Fresh AirAuthor: NPR
20 Aug 2018

Fresh Air

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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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    Best Of: Aretha Franklin / Growing Up On A Secret Missile Range

    Aretha Franklin died Thursday at 76. When she spoke with Terry Gross in 1999, she told stories behind some of her greatest recordings, like "Respect." The "Queen of Soul" also talked about her formative years, singing gospel music in the Baptist church where her father Rev. C. L. Franklin preached.

    Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Crazy Rich Asians.'

    When Karen Piper was six her family moved to the Mojave Desert to a secretive missile testing facility. In 'A Girl's Guide To Missiles' she describes how her parents designed weapons, but she didn't understand how it all connected to war.

  • Posted on 18 Aug 2018

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    Novelist And Former Spy John Le Carré

    Le Carré worked for MI5 and MI6 early in his career. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," he said of those years. His novel 'A Legacy of Spies' came out in 2017.

    Rock critic Ken Tucker shares an appreciation of the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, who died this week.

  • Posted on 17 Aug 2018

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    Remembering Aretha Franklin

    Franklin died today at 76. When she spoke with Terry Gross in 1999, she told stories behind some of her greatest recordings, like "Respect." The "Queen of Soul" also talked about her formative years, singing gospel music in the Baptist church where her father Rev. C. L. Franklin preached.

  • Posted on 16 Aug 2018

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    The Consequences Of Climate Change

    2018 is shaping up to be the fourth hottest year on record. Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter for 'The New York Times,' discusses the dire consequences of rising temperatures, such as drought, famine, disease, war and increased migration.
    Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Crazy Rich Asians,' and rock critic Ken Tucker reviews SOPHIE's album 'OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES.'

  • Posted on 15 Aug 2018

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    Growing Up On A Secret Missile Range

    When Karen Piper was six her family moved to the Mojave Desert to a secretive missile testing facility. In 'A Girl's Guide To Missiles' she describes how her parents designed weapons, but she didn't understand how it all connected to war.
    Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Andy Biskin's 'Songs From The Alan Lomax Collection.'

  • Posted on 14 Aug 2018

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