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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.

Aug 1, 2015

Barry Crimmins mentored Bobcat Goldthwait when they were up-and-coming comics in the 80’s.  ‘Call Me Lucky,’ directed by Goldthwait, details their relationship – and the sexual abuse Crimmins suffered as a child.  Animal trainer Teresa Ann Miller is used to working with furry performers, but she says the Hungarian film ‘White God’ was especially challenging.  ‘This wasn’t necessarily a film with an animal in it,’ Miller tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross.  ‘It was a dog leading the film and telling the story.’

Jul 31, 2015

Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele from the Comedy Central sketch comedy series ‘Key & Peele’ which will air its final episode in September.  Also an archived interview with Jon Stewart of The Daily show.  Stewart ends his run as The Daily Show’s host next week. 

Jul 30, 2015

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.' Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'The End of the Tour.'

Jul 29, 2015

Animal trainer Teresa Ann Miller is used to working with furry performers, but she says the Hungarian film 'White God' was especially challenging. "This wasn't necessarily a film with an animal in it," Miller tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It was a dog leading the film and telling the story." Ken Tucker reviews Ashley Monroe's album 'Blade.'

Jul 28, 2015

In his new book, 'The Man Who Wasn't There,' Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves -- and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions. For instance, a patient with Cotard's Syndrome is utterly convinced that they are already dead, and a patient with Body Integrity Identity Disorder perceives that a body part is not their own. Also, rock historian Ed Ward shares blues musician Slim Harpo's story. 

Jul 27, 2015

Barry Crimmins mentored Bobcat Goldthwait when they were up-and-coming comics in the '80s. 'Call Me Lucky,' directed by Goldthwait, details their relationship — and the sexual abuse Crimmins suffered as a child. Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue from jazz flutist Sam Most.

Jul 25, 2015

In 'Southpaw,' Gyllenhaal plays a boxer who grew up in foster care and is struggling to be a father to his daughter. He also discusses his roles in 'Donnie Darko,' 'Nightcrawler,' and working with Heath Ledger. Director Sean Baker wanted to make a film about L.A.'s transgender sex workers, but first he needed to find someone who knew that world well. Then he met Mya Taylor, and together they made 'Tangerine.'

Jul 24, 2015

We remember historical fiction author E. L. Doctorow and broadcast news pioneer Marlene Sanders, who was the first woman to anchor a network TV evening newscast. Also, Lloyd Schwartz discusses the timeless appeal of the late choreographer George Balanchine. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Phoenix.'

Jul 23, 2015

Journalist Jessica Grose, linguistics professor Penny Eckert and speech pathologist Susan Sankin discuss upspeak, vocal fry and why women's voices are changing -- and whether or not that's a problem. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Among the Ten Thousand Things.'

Jul 22, 2015

In 'Southpaw,' Gyllenhaal plays a boxer who grew up in foster care and is struggling to be a father to his daughter. He also discusses 'Donnie Darko,' 'Nightcrawler,' and working with Heath Ledger. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of a Thelonious Monk box set.

Jul 21, 2015

Director Sean Baker wanted to make a film about L.A.'s transgender sex workers, but first he needed to find someone who knew that world well. Then he met Mya Taylor, and together they made 'Tangerine.' Also, Ken Tucker reviews 'Wildheart' by Miguel.

Jul 20, 2015

The acclaimed British actor talks about portraying a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes, serving as grand marshal to New York City's gay pride march and his 'Lord of the Rings' tattoo. Rock historian Ed Ward shares soul singer Garnet Mimms' story. 

Jul 18, 2015

 

Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow discuss their new romantic comedy, 'Trainwreck,' and highlights from the latest season of 'Inside Amy Schumer.' Also, Ken Tucker reviews Jason Isbell's latest album, 'Something More Than Free.' Growing up in Baltimore, African-American writer Ta-Nehisi Coates faced threats from both the streets and the police. His book, 'Between the World and Me,' is an open letter to his teenage son.

Jul 17, 2015

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat is imported and often of lower quality. Author Paul Greenberg explains why. Originally broadcast July 1, 2014. David Edelstein reviews 'Trainwreck.'

Jul 16, 2015

Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow discuss their new romantic comedy, 'Trainwreck,' and highlights from the latest season of 'Inside Amy Schumer.' 

Jul 15, 2015

 

Novelist Don Winslow spent ten years researching the Mexican drug wars. His new novel, 'The Cartel,' reveals "a new generation of cartel leaders that are more violent, more sadistic" than ever before. He discusses the recent escape of drug lord El Chapo, who serves as inspiration for his main character. Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg contemplates the phrase "tell it like it is," now Chris Christie's campaign slogan.

Jul 14, 2015

Dr. David Casarett used to think of medical marijuana as "a joke." Then he began to look into the issue and he changed his mind. Casarett's new book is 'Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.' Also, Ken Tucker reviews Jason Isbell's latest album, 'Something More Than Free.' 

Jul 13, 2015

 

Growing up in Baltimore, African-American writer Ta-Nehisi Coates faced threats from both the streets and the police. His book, 'Between the World and Me,' is an open letter to his teenage son. Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews Harper Lee's post-'Mockingbird' book, 'Go Set a Watchman,' which she calls a "troubling confusion of a novel."

Jul 11, 2015

The new documentary 'Amy' uses personal and archival video to tell the story of her short life. We talk to the film's director Asif Kapadia and Winehouse's former manager Nick Shymansky, who tried to get her into rehab--which later inspired her biggest hit. Fresh Air Weekend critic Justin Chang reviews 'Tangerine.' Also, David Thorpe searches for the origin of the so-called "gay voice" in his new film 'Do I Sound Gay?'

Jul 10, 2015

 

 

 

Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, was inspired by suffragists and centerfolds. Political historian Jill Lepore explains how the comic book hero came to be in 'The Secret History of Wonder Woman.'  Duke Ellington recorded two tunes engineered by Conny Plank, a few years before Plank became known for recording rock musicians like Brian Eno. That session is now on CD; jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says it’s a window onto Ellington’s working method. 

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