John Powers John Powers is the pop culture and critic-at-large on NPR's Fresh Air with Terri Gross.
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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 spent the last 25 years as a critic and columnist, first for LA Weekly, then Vogue. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper's BAZAAR, The Nation, Gourmet, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

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, filmmaker Sandi Tan.

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HBO's David Byrne's American Utopia captures a live performance of Byrne's acclaimed Broadway show. David Lee/HBO hide caption

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David Byrne And Spike Lee Conjure Up A Joyous Vision Of 'American Utopia'

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Niv Sultan stars as a tech-savvy Mossad agent trying to escape Iran in the eight-part spy thriller Tehran. Apple TV+ hide caption

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An Israeli Agent Finds Herself Stranded In 'Tehran' In A Gripping New Spy Series

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The new documentary Coup 53 tells the backstory of the ouster of Mohammad Mosaddegh, Iran's elected prime minister. Amirani Media hide caption

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'Coup 53' Tells The Story Of A 1953 Campaign By MI6 And The CIA To Oust Iran's Leader

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'Luster' Combines Nicely Tailored Prose With A Stinging Sense Of Humor

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Zadie Smith Hopscotches From The Personal To The Political In 'Intimations'

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Groundbreaking 'Old Guard' Expands The Possibilities Of The Superhero Genre

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Addictively Suspenseful Thriller Series 'The Bureau' Will Keep You On Edge

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Reissue Of 'The End of Me' Helps Cement Alfred Hayes' Status As A Great Novelist

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Did They Or Didn't They? 'Quiz' Centers On 2 Accused Game Show Cheats

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'Tokyo Godfathers' Is A Touching, Streetwise Riff On The 3 Wise Men

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'Normal People' Is Like A John Hughes Movie — Reworked By Jane Austen

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'Bosch' And 'The Good Fight' Capture The Endless Battle Against Evil Doers

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Israeli actress Shira Haas plays Esther, a young woman who flees her marriage and her tight Hasidic community in the Netflix series Unorthodox. Anika Molnar/Netflix hide caption

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Need An Escape? Try 'Unorthodox,' 'Baghdad Central' And 'Abigail'

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Highly Watchable, Yet Lacking Spark: 'Little Fires Everywhere' Fails To Ignite

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