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Now displaying: July, 2017
Jul 31, 2017

Perrotta’s previous books ‘Election’ and ‘Little Children’ were made into films, and ‘The Leftovers’ became an HBO series.  His new book, ‘Mrs. Fletcher,’ tells the story of a single mother whose only child has left for college. Perrotta says the book was inspired by the upheaval he experienced when his own kids moved out. Also, Lloyd Schwartz reviews a collection from Austrian pianist Artur Schnabel.

Jul 29, 2017

The '2 Dope Queens' co-host talks about growing up in a religious family, landing a job on 'The Daily Show' at 22, and her new Netflix film 'The Incredible Jessica James.'  Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of noir writer Chester Himes. 'New York Times' Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker has covered the last four presidents. He says President Trump has crossed so many boundaries that "it's easy to become inured to it."

Jul 28, 2017

Frishberg is known for such witty songs as “Peel Me A Grape,” “I’m Hip,” and several songs from TV’s ‘Schoolhouse Rock.’ He spoke with Terry in 1991. He has a new memoir.  Also, to mark the 50th anniversary of The Doors’ single “Light My Fire” hitting No. 1 on the Billboard chart, we listen back to Manzarek talk about coming up with his keyboard part. Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Detroit,’ directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

Jul 27, 2017

‘New York Times’ Chief White House correspondent Peter Baker has covered the last four presidents. He says President Trump has crossed so many boundaries that "it's easy to become inured to it."

Jul 26, 2017

Science writer Henry Fountain says the deadly quake that shook Alaska in 1964 was so loud some thought it was the beginning of World War III. His new book is ‘The Great Quake.’ Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of noir writer Chester Himes, and Kevin Whitehead reviews an album from saxophonist JD Allen's quartet. 

Jul 25, 2017

The '2 Dope Queens' co-host talks about growing up in a religious family, landing a job on ‘The Daily Show’ at 22, and why she feels she can “never be average.” Williams stars in the new Netflix film 'The Incredible Jessica James.' Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg discusses the ubiquitous references to a single sentence of Jane Austen’s work.

Jul 24, 2017

Cary Fowler discusses his new book, ‘Seeds on Ice,’ about a tunnel near the North Pole where hundreds of thousands of crop varieties are being stored in case of a catastrophe. Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews ‘Out in the Storm’ by Waxahatchee.

Jul 22, 2017

The British singer-songwriter writes about skiffle, a music movement inspired by American roots music, in his new book 'Roots, Radicals and Rockers.' He brings his guitar to the studio to play skiffle and some of his own songs. Also, James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community. His book is 'Locking Up Our Own.'

Jul 21, 2017

As a self-described "awkward black girl," Rae says she often felt that she was straddling two worlds growing up. She drew on her own experiences to create the HBO series ‘Insecure,’ now beginning its second season. Also, we listen back to a 1988 interview with ‘Night of the Living Dead’ director George Romero. He died Sunday at 77. Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Dunkirk.’

Jul 20, 2017

Journalist Kim Zetter has been writing about cybersecurity and the integrity of our voting systems for more than a decade. Zetter talks about how election security has already been breached, and what kind of hack could happen next. Also, we remember Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1990. Book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two comic novels.

Jul 19, 2017

The British singer-songwriter writes about skiffle, a music movement inspired by American roots music, in his new book ‘Roots, Radicals and Rockers.’ He brings his guitar to the studio to play skiffle and some of his own songs.

Jul 18, 2017

Author Joshua Green says that although Steve Bannon was instrumental to Donald Trump's election, it now appears that the president lacks the ability to implement Bannon's nationalist vision. Green’s new book is ‘Devil’s Bargain.’ Also, critic Lloyd Schwartz shares an appreciation of playwright Samuel Beckett’s short silent film ‘Film,’ starring Buster Keaton.

Jul 17, 2017

James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community. His book is ‘Locking Up Our Own.’ Also, critic John Powers reviews the novel ‘Beautiful Animals’ by Lawrence Osborne.

