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Nov 30, 2017

Journalists Jane Mayer and Rebecca Traister look back on Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, in which Hill's testimony brought sexual harassment into the popular consciousness. “She served as kind of a canary in the coal mine for women about what happens when you do speak up against a powerful man, even though she hadn’t even asked to speak up,” Mayer says.

Nov 29, 2017

Anthony Atamanuik and Peter Grosz’s new Comedy Central series is set up like a late night talk show, hosted by President Trump with Vice President Pence as his sidekick. Justin Chang reviews ‘The Shape of Water.’

Nov 28, 2017

Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo specializes in pediatric anesthesiology and treats 1,000 children a year — from micro-preemies to teenagers. His new memoir is called ‘Counting Backwards.’ Also, National Book Award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward talks with producer Sam Briger about her book ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ about a boy with a black mother and white father, growing up in contemporary rural Mississippi.

Nov 27, 2017

After the sudden death of his wife in April 2016, Oswalt felt his life slipping away. But over the past year, things took a turn: He fell in love again. His new Netflix special is ‘Patton Oswalt: Annihilation.’

Nov 25, 2017

Gerwig, the co-writer and star of 'Frances Ha' and 'Mistress America,' is making her directorial debut with the new film 'Lady Bird.' It's about a high school senior preparing for college and trying to assert her independence from her mother.  Film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘Darkest Hour.’ 'Mudbound' follows two families — one black and one white — just before, during and after WWII. Director Dee Rees says her experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., in the 1980s informed her film.

Nov 24, 2017

Wainwright has written remarkable songs about family, and how we hurt and heal each other. Now he details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir 'Liner Notes.’

Nov 23, 2017

The 'Tonight Show' host talks with Terry Gross about parenting, being entertaining in times of tragedy, and the biggest thing he learned from his time at 'SNL.' Film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘Darkest Hour.’

Nov 22, 2017

Nashville singer-songwriter Margo Price pawned her wedding ring — and her husband sold their car — to pay for the recording studio to make her 2016 debut album, ‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.’ It made her a beak-out star. Now she’s released her second album, ‘All American Made,’ an overtly political and feminist record that grapples with the current political climate. She plays old and new songs in studio — including a bit of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘HUMBLE.’

Nov 21, 2017

“The constellation of Russian connections circling around Planet Trump is quite extraordinary,” says 'Guardian' reporter Luke Harding. His new book is ‘Collusion.’ Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Call Me By Your Name.'

Nov 20, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein helped break the story of the Panama Papers, the leaked documents that detail the offshore tax havens of the super rich. His new book is ‘Secrecy World.’ Also, critic at large John Powers reviews the book ‘The Dawn Watch.’

Nov 18, 2017

Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle has spent 30 years working in LA with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. He says gang violence is “not about the flying of bullets. It’s about a lethal absence of hope.” Ken Tucker reviews 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift. Also, brothers Ross and Matt Duffer talk about the "sequel" to their sci-fi Netflix series 'Stranger Things.'

Nov 17, 2017

’The Mindy Project’ has ended after six seasons. Creator and star Mindy Kaling talked to ‘Fresh Air’ in 2012 when the show first started. Also, we remember late ’New York Daily News’ gossip columnist Liz Smith. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2000. Film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘Mudbound.’

Nov 16, 2017

Gerwig, the co-writer and star of ‘Frances Ha’ and ‘Mistress America,’ is making her directorial debut with the new film ‘Lady Bird.’ It’s about a high school senior preparing for college and trying to assert her independence from her mother. Also, we remember late health care economist Uwe Reinhardt with an excerpt of his 2009 interview.

Nov 15, 2017

Before they broke ‘The New York Times’ story detailing sexual harassment allegations against film executive Harvey Weinstein, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey had to convince Weinstein's victims to talk to them.

Nov 14, 2017

‘Mudbound’ follows two families — one black and one white — just before, during and after WWII. Director Dee Rees says her experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., in the 1980s informed her film. Also, twin brothers Ross and Matt Duffer talk about the “sequel” to their Netflix series ‘Stranger Things.’  Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘Future Home’ by Louise Erdrich.

Nov 13, 2017

Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle has spent 30 years working in LA with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. His new book is ‘Barking to the Choir.’  Ken Tucker reviews ‘Reputation’ by Taylor Swift. 

Nov 11, 2017

Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for 'Rolling Stone,' says he sought to write the biography that Lou Reed "deserved." DeCurtis didn't shy away from writing about the darker side of Reed's life, including addiction and domestic abuse. His book is ‘Lou Reed: A Life.’ Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Lady Bird.' As the chief official White House photographer for President Obama, Pete Souza estimates took 1.9 million photos over the course of eight years. He talks about some of his most memorable moments with the former president. 

Nov 10, 2017

Mark Bowden, author of 'Black Hawk Down,' talks about a turning point in the Vietnam War, the ferocious battle for the old imperial capital of Hue. Bowden interviewed dozens of participants in the battle as well as civilians who suffered terribly in the fighting. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘Murder on the Orient Express.’

Nov 9, 2017

The digital currency's value has gone from zero to $120 billion in nine years. Technology writer Nathaniel Popper says major banks are looking into the possibilities of its decentralized network. Also, David Edelstein reviews ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,’ starring Frances McDormand.

Nov 8, 2017

Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for 'Rolling Stone,' says he sought to write the biography that Lou Reed "deserved.” DeCurtis didn't shy away from writing about the darker side of Reed's life, including addiction and domestic abuse. "It wasn't like I had to go looking for the drugs and the sex," biographer he says. "Lou wrote about it ... so I felt it was fair game.” 

Nov 7, 2017

Souza was the chief official White House photographer for President Obama for eight years. He spoke with Terry Gross about capturing the mood and emotion of everything from the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting to the national security team watching the Bin Laden raid in the Situation Room. He estimates he took 1.9 million photos. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares a remembrance of composer Muhal Richard Abrams, and ‘Fresh Air’ remembers longtime WHYY engineer Kevin Griffin, who died Saturday.

Nov 6, 2017

The ‘Moneyball’ author is writing a series of articles for ‘Vanity Fair’ about President Trump’s picks to lead federal agencies — and the consequences of those appointments. Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a recording of Brahms by Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire.

Nov 4, 2017

Jonathan 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.'  Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews books by 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner and Tom Hanks.  John Hodgman talks about growing up an only child, the death of his mother, and his book ‘Vacationland.’

Nov 3, 2017

Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer, time of day, oncoming storms and much more. In her book, 'Being a Dog,' Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses. TV critic David Bianculli reviews ‘Alias Grace,’ and Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Lady Bird.’

Nov 2, 2017

In her new book, ‘Big Chicken,’ health journalist Maryn McKenna explores how many of the chickens consumed in the U.S. have been fed antibiotics, which can lead to serious infections in humans. Film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘Last Flag Flying.’

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