When they ran out of room for rescue animals in their home, Tracey Stewart and her husband, former 'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart, bought a farm. Tracey Stewart's new book is 'Do Unto Animals.' Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Twain & Stanley' by late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oscar Hijuelos.
The actress, who appeared in 'Six Feet Under' and 'Cape Fear,' discusses growing up on a commune, working with (and dating) Scorsese and her various acting gigs. Douglas' memoir is 'I Blame Dennis Hopper.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the 'Complete Bee Hive Recordings.'
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.'
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.'
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.
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.'
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.
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.'
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.
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.'
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.'
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.
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.'
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.
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.'
'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.
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.