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Now displaying: October, 2015
Oct 31, 2015

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.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Witches.' Sleater-Kinney guitarist and singer Carrie Brownstein is known for her defiant performances, but it was vulnerability that initially drew her to music. Brownstein's new memoir is 'Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.'

Oct 30, 2015

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's most recent book, 'Let Me Be Frank With You,' centers on a 68-year-old man dealing with his aging body, a dying friend and his ex-wife, who has Parkinson's. [Originally broadcast Nov. 12, 2014.] Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Our Brand is Crisis.'

Oct 29, 2015

A new movie chronicles the team of journalists who uncovered the clergy sex abuse scandal in Boston. Director Tom McCarthy and former Boston Globe editor Walter Robinson join Fresh Air to discuss 'Spotlight.' Ken Tucker considers three songs by three artists: Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, and Eleanor Friedberger.

Oct 28, 2015

During his decades-long career, oncologist Vincent DeVita helped develop the combination chemotherapy regimen that cures most cases of Hodgkin's lymphoma. His new book is 'The Death of Cancer.' TV critic David Bianculli details four recent DVD box sets, and book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Witches.' 

Oct 27, 2015

The Sleater-Kinney guitarist and singer is known for her defiant performances, but it was vulnerability that initially drew her to music. Brownstein's new memoir is 'Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.' Rock historian Ed Ward shares tracks from the doo-wop scene in San Antonio, Texas. 

Oct 26, 2015

The feminist icon 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.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews 'Supergirl.'

Oct 24, 2015

Throughout her life, comedian Sarah Silverman has experienced varying degrees of depression, which she likens to a "chemical change." She plays a profoundly depressed woman in the film, 'I Smile Back.' Critic at-large John Powers reviews 'Bridge of Spies.' Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Both guests contributed to a new book about North American birds.

Oct 23, 2015

The Godmother of Punk joins Fresh Air for a conversation about her career and her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Smith's new memoir is 'M Train.' [Originally broadcast in 1996 and 2010.] Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Experimenter' starring Peter Sarsgaard. 

Oct 22, 2015

Throughout her life, comedian Sarah Silverman has experienced varying degrees of depression, which she likens to a "chemical change." She plays a profoundly depressed woman in the film, 'I Smile Back.' Ken Tucker reviews a box set of Tennessee Ernie Ford. 

Oct 21, 2015

Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent describes herself as extremely shy, but says that "when the songs started coming to me, I felt I didn't have the option to hide and avoid" the stage. Her latest album is 'The Trackless Woods.'

Oct 20, 2015

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Both guests contributed to a new book about North American birds. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'City of Fire.'

Oct 19, 2015

When Kelly and Wayne Maines adopted identical twin boys in 1997, they didn't anticipate raising one of their sons as a daughter. They tell their story, with author Amy Ellis Nutt, in 'Becoming Nicole.' Critic at-large John Powers reviews 'Bridge of Spies.'

Oct 17, 2015

In the HBO series 'The Leftovers' Theroux is a man trying to make sense of the disappearance of 2% of the world's population. He describes Season 2 as moving into "spiritual territory." Randall Park talks about 'Fresh Off the Boat' and how the ABC comedy steers clear of "easy" and "tired" racist jokes. Comic strip creator Berkeley Breathed says a 2008 letter from author Harper Lee inspired him to re-launch his famous strip on Facebook. It's now called Bloom County 2015. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Assassin,' saying it might be one of the most "entrancingly beautiful" action movies ever made.

Oct 16, 2015

Rick Famuyiwa's film 'Dope' is about a black high-school student who's into 90s hip-hop and Japanese comic books. The director discusses geekdom, the n-word, and confronting racism with comedy.  [Originally broadcast July 2015]. John Cleese, the co-founder of the Monty Python troupe, admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy. His memoir, 'So, Anyway'..., covers his boyhood and early career. [Originally broadcast December 2014]. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Room.'

Oct 15, 2015

Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson says that the ongoing search to replace Rep. John Boehner as speaker of the House reveals the influence that 40 conservative Republicans hold in the House. Rock historian Ed Ward discusses a few recent gospel reissues.

Oct 14, 2015

Theroux is a man trying to make sense of the disappearance of 2% of the world's population in the HBO series, 'The Leftovers.' He describes the second season as moving into "spiritual territory."  Asian-American actor Randall Park is determined to "do good by the community" in his work. He says the ABC comedy steers clear of "easy" and "tired" racist jokes. Ken Tucker reviews Donnie Fritts' album 'Oh My Goodness.'

Oct 13, 2015

Twenty years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was killed by a Jewish religious zealot. Dan Ephron, author of 'Killing a King,' discusses the assassination and its effect on the peace process. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'The Tomeka Reid Quartet.'

Oct 12, 2015

When Donna Karan started her brand in 1984, she thought it would be "a little company." Four decades later, she looks back on her life, her legacy and leaving her company. Her memoir is 'My Journey.' 'Bloom County' comic creator Berkeley Breathed tells Fresh Air's Sam Briger that a 2008 letter from author Harper Lee inspired him to re-launch his famous strip on Facebook. David Bianculli reviews the season two premiere of 'Fargo' on FX.

Oct 10, 2015

British artist Andy Goldsworthy makes sculptures out of ice, trees, and leaves. He discusses his 'Ephemeral Works.' Mexican-born journalist Jorge Ramos moved to the U.S. in 1983. "I am glad that I came," he says. "The First Amendment has given me all the opportunities that I couldn't have in Mexico." Chef Michael Solomonov shares recipes from his new cookbook is 'Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.'

Oct 9, 2015

Walter Isaacson discusses his best-selling 2011 biography of the Apple co-founder, and we listen to a clip of Jobs' 1996 'Fresh Air' interview. Film critic David Edelstein reviews the new biopic directed by Danny Boyle, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Michael Fassbender.

Oct 8, 2015

British artist Andy Goldsworthy's sculptures melt and decay. "It's not about art," he says. "It's just about life, and the need to understand that a lot of things in life do not last." Critic at-large John Powers reviews Congolese novel 'Tram 83.' 

Oct 7, 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. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'M Train,' Patti Smith's new memoir.

Oct 6, 2015

Chef Michael Solomonov sees his mission as connecting people to the food of his homeland. "That, to me, is my life's work," he says. Solomonov's new cookbook is 'Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.'  Ken Tucker reviews Los Lobos' album 'Gates of Gold,' and TV critic David Bianculli reviews 'American Horror Story: Hotel,' starring Lady Gaga. 

Oct 5, 2015

Mexican-born journalist Jorge Ramos moved to the U.S. in 1983. "I am glad that I came," he says. "The First Amendment has given me all the opportunities that I couldn't have in Mexico." Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews singer Jen Shyu's album 'Sounds And Cries Of the World.' 

Oct 3, 2015

Author D. Watkins discusses growing up during Baltimore's crack epidemic. Maureen Corrigan reviews Jojo Moyes' novel, 'After You.' "Street doctor" James O'Connell treats Boston's most isolated patients, the homeless.

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