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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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Neurologist Dr. Guy Leschziner, author of 'The Nocturnal Brain,' says sleep is not a binary state, and the brain can be in multiple stages of sleep at once. That can explain why people sometimes walk, eat, and even have sex while sleeping. He talks about insomnia, medication, and some of the more unusual disorders he has treated. Also, we remember Paul Krassner, who died July 21. He published and edited the magazine 'The Realist' from 1958 until 1974 and became known as "the father of the underground press."
Dr. Haider Warraich talks about advancements in treating and preventing heart failure, and explains how the understanding of healthy blood pressure and good cholesterol continues to evolve. His book is 'State of the Heart.' Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Hulu revival of 'Veronica Mars,' starring Kristen Bell.
Emily Nussbaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic for 'The New Yorker,' talks about the art of "terrible men" in the #MeToo era and TV's revolution (from low brow to high art). Her new book of essays and reviews is 'I Like to Watch.'Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'Copperhead' by Alexi Zentner. Randy Rainbow writes and performs satirical songs about President Trump set to melodies of show tunes. "I always considered song parody kind of cheap," the Emmy-nominated performer says. "But ... I've gotten [such a] response from others ... that I'm appreciating it as an art form."
For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we're listening back to archival interviews with Michael Collins, who circled the moon in the command capsule while Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were on the moon's surface; Alan Shepard, the first American in space; Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield; and test pilot Chuck Yeager, the first to break the sound barrier.
When Customs and Border Protection was formed after 9/11 (as a part of the Department of Homeland Security), many agents signed up for the job thinking it would be a quasi-military position, focused on catching terrorists and stopping drug smugglers. Journalist Garrett Graff says in recent years, the border patrol agents mostly have been doing humanitarian and administrative work for asylum-seekers. "It went out and built its ranks by recruiting Rambo, when it actually turns out that what the border patrol needs is Mother Teresa," he says. Graff talks about the leadership vacuum that's plagued the agency and worsened the border crisis. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the new remake of 'The Lion King.'
Satirist Randy Rainbow

Satirist Randy Rainbow

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Rainbow writes and performs satirical songs about President Trump set to melodies of show tunes. "I always considered song parody kind of cheap," the Emmy-nominated performer says. "But ... I've gotten [such a] response from others ... that I'm appreciating it as an art form." Also, we remember retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who died yesterday at 99. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2011.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist's new book, 'The Nickel Boys,' is based on the true story of a notorious Florida reform school where many boys were beaten and sexually abused. Dozens of unmarked graves were discovered on the school grounds, which the state shut down in 2011. Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel, and then the author speaks with contributor Dave Davies. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the book 'Jazz from Detroit.'
TV Critic Emily Nussbaum

TV Critic Emily Nussbaum

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic for 'The New Yorker' talks about the art of "terrible men" in the #MeToo era, TV's revolution (from low to high brow), and what she calls "the bad fan." Her new book of essays and reviews is 'I Like to Watch.'
A new Yiddish language production of 'Fiddler on the Roof' is currently running off-Broadway. Steven Skybell, who plays Tevye, and Joel Grey, who directs the show, explain why the play still resonates.Film critic Justin Chang reviews the thriller 'Midsommar.'In 1989, 26-year-old skipper Tracy Edwards set out on what was considered an unthinkable journey for a woman — to sail the 33,000 mile Whitbread Round The World Race. She assembled an all-female crew, restored a shabby racing yacht, and took to sea. The new documentary 'Maiden' tracks their 9-month-long race and the sexism they faced at every turn. Edwards spoke with 'Fresh Air' contributor Dave Davies.
The former first baseman played on championship teams with the Cardinals and Mets, and made a memorable appearance on 'Seinfeld.' His memoir, now out in paperback, is 'I'm Keith Hernandez.'MLB pitcher Jim Bouton, who died Wednesday, spoke to 'Fresh Air' in 1986 about his 1970 tell-all memoir, 'Ball Four,' in which he drew on his seven years with the Yankees to offer an insider's guide to baseball.Actor Rip Torn, who died Tuesday, won an Emmy Award for playing the gruff producer Artie on 'The Larry Sanders Show.' In 1994, he told Terry Gross that he based his character on Johnny Carson's long time producer.Also, critic John Powers reviews 'London Kills,' about a Scotland Yard team led by a detective whose wife has gone missing.
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Veronica Sawyer

Nope. Not into it.

