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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.’

Nov 1, 2017

The ‘New York Times’ columnist continues to speak out against sexual harassment and misogyny -- even after her home address and cell phone number were posted online by trolls. West talks about leaving Twitter, abortion, and how Internet trolls influenced the Trump campaign. Ken Tucker reviews a new box set of songs from Bob Dylan’s “born again” period.

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.

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