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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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"He wasn't afraid of any of the hardest parts of childhood," Marielle Heller says. Her film, 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,' centers on Fred Rogers' unlikely friendship with a cynical journalist. Heller talks about casting Tom Hanks as Rogers, capturing his slow style of speaking, and a profound experience she had with her young son because of the show.
BuzzFeed News Editor Heidi Blake and her team uncovered evidence connecting Russian hitmen to 14 deaths on British soil — killings that attracted little interest from British authorities anxious to maintain ties with the Russian government. "In one case, an individual directly in the crosshairs of the Kremlin ... had apparently stabbed himself to death repeatedly with two knives. And there had been no investigation. It had immediately been treated as a suicide." Knowing that journalists in Russia have been murdered, Blake and her reporting team had to watch their backs. "This was a dicey ride, investigating this story, and we had a number of fairly disturbing incidences along the way." Her new book is 'From Russia with Blood.'Also, Kevin Whitehead reviews some reissues of music performed by the late jazz pianist Erroll Garner.
Actor Robert Pattinson

Actor Robert Pattinson

2019-11-1800:50:244

Pattinson is best known for his role in the 'Twilight' saga, where he played the vampire Edward Cullen – a bloodsucking teen heartthrob. "I think Edward basically is Nosferatu, but, at the same time, he still cares about doing his hair and stuff." After becoming a success in big box office films, he pivoted to indie art house films, like his new one, 'The Lighthouse.' He co-stars with Willem Defoe as increasingly unhinged lighthouse keepers in 19th century New England.
Frustrated by the lack of leading roles for women in Hollywood, Reese Witherspoon decided to start her own production company. Her new project, 'The Morning Show,' takes on sexual harassment in the news industry. Ken Tucker reviews the album 'Kirk' from hip-hop artist DaBaby. Filmmaker and producer Judd Apatow talks about his late mentor, stand-up legend Garry Shandling, and the personal trauma that informed his comedy. Apatow explores Shandling's life and legacy in the HBO documentary 'The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling' and the accompanying book, 'It's Garry Shandling's Book.'
Season 3 of the the historical drama about Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family begins Sunday. We listen back to our interview with series creator Peter Morgan. He says he tries to get as close as possible to the truth about life inside the Royal family, based on extensive research and using his own imagination. "We pretty much know for every day of their lives where they were and what they were allegedly doing," Morgan says. "What we don't know is what they were feeling, what they were thinking. And so it's my job to draw the line between those two in as responsible a way as possible." And critic John Powers reviews the new season, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Waves,' a film by Trey Edward Shults.
Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

2019-11-1400:48:314

Frustrated by the lack of good leading roles for women, Witherspoon decided to start her own production company. Her new project, 'The Morning Show,' takes on sexual harassment in the broadcast news industry. She spoke with Terry Gross about the #MeToo movement, studying with a vocal coach to play June Carter Cash in 'Walk the Line,' and why 'Wild' was a turning point for her.
Actor Willem Dafoe

Actor Willem Dafoe

2019-11-1300:49:395

Dafoe has played villains, soldiers, van Gogh and Jesus. He's earned four Oscar nominations and appeared in more than 100 films — including, most recently, 'Motherless Brooklyn' and 'The Lighthouse.' He talks about being a 'good bad guy.' Also, Ken Tucker reviews DaBaby's new album 'Kirk,' and book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Great Pretender,' by Susannah Cahalan, author of the best-selling memoir 'Brain on Fire.'
'New Yorker' staff writer Andrew Marantz spent years with far-right online extremists, embedding with them and watching them spread false news by exploiting social media. His new book is 'Antisocial.' Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new streaming service Disney+.
Filmmaker and producer Judd Apatow (Superbad, Girls, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) talks about his late mentor, stand-up legend Garry Shandling, and the personal trauma that formed him. "Garry was a wounded person. He was a neurotic man," Apatow says. "He was a guy constantly attempting to evolve and heal. I felt like there's so many lessons that people can get from learning about how he lived his life." Apatow explores Shandling's life and legacy in the HBO documentary 'The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling' and the accompanying book, 'It's Garry Shandling's Book.'
When Allison Moorer was 14, her father shot and killed her mother and then took his own life. Moorer, a country singer-songwriter, has a new memoir and accompanying album (both entitled 'Blood') about the incident and her road to healing. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of early recordings by Nat King Cole."It was perilous to be a black gay boy in America," Saeed Jones says of the fear and isolation he experienced growing up in Texas in the 1990s. Jones, a former culture editor and LGBTQ editor at BuzzFeed, talks about his search for identity and being "mad as hell and gay as hell." His new memoir is 'How We Fight for Our Lives.'
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Alex Mercedes

thanks for the Dafoe interview! he's even more amazing in person.

Nov 18th
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Philly Burbs

Re: The Crown You didn't say spoilers alert. I want to know if a show is good or not, not scene by scene spoilers. I used to love movie trailers, today they tell you the entire first hour of he movie. who's idea was that? Why bother going to the movies if u know most of it when you walk in the door.😎

Nov 16th
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Alex Mercedes

so many questions came up for me as I listened to Saeed's stories. it would have been difficult not to press him in the interview.

Nov 11th
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John Reed

Is the dingbat doing the tv show review doing a purposely pompous voice?

Nov 8th
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Teresa Wilkinson

sound quality is absolutely appalling and had to try to download a couple of times, but it was just impossible, don't know what's wrong

Nov 4th
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Amber Kelley

Oh my goodness! This is the most exhilarating and interesting guest you've ever had, Terri. I normally enjoy your show. But this author Stephen? on CIA mind control is fantastic.

Oct 25th
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ManSqUatCh

I hope that The Lighthouse is based on the story of two men that worked on an island with a lighthouse that didn't end well. It was covered by Lore.

Oct 25th
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Coco Rylee

Love Howard & NPR🤓

Oct 21st
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alicia

🥰

Oct 21st
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John Reed

Good grief find someone who doesn't sound so pompous to do reviews.

Oct 20th
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L Yu

He exceeds the definition of courage.

Oct 16th
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Alex Mercedes

whew! Mitchell is surprisingly difficult to interview. so far, a little past the halfway mark, Terry's good questions are mostly either unanswered or incompletely answered. I commend Mitchell's work as journalist and wait for the day someone will press her in an interview the way she presses from the other side of the mic.

Oct 5th
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Alex Mercedes

oops! the start of the movie review is missing because of the ad....

Oct 4th
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John Reed

Fresh Air is the last npr podcast I listen to because of their inability to say when tRump is lying. I turned off this podcast when you let us know she works for msnbc. They bowed to pressure and now have a bunch of fox news pundits so no credibility.

Sep 19th
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Ruth Gordon

Kavanaugh liked beer. He still likes beer.

Sep 17th
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Kurben Nnm

Why is she so vague about everything. "Both sides of the conflict sell coltan to fund ..." what countries?

Sep 13th
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Len Hayes

What a repulsive voice this author has

Sep 10th
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Nervino Karas

She needs to leave the church. Shes living in denial.

Aug 15th
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John Reed

Thanks for her inservice on how to be holy. But does that also include covering up for all the pedophile rapist priests? The catholic church is the largest pedophile rapist sex ring in the world. It's a disgrace to cover them in any other way.

Aug 13th
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Nicki

OMG!! How interesting leopard seals are !!!

Aug 6th
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