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 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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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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Keeley Hawes, Richard Madden and Paul Ready star in the BBC thriller Bodyguard, which comes to Netflix on October 24. Sophie Mutevelian/World Producti/Netflix hide caption

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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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CIA analyst Joe Turner (played by Max Irons) struggles to figure out who to trust and who wants him dead in Condor, a new series on AT&T's Audience Network. William Gray /AT&T's Audience Network hide caption

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Though Gripping, CIA Thriller 'Condor' Falls Short Of Defining Its Era

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Nicola Walker plays Hannah Stern, a high-billing divorce lawyer, on the British series, The Split. Mark Johnson/SundanceTV/BBC Worldwide hide caption

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'The Split' Explores The Price And Permutations Of Breaking Up

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Sharply Written 'Mars Room' Ventures Behind The Bars Of Women's Prison

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Keir Dullea played astronaut David Bowman in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Warner Bros./AP hide caption

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50 Years Later, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Is Still A Cinematic Landmark

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'The Sparsholt Affair' Confirms Alan Hollinghurst's Status As A Literary Master

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