John Powers John Powers is the pop culture and critic-at-large on NPR's Fresh Air with Terri Gross.

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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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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Comedy Is Drenched With Foreboding On Season 2 Of 'Atlanta'

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'This Is What Happened' And 'Babylon Berlin' Deliver Thrills And Intrigue Aplenty

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'Assassination Of Gianni Versace' Offers A Juicy Take On Serious Issues

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The British TV series National Treasure (available on Hulu) features Robbie Coltrane as a beloved comedian who has been accused of sexual assault, and Julie Walters (right) and Andrea Riseborough as his wife and daughter. Joss Barratt/Hulu hide caption

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Critic's 'Ghost List' Has Books, Music And A TV Show That Deserve A Second Look

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Rachel Brosnahan plays housewife-turned-stand-up-comic Midge Maisel in Amazon's new series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Nicole Rivelli/Amazon hide caption

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Zippy And Delightful, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Spotlights An Unlikely Comic

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'Dawn Watch' Explores The Life And Legacy Of Joseph Conrad

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'Her Body and Other Parties' Charts Dark Territory With Enormous Style

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'Battle Of The Sexes' Revisits Billie Jean King's Historic Win Against Bobby Riggs

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'Top Of The Lake: China Girl' Takes You Places Cop Shows Usually Ignore

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If You Want Groundbreaking Noir, Try Looking 'In A Lonely Place'

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