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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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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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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Albert Brooks' 'Lost in America' Remains Piercingly Relevant 32 Years Later

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Jet-Setting Vacationers Find Trouble In Paradise In 'Beautiful Animals'

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The new Showtime documentary Becoming Cary Grant traces the actor's journey from working-class England to Hollywood stardom. Getty Images hide caption

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'Becoming Cary Grant' Reveals The Self-Invention Of A Hollywood Icon

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'The End Of Eddy' Tells Of Growing Up Poor And Gay In Working-Class France

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'Risk' Is A Messy, Ambitious Portrait Of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

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An Insignificant Hustler Yearns To Be A Big-Time Operator In The Ironic 'Norman'

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'Tell Me How It Ends' Offers A Moving, Humane Portrait Of Child Migrants

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'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters' Is A Dazzling, Graphic Novel Tour-De-Force

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