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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Penélope Cruz stars as Laura and Javier Bardem as Paco in Asghar Farhadi's Everybody Knows. Teresa Isasi/Focus Features hide caption

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Details Make The Difference In 'Everybody Knows' And 'Cold War'

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'Black Earth Rising' Is A Fascinating, If Clunky, Take On The Rwandan Genocide

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Breezy And Irreverent 'Brexit' Captures Big Truths About Today's Politics

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'Destroyer' Flips The Script On Gender Roles In Cop Movies

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2018 'Ghost List' Revisits The TV, Books And Movies A Critic Wishes He Covered

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Stylistically Dazzling 'Vox Lux' Draws Link Between Pop Stardom And Terrorism

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Witty And Stylish, 'Insurrecto' Offers An Inside View Of The Pain Of Colonization

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Women Fall For Mr. Wrong In Crime Dramas 'Dirty John' And 'Escape From Dannemora'

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Take Thrilling Comfort In 'Bodyguard,' Where The Malfeasance Is Just Fiction

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Isak Bakli Aglen and Jonas Strand Gravli play teens who are on the Norwegian island of Utøya during the 2011 terror attacks in Paul Greengrass' new film, 22 July. The film is being released Wednesday on both Netflix and in 100 theaters worldwide. Erik Aavatsmark/Netflix hide caption

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'22 July' Chronicles Norwegian Terror Attacks As A Story Of Horror — And Hope

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'Jane Fonda In Five Acts' Reveals The Shifting Identities Of An Icon

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Witty, Imaginative, Risky And Relentless — 'Flights' Soars

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'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' And 'Nanette' Brim With Heart And Humanity

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Betrayal, Ruination And Dark Comedy Converge In 'A Very English Scandal'

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2 First-Rate Novels Celebrate The Humor And Heroism Of Unconventional Women

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