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Now displaying: September, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Journalist Joby Warrick, author of 'Black Flags,' traces the Islamic State's development from an al-Qaida-related insurgency in Iraq to a successful jihadist movement that now holds territory in Syria and Iraq. 

Sep 29, 2015

James O'Connell refers to himself as a "street doctor." Since 1985, he has cared for homeless patients in Boston, sometimes making visits on park benches or in alleys. His memoir is 'Stories from the Shadows.' David Bianculli gives his first impression of Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show' debut.

Sep 28, 2015

Palliative care nurse Theresa Brown provides in-home, end-of-life care to patients. "It's incredible the love that people evoke" at the end of their lives, she says. Brown's new book is 'The Shift.' Julliette Binoche plays Antigone in a new translation of Sophocles' 2,000-year-old tragedy. The Oscar-winning actress spoke to Fresh Air contributor Anna Sale about acting, aging, and family.

Sep 26, 2015

As the Pope visits the U.S. for the first time, journalist Paul Vallely discuses the reforms Francis is making within the Church as well as the teachings that the pope is unlikely to change. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new edition of Erroll Garner's 'Concert by the Sea.' Dr. Elisa Port, a surgeon who specializes in the care and treatment of patients with breast cancer, says survival rates are better than ever. Her new book is 'The New Generation Breast Cancer Book.' 

Sep 25, 2015

The mezzo-soprano discovered opera as a 22-year-old pre-med student. She took "a crack at a singing career" and has been at the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years. [Originally broadcast March 2014.] David Edelstein reviews '99 Homes.' 

Sep 24, 2015

On Saturday, comic Jim Gaffigan will be performing in Philadelphia for an audience that may include Pope Francis. A practicing Catholic, the comic says faith is a central part of his humor. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews the soundtrack of 'The Golden Apple.'

Sep 23, 2015

In 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,' Stanley Nelson interviews former party leaders, police officers who clashed with the Panthers and an FBI informant who infiltrated the group. Milo Miles reviews Banda De Los Muertos' debut album. 

Sep 22, 2015

Dr. Elisa Port, a surgeon who specializes in the care and treatment of patients with breast cancer, says survival rates are better than ever. Her new book is 'The New Generation Breast Cancer Book.' We remember Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on the original 'Superman' TV show in an excerpt of his 1993 interview. Maureen Corrigan reviews Lauren Groff's novel, 'Fates and Furies.'

Sep 21, 2015

In 2010, Mayor Cory Booker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg devised a plan to improve Newark's failing schools. Dale Russakoff recounts their efforts in 'The Prize.' TV critic David Bianculli reflects on the Emmy ceremony held last night and looks ahead at the new fall TV season. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new edition of Erroll Garner's 'Concert by the Sea.'

Sep 19, 2015

Mary Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting 1,200 pages because "there was something untrue about them." Her new book is 'The Art of Memoir.' Nadia Bolz-Weber was a stand-up-comic with a drinking problem who opened up a church for people who didn't belong. "My job is to ... remind people that they're absolutely loved," she says. Her new memoir is 'Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People.'

Sep 18, 2015

The guitarist for the Rolling Stones has a new solo album, 'Crosseyed Heart.' Richards is also the subject of the new Netflix documentary, 'Under the Influence.' [Originally broadcast Oct. 25, 2010.] David Edelstein reviews 'Sicario.'

Sep 17, 2015

Nadia Bolz-Weber was a stand-up-comic with a drinking problem who opened up a church for people who didn't belong. "My job is to ... remind people that they're absolutely loved," she says. Her new memoir is 'Accidental Saints.' Ken Tucker reviews Grace Potter's new album, 'Midnight.'

Sep 16, 2015

On the eve of the Pope's first visit to the U.S., journalist Paul Vallely discuses the reforms Francis is making within the Church as well as the teachings that the pope is unlikely to change. TV critic David Bianculli reviews the premiere of Neil Patrick Harris' variety show 'Best Time Ever.'

Sep 15, 2015

 

Mary Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting 1,200 pages because "there was something untrue about them." Her new book is 'The Art of Memoir.'

Sep 14, 2015

In 'Operation Troy', author Scott Shane details the life, death and influence of Anwar al-Awlaki. "His status as a martyr has given his message even greater authority," Shane says of the propagandist. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'Canada Day IV.'

Sep 12, 2015

'New Yorker' staff writer Evan Osnos discusses his article about Trump's white nationalist support. Sportswriter Lonnie Wheeler talks about his new book 'Intangiball.' It's about the intangible ways baseball players help their teams win. Alison Brie played Pete Campbell's wife Trudy in 'Mad Men.' In 'Community,' she played Annie Edison. Brie now stars alongside Jason Sudeikis in the new movie 'Sleeping with Other People.'

Sep 11, 2015

Songwriter John Darnielle talks about his difficult childhood, finding refuge in music, and his novel, 'Wolf in White Van.' [Originally broadcast September 2014] Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Sleeping With Other People,' starring Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis. 

Sep 10, 2015

With a scarcity of jobs during the Depression, more than a million Mexican-Americans were sent to Mexico. Author, Francisco Balderrama estimates that 60 percent were American citizens. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Carly Rae Jepsen's new album 'Emotion.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Elena Ferrante's final novel in the Neapolitan series, 'The Story of the Lost Child.'

Sep 9, 2015

Alison Brie played Pete Campbell’s wife Trudy in ‘Mad Men.’  In ‘Community,’ she played Annie Edison.  Brie now stars alongside Jason Sudeikis in the new movie ‘Sleeping with Other People.’  Also Dr. Damon Tweedy talks about his new memoir ‘Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine.’  And TV critic David Bianculli reviews the premiere of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.’

 

Sep 8, 2015

Pulitzer Prize winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson calls the region she’s from, ‘Negroland.’  She describes it as a ‘small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty.’  ‘Negroland’ is also the title of Jefferson’s new memoir. 

And, sportswriter Lonnie Wheeler talks about his new book 'Intangiball.'  It’s about the intangible ways baseball players help their teams win.

 

 

Sep 7, 2015

One of our favorite recent interviews with comic Louis C.K.  He'll talk about some of his formative experiences, like doing drugs when he was a kid.  And he’ll tell us how he got his start in standup, and how his comedy evolved.

Sep 5, 2015

The author of the bestsellers ‘The Corrections’ and ‘Freedom,’ talks about his new novel, ‘Purity.’  Also, science writer Steve Silberman, author of the new book, NeuroTribes, discusses how our understanding of autism has changed over the decades, and how myths about autism caught on.

Sep 4, 2015

We remember director Wes Craven by listening back to several interviews Terry Gross recorded with him over the years.  Craven, who is best known for his horror films ‘Scream,’ and ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ died Sunday, August 30th.  Also, critic Milo Miles reviews a new collection of songs by Argentina's most famous pop star.   And commentator Jessica Grose considers the challenges of parenting when pre-schools are making it harder for working parents.

Sep 3, 2015

The New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos discusses his article about Trump's white nationalist support.  Also linguist Geoff Nunberg examines new attacks on the word "so" and considers whether “so” is being overused. 

Sep 2, 2015

 

Science writer Steve Silberman talks about how different factors -- including Nazi extermination plans and a (now discredited) journal article about vaccines -- have shaped our current understanding of autism. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Jonathan Franzen's new novel, 'Purity.' 

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