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NPR Programs: Fresh Air Podcast

Summary: 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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 Prayers And Holy Water Can't Exorcise The Terrifying 'Babadook' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 6:09

In the Australian chiller, a bogeyman announces himself in a rhyming, pop-up book on a 7-year-old's shelf. But the real horror is that the boy's mom, a grieving widow, is battling psychic demons.

 A Punk Memoir That Makes The Ordinary Seem Transcendent | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:16

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says that one of the best books he's ever read about punk rock is a new memoir by Viv Albertine.

 Fresh Air Remembers British Rock Keyboardist Ian McLagan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:29

McLagan, who died at 69, helped define the sound of '60s British rock with his bands Small Faces and Faces. He toured with the Rolling Stones, Dylan and Billy Bragg. He appeared on Fresh Air in 2004.

 Set In Appalachia, This Rewarding Story Collection Is 'Rich And Strange' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:51

Ron Rash's best short stories from the past 20 years take you to a land apart psychologically and geographically. His writing is powerful, stripped down and very still.

 After Decades Acting, Josh Brolin Still Wonders If He's 'Good Enough' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:11

Brolin co-stars in an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice. He says as an actor he's always wondering: "Can I live up to what this person has written? There's always a fear around that."

 Three Books For The Jazz Lover On Your List | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:45

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a singer's biography, a pianist's autobiography, and a fat coffee table book.

 President Obama And The Courts: A Shift In Balance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:02

Journalist Jeffrey Toobin notes how Obama's appointees are a new mix of ethnic minorities, women and gay judges. But a couple of these courts are hearing suits that could undo some of Obama's actions.

 Peter Pan's Magic Is In The Pixie Dust | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 8:19

NBC is airing a live version of Peter Pan on Thursday, nearly 60 years after the first live telecast. Critic David Bianculli says the cast and the revival of the medium are genius.

 How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of 'New Puberty' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:05

Two doctors wrote a book that probes the environmental, biological and socioeconomic factors contributing to early puberty. These girls face risks like anxiety and depression, one author says.

 P.D. James Believed Mysteries Were Made Of Clues, Not Coincidences | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:55

The best-selling author died Thursday. She was 94. In 1987, James told Terry Gross that while the "shock of finding the bodies is important" in her novels, she personally doesn't like "messy lives."

 Historian Illustrates Racial Intolerance In The Northeast In Post-War U.S. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:42

In his new book All Eyes Are Upon Us, Jason Sokol writes about how Northerners were blind to patterns of segregation, discrimination and racial violence in such states as New York and Massachusetts.

 Fresh Air Weekend: A Bob Hope Bio, Christmas Albums And An Accordionist | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:58

Richard Zoglin talks about Hope's life and legacy; rock critic Ken Tucker recommends holiday listening; and Will Holshouser plays songs from his new album.

 How The Four Seasons Clashed, Dealt With The Mob And Made Lasting Hits | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:29

Bob Gaudio wrote most of The Four Seasons' hits, some of which are compiled in a new anthology. He tells Fresh Air about the band's history, including why its songs had some "anger" in them.

 Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:55

"I think if I had been an accomplished songwriter I wouldn't have written 'You Really Got Me,' " Davies tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

 Four Holiday Goodies, Including 'Christmas At Downton Abbey' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:56

It's not too early to be releasing Christmas albums, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has been listening to a lot of them.


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