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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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Recent Episodes of Fresh Air


Best Of: Michael McDonald / The American 'Food Cartel'

Best Of: Michael McDonald / The American 'Food Cartel'

Grammy-winning musician Michael McDonald looks back on his childhood and his career in a new memoir. He spoke with Tonya Mosley about imposter syndrome and his first band as a tween.

Also, investigative journalist and author Eric Schlosser talks about how mergers and acquisitions and very little regulation have all but decimated competition within food systems and supply chains.

And Justin Chang reviews Furiosa, the latest film in the Mad Max franchise.

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Episode 25 May 2024 48m and 25s


'Mad Max' Director George Miller

'Mad Max' Director George Miller

The fifth installment of the Mad Max series of post-apocalyptic action films is roaring into theaters. It's called Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, and it's a prequel to the 2015 film, Mad Max: Fury Road, which earned 10 Oscar nominations. First, Justin Chang reviews the new movie, and then we revisit our 2016 interview with director George Miller.

Also, we remember alto saxophonist David Sanborn, who toured or recorded with David Bowie, James Brown, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and others.

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Episode 24 May 2024 46m and 2s


The Corruption Scandal That Rocked The Navy

The Corruption Scandal That Rocked The Navy

In Fat Leonard, journalist Craig Whitlock tells the story of a defense contractor who plied Navy commanders with lavish meals, trips, cash and sex workers. In return they let him overcharge taxpayers.

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Episode 23 May 2024 43m and 49s


Maggie Rogers (Extended Version)

Maggie Rogers (Extended Version)

In 2021, burnt out from the intensity of her early career, Maggie Rogers considered quitting music entirely. Instead, she took a detour — to Harvard Divinity School, where she earned a master's degree in religion and public life. Rogers spoke with Fresh Air's Sam Briger about her songwriting process, becoming a star overnight, and being a nostalgic person. Her new album is Don't Forget Me.

This episode is a special extended version of the interview that aired on NPR.

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Episode 22 May 2024 55m and 7s


Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig

The SNL alum co-stars with Carol Burnett in Palm Royale, an Apple TV+ series about a former pageant queen who wants to break into high society. Wiig talked with Ann Marie Baldonado about working with Burnett, the rush of SNL, and co-writing the mega hit movie Bridesmaids.

Ken Tucker shares three songs of the summer.

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Episode 21 May 2024 45m and 52s


Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald

McDonald says that earlier in his career, he tended to avoid writing about himself directly in songs. He opens up about his life and career in the memoir, What a Fool Believes. He spoke with Tonya Mosley about his first band as a tween, his songwriting process, and being big in the Black community.

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Episode 20 May 2024 45m and 54s


Best Of: Kathleen Hanna / Tyler James Williams

Best Of: Kathleen Hanna / Tyler James Williams

Musician, activist, and punk pioneer Kathleen Hanna talks about being at the epicenter of the '90s riot grrrl movement. She talks about the early days of Bikini Kill and writing the anthem "Rebel Girl."

Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Claire Messud's new novel.

Also, actor Tyler James Williams shares the motivation behind his role as a no-nonsense teacher on the hit series Abbott Elementary.

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Episode 18 May 2024 48m and 23s


Remembering Filmmaker Roger Corman

Remembering Filmmaker Roger Corman

Filmmaker Roger Corman, the "King of the B" movies, died last week at the age of 98. He made hundreds of films, such cult classics as Little Shop of Horrors, A Bucket of Blood, House of Usher, The Last Woman on Earth, and The Cry Baby Killer. We feature our 1990 interview with him, and with those whose careers he helped launch – including actors Peter Fonda and Bruce Dern, as well as directors James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, and Jonathan Demme. And our critic at large, John Powers, has an appreciation.

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Episode 17 May 2024 46m and 32s


Writer Carvell Wallace On Pain, Processing & Letting Go

Writer Carvell Wallace On Pain, Processing & Letting Go

Wallace is known for his celebrity profiles, but his new memoir, Another Word For Love, is about his own life, growing up unhoused, Black and queer, and getting his start as a writer at the age of 40.

David Bianculli shares an appreciation of John Mulaney's six-part live Netflix talk show, Everybody's in L.A.

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Episode 16 May 2024 43m and 32s


Regional Complexities Of The Israel/Hamas War

Regional Complexities Of The Israel/Hamas War

The Economist Middle East correspondent Gregg Carlstrom explains why some Arab leaders hate Hamas, fear Iran and have some sympathy for Israel — although not for how Israel is waging the war.

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Episode 15 May 2024 45m and 44s

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