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Now displaying: February, 2016
Feb 29, 2016

Journalist Nancy Jo Sales says the Internet fosters a kind of sexism that is harmful to teen girls. Her new book is 'American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.' Also, author Victor LaValle loved reading the horror stories of H.P. Lovecraft as a kid. It wasn't until later that LaValle recognized the racism in Lovecraft's work and felt the need to respond. His new book is 'The Ballad of Black Tom.'

Feb 27, 2016

Known for her recent work in 'Downton Abbey' and the 'Harry Potter' films, the Oscar-winning actress now stars in 'The Lady in the Van,' a film about an elderly woman who lived in a van for 15 years.  Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'All My Yesterdays' by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. Also, author Joe R. Lansdale grew up poor in east Texas and worked as a janitor and in a potato field before finding success as a writer. 'Honky Tonk Samurai' is the latest book in his 'Hap and Leonard' mystery series.

Feb 26, 2016

Both movies are nominated for Best Picture. 'Spotlight' chronicles the team of journalists who uncovered the clergy sex abuse scandal in Boston. 'The Big Short' is about the people who foresaw and warned of the collapse of the global economy. Directors Tom McCarthy (with former Boston Globe reporter Walter Robinson) and Adam McKay talk about their respective films.

Feb 25, 2016

Once a grand seaside destination, Atlantic City now faces the prospect of a takeover by the state of New Jersey. Historian Bryant Simon and reporter Amy Rosenberg discuss the city's rise and fall.

Feb 24, 2016

Joe R. Lansdale grew up poor in east Texas and worked as a janitor and in a potato field before finding success as a writer. 'Honky Tonk Samurai' is the latest book in his 'Hap and Leonard' mystery series. Also, the French government is eliminating the circumflex (the little hat-shaped accent that sits on certain vowels.) Linguist Geoff Nunberg wonders why we don't have similar spelling controversies in English. Finally, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'All My Yesterdays' by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis.

Feb 23, 2016

Known for her recent work in 'Downton Abbey' and the 'Harry Potter' films, the Oscar-winning actress now stars in 'The Lady in the Van,' a film about an elderly woman who lived in a van for 15 years. Also, Ken Tucker reviews Bonnie Raitt's new album 'Dig in Deep.' 

Feb 22, 2016

Author Sonia Shah says that urbanization and air travel put the global population at an increased risk for disease. "Zika is a great example of how new pathogens are emerging today," she says. Her new book is 'Pandemic.' Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'A Doubter's Almanac.'

Feb 20, 2016

'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah says his experience growing up with a white father and a black mother in South Africa enables him to see both sides of political issues — which helps when it comes to doing satire. Also, Ken Tucker reviews 'Wild Stab' by the I Don't Cares. Then, as a business reporter in Mexico, Tom Wainwright noticed that the business models of the drug cartels are similar to those of big-box stores and franchises. His new book is 'Narconomics.'

Feb 19, 2016

Both 'Inside Out' and 'Anomalisa' are nominated for Best Animated Film at this year's Oscars. Pixar director Pete Docter talks about illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind, personifying Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy. 'Anomalisa' filmmakers Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson discuss the challenges of choreographing puppets in everything from walking to a sex scene.

Feb 18, 2016

Trevor Noah says his experience growing up with a white father and a black mother in South Africa enables him to see both sides of political issues — which helps when it comes to doing satire.

Feb 16, 2016

17 years ago Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School, killing 13 people and injuring 24. Dylan's mother, Sue Klebold, has written a memoir recounting the massacre and her experience "living in the aftermath of tragedy."

Feb 15, 2016

As a business reporter in Mexico, Tom Wainwright noticed that the business models of the drug cartels are similar to those of big-box stores and franchises. His new book is 'Narconomics.' Ken Tucker reviews 'Wild Stab' by the I Don't Cares.

Feb 13, 2016

Galifianakis plays a bitter rodeo clown in his new FX series 'Baskets.' He's also the creator of the Emmy-winning web comedy series 'Between Two Ferns.' Then Fresh Air producer Ann Marie Baldonado talks with brothers Jay and Mark Duplass about their HBO series 'Togetherness.' Finally, director George Miller discusses creating the 'Mad Max' franchise, which has spanned 36 years.

Feb 12, 2016

'Better Call Saul,' the prequel, spin-off of 'Breaking Bad,' is back for season two. Last year, when Terry Gross spoke to co-creator Peter Gould (who also wrote for Breaking Bad), he said that it was a writers' room joke that if something didn't fit on 'Breaking Bad' it would go on the "Saul Goodman show."  Actor Jonathan Banks joins the conversation. Also, Terry Gross spoke to Bob Odenkirk in 2013 about playing Saul, the sleazy, fast-talking lawyer.

Feb 11, 2016

New Yorker writer Jill Lepore examines the history of polling in America. She says that today's polls may be less reliable — and more influential — than ever before.  Then, statistician Nate Silver analyzes polls and predicts election outcomes on his website, FiveThirtyEight. He says this year's is "Maybe the most fascinating nomination race that we've ever seen."

Feb 10, 2016

Galifianakis plays a bitter rodeo clown in his new FX series 'Baskets.' He's also the creator of the Emmy-winning web comedy series 'Between Two Ferns.' Then Fresh Air producer Ann Marie Baldonado talks with brothers Jay and Mark Duplass about their HBO series 'Togetherness.' Jay stars in the Amazon series 'Transparent.'

Feb 9, 2016

Joel Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of being closeted. His memoir is 'Master Of Ceremonies.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'Classic James P. Johnson Sessions (1921 - 1943).'

Feb 8, 2016

George Miller, who directed the first Mad Max film in 1979, says it will be a few years before he has any idea as to whether 'Mad Max: Fury Road' "really stuck." The film is nominated for 10 Oscars. Music historian Ed Ward remembers Dan Hicks.

Feb 6, 2016

Known as the "Egyptian Jon Stewart," Bassem Youssef created what became the most popular TV show in Egypt's history, but the government had the show cancelled, and Youssef fled. Then, CNN's Peter Bergen describes how the Internet and social media have been used to radicalize and recruit Americans to jihad. Finally, Bee Wilson says that our taste preferences can be formed even before birth. Her new book is 'First Bite.'

Feb 5, 2016

Chris Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. The writer tells Fresh Air his dad believed he would be "extremely famous" for it. Ken Tucker reviews Sia's album 'This is Acting.'

Feb 4, 2016

Bee Wilson says that our taste preferences can be formed even before birth. Her new book, 'First Bite,' examines how genetics, culture, memory and early feeding patterns contribute to a child's palate. Also, David Edelstein reviews the Coen brothers' new epic, 'Hail, Caesar!'

Feb 3, 2016

Known as the "Egyptian Jon Stewart," Bassem Youssef created what became the most popular TV show in Egypt's history -- but the government had the show cancelled, and Youssef fled. He talks about leaving a career in medicine for comedy, being detained and life after the Arab Spring. Also, Milo Miles reviews 'Big Grrrl Small World' from alt-rapper Lizzo.

Feb 2, 2016

CNN's Peter Bergen describes how the Internet and social media have been used to radicalize and recruit Americans to jihad — and how some new jihadists then use those same tools to draw in others. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Yid.'

Feb 1, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mei Fong says that China's one-child policy drastically reshaped the country's demographic make-up. "China has 30 million more men than women," she says. Her book is 'One Child.'  John Powers reviews the 10-part FX series 'The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares early recordings from the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

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