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Now displaying: March, 2016
Mar 31, 2016

Pitchers of all ages are increasingly blowing out their arms and needing what's known as Tommy John surgery. Sports writer Jeff Passan discusses his new book 'The Arm.'   Jacob Bernstein is the director of the new HBO documentary about his mother,  late writer and director, Nora Ephron (Heartburn, When Harry Met Sally). It's about her life, her writing and her fatal illness, which she kept secret from almost everyone. 

Mar 30, 2016

Ever since 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' the actor says he's been trying to take on more dramatic roles. In the HBO series 'Vinyl' he plays a record company executive who contemplates suicide. 

Mar 29, 2016

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to sexuality, girls hear that "they're supposed to be sexy, they're supposed to perform sexually for boys, but ... their sexual pleasure is unspoken." Orenstein discusses the effect hook-up culture, porn, and pop stars have had on girls' lives. Then, commentator Sarah Hepola says after years of complaining about hate on the Internet, she became part of the problem.

Mar 28, 2016

According to Adam Hochschild, about 2,800 Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War, and some were bombed by Nazis years before the U.S. entered World War II. His new book is 'Spain in Our Hearts.' John Powers reviews the French film 'My Golden Days.'

Mar 26, 2016

Comic Michael Ian Black lays bare his insecurities in his new book, 'Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird.)' He talks about family, masculinity and vanity. Ken Tucker reviews the latest album from country icon Loretta Lynn, and Regina King shares her experience going from a teen actor on '227' to landing roles in 'Boyz n the Hood' and 'American Crime.'

Mar 25, 2016

Comedian Garry Shandling, who died yesterday, told Terry Gross that he was "one of those kids who became aware of comedians at a very early age." He spoke to Fresh Air in 1992 and 2007. Also, 'Carol' is now on DVD. We revisit our interview with director Todd Haynes and screenwriter Phyllis Nagy. The film is about an unlikely love affair between two women in the 1950s.

Mar 24, 2016

The comic lays bare his insecurities in his new book, 'Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird.)' He talks about family, masculinity and vanity in a conversation with Terry Gross. Also, David Edelstein reviews 'Batman v. Superman.'

Mar 23, 2016

Author Elaine Kamarck explains what happens in a brokered convention and how the rules of presidential primaries can sometimes change. Her book is 'Primary Politics.' Then Maureen Corrigan reviews short story collection 'What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours' by Helen Oyeyemi.

Mar 22, 2016

Fred Kaplan, author of 'Dark Territory,' traces the history of cyber defense and discusses the current heated debate between the FBI and Apple over the encryption of the iPhone.

Mar 21, 2016

King began acting professionally as a teen on the sitcom '227.' Now she co-stars in the ABC series 'American Crime,' and the HBO series 'The Leftovers.'  Also, author Petrine Day Mitchum talks about the famous horses who starred in Hollywood Westerns. Finally, a poem by our critic Lloyd Schwartz that's been set to music. 

Mar 19, 2016

Rebecca Traister, author of 'All The Single Ladies,' says the declining marriage rates among adult women are less about the institution of marriage and more about the opportunities available to women today. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Midnight Special.'  A revival of the 1963 musical 'She Loves Me' opens Thursday on Broadway. Director Scott Ellis and lyricist Sheldon Harnick talk about the show.

Mar 18, 2016

At 83, country music legend Loretta Lynn has a new album, 'Full Circle.'  Ken Tucker reviews the album, and we listen back to part of her 2010 interview. Also, Questlove's father, doo-wop singer Lee Andrews, died this week. The 'Roots' drummer talks about him in part of his 2013 interview. Finally, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Krisha.'

Mar 17, 2016

Washington Post reporter Robert O'Harrow dissects Trump's acquisition of the Taj Mahal casino/hotel, which went into bankruptcy a year after it opened. Rock historian Ed Ward tells the story of Them, Van Morrison's band before he went solo.

Mar 16, 2016

Veteran NPR correspondent Anne Garrels takes us deep inside Russia, where citizens struggle with a shaky economy and widespread corruption, but seem supportive of their controversial president. Her book is 'Putin Country.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'Hidden Voices' from Aruán Ortiz.

Mar 15, 2016

A revival of the 1963 musical 'She Loves Me' opens Thursday on Broadway. Director Scott Ellis and lyricist Sheldon Harnick talk about the show. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Innocents and Others' by Dana Spiotta.

Mar 14, 2016

Oncologist Theodora Ross discusses the hereditary nature of cancer and her own predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer. Her book is 'A Cancer in the Family.'  Ken Tucker reviews 'Good Grief' from the band Lucius. Then, Fresh Air producer Ann Marie Baldonado talks to Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs about their Netflix series 'Love,' which Rust co-created with his wife Lesley Arfin and Judd Apatow.

Mar 12, 2016

Actress Sarah Paulson set out to play O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark in a "truthful way" in the new FX series 'The People vs. O.J. Simpson.' "I read, watched, and listened to any and everything I could get my hands on," Paulson says. John Powers reviews Sonny Liew's new graphic novel 'The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.'  And then Adam Cohen tells us how American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits they considered undesirable. His new book is 'Imbeciles.'

Mar 11, 2016

Conroy, who died last week, was the author of several books, two of which — 'The Great Santini' and 'The Prince of Tides' — were made into feature films. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1987, 1995 and 2002. Also, rock historian Ed Ward tells the story of Billy Ward and the Dominoes.

Mar 10, 2016

The actress set out to play Clark in a "truthful way" in the new FX series 'The People vs. O.J. Simpson.' "I read, watched, and listened to any and everything I could get my hands on," Paulson says. She also discusses her roles in 'Carol,' 'American Horror Story,' and her relationship with actress Holland Taylor.

Mar 9, 2016

Alex Abramovich was in his 30s when he looked up a guy (Trevor) who bullied him in grade school. In his new book 'Bullies,' Abramovich writes about reconnecting with Trevor, now the head of the East Bay Rats -- an Oakland motorcycle club. Also, we remember the 'Fifth Beatle,' George Martin, in an excerpt of his 1980 interview.

Mar 8, 2016

At the height of her addiction to heroin, Tracey Helton Mitchell lived in an alley and sold her body. Now she works as an addiction specialist helping others. Her new memoir is 'The Big Fix.' Also, Milo Miles reviews the debut album from percussionist Roman Diaz.

Mar 7, 2016

In the first half of the 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits they considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in his new book, 'Imbeciles.' Also, John Powers reviews Sonny Liew's new graphic novel 'The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.'

Mar 5, 2016

Comic Louie Anderson talks about playing the mother of an embittered rodeo clown in the FX series 'Baskets.' He based the portrayal on his own mother. Ken Tucker reviews the new album by the Waco Brothers, and author Victor LaValle tells us about his new horror novella -- a tribute and critique of H.P. Lovecraft.

Mar 4, 2016

Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. His latest novel, 'The Whites,' is now out in paperback. [Originally broadcast Feb. 17, 2015.] David Edelstein reviews 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' starring Tina Fey.

Mar 3, 2016

David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz chronicle America's poisonous relationship with lead in 'Lead Wars.' "We've created a terribly toxic environment in all sorts of ways," Rosner says. Also, Ken Tucker reviews the Waco Brothers' new album. 

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