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

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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Heroism Exacts A Daunting Price In 'Wife Of A Spy' And 'Azor'

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In the PBS Masterpiece series Guilt, Max (Mark Bonnar) and Jake (Jamie Sives) accidentally kill a man and then decide to cover up the crime. The series debuts Sept. 5. Courtesy of Expectation/Happy Tramp North hide caption

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There's Plenty Of 'Guilt' To Go Around In This Scottish Hit-And-Run Thriller

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5 Hit Men Board A 'Bullet Train' In This Fast And Fun Japanese Thriller

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1963 Novel 'The Stone Face' Has New Edition — And It Couldn't Be More Timely

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Sunny (Sanjeev Bhaskar) and Cassie (Nicola Walker) head up a police unit in charge of cold cases in the series Unforgotten. Mainstreet Pictures LTD hide caption

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An Old Murder Is 'Unforgotten' In This Crime Drama's 4th And Finest Season

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'The Netanyahus' Turns The Campus Novel Into A Sly Fable About History And Identity

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Omar Sy stars as a shapeshifting thief in the Netflix series Lupin. Emmanuel Guimier/Netflix hide caption

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The Most Wanted Man In France Is Invisible In 'Lupin Part 2'

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A Small Town Becomes A Hotbed Of Festering Secrets In 'Whitstable Pearl'

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Rachel Cusk's 'Second Place' Offers Sharp Perceptions About Love And Creativity

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No Kidding: Japan's Kidnaping Epic 'Lady Joker' Will Hook You

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Sam (Yahya Mahayni) agrees to have his back tattooed with the Schengen Visa, the document that allows free movement between European countries, in The Man Who Sold His Skin. Samuel Goldwyn/Bac Films hide caption

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An Immigrant Becomes A Human Canvas In This Sly Film About Art And Freedom

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In Another Round, Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) is a bored and boring teacher who decides that life would be better with more alcohol. Henrik Ohsten/Courtesy of TIFF hide caption

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'Another Round'? This Tipsy Danish Film Asks, Why Not?

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James Nesbitt plays an Irish police detective whose investigation into an apparent suicide opens up historical wounds in Bloodlands (streaming on Acorn TV beginning March 15). Steffan Hill/HTM Television hide caption

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'Bloodlands' Police Thriller Doesn't Trivialize Northern Ireland's Troubles

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Britain's MI5 Spy Agency Proves More Comic Than Tragic In 'Slough House'

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