about how the Dunne family overcame significant traumas, including the murder of his sister, Dominique. It's called The Friday Afternoon Club.

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    How Satchel Paige Helped Integrate MLB

    How Satchel Paige Helped Integrate MLB

    Hall of Famer Satchel Paige started his career pitching in the Negro leagues and later became a major league star. Author Larry Tye tells his story in Satchel. Plus, Justin Chang reviews Inside Out 2.

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    How Formerly Enslaved People Were Stripped Of Land

    How Formerly Enslaved People Were Stripped Of Land

    Journalist Alexia Fernández Campbell says that some freed men and women were given titles to land following the Civil War — but after President Lincoln's death, the land was taken back. Campbell is a contributor to 40 Acres And A Lie, a three-part series featured in Mother Jones and the public radio show and podcast Reveal, which explores how the land loss deprived Black people of building intergenerational wealth.

    David Bianculli reviews the new Apple TV+ series, Presumed Innocent.

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    Rob McElhenney On 'Welcome To Wrexham'

    Rob McElhenney On 'Welcome To Wrexham'

    'The Always Sunny in Philadelphia' co-creator and co-star bought a Welsh football club during the pandemic. McElhenney says he and actor Ryan Reynolds bought the team to "bring hope to a town that had fallen on hard times." The FX series 'Welcome to Wrexham,' now in its third season on Hulu, chronicles the team, its owners and fans.

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    Questlove On Hip-Hop And History

    Questlove On Hip-Hop And History

    Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson still remembers the first time he heard The Sugarhill Gang's 1980 hit "Rapper's Delight." It felt like a paradigm shift: "Suddenly they start talking in rhythmic poetry and we didn't know what to make of it," The Roots bandleader says. Questlove's new book is Hip-Hop is History.

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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
33.3K Ratings

33.3K Ratings

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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.

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This show only gets better

I have been enjoying FRESH AIR, for what it seems like forever but the new additional hosts add depth and different perspectives. Great job!!

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