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Dec 31, 2015

Our Best of 2015 series continues. DJ, musician and record producer Mark Ronson talks about his life in music. Ronson had his first big success producing Amy Winehouse and has produced recordings by Paul McCartney, Adele, Christina Aguilera, Nas, and Lily Allen. Then we hear from writing partners Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, who bonded over their similar experiences as first-generation Asian-Americans living very different lives from their parents. Their new Netflix series is 'Master of None.'

Dec 30, 2015

Our Best of 2015 series continues.  Feminist icon Gloria Steinem says at 81 she is free of the "demands of gender" that she faced from adolescence onward. Her new memoir is 'My Life on the Road.' Jeffrey Tambor plays a 70-something transgender woman on the Amazon series 'Transparent.' It's a role he loves. As Maura, Tambor says, "I find myself much more vulnerable and I find myself less protective."

Dec 29, 2015

Our Best of 2015 series continues with National Book Award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates. Growing up in Baltimore, Coates faced threats from both the streets and police. His book, 'Between the World and Me,' is an open letter to his teenage son. Also, we remember renowned cinematographer Haskell Wexler, who passed away Sunday at 93.

Dec 28, 2015

As part of our Best of 2015 series we listen back to our interview with Larry Wilmore. The host of Comedy Central's 'Nightly Show' says it took a few months — and some advice from Jon Stewart — for him to get comfortable in his new role. Also, Saturday Night Live 'Weekend Update' co-anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che talk about working with Trump, the perils of cue cards, and how they got started in comedy.

Dec 25, 2015

Initially "appalled" by the notion of making a holiday album, Lowe came to see it as a challenge. 'Quality Street' tackles old classics and adds originals to the mix. [Originally broadcast Dec. 2015]

Dec 25, 2015

The Oscar-winning actress talks about portraying QVC Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano in David O. Russell's new film, 'Joy.' Also, Justin Chang reviews 'The Hateful Eight' and filmmakers Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson talk about their new stop-motion animated film 'Anomalisa.'

Dec 24, 2015

Film critic David Edelstein and TV critic David Bianculli sit down with Terry Gross to discuss the best (and worst) of 2015.

Dec 23, 2015

Not only do the characters of McKay's new film foresee and warn about the collapse of the global economy — they make money off of it. McKay calls the movie "a traumedy" — a mixture of tragedy and comedy. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Have Moicy 2.'

Dec 22, 2015

The directors talk about their new stop-motion animated film 'Anomalisa,' an existential love story about loneliness and disconnection -- performed by puppets. Kaufman and Johnson discuss the challenges of choreographing puppets in everything from walking to a sex scene. Also, Lloyd Schwartz reviews the Blu-ray release of the 1955 production of 'Peter Pan' on NBC.

Dec 21, 2015

The Oscar-winning actress talks about portraying QVC Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano in David O. Russell's new film, 'Joy.' Lawrence also talks about being discovered at 14, learning archery for 'The Hunger Games,' and her decision to address the pay gap in Hollywood. 

Dec 19, 2015

Long before director Cary Fukunaga made a name for himself with 'Jane Eyre' and HBO's 'True Detective,' he began work on a film about child soldiers in Africa. More than a decade later, 'Beasts of No Nation' is out on Netflix. Then, David Edelstein reviews 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.' Also, Andrew Haigh's new film '45 Years' is about a married couple whose relationship is thrown into crisis just before their 45th anniversary party. Haigh also directed 'Weekend' and is the executive producer of the HBO series 'Looking.'

Dec 18, 2015

'Son of Saul,' set in a Nazi death camp in 1944, won the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Director László Nemes and star Géza Röhrig join us. Music critic Ken Tucker shares his Best of 2015 list.

