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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John Krasinski is a smarter-than-thou Jack Ryan — a more righteous than lovable ex-marine who works as a financial analyst for the CIA. Jonny Cournoyer/Amazon Studios hide caption

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'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' Offers A Dose Of Retro Heroism In Its 2nd Season

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Energetic And Ambitious, 'Watchmen' Taps Into A Slew Of Today's Anxieties

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Racial Tensions Complicate The Search For A Missing Child In 'Heaven, My Home'

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The 'Hustlers' Grab Back In This Crime Story With A Feminist Twist

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American workers Jill Lamantia and Bobby Allen struggle to adapt to the expectations of Chinese management in the documentary American Factory. Steven Bognar /Netflix hide caption

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Work Cultures Clash When A Chinese Company Reopens An 'American Factory'

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Beekeeper Hatidze Muratova lives in a ruggedly mountainous area of Macedonia. She has a simple rule: When you harvest honey, you only take half — and leave the other half for the bees. Neon hide caption

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The Beekeeper Of 'Honeyland' Knows All Too Well: Respect Nature, Or Get Stung

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'Succession' Season 2 Is A Cleverly Plotted Portrait Of Privilege

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'London Kills': A Cop Series That Keeps You Coming Back For More

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Emma Thompson plays Vivienne Rook, a plain-speaking businesswoman turned populist politician, in the HBO series Years and Years. HBO hide caption

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Imagining A Dismal Future, 'Years And Years' Says Plenty About The Present

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Season 2 of HBO's Big Little Lies finds the so-called Monterey Five (Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern) dealing with the emotional aftermath of the killing that concluded Season 1. HBO hide caption

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With 1 Huge Lie Revealed, 'Big Little Lies' Season 2 Takes A Slow-Burn Strategy

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'Booksmart' Tweaks Convention By Offering A Gentler View Of High School

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In Fleabag, the show's creator and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge stars as a young Londoner struggling to make sense of sex, family and life itself. Steve Schofield/Courtesy of Amazon hide caption

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'Fleabag' Returns For A Raunchy 2nd Season — And Quits While It's Ahead

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'VEEP' Draws To A Close, Its Freewheeling Cynicism Still A Delight

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'Our Planet' Is A Remorseful Call To Arms

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'Game Of Thrones' Keeps Its Finger On The Pulse As It Enters The Home Stretch

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