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Now displaying: August, 2015
Aug 31, 2015

The neurologist, who died Sunday, saw "infinitely moving, dramatic, romantic situations" during his decades studying the human brain. Fresh Air remembers Sacks with interviews from 1985 and 2012. 

Aug 29, 2015

The musical and graphic novel 'Fun Home' describe Alison Bechdel's coming out, and her dad's closeted homosexuality. She says, "In many ways ... my professional career has been a reaction to my father's life." 'Fun Home' won five Tonys this year, including the award for best musical. Lyricst Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori join Bechdel in the conversation. Sarah Hepola once got so drunk that she gave a presentation to 300 people — and didn't remember a thing the next day. She wrestles with her reasons for drinking in the memoir 'Blackout.'

Aug 28, 2015

From 'Batman' to 'Birdman,' Michael Keaton knows suits and superheroes. The actor talks about his Oscar-nominated performance and growing up the youngest of seven kids. [Originally broadcast February 2015] Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the debut album from vocalist Tiffany Austin. 

Aug 27, 2015

Writer Chris Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Offutt discusses his father's career. Also, Larry David talks about his Broadway show 'Fish in the Dark,' and how his character on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' changed him in real life. [Originally broadcast March 2015]

Aug 26, 2015

Actor Adam Driver of 'Girls' stars in Noah Baumbach's film, 'While We're Young.' He talks about leaving the Marines for Juilliard, doing sex scenes in 'Girls,' and why he'll never watch his own performances. [Originally broadcast April 2015] John Powers reviews the the USA series 'Mr.Robot.' 

Aug 25, 2015

Richard Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab looking for their whales," he says. Price's latest is called 'The Whites.' [Originally broadcast February 2015] TV critic David Bianculli reviews 'Public Morals,' a new police drama set in the '60s. 

Aug 24, 2015

Nobel Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison discusses her new novel, 'God Help the Child.' At 84, she looks back on her life and says she regrets everything. "It's not profound regret," she says. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." [Originally broadcast April 2015] Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a short story collection called 'A Manual for Cleaning Women.'

Aug 22, 2015

Larry Wilmore discusses Bill Cosby, being a "blerd" (black nerd), and the advice Jon Stewart gave him. He hosts his 100th episode of 'The Nightly Show' this week. John Powers reviews the new documentary 'Best of Enemies' about the 1968 debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal — who hated each other. Actress Lily Tomlin stars in the film 'Grandma' and with Jane Fonda in the Netflix series 'Grace and Frankie.' We discuss her life and work, including her marrying her long, long time partner Jane Wagner a year and a half ago.

Aug 21, 2015

Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson represents those who have been abandoned. His clients are people on death row — abused and neglected children who were prosecuted as adults and placed in adult prisons where they were beaten and sexually abused, and mentally disabled people whose illnesses helped land them in prison where their special needs were unmet. "I'm not persuaded that the opposite of poverty is wealth," he says. "I've come to believe ... that the opposite of poverty is justice." David Edelstein reviews mountain climbing documentary 'Meru.'

Aug 20, 2015

From self-driving cars to automated warehouses, humans are being pushed out of the equation. Soon, robots will "do a million other things we can't even conceive of," author John Markoff says. TV critic David Bianculli reviews the IFC spoof 'Documentary Now!' and the prequel series 'Fear the Walking Dead.'

Aug 19, 2015

The host discusses Bill Cosby, being a "blerd" (black nerd), and the advice Jon Stewart gave him. He hosts his 100th episode of 'The Nightly Show' this week.

Aug 18, 2015

Actress Lily Tomlin stars in the film 'Grandma' and with Jane Fonda in the Netflix series 'Grace and Frankie.' We discuss her life and work, including her marrying her long, long time partner Jane Wagner a year and a half ago. John Powers reviews the new documentary 'Best of Enemies' about the 1968 debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal -- who hated each other. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the new album by the Maria Schneider Orchestra.

Aug 17, 2015

The musical and graphic novel 'Fun Home' describe Bechdel's coming out, and her dad's closeted homosexuality. She says, "In many ways ... my professional career has been a reaction to my father's life." 'Fun Home' won five Tonys this year, including the award for best musical. Lyricst Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori join Bechdel in the conversation. 

