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Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.

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Gaby Hoffmann / 'Blackish' Creator Kenya Barris

Gaby Hoffmann grew up in the Chelsea Hotel with her mother, an actress in Andy Warhol's Factory. Gaby appeared in 'Field of Dreams' and other films as child, but says she saw acting as "a means to an end." She now stars in the Amazon series 'Transparent.' [Originally broadcast October 2016] Kenya Barris' ABC comedy series 'Black-ish' was inspired by his own family experiences. He says the show is about "raising your kids in a different environment than you were accustomed to being raised in." [Originally broadcast May 2016]

Best Of: Mike Mills On '20th Century Women' / Billy Eichner

Mills' latest film was inspired by his desire to understand his mother. Set in Santa Barbara in 1979, it stars Annette Bening as a woman struggling to raise her teenage son on her own. Mills also wrote and directed 'Beginners.' Actor Billy Eichner has been pop culture obsessed since childhood, and he embraces it all with his 'Billy on the Street' persona. He describes the concept of his man-on-the-street gameshow.

Critics Pick Best Film & TV Of 2016

David Edelstein and David Bianculli sit down with Terry Gross to share their favorite films and TV shows of 2016. Linguist Geoff Nunberg explains why "normal" and "normalize" are his picks for the words of the year.

Billy Eichner Of 'Billy On The Street'

Eichner has been pop culture obsessed since childhood, and he embraces it all with his 'Billy on the Street' persona. He describes the concept of his man-on-the-street gameshow, his love/hate relationship with celebrity culture, and the advice Joan Rivers gave him. Also, contributor Sarah Hepola talks about the stress of the holiday season when you don't drink.