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.
Remembering Michael Apted, William Link And Neil Sheehan
We look back on the lives and careers of three people who have recently died. First, filmmaker Michael Apted, best-known for his documentary series, 'Up,' which followed the lives of a group of British citizens. He updated their stories with a new episode every seven years, from childhood through their 60s. Apted died last week. We also listen back to our interview with screenwriter William Link, who co-created many long-running TV series, including 'Columbo' and 'Murder She Wrote.' Also we remember Vietnam War correspondent Neil Sheehan. He broke the story of the Pentagon Papers, and wrote 'A Bright Shining Lie,' a Pulitzer-Prize winning book about the war.
David Bianculli reviews 'WandaVision,' the new miniseries on Disney+.
Dir. Paul Greengrass On 'News Of The World'
News of the World' is a Western set five years after the end of the Civil War. It stars Tom Hanks as a former Confederate captain who travels from one small poor Texas town to another, reading aloud from newspapers to townspeople who gather, paying ten cents apiece to be informed and entertained by these stories. We talk with director Paul Greengrass, who also directed Hanks in 'Captain Phillips.'
Also, Ken Tucker reviews the new HBO documentary about the Bee Gees, and a new album by the only one of the three Bee Gee brothers still alive, Barry Gibb.
The Story Of 'Black Radical' William Monroe Trotter
Historian Kerri Greenidge tells the story of William Monroe Trotter, a Black newspaper editor who was a forceful crusader for civil rights in the early 20th century. He built a national following in his time as a fierce advocate for the full citizenship rights that had been promised to former enslaved people after the Civil War. Trotter organized mass protests, confronted presidents, and openly challenged leaders such as Booker T. Washington who took a more cautious approach to Black empowerment. Greenidge's new book is called 'Black Radical.'
Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Promising Young Woman' and 'Pieces of a Woman.'
The Racist History Of The Senate Filibuster
Adam Jentleson traces the history of the filibuster, which started as a tool of Southern senators upholding slavery and then later became a mechanism to block civil rights legislation. His book is 'Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and The Crippling of American Democracy.'
Humorist Fran Lebowitz
The Netflix docuseries 'Pretend It's a City' features Lebowitz's conversations with Martin Scorsese on many topics, Manhattan in particular. "If I dropped the Hope Diamond on the floor of a subway car, I'd leave it there," she says. Lebowitz also talks about getting expelled from school, working for Andy Warhol, and why she loves living alone.
Also, John Powers reviews the book 'The Liar's Dictionary' by Eley Williams.
Best Of: Dr. Sanjay Gupta / Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about how learning new skills can optimize brain health. His new book is 'Keep Sharp.'
Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Outlawed,' a novel by Anna North, which she describes as 'Handmaid's Tale' meets 'Butch Cassidy.'
Journalist Maria Ressa has faced criminal charges and death threats because of her coverage of the populist, authoritarian Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. We talk about her work in the Philippines and the threats she's faced. Ressa is the subject of a new PBS FRONTLINE documentary, 'A Thousand Cuts.'
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Loved the interview with Lawrence Wright on the handling of the pandemic. I was lucky that my grandmother lived with my family and I had the chance to ask her about the 1918 pandemic when I was in High School in the early 80s. She was 23 in 1918 and shared her experiences with me and my US History class. She was in Tennessee in a rural community that heard about the Pandemic outbreak in Europe and in the Northeast. She said it all seemed so far away and would never come to a small town in Western TN but yet one day the flue arrived and people died. So much more I wish I had asked her or remembered. What always stuck with me was her saying that the danger didn’t seem real or would affect her and then all the sudden it was there.
often propagandandistic. spewing for the left under the guise of culture
How could anyone not openly admit this is Trump administration fault?