John Powers

Pop Culture Critic, Fresh Air

John Powers is the pop culture and critic-at-large on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He previously served for six years as the film critic.

Powers covers film and politics for Vogue and Vogue.com. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper's BAZAAR, The Nation, Gourmet, The Washington Post, The New York Times and L.A. Weekly, where he spent twelve years as a critic and columnist.

A former professor at Georgetown University, Powers is the author of Sore Winners, a study of American culture during President George W. Bush's administration. His latest book, WKW: The Cinema of Wong Kar Wai (co-written with Wong Kar Wai), is an April 2016 release by Rizzoli.

He lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Sandi Tan.

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Jet-Setting Vacationers Find Trouble In Paradise In 'Beautiful Animals'

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The new Showtime documentary Becoming Cary Grant traces the actor's journey from working-class England to Hollywood stardom. Getty Images hide caption

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'Becoming Cary Grant' Reveals The Self-Invention Of A Hollywood Icon

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Twenty-four-year-old novelist Édouard Louis grew up in Hallencourt, France. John Foley/Opale/Leemage hide caption

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'The End Of Eddy' Tells Of Growing Up Poor And Gay In Working-Class France

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Director Laura Poitras began filming WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2011. Praxis Films hide caption

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'Risk' Is A Messy, Ambitious Portrait Of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

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An Insignificant Hustler Yearns To Be A Big-Time Operator In The Ironic 'Norman'

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Valeria Luiselli's previous books include Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth. Alfredo Pelcastre /Coffee House Press hide caption

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'Tell Me How It Ends' Offers A Moving, Humane Portrait Of Child Migrants

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My Favorite Thing Is Monsters explores the theme of "monstrousness" from various angles. Fantagraphics hide caption

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'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters' Is A Dazzling, Graphic Novel Tour-De-Force

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The documentary Kedi gives a cat's-eye view of the back alleys, boho enclaves and rat-infested piers of Istanbul. Courtesy of Oscillscope hide caption

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Ode To The Street Cat: 'Kedi' Follows Istanbul's Famous Felines

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Taut, Moving 'Black Girl' Helped Put African Cinema On The Map

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'20th Century Women' Mixes Comedy With Disappointment And Loss

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Alia Shawkat stars as Dory in the TBS comedy Search Party. Courtesy of Turner hide caption

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A Critic's Year-End 'Ghost File': Books, Movies And TV Shows He Didn't Review

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Gianfranco Rosi's documentary, Fire at Sea, is set on the tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa, where tens of thousands of migrants come ashore each year. 01 Distribution hide caption

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2 New Works Confront The Refugee Crisis With Empathy And Humanity

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Feminist Western 'Certain Women' Takes On Friendship And Stoicism

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'13th' Maps The Road From Slavery To Mass Incarceration

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James Marsden plays a tourist and Evan Rachel Wood is a rancher's daughter in the HBO series Westworld, which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. John P. Johnson/HBO hide caption

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Old West Gunslinging Meets Futuristic Androids In HBO's 'Westworld'

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