Jul 20th
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Brenda Lushel Jackson

This is very informative, I never knew this was going on in this religion.

Jul 15th
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Nate Seltenrich

#quitfacebook

Jul 1st
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Peter Chaloner

Mormons, J Witnesses and Scientologists are all insane. Shun them. Ridicule them.

Jun 24th
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Art Hughes

I was raised in the great Millerite tradition with Seventh Day Adventists on one side of my family and Jehovah's Witness on the other side. The JW side is like a cult. You are with them or not!

Jun 24th
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Ronald Bell

at first I was going to skip this episode, I thought I knew the story and it would be repetitious. Ava says she could cry talking about them, I cry hearing her tell the story. this is so much more than just about a wrong being made right, I feel I've learned a little more about our humanity that seeks justice and truth. we are so challenged even when our president plays in to the contra story displaying not an ounce of compassion or understanding. we are so much better than that, and when we falter we need a real leader that will guide us along a path that helps us know how to love. thank you Terry for developing this story.

Jun 23rd
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Alex Mercedes

he's not an easy guy to interview and the topic is also difficult. great job -- again -- Terry. we don't know how you do it but appreciate that you do.

Jun 4th
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Alex Mercedes

this episode won't play...

Jun 3rd
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Kevin Rowe

JuiceMoney88 having trouble loading this episode too.I'll give it an other day or two

Jun 6th
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JuiceMoney88

Alex Mercedes I've been trying to listen to this one for 3 days and today it finally worked.

Jun 5th
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Alex Mercedes

oooooo! I wish I had a TV...

May 26th
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Heather Garrison

this approach is nothing new. I really thought this would be some new research on dementia. It is well known that music and art therapy are effective but I thought this would be some new ideas.

May 24th
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Alex Mercedes

you know what I'm saying?... I'm sorry. I applaud her artistry AND I cannot listen to any more of this conversation.

May 24th
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Padmargha Maikap

Now I'm understanding this episode but Pooble this is so cool and must be nice be there are so some nice moment.... so you can get a chance and show your interesting this show, I'm so... give short opinion share with you... smile for everyone.. watch and learn... this "Fresh Air".....so awesome

May 16th
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Zoltan Vaci

I'm sick of being talked down to as ahistorical because I grew up in the 90s. Stop referring to millenials as a cohesive thought-cohort because our opinions and worldviews are just as diverse as any generation's. Just because I don't remember the Cold War doesn't mean my life wasn't in a huge part defined by its repercussions.

May 9th
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Klint McIntire

Zoltan Vaci I’m a millennial who is disillusioned with my generation’s overly-sensitive, groupthink culture

May 22nd
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Tom Hoover

this guy says "nuculer". Remember how they lambasted Bush for that? Nothing else in this interview scares me as much as liberal spin and hypocrisy.

May 3rd
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Tom Hoover true, hypocrisy kills more than wars.

May 5th
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Dulguun Batbayar

very informative, thank you

Apr 25th
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Erin April Frame

M;b

Apr 22nd
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lourdes nearon

Keri Blakinger should write a book!

Apr 17th
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Farmer John

that's it? Henry Louis Gates gets less than 1/2 the air time of your show? and you feel the rest of your show with some half-rate comic? simply deplorable

Apr 5th
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Daniel Barnes

I really wish NPR could find a way to eliminate mouth sounds. If you sufferer from misophonia, this program and this particular interview can be unbearable

Apr 3rd
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Michael Friggin Marquis

yeah what's up with her. ..she keeps stopping to swallow spit or something. the mouth sounds are unbearable which sucks because I really wanted to hear this

Apr 2nd
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