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Now displaying: October, 2017
Oct 31, 2017

Groff stars in the new Netflix series ‘Mindhunter’ as an FBI agent trying to understand the minds of serial killers. He played King George III in Broadway's ‘Hamilton,’ had a recurring role on ‘Glee,’ and did the voice of iceman Kristoff in ‘Frozen.’ Groff tells 'Fresh Air about his transition from Broadway and Disney to his new role.

Oct 30, 2017

Hodgman says his new book of personal essays, ‘Vacationland,’ was inspired, in part, by arriving at midlife and "figuring out how to push forward from there." He talks about growing up an only child, the death of his mother, and his time as a contributor on ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.’ Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘Heather, The Totality’ by ‘Mad Men’ creator Matthew Weiner, and ‘Uncommon Type’ by Tom Hanks.

Oct 28, 2017

John Green's phenomenally popular young adult novel 'The Fault in Our Stars' is about a relationship between two teens with cancer. His new novel 'Turtles All The Way Down' is about a 16 year-old girl with OCD, which Green has, too. John Powers reviews the new collection of stories 'Her Body and Other Parties.' Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says sleep deficiency is associated with problems with concentration, memory, the immune system and shorter lifespans. Walker discusses the effects of caffeine, alcohol, sleeping pills and some tips to help you sleep better. His book is 'Why We Sleep.' 

Oct 27, 2017

In ‘The Trainable Cat,’ feline behavior specialist Sarah Ellis explains how you can train your cat to come on command, take medicine and stop waking you up in the middle of the night. Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Novitiate.’

Oct 26, 2017

‘New York Times’ tech columnist Farhad Manjoo warns that the "frightful five" — Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook — are collectively more powerful than many governments. Film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘The Square.’

Oct 25, 2017

‘New Yorker’ writer Alexis Okeoto wanted to get past standard journalistic narratives of war and tragedy and show people as flawed, complicated individuals in her new book, ‘A Moonless, Starless Sky.’  She interviewed teens abducted by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, and a girl who escaped from Boko Haram. Also, critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two albums featuring jazz drummer Tom Rainey, and John Powers reviews the new collection of stories, ‘Her Body and Other Parties.’

Oct 24, 2017

Author Jeff Goodell says that American cities are under threat from extreme weather, rising sea levels and lax enforcement of environmental regulations. His new book is ‘The Water Will Come.’ Also, comedian and 'Fresh Air' commentator Zahra Noorbakhsh talks about how the rise in hate crimes has made her more cautious onstage.

Oct 23, 2017

"The reality is that Eric Garner died at the hands of a police force and a criminal justice system that were designed entirely by white people, for the most part," says journalist Matt Taibbi. His book, ‘I Can’t Breathe,’ argues that “broken windows” policing is to blame for Garner’s death.

Oct 21, 2017

Amy Tan explores the contradictions of her upbringing in the memoir, 'Where the Past Begins.' In it, she connects her experiences with spirituality to those of her parents and of her maternal grandmother, who was a concubine. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Death in the Air.'  Noah Baumbach's new film 'The Meyerowitz Stories,’ now on Netflix, mixes comedy with deep emotional pain. It revolves around three adult siblings whose father is a self-absorbed sculptor.

Oct 20, 2017

The ‘Parts Unknown’ host talks about starting out as a dishwasher, finding his writing voice, and the only food he hesitates to eat. Bourdain has a new documentary about food waste called ‘Wasted!’ Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Nora Jane Struthers. Film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer.’

Oct 19, 2017

Green’s phenomenally popular young adult novel ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ is about a relationship between two teens with cancer. His new novel ‘Turtles All The Way Down’ is about a 16 year-old girl with OCD, which Green has, too. TV Critic David Bianculli reviews the new Hulu documentary ‘Too Funny To Fail.’

Oct 18, 2017

Though President Trump ran as an outsider, ‘New Yorker’ writer Jane Mayer describes his vice president as "the connective tissue" between Trump and the billionaire donors in the Republican party. Mayer talks about how Pence became vice president, and what kind of president he might be if Trump doesn't serve his full term. 