Dec 17, 2015

David Cohen and Krysten Connon, authors of 'Living in the Crosshairs,' discuss the harassment, violence and constant fear that many abortion providers face — both in their clinics and at their homes. David Edelstein reviews 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'

Dec 16, 2015

Andrew Haigh's new film '45 Years' is about a married couple whose relationship is thrown into crisis just before their 45th anniversary party. Haigh also directed 'Weekend' and is the executive producer of the HBO series 'Looking.'  Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of pianist Kenny Barron's solo album.

Dec 15, 2015

Thomas Laqueur, author of 'The Work of the Dead,' discusses the ways people have dealt with human remains over the course of history. Also, 25 years after he initially created 'The Sandman,' graphic novelist Neil Gaiman returns to one of his most enduring characters, and discusses the power of comics. 

Dec 14, 2015

Long before director Cary Fukunaga made a name for himself with 'Jane Eyre' and HBO's 'True Detective,' he began work on a film about child soldiers in Africa. More than a decade later, 'Beasts of No Nation' is out on Netflix. He talks about filmmaking, his Japanese-American heritage, and scouting locations in the jungle. Critic at-large John Powers shares his list of books, music, and films he wishes he had reviewed in 2015. 

Dec 12, 2015

Jeffrey Tambor talks about his role as a 70-something transgender woman on the Amazon series 'Transparent.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews the Netflix special 'A Very Murray Christmas,' starring Bill Murray and directed by Sofia Coppola. Rick Moody discusses his new novel, which is told solely in the form of online hotel reviews. The narrator of 'Hotels Of North America' is increasingly down on his luck — and may even be homeless.

Dec 11, 2015

On the eve of what would have been Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, we listen back to our 1997 interview with biographer Will Friedwald, author of 'Sessions with Sinatra.'   Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'The Big Short.'

Dec 10, 2015

The actor plays a 70-something transgender woman on the Amazon series 'Transparent.' It's a role he loves. As Maura, Tambor says, "I find myself much more vulnerable and I find myself less protective." Also Fresh Air remembers Islamic feminist Fatema Mernissi in an excerpt of her 1993 interview.

Dec 9, 2015

In 2012, journalist Mark Follman searched for comprehensive data about America's mass shootings and found that very little existed. So he and his colleagues began compiling a database of their own. Also, Fresh Air remembers Holly Woodlawn, muse to Lou Reed, who died Sunday. She spoke to Terry Gross in 1991.

Dec 8, 2015

After being convicted of carjacking as a teenager, Reginald Dwayne Betts spent eight years in an adult prison. Since his release, he has become a poet and a Yale law student. His new collection of poetry is called 'Bastards of the Reagan Era.' Also, Fresh Air remembers 'Scarface' and 'Sopranos' actor Robert Loggia in an excerpt of his 1987 interview.

Dec 7, 2015

Rick Moody discusses his new novel, which is told solely in the form of online hotel reviews. The narrator of 'Hotels Of North America' is increasingly down on his luck — and may even be homeless. Maureen Corrigan shares her list of best books of 2015.  Kevin Whitehead reviews  Matthew Shipp's 'Conduct of Jazz.'

Dec 5, 2015

Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of HBO's 'The Leftovers,' says he is drawn to "real-world stories where the supernatural can and often does occur." He and author Tom Perrotta discuss the series. Ken Tucker reviews Adele's '25.'  John Kander, of the songwriting team Kander and Ebb, plays demos of his early work. They wrote the music for shows like 'Chicago,' 'Cabaret,' and the Scorsese film 'New York, New York.'

Dec 4, 2015

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977.  HBO's documentary about New Yorker cartoonists 'Very Semi-Serious' airs December 14. [Originally broadcast March 2014] David Edelstein reviews 'Chi-Raq,' directed by Spike Lee.

Dec 3, 2015

Filmmakers Chris Whipple and Jules Naudet discuss their Showtime documentary, 'Spymasters,' which features 12 former CIA directors discussing the tough choices they've had to make in fighting terrorism. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the Netflix special 'A Very Murray Christmas,' starring Bill Murray and directed by Sofia Coppola.

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