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.
Novelist James McBride
James McBride's novel 'Deacon King Kong' takes place in 1969, in a Brooklyn housing project similar to the one he grew up in. "In this book and in this community, people generally love each other," he says. McBride's novel 'The Good Lord Bird' was adapted last year into a miniseries starring Ethan Hawke.
Also, Kevin Whitehead reviews the new box set of music by jazz saxophonist and composer Julius Hemphill. And Justin Chang reviews the new Disney animated film 'Raya and the Last Dragon.'
What's Next For The War In Afghanistan?
America's 19-year war in Afghanistan may soon be coming to an end. The Trump administration negotiated a deal with the Taliban, in which the U.S. agreed to withdraw all its troops by May 1. But the Afghan government was not included in those talks. Now President Biden has to decide whether to honor the Trump deal and risk that the Taliban will try to take over the country again. We speak with 'New Yorker' reporter Dexter Filkins about what he saw in Afghanistan while he was there in January.
'Minari' Director Lee Isaac Chung
Based on Chung's own childhood, 'Minari' is about a Korean American family that moves to rural Arkansas to start a farm. The director spoke with contributor Arun Venugopal about the memories that inspired the film, why he initially kept the project a secret from his family, and choosing the title of the movie. 'Minari' just won a Golden Globe for best foreign language film.
Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Klara and the Sun,' by Kazuo Ishiguro.
How Bellingcat's Web Sleuths Solve Global Crimes
Eliot Higgins is the founder of an online collective that picks apart conspiracy theories and investigates war crimes and hate crimes using clues from the Internet — like social media posts, leaked databases and free satellite maps. We talk about how Bellingcat traced the origin of the missile that shot down flight MH17 in Ukraine, the ethics of the Bellingcat methods, and the emotional impact of seeing atrocities online. His new book is 'We Are Bellingcat.'
Also, David Bianculli reviews the Netflix miniseries 'Behind Her Eyes.'
From Card Cheat To Illusionist: Magician Derek DelGaudio
The sleight-of-hand master explores themes of identity, honesty and the emotional cost of keeping secrets in the memoir, 'AMORALMAN.' DelGaudio's one-man show 'In & Of Itself' is now available on Hulu. "[Secrets] are like a drug," he says. "They enter your system and they intoxicate you and they get you to modify your behavior, whether you know it or not. And so it's learning to control the effects of secrecy that really were key for me, in terms of creating a convincing illusion."
John Powers reviews Mick Herron's spy thriller 'Slough House.'
Best Of: Sacha Baron Cohen / Changing Policing From The Inside
British actor Sacha Baron Cohen is known for taking his absurd characters like Borat, Brüno and Ali G into the world and interacting with unwitting real people. Baron Cohen has been chased, sued and nearly arrested while in character. We talk about why he revived Borat after a 13-year hiatus and playing Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman in 'The Trial of the Chicago 7.'
Also, John Powers reviews the film 'Minari.'
For four years, Georgetown Law professor and human rights activist Rosa Brooks carried a badge and a gun and worked a minimum of 24 hours a month for the DC police department — all on a voluntary basis. Brooks writes about her experiences with the police in 'Tangled Up in Blue.'
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Mr Higgins interview March 2nd
I was a little disappointed with this interview Terry because you asked little about u.s. government involvement in helping fund bellingcat. You also seemed unaware of the controversy surrounding the veracity of claims of Syrian culpability for gassing and the role of white helmets being dupes in advancing the u.s. version of events. Could you interview Aaron Mate or his colleagues or the chemical warfare whistleblowers from the u.n.?
Terry’s great interview style makes even the most boring topics and guests interesting
Spike Lee is drunk
Fresh Air is great! The show deserves every award it earns! It is timely and thought provoking. The recent interview with Spike Lee was great, he did nothing to cause alarm but he had either been drinking or is having some issues. Still a good interview, I just hope he is doing okay and I wish him well! He is a grand talent!