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 new novel, 'Underground Railroad.' Maureen Corrigan reviews 'You Will Know Me,' a book about the fierce and frenzied world of gymnastics.
McInerney discusses being fired from The New Yorker, Raymond Carver's writing advice, and his "second life" after his bestselling novel, 'Bright Lights, Big City.' Music historian Ed Ward shares the story of German New Wave in Düsseldorf. Also, producer Ann Marie Baldonado talks to comic Ali Wong about her Netflix special 'Baby Cobra,' which she performed while 7.5 months pregnant.
Keret's 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." His book is out in paperback. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Little Men.'
Segments like 'Carpool Karaoke' and 'Drop the Mic' from the 'Late Late Show' have up to 120 million views on YouTube. Corden takes us behind-the-scenes of these videos, and talks about his background in musical theater. Also, Joan Shelley and guitar accompanist Nathan Salsburg play from their new album 'Over and Even.'
Hearst was abducted in 1974 and then declared allegiance to her captors. Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin does not believe Hearst was brainwashed, but rather, "responded rationally to the circumstances."
Neuroscientist Dean Burnett explores the strange behaviors of the mind in his book 'Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To.' He says the human brain is like a computer that files information in a way that defies logic and that brains can alter memory, cause motion sickness, and affect intelligence. Also, producer Ann Marie Baldonado talks to comic Ali Wong about her Netflix special 'Baby Cobra,' which she performed while 7.5 months pregnant.
McInerney discusses being fired from The New Yorker, Raymond Carver's writing advice, and his "second life" after his bestselling novel, 'Bright Lights, Big City.' His new novel is 'Bright, Precious Days.' Music historian Ed Ward shares the story of German New Wave in Düsseldorf.
Over the course of his career, actor Michael K. Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like Omar on 'The Wire'). He also co-starred in 'Boardwalk Empire,' and is now in HBO's 'The Night Of.' Critic at-large John Powers reviews a new dystopian novel. Also we hear from soul singer Sharon Jones. In 2013, she was forced to take a hiatus from her band The Dap-Kings, after she was diagnosed with cancer. The documentary 'Miss Sharon Jones!' follows her musical comeback.
British columnist Caitlin Moran talks about her book 'How to Be a Woman,' which is part memoir, part comic manifesto. Moran discusses her early understanding of feminism, and also abortion, waxing, and marriage. We also listen back to interviews with two people who died this week: Tim LaHaye, co-author of the apocalyptic 'Left Behind' novels, and Marni Nixon, who dubbed singing for actresses in the films 'The King and I,' 'West Side Story, and 'My Fair Lady.' Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Jason Bourne.'
In 2013, the energetic lead singer for The Dap-Kings was forced to take a hiatus from the band after she was diagnosed with cancer. The documentary 'Miss Sharon Jones!' follows her musical comeback. Linguist Geoff Nunberg discusses Donald Trump's pledge to be the "law-and-order candidate."
As a reporter for The New York Times, Amy Chozick's beat is Hillary Clinton. But, Chozick says, it's hard to get to know a candidate who "has been so scarred" by her decades in the public eye.
Ailes resigned last week amid allegations of sexual harassment. Biographer and journalist Gabriel Sherman joins us to discuss the accusations, as well as Ailes' influence on political discourse in America. Critic at-large John Powers reviews 'The Natural Way of Things,' by Charlotte Wood. Kevin Whitehead shares an appreciation of jazz guitarist Charlie Christian.
Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's 'The Night Of,' he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Maxwell's new album 'blackSUMMERS'night.'
Mike Birbiglia talks about parenthood, his new film, 'Don't Think Twice,' and how he stopped procrastinating writing his screenplay. John Powers reviews 'Zero Days,' a chilling new documentary by Alex Gibney. Then David Mandel, the Emmy-nominated writer, director and executive producer of the HBO series 'Veep,' discusses this past season, working with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and getting his start working for Al Franken.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed racial discrimination in voting. But author Ari Berman says a 2013 Supreme Court ruling blocks the act's enforcement — and opened the door for new restrictions. His book 'Give Us the Ballot' is now out in paperback. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Star Trek Beyond.'
We hear from Tom Gibbons, a former Philadelphia police officer, who was shot three times. We'll also hear from Eric Adams, who has marched against police brutality, and served as an NYPD officer. He was beaten by police when he was 15, and now, as a black father, he worries about his son. Mat Johnson reads an essay about what the craft of storytelling can offer us as we try to make sense of our times.
David Mandel, the Emmy-nominated writer, director and executive producer of the HBO series 'Veep,' talks about this past season, working with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and the 2016 election. Then we remember Garry Marshall, the man behind 'Happy Days' and 'Laverne & Shirley,' and countless other TV shows and films. Marshall spoke to Fresh Air in 1991. He died yesterday at 81.
Birbiglia wrote, directed and co-stars in the new film, 'Don't Think Twice.' It's about an improv comedy group, and what happens when one member gets a job on a popular TV sketch comedy show, and how the group splinters. Also, Lloyd Schwartz discusses the exhibit at the Met Breuer Museum, 'Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible.'
Author Cathleen Schine says that living far away from an elderly parent can create feelings of guilt as well as those of relief. Her darkly comic novel is 'They May Not Mean To, But They Do.' John Powers reviews 'Zero Days,' a chilling new documentary by Alex Gibney. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Dan Cray's new album 'Outside In.'
Christopher Eccleston, who co-starred in 'The Leftovers' on HBO, plays a grandfather who struggles to relate to his autistic grandson on the BBC drama series 'The A Word.' The actor talks about Brexit, faith, and his father's dementia. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Underground Airlines.' Also, comedy writer Jessi Klein ('Inside Amy Schumer') talks about competition among women, what she calls the "thong industrial complex," and having to pump breast milk at the Emmys. Her new book of essays is 'You'll Grow Out Of It.'
The lead singer and a guitarist of Alabama Shakes was raised on her father's junkyard in the woods of Athens, Alabama. She reflects on small town life and big-time music. The band's second album 'Sound & Color' was nominated for six Grammys. [Originally aired Jan. 2016] Film critic David Edelstein reviews the 'Ghostbusters' reboot.
Marine ecologist Dr. Neil Hammerschlag has looked inside the mouth of a wild tiger shark and lived to tell the tale. He says that sharks pose only a small risk to people: "Humans are not on the shark's menu." Also, opera percussionist Patti Niemi talks about her journey from Juilliard to the orchestra pit, and her struggles with anxiety and OCD.
Rachel Starnes, writer and wife of a Navy pilot, talks about the impact of her husband's long and frequent absences, and how her marriage compares to the feminist ideal she had envisioned. Her memoir is, 'The War At Home: A Wife's Search for Peace (and Other Missions Impossible).' Maureen Corrigan reviews short story collection, 'The Dream Life of Astronauts.'
Jessi Klein is best known for her work as head writer for 'Inside Amy Schumer' and her stand-up. Now she's got a book of personal essays called 'You'll Grow Out Of It.' She talks to Terry Gross about the competition among women, what she calls the "thong industrial complex," and having to pump breast milk at the Emmys. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Puberty 2' from singer-songwriter Mitski.
Eccleston, who co-starred in 'The Leftovers' on HBO, plays a grandfather who struggles to relate to his autistic grandson on the BBC drama series 'The A Word.' The actor talks about Brexit, faith, and his father's dementia. John Powers reviews two novels from Mexico, 'Among Strange Victims,' and 'The Transmigration of Bodies.'