Oct 17, 2017

Tan explores the contradictions of her upbringing in the memoir, ‘Where the Past Begins.’ In it, she connects her experiences with spirituality to those of her parents and of her maternal grandmother, who was a concubine. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘Death in the Air.’

Oct 16, 2017

Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says sleep deficiency is associated with problems with concentration, memory, the immune system and shorter lifespans. Walker discusses the effects of caffeine, alcohol, sleeping pills and some tips to help you sleep better. His book is ‘Why We Sleep.’ Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews the documentary ‘Faces Places.’

Oct 14, 2017

The 'Tonight Show' host talks with Terry Gross about his new children's book, being entertaining in times of tragedy, and the biggest thing he learned from his time at 'SNL.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares an appreciation of Thelonious Monk, for the centennial of his birth. Author Daniel Mendelsohn says having his 81-year-old father in the college seminar he was teaching about 'The Odyssey' led to an unexpected bonding. His book is 'An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic.'

Oct 13, 2017

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says school segregation will continue to exist in America "as long as individual parents continue to make choices that only benefit their own children." Hannah-Jones is a 2017 MacArthur fellow. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘The Meyerowitz Stories,’ directed by Noah Baumbach.

Oct 12, 2017

The ‘Tonight Show’ host talks with Terry Gross about his new children’s book, being entertaining in times of tragedy, and the biggest thing he learned from his time at ‘SNL.’ Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Netflix series ‘Mindhunter.’

Oct 11, 2017

Baumbach’s new film ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ mixes comedy with deep emotional pain. It revolves around three adult siblings whose father is a self-absorbed sculptor. Baumbach’s previous films include ‘Frances Ha’ and ‘The Squid and the Whale.’ Also, film historian Noah Isenberg talks about the making of ‘Casablanca,’ and why it endures 75 years later.

Oct 10, 2017

‘New Yorker’ writer Dexter Filkins says Sec. of State Rex Tillerson is a diplomat in an administration that doesn't value diplomacy: "Rex is a sober, steady guy, and the president is anything but that." Filkins also talks about the possibility of war with North Korea, and the consequences of having an understaffed State Department. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares an appreciation of Thelonious Monk, on his 100th birthday.

Oct 9, 2017

In the early 1930s Stalin orchestrated a famine to suppress the nationalist movement in Ukraine, and strengthen Russian influence. Millions of people died. Anne Applebaum says, “so much of why the Ukrainian famine was possible was because of the way in which the Soviet Union used disinformation, propaganda, and what we would now call hate speech to encourage people to do terrible things.” Her book is ‘The Red Famine.’ Applebaum also discusses Russian interference in recent elections. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the short story collection ‘The Obama Inheritance.’

Oct 7, 2017

Jonathan Eig talks about his new biography of Muhammad Ali, which draws on hundreds of interviews and previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says 50 years after the 'Summer of Love,' we're still using language popularized by hippies. Roz Chast talks about her new book of cartoons, 'Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York.' 

Oct 6, 2017

‘Fresh Air’ TV critic David Bianculli’s book revisits the best of the small screen — from ‘I Love Lucy’ to ‘The Walking Dead.’ Film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘The Florida Project.’

Oct 5, 2017

Journalist Mike Spies says the NRA’s push to allow guns on college campuses, in daycare centers and in bars is part of an effort to “normalize gun carrying as much as possible in public life.” Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album ’Trip’ from singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko. Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Blade Runner 2049’ starring Ryan Gosling.

Oct 4, 2017

Jonathan Eig’s new biography of Ali draws on hundreds of interviews and previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files. "I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," Eig says. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed, but ... he had the spirit of a rebel."  Also linguist Geoff Nunberg says 50 years after the ‘Summer of Love,’ we’re still using language popularized by hippies.

Oct 3, 2017

Singer and guitarist Tom Petty, who died Monday night, spoke with Terry Gross in 2006 about the seeds of his Hall Of Fame career: "We always wanted very much to create our own sound." Milo Miles reviews a new collection of African dance music.

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