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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: Human Trafficking After Katrina / The Waco Siege

    Best Of: Human Trafficking After Katrina / The Waco Siege

    F. Murray Abraham won the 1985 Best Actor Oscar for Amadeus. Now he co-stars in The White Lotus as Bert, a chauvinistic patriarch on vacation in Italy with his son and grandson. We talk about his career and life, and the lessons he learned along the way.

    David Bianculli reviews Rian Johnson's new series Poker Face, starring Natasha Lyonne.

    Author Jeff Guinn has written about cult leaders Charles Manson and Jim Jones. In the book, Waco, he draws on new interviews with federal agents and surviving Branch Davidians to revisit the 1993 confrontation, which left scores of people dead, including more than 20 children.

    • 47 min
    Sun Records Founder Sam Phillips / Crosby & Nash

    Sun Records Founder Sam Phillips / Crosby & Nash

    This month marks the centennial of the birth of Sam Phillips, the record producer who discovered Elvis and produced his first records. We're listening back to our interview with Phillips, who founded Sun Records in Memphis and also launched the careers of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.

    Also David Crosby and Graham Nash tell the story of how they met and started making music together as Crosby, Stills, & Nash. Crosby died last week.

    John Powers reviews the new HBO series The Last of Us.

    • 46 min
    How Social Media's Role Was Left Out Of The Jan. 6 Report

    How Social Media's Role Was Left Out Of The Jan. 6 Report

    Washington Post technology reporter Drew Harwell says the unpublished report shows that tech companies didn't respond to employees' warnings about violent rhetoric on their platforms.

    • 44 min
    Revisiting The Waco Siege, 30 Years Later

    Revisiting The Waco Siege, 30 Years Later

    Author Jeff Guinn has written about cult leaders Charles Manson and Jim Jones. In the book, Waco, he draws on new interviews with federal agents and surviving Branch Davidians to revisit the 1993 confrontation, which left scores of people dead, including more than 20 children.

    Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Peacock series Poker Face, starring Natasha Lyonne.

    • 45 min
    'White Lotus' Actor F. Murray Abraham

    'White Lotus' Actor F. Murray Abraham

    F. Murray Abraham won the 1985 Best Actor Oscar for Amadeus. Now he co-stars in The White Lotus as Bert, a chauvinistic patriarch on vacation in Italy with his son and grandson. We talk about his career and life, and the lessons he learned along the way.

    • 45 min
    Forced Labor & Rebuilding After Natural Disasters In The U.S.

    Forced Labor & Rebuilding After Natural Disasters In The U.S.

    After Hurricane Katrina in 2006, hundreds of workers from India were promised jobs and green cards in what labor organizer Saket Soni calls "one of the largest cases of forced labor in modern U.S. history." He tells their story in The Great Escape.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
31K Ratings

31K Ratings

FrancoBidd ,

Love Terri Gross, can be one-sided

Terri Gross is the best interviewer of all times, and should be treated as such. The show does slant toward a fairy politicized viewpoint, which I find can get in the way of more authentic and open minded exploration, which is the sort of thing I turn to the show for. The recent episode with the New York Times reporter on teenage mental illness was annoying. As though the medical terms and exploration into the issue is necessary to the extent he claimed it was in order to justify his book. When you degrade and destroy various cultural institutions that used to give people meaning, teenagers and middle-aged people and the elderly, and replace them with isolating screens, in which infinite numbers of people can bully and say horrible things about you, what do you expect will be the result? Things like religion and national pride and family projects, and larger group identity provided a sense of belonging and meaning for people of all ages. Constant disdain for such things just isolates people more and attempts to cut down anything they they felt part of in the past. The claim that the situation is a mystery that merits a book about uncovering a hidden answer lends to the absurdity of the interview.

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.

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good content, distracting side sounds

Occasionally, there is a guest who badly needs to drink water. You can hear all of the spit in their mouth when they talk. I really wish NPR in general will get better about editing these slobber sounds out of there podcasts. It makes it really, really difficult to focus on what the person is saying.

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