Aug 15, 2015

Some 30,000 African elephants die each year as a result of poaching. Journalist Bryan Christy wanted to see where their tusks were going, so he created fake tusks and embedded them with GPS trackers. Justin Chang reviews 'Mistress America' starring Greta Gerwig. Graphic artist and professor Phoebe Gloeckner wrote the graphic novel, 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl,' based on her experience losing her virginity to her mother's boyfriend when she was 15. Filmmaker Marielle Heller adapted the story into a new movie.

Aug 14, 2015

The late writer David Foster Wallace spoke to Terry Gross in 1997 when 'Infinite Jest' was published in paperback. He talks about irony, happiness, and why he doesn't have a TV. He is the subject of the new film, 'The End of the Tour,' starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. Segel was on 'Fresh Air' in 2009. He discusses breakups, bromance, and growing up on 'Freaks and Geeks.' Finally, David Bianculli reviews HBO's miniseries 'Show Me A Hero,' by David Simon, creator of 'The Wire.'

Aug 13, 2015

When she was 15, Phoebe Gloeckner lost her virginity to her mother's boyfriend. Gloeckner wrote about the experience in 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl,' which Marielle Heller adapted into a film. We begin with a review of the film from David Edelstein. 

Aug 12, 2015

Some 30,000 African elephants die each year as a result of poaching. Journalist Bryan Christy wanted to see where their tusks were going, so he created fake tusks and embedded them with GPS trackers. Also, Ken Tucker reviews Iris DeMent's new album of poetry set to music, 'The Trackless Woods.'

Aug 11, 2015

American sex laws have not always kept pace with society's changing standards. In 'The Boundaries of Desire,' Eric Berkowitz explores how the legal system has addressed sex in the last century. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'A Tour of Bones.' In 'Do Not Sell At Any Price,' Amanda Petrusich details the extreme measures collectors take in pursuit of rare 78rpm records.

Aug 10, 2015

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed racial discrimination in voting. But author Ari Berman says a 2013 Supreme Court ruling blocks the act's enforcement -- and opened the door for new restrictions.

Aug 8, 2015

Twenty-five years ago, Buzz Bissinger wrote about the big-time stakes of small-town high-school football in 'Friday Night Lights.' Now he talks about the impact the book had on the players and himself. Maureen Corrigan reviews noir novel 'Dragonfish.' In her new book, 'Voices in the Ocean,' Susan Casey describes the life of dolphins and details some new threats the animals face, such as organized dolphin kills and man-made sounds in the ocean.

Aug 7, 2015

Author Walter Kirn thought he was befriending an eccentric Rockefeller, but his pal turned out to be an impostor wanted for murder. His book is 'Blood will Out.' [Originally broadcast March 2014]. David Edelstein reviews 'Ricki and the Flash' and David Bianculli comments on last night's farewell to Jon Stewart.

Aug 6, 2015

In honor of Jon Stewart's final night as host of 'The Daily Show,' we play excerpts of Stewart's Fresh Air interviews from 2000, 2010 and 2014.  In his most recent interview, Stewart contemplates the end of his hosting run:  "I don't know that there will ever be anything that I will ever be as well-suited for as this show," he said. We'll also hear from Ben Karlin, former Executive Producer of 'The Daily Show.'

 

Aug 5, 2015

Former NFL player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty to rape charges involving nine women in four states. ProPublica reporter T. Christian Miller says local police weren't sharing information. Kevin Whitehead reviews jazz trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy's album dedicated to Charles Mingus. 

Aug 4, 2015

In her new book, 'Voices in the Ocean,' Susan Casey describes the life of dolphins and details some new threats the animals face, such as organized dolphin kills and man-made sounds in the ocean. Ken Tucker reviews Daniel Romano's new album and Maureen Corrigan reviews noir novel 'Dragonfish.'

Aug 3, 2015

 

Twenty-five years ago, Buzz Bissinger wrote about the big-time stakes of small-town high-school football in 'Friday Night Lights.' Now he talks about the impact the book had on the players and himself.

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