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Jul 9, 2015

For 25 years, attorney Mary Bonauto and activist Evan Wolfson helped shape the gay marriage movement. They discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling, which represented the culmination of their efforts. Also, David Edelstein reviews 'Tangerine.' 

Jul 8, 2015

The new documentary 'Amy' uses personal and archival video to tell the story of her short life. Winehouse died at 27. 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. 

Jul 7, 2015

In his new movie, 'Do I Sound Gay?', director David Thorpe searches for the origin of the so-called "gay voice" and documents his own attempts (with speech pathologist Susan Sankin) to sound "less gay." Also John Powers reviews a documentary and a novel about the drug war in Mexico. 

Jul 6, 2015

"Good people with the best of intentions ... can get things terribly, terribly wrong," says legal scholar Adam Benforado. His book, 'Unfair,' explores the intrinsic flaws of the American justice system -- flaws that can lead to false confessions and wrongful convictions. Book critic Maureen Corrigan shares four thrillers that will get your heart pounding. Ken Tucker reviews Kacey Musgraves' album 'Pageant Material.'

Jul 4, 2015

 

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, writer Mat Johnson identified as black – but looked white. His new novel 'Loving Day' is about a man who returns to his hometown after inheriting a run-down mansion. Also TV critic David Bianculli says Jon Stewart, Larry Wilmore, John Oliver and Bill Maher are keeping news outlets honest. Rick Famuyiwa's new film 'Dope' is about a black high-school student who's into 90s hip hop and Japanese comic books. He calls the film a celebration of kids whose interests don't fit into pop-culture norms. The director talks about geekdom, the n-word, and confronting racism with comedy.

Jul 3, 2015

The new Pixar film 'Inside Out' illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind. Her emotions — Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy — are the stars. Director Pete Docter joins us. Also, singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge brings his guitar to the studio and plays new songs from 'Something in the Water' and some favorites from the 1920s and '30s. 

Jul 2, 2015

Adam Liptak of The New York Times discusses the Supreme Court's most recent term and says the rulings reveal deep philosophical differences regarding the role of judges and the Constitution. Also David Edelstein reviews 'Magic Mike XXL' and 'Terminator Genesys.'

Jul 1, 2015

Rick Famuyiwa's new film 'Dope' is about a black high-school student who's into 90s hip hop and Japanese comic books. He calls the film a celebration of kids whose interests don't fit into pop-culture norms. The director talks about geekdom, the n-word, and confronting racism with comedy. Also David Bianculli says Jon Stewart, Larry Wilmore, John Oliver and Bill Maher are keeping news outlets honest. 

Jun 30, 2015

The main character in Vendela Vida's new novel is alone in Morocco when her bag with her passport and credit cards is stolen. Vida says 'The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty' was inspired by her own travels. Also, Jerry Douglas is considered by many to be the best dobro player in the world. He brings his instrument to the studio and talks about his new album, 'The Earls of Leceister,' a tribute to Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

Jun 29, 2015

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, writer Mat Johnson identified as black – but looked white. His new novel 'Loving Day' is about a man who returns to his hometown after inheriting a run-down mansion. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the new album from trumpeter Terell Stafford. 

Jun 27, 2015

Comedian Marc Maron debriefs after interviewing President Obama for his podcast, 'WTF.' Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Patience And Fortitude' about the fight to save NYC's storied public library. Art scholar Noah Charney discusses his new book, 'The Art of Forgery,' where he traces a tradition of fakes and forgeries that dates back to the Renaissance.

Jun 26, 2015

Writer Arthur Allen describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis. Also, we remember country musician Johnny Gimble, the "king of swing fiddle." He passed away last month at 88.

Jun 25, 2015

In 1922, seven states drew up a plan for dividing the waters of the Colorado River. But they over-estimated how much water the river could provide -- and now 40 million Americans face a water crisis. Investigative reporter Abrahm Lustgarten joins us. Ken Tucker reviews Leon Bridges' album 'Coming Home.'

Jun 24, 2015

Former L.A. gang member Mike Cummings and professor Jorja Leap are working with other former gang members to help them become better fathers. Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Patience And Fortitude' about the fight to save the New York Public Library.

Jun 23, 2015

Art scholar Noah Charney describes the art world as "fertile ground for criminals." He traces a tradition of fakes and forgeries that dates back to the Renaissance in his new book,'The Art of Forgery.' Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's film 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' won the audience award and the grand jury prize at Sundance. He talks about how losing his dad shaped his approach to the film. John Powers reviews Kamel Daoud's novel 'The Meursault Investigation.'

Jun 22, 2015

 

The 'WTF' podcast host and comedian shares his experience interviewing the President in his garage. We remember composer Gunther Schuller with his 1988 interview. 

Jun 20, 2015

Screenwriter and director Judd Apatow talks about the interviews he recorded for his high school radio station with comics including Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno. Those interviews are collected in Apatow’s new book.  Also comedian Kumail Nanjiani from HBO's Silicon Valley.  And a review of the new Disney/Pixar film “Inside Out.”

Jun 19, 2015

This month, Jacqueline Woodson was named the new "Young People's Poet Laureate" by the Poetry Foundation.  Her memoir-in-verse, Brown Girl Dreaming won a National Book Award last year.  Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews Inside Out, the new Disney / Pixar animated film directed by Pete Doctor.

Jun 18, 2015

Terry Gross interviews Oren Moverman, the screenwriter of the Brian Wilson biopic "Love and Mercy.”  Also, we’ll hear an excerpt of Terry’s 1988 interview with Wilson.

Jun 17, 2015

When Judd Apatow was a teen he landed interviews with an impressive roster of comics for his high school radio show. 'Sick in the Head' is a collection of those conversations, and more recent ones as well. TV critic David Bianculli reviews HBO's new Sunday lineup, including the new season of 'True Detective.'

Jun 16, 2015

Keret's new collection of personal essays, 'The Seven Good Years' spans the time between the birth of his son and the death of his father. He says his father, who was a Holocaust survivor, taught him to "look reality straight in the face."

Jun 15, 2015

In his new book, New York Times journalist Tim Weiner paints a portrait of a president overwhelmed by wars at home and abroad, whose self-destructive behavior resulted in "political suicide." Ken Tucker reviews the new album from the California band Dawes and Maureen Corrigan reviews a book of short stories called 'In the Country.'

Jun 13, 2015

Pete Docter directed the new Pixar film 'Inside Out' about the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind. Her emotions — Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy — are the stars, voiced by the likes of Amy Poehler and Louis Black. Ken Tucker reviews the debut album from Shamir, 'Ratchet.' In his new book, 'The End of Plenty,' journalist Joel Bourne says humanity is facing a major problem: The world is running out of food. There are promising developments to meet the threat, he says, but time is running out.

Jun 12, 2015

Jazz innovator Ornette Coleman died Thursday, at the age of 85. We'll listen back to a 1987 conversation with the saxophonist and composer, as well as interviews with members of his quartet, Don Cherry and Charlie Haden. We also remember 'Dracula' actor Christopher Lee with an excerpt of his 1990 interview. Kevin Whitehead reviews a new record by arranger Michael Gibbs and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, and David Edelstein reviews the documentary 'The Wolf Pack.'

Jun 11, 2015

New York Times reporter Patrick Healy writes that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is a product of a loose network of conservative donors, think tanks and talk radio hosts who spent years preparing the road for his likely presidential run. Ken Tucker reviews the debut album from Shamir and linguist Geoff Nunberg contemplates the spelling be

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