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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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    Robin Thede On 'A Black Lady Sketch Show'

    Robin Thede On 'A Black Lady Sketch Show'

    Thede's HBO series, A Black Lady Sketch Show, is the first sketch comedy show solely written, directed and starring Black women. "It is a nonstop job," she says of the various hats she wears. Thede spoke with guest interviewer Tonya Mosley.

    Also, Justin Chang reviews the noir thriller Emily the Criminal, starring Aubrey Plaza. And Lloyd Schwartz a reissue of Judy Garland films.

    • 45 min
    Best Of: Women In Afghanistan / How College Broke The American Dream

    Best Of: Women In Afghanistan / How College Broke The American Dream

    Over this past year, the Taliban have broken their promises to allow girls to continue their schooling and women to keep their jobs. Many girls and women are disappearing — arrested for violating the morality code, or abducted and forced to marry one of the Taliban. We talk with British/Iranian journalist Ramita Navai, who went undercover to speak to women who were victimized by the Taliban, and women working underground to help women escape brutality. Her new PBS Frontline documentary is called Afghanistan Undercover.

    Also, we talk with Will Bunch, author of After the Ivory Tower Falls, about how college tuition became so expensive, driving students and parents into debt.

    Justin Chang reviews the film Ali & Ava.

    • 48 min
    Remembering Motown Songwriter Lamont Dozier

    Remembering Motown Songwriter Lamont Dozier

    Lamont Dozier was one third of the Motown songwriting team Holland Dozier Holland. He died Monday at the age of 81. Along with brothers Brian and Eddie Holland, he helped define the Motown sound, writing 10 Number One top hits for The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas, and Marvin Gaye — songs like "You Can't Hurry Love," "Baby Love," "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Can't Help Myself," "Heatwave," and "Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch." They spoke with Terry Gross in 2003.

    Justin Chang reviews The British romantic drama Ali & Ava.

    • 44 min
    The Secret History Of Family Separation At The Border

    The Secret History Of Family Separation At The Border

    Atlantic journalist Caitlin Dickerson spent 18 months filing lawsuits for documents to put together the story of the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families at the border.

    • 45 min
    Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes

    Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes

    Investigator Paul Holes spent his career cracking cold cases. His work led to the arrest of the so-called Golden State Killer in 2018. He spoke with us about the case the the impact the work has had on his mental health. His memoir is Unmasked.

    Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews Mohsin Hamid's latest novel, The Last White Man.

    • 45 min
    How This Political Era Of Partisan Warfare & Conspiracies Came To Be

    How This Political Era Of Partisan Warfare & Conspiracies Came To Be

    Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank examines how the GOP got to where it is today, with some elected leaders and candidates still endorsing the lie that Trump won. His book is The Destructionists.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
30.2K Ratings

30.2K Ratings

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Love this podcast

Terry Gross has fantastic interviewing skills and can draw from a long history of interviews and knowledge to make her episodes fascinating. Highly recommend!

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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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Terry Gross. Fresh Air

Terry never disappoints as a sensitive caring brilliant interviewer. Sometimes I listen even when the topic does not sound particularly interesting. I always come away enriched and grateful that i tuned in.

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