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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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    What Will Smith's Roles As Fathers Did For His Worldview (Fresh Air+)

    What Will Smith's Roles As Fathers Did For His Worldview (Fresh Air+)

    We're back with another episode of our special Tonya Talks Movies miniseries, looking at the 2006 drama, 'The Pursuit of Happyness,' starring Will Smith. The biopic of businessman Chris Gardner — who lived with his young son for a year without a home while attempting to score a job at a high-profile stock brokerage — centers on an emotional lead performance from Smith. Fresh Air co-host Tonya Mosley has interviewed Smith, although not about this movie. In conversation with Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado, Tonya explains how this literal rags-to-riches story speaks to her, and explores how Smith's roles as father figures plays on his strengths as an actor. Listen to Will Smith in 2001: https://n.pr/48nrYMt | Listen to Will Smith in 2021: https://n.pr/3UKvmOe | Listen to Jada Pinkett Smith in 2023: https://n.pr/4bLFJay. Listen to any Fresh Air episode at https://FreshAirArchive.org. We'll be back next week to hear more from Tonya Mosley on her favorite movies. Not a Fresh Air+ supporter yet? Find out more, and join for yourself at https://plus.npr.org/freshair.

    Best Of: The Making Of 'Dune' / Why We Remember

    Best Of: The Making Of 'Dune' / Why We Remember

    Denis Villeneuve remembers watching the 1984 movie version of Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi novel Dune and thinking, "Someday, someone else will do it again" — not realizing he would be that filmmaker. He spoke to Sam Briger about shooting Dune in the desert and his love of silent film.

    Ken Tucker reviews a new solo album from guitarist Mary Timony.

    Neuroscientist Dr. Charan Ranganath's book is Why We Remember. We talk about how stress affects memory and what's happening in the brain when something's on the tip of your tongue.

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    Paul Giamatti / Remembering Comic Richard Lewis

    Paul Giamatti / Remembering Comic Richard Lewis

    Paul Giamatti stars in The Holdovers as a pompous and disliked teacher at a boys boarding school in the '70s. He's now up for an Oscar for best actor. Giamatti spoke with Sam Briger about the role and reuniting with director Alexander Payne, 20 years after Sideways.

    Also, we remember comic and Curb Your Enthusiasm actor Richard Lewis, who died Feb. 27. The Brooklyn-born comic made his standup debut in 1971. His routines were full of biting takes on love, life, and physical and mental health. Lewis spoke with Terry Gross in 1988 and 2000.

    Also, Justin Chang reviews Dune: Part Two.

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    The Impact Of Christian Nationalism On American Democracy

    The Impact Of Christian Nationalism On American Democracy

    Why do many Christian nationalists think Trump is chosen by God to lead the country? We talk with Bradley Onishi about the ties between Christian nationalism and political and judicial leaders. Onishi became a Christian nationalist and a youth minister in his teens and then left the church. He is the author of Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism — and What Comes Next, and he cohosts a podcast about religion and politics called Straight White American Jesus.

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    'Dune' Director Denis Villeneuve

    'Dune' Director Denis Villeneuve

    Villeneuve remembers watching the 1984 movie version of Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi novel Dune and thinking, "Someday someone else will do it again" — not realizing he would be that filmmaker. He spoke to Sam Briger about shooting Dune in the desert, depicting sandworm surfing, and his love of silent film.

    Also, David Bianculli reviews the new CBS murder mystery series, Elsbeth.

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    Busy Philipps

    Busy Philipps

    Busy Philipps plays Mrs. George, a "cool mom" seeking the approval of her teen daughter in the new movie musical version of Mean Girls. Philipps got her start in acting as a teen on the series Freaks and Geeks. She spoke with Ann Marie Baldonado about sexism in Hollywood, collaborating with Tina Fey, and the best friendship advice her mom gave her.

    Also, Ken Tucker reviews a new solo album from Mary Timony, and David Biacnulli reviews the series Shōgun.

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32.9K Ratings

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Great show, but poorly edited as podcast

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