Kenneth Lonergan's new film is about a janitor (Casey Affleck), crippled by guilt and grief, who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother. Also, critic at large John Powers reviews two works that confront the refugee crisis.
Jones became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination, and he lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He says, "There are some days when it is so painful that I really can barely function." He conceived the AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1985. His memoir is ‘When We Rise.’
Carrie Fisher was an insecure 19-year-old when she appeared as Princess Leia in the first Star Wars movie, a role that would come to define her career. She tells Terry Gross that despite becoming romantically involved with her older, married co-star, Harrison Ford, she often felt isolated on set. Fisher has a new memoir, called 'The Princess Diarist.' Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews the national touring production of the Broadway musical "An American in Paris.'
Writer Zadie Smith talks about nostalgia and why she likes talking to people with whom she disagrees. Her new novel is 'Swing Time.' Also, ‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, ‘Born a Crime.’ Noah says writing the book helped him see that his mother was the real hero of his story.
Before he died earlier this month, Cohen released a new album with songs that wrestled with mortality, transcendence and the question of God — themes he touched on in this 2006 interview with Terry Gross.
For Thanksgiving, two archival interviews with American music icons: Cash spoke to Terry Gross in 1997, Charles in 1998.
The powerhouse soul singer for The Dap-Kings spoke to 'Fresh Air' in '07 and again in '16, after she'd been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Jones died on Nov. 18. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Michael Chabon’s new novel, ‘Moonglow.’
The ‘Daily Show’ host revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, ‘Born a Crime.’ Noah says writing the book helped him see that his mother was the real hero of his story.
Writer Zadie Smith talks about the nature of talent, nostalgia, and why she likes talking to people with whom she disagrees. Her new novel is ‘Swing Time.’
Coppola was 29 when he signed on to direct ‘The Godfather.’ Coppola talks about his disagreements with the studio, casting Marlon Brando, and his own Italian-American family. Also, Casey Affleck talks about his new film 'Manchester by the Sea,' his childhood, and getting cast in 'Gone Baby Gone,' by his brother Ben.
As a child, Colson Whitehead imagined the Underground Railroad to be a subway beneath the earth that escaped slaves could ride to freedom. He returns to his childhood vision in his novel, 'Underground Railroad,’ which won the National Book Award. Congressman John Lewis recalls marching for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965, when he was beaten by police. He spoke to Terry Gross in 2009. Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Manchester by the Sea.’
‘Bloomberg’ journalist Joshua Green discusses Steve Bannon's work for the alt-right website Breitbart News. Trump's chief strategist, Green says, was "one of the major figures" in Clinton's defeat. Also, Casey Affleck talks about his new film ‘Manchester by the Sea,' his childhood, and getting cast in ‘Gone Baby Gone,’ by his brother Ben.
Coppola was 29 when he signed on to direct a film based on Mario Puzo's novel about an Italian-American crime family. "I was always just trying to bluff the studio to let me do it my way," he says.
‘New Yorker’ writer Evan Osnos talks about the executive orders and other actions that Trump can use to undo existing agreements on climate change, immigration and foreign policy.
The ‘Pitch Perfect’ star talks about being small with a powerful voice, her break-out role in 'Up in the Air,' and why church scared her as a kid. Her new book of personal essays is ‘Scrappy Little Nobody.’ Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album ‘Mid-Thirties Single Scene’ from Scott and Charlene’s Wedding.
In the HBO series 'Insecure,' Issa Rae's character feels like she's "not black enough for the black people and not white enough for the white people." John Powers reviews the film 'Certain Women.' Also, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy offer a pessimistic view of human nature in 'Westworld,' HBO's futuristic TV series about a theme park that allows tourists to act out their Wild West fantasies.
To mark Veterans' Day, we’re replaying interviews with Iraq War veterans Brian Castner and Kayla Williams, and WWII veteran Robert Kotlowitz. Also, Brian Turner reads his poem ‘Here, Bullet.’ Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Arrival.’
"Television has really become where a lot of the action is right now," critic David Bianculli says. His new book revisits the best of the small screen — from ‘I Love Lucy’ to ‘The Walking Dead.’ Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘Pieces of Soap,’ a book of essays by Stanley Elkin.
We discuss the 2016 election with ‘Atlantic Magazine’ correspondent James Fallows, who spent three years flying his own plane to small towns across the U.S., reporting on the people he met.
In the HBO series ‘Insecure,’ Issa Rae’s character feels like she’s “not black enough for the black people and not white enough for the white people." Rae talks about her comedy influences, growing up with a Senegalese father, and her web series ‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.’ John Powers reviews the film ’Certain Women.’
"Donald and I go all the way back to when his hair was dark brown," Garry Trudeau jokes. His new book, ‘Yuge!,’ is a collection of 30 years of comic strips featuring Trump as a character. Also, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy offer a pessimistic view of human nature in ‘Westworld,’ HBO's futuristic TV series about a theme park that allows tourists to act out their Wild West fantasies.
For the first time since hosting 'The Late Show,' Colbert talks to Terry Gross about shedding his 'Colbert Report' character and becoming comfortable playing himself. Ken Tucker reviews Leonard Cohen’s new album. Donald Glover created and co-stars in the FX series 'Atlanta,' set on the fringes of the city's hip-hop scene. Outside of the show he does stand-up and has recorded music under the name Childish Gambino.
Viet Thanh Nguyen and his family fled their village in South Vietnam in 1975. He won the Pulitzer Prize this year for 'The Sympathizer,' a spy novel set during and just after the war in Vietnam. [Originally broadcast May 2016] Mat Johnson reviews the film ‘Loving.’
‘New Yorker’ writer George Packer says years of neglect from the Democrats enabled Trump to exploit the biases of the white working class and turn them into a "self-conscious identity group." Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Hacksaw Ridge,' directed by Mel Gibson.