Fresh Air

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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'Surviving R. Kelly' Filmmaker dream hampton


Last week, reports surfaced of a new videotape showing singer R. Kelly engaging in sex acts with an underage girl. This is not the first time the R&B star has been accused of sexual abuse. Allegations have circled Kelly for decades; in 2002, a videotape surfaced that purportedly showed him engaging in sexual acts with a teenage girl. Until recently, the accusations did not seem to impact his career. But activist, filmmaker and writer dream hampton isn't about to let Kelly off the hook...


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Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe


McCabe served as acting director of the FBI after President Trump fired James Comey in the spring of 2017. McCabe felt that there was enough circumstantial evidence to open criminal and counterintelligence investigations into the president's ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice. "These were extraordinary steps. They were ones that we took only after great consideration and review," he says. In March of 2018, McCabe was fired 26 hours before he was set to retire...


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The Story Of American Imperialism


American presidents like to describe the United States as a force for freedom and independence in the world. Historian Daniel Immerwahr says there are also plenty of times in our history when we've subjugated and ruled foreign lands, sometimes with bloody conquests. Today, roughly 4 million people live in the American territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands...


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Best Of: Wildlife 'Dynasties' / The Neuroscience Of Addiction


The new BBC documentary series 'Dynasties' follows five groups of animals for up to two years, revealing their social relationships: kinship, affection, and sometimes deadly power struggles. The show's executive producer Michael Gunton talks about filming lions, tigers, painted wolves, emperor penguins, and chimpanzees.

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews new albums by guitarists Steve Gunn and Michael Chapman...


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Spike Lee / Paul Schrader On 'First Reformed'


Filmmaker Spike Lee is nominated for best director for 'BlackKkKlansman.' He spoke with Terry Gross about growing up in Brooklyn, gentrification, and how he got started in film.

TV critic David Bianculli reviews the Amazon documentary series 'Lorena,' about Lorena Bobbitt, who made headlines in 1993 when she cut off her husband's penis.

'First Reformed,' which Paul Schrader wrote and directed, is up for an Oscar for best screenplay...


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Inside The Social Structures Of Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Penguins & Chimps


'Dynasties,' a new BBC documentary series narrated by David Attenborough, is about the complex social structures of five different groups of animals. The show's executive producer Michael Gunton talks about the power struggles among animals that played out over years of filming. "One of the essential elements of the series is that you feel close to the animals," Gunton says.


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How Russian-Style Kleptocracy Is Infiltrating America


'Atlantic' journalist Franklin Foer says American real estate (including Trump Organization properties) has become a "giant magnet" for Russia's kleptocratic fortunes. Foer also talks about the Mueller investigation and Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, who will be sentenced next month on charges of witness tampering and conspiracy relating to money laundering scheme. His article about Manafort, 'American Hustler,' is nominated for a National Magazine Award.


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The Neuroscience Of Addiction


Growing up, Judith Grisel struggled with alcohol, marijuana and cocaine. Now, as a neuroscientist, she's working to understand the biological basis of addiction. Her new book is 'Never Enough.' Grisel talks about how various drugs affect the brain, and her own experience with addiction. Grisel has been clean and sober for 30 years.

Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews two new albums by guitarists Steve Gunn and Michael Chapman.


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The Science Of Exercise Recovery / Adam Savage Of 'MythBusters'


From sports drinks to protein powders, compression therapy to cupping, there's a whole industry of products and services designed to help us adapt to and recover from exercise. But does any of it work? That's the question health journalist Christie Aschwanden set out to answer in her new book, 'Good to Go.'

Also, former 'MythBusters' co-host Adam Savage spoke with 'Fresh Air' about working with kids in 'MythBusters Jr.' and a near-death experience he had in a car underwater.


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Best Of: Daughter Of A Numbers Runner / Random House Copy Chief


Before states ran legal lotteries there was the underground street version — the numbers. When writer Bridgett M. Davis was growing up in Detroit in the '60s, her mother was a successful bookie in the African-American community. She says the numbers helped fund both an underground economy and legitimate businesses at a time when opportunities for African-Americans were limited. Davis' memoir is 'The World According to Fannie Davis...


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