Jul 15, 2017

Comic Kumail Nanjiani remembers the first time he thought of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon: when he saw her in a coma. Now the couple has co-written a romantic comedy based on their story called ‘The Big Sick.’

Wendy Whelan, a ballerina with the New York City Ballet, feared she would never dance again after undergoing hip surgery when she was 46. But after reconstructive surgery and months of physical therapy, she briefly returned to the dance company that had been her home for 30 years. The new documentary 'Restless Creature' focuses on that period, when her identity was shattered

Jul 14, 2017

Klein won an Emmy for her work on ‘Inside Amy Schumer.’ Her book, ‘You'll Grow Out of It,’ a collection of humorous personal essays. [Originally broadcast July 2016.] 50 years ago, singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry released “Ode to Billie Joe,” which prompted dozens of jazz versions. Kevin Whitehead shares a few. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Lady MacBeth.'

Jul 13, 2017

Roger Stone, one of Donald Trump’s closest political advisers, is a colorful operative who has been accused of dirty tricks and disinformation for decades. Stone tried to convince Trump to run for president for close to 30 years. We talk with Morgan Pehme, co-director of the new Netflix documentary ‘Get Me Roger Stone.’  Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘War For the Planet of the Apes.’

Jul 12, 2017

Comic Kumail Nanjiani remembers the first time he thought of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon: when he saw her in a coma. Now the couple has co-written a romantic comedy based on their story called ‘The Big Sick.’

Jul 11, 2017

Only one corporate executive was convicted after the financial meltdown of 2008. Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘ProPublica’ reporter Jesse Eisinger’s new book ‘The Chickens*** Club’ is about why the Department of Justice reaches settlements with banks and corporations and fails to prosecute executives. Also, commentator Mat Johnson shares a story about losing his hard drive.

Jul 10, 2017

Wendy Whelan retired from the New York City Ballet at the age of 47, after a hip injury. She wasn’t sure she’d ever dance again, but after reconstructive surgery and months of physical therapy, she briefly returned to the dance company that had been her home for 30 years. The new documentary ‘Restless Creature’ focuses on that period, when her identity was shattered. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel ’Golden Hill.'

Jul 8, 2017

"Professional Muslim" Haroon Moghul says, "Every time something bad happens you're called upon to apologize. ... Your entire identity is pegged to events in other parts of the world." His new book 'How to Be a Muslim' is about his experience as a first-generation Pakistani-American.  Ken Tucker reviews an album of new material from late rock icon Chuck Berry. In protest of Saudi Arabia's de facto ban on women driving, Manal al-Sharif filmed herself driving and posted it on YouTube. She was arrested, but after expressions of outrage from around the world, she was eventually released. Her new memoir is ’Daring to Drive.’

Jul 7, 2017

Safran Foer’s most recent novel, 'Here I Am,' is told from the points of view of different members of a Jewish family. The book is now out in paperback. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'

Jul 6, 2017

"Professional Muslim" Haroon Moghul says, "Every time something bad happens you're called upon to apologize. ... Your entire identity is pegged to events in other parts of the world."  His new book ‘How to Be a Muslim’ is about his experience as a first-generation Pakistani-American, being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and building the Islamic Center at NYU. Also, Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman.

Jul 5, 2017

Author Rick Wartzman says that jobs offering security, decent wages and good benefits are becoming harder to find, in part because of automation, globalization, and the weakening of unions. His book is ‘The End of Loyalty.’ Also, Sharon Horgan, co-creator and co-star of the Amazon comedy series ‘Catastrophe’ talks with ‘Fresh Air’ producer Ann Marie Baldonado about finding her comedy partner Rob Delaney on Twitter, her confessional approach to writing, and working with the late Carrie Fisher.

Jul 4, 2017

Producer Giles Martin says he included the Beatles' outtakes and raw performances in the new box set to show "how human the making of Sgt. Pepper was." The original album was produced by Martin's father, George, 50 years ago.

Jul 3, 2017

Giddens sings songs from her new album, 'Freedom Highway.' She co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which plays string band music from the African American tradition. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘Modern Gods’ by Nick Laird.

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