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Feb 10, 2017

Bridges talks about the lessons he learned from his father, actor Lloyd Bridges, the cult of 'Big Lebowski' fans, and how he calms his nerves. Bridges is nominated for an Oscar for his role in 'Hell or High Water.' TV critic David Bianculli shares an appreciation of the 1960s duo The Smothers Brothers, and John Powers reviews the Criterion reissue of ‘Black Girl,’ by Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène.

Feb 9, 2017

President Trump has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but Sarah Kliff of ‘Vox’ says it's "an overreach" to say that Republicans have a plan for what comes next. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews George Saunders’ first novel, ‘Lincoln in the Bardo.’

Feb 8, 2017

The new documentary film ‘Tower’ tells the story of the 1966 University of Texas shooting that killed more than a dozen people. Director Keith Maitland and survivor Claire Wilson James say the incident was largely pushed aside for years afterwards. “I think that cost people … an opportunity to deal with that trauma,” says Maitland.

Feb 7, 2017

Sheelah Kolhatkar talks about the investigation into billionaire hedge-fund trader Steven A. Cohen. Her book is ‘Black Edge.’ Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new FX series ‘Legion,’ based on the Marvel comic.

Feb 6, 2017

Once a bustling factory town, Lancaster, Ohio is now beset by unemployment, low wages and drug abuse. Brian Alexander chronicles the rise and fall of his hometown in his new book, ‘Glass House.’ Also, we remember writer Bharati Mukherjee. She spoke to Terry Gross in 2002.

Feb 4, 2017

Jarmusch's new movie, 'Paterson,' which was inspired by William Carlos Williams' epic poem, is about a bus driver who writes poetry. His previous film was a documentary about Iggy and the Stooges. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Asghar Farhadi's film 'The Salesman,' which is nominated for an Oscar. Dr. Haider Warraich talks about how advances in medicine have changed the dying process — and the tricky situations that can arise as a result. Warraich also shares his experience as a Pakistani Muslim living in the U.S.

Feb 3, 2017

'La La Land' hearkens back to Hollywood's glory days of song and dance. Director Damien Chazelle says he aimed to make a movie even musical skeptics would love. The film is nominated for 14 Oscars.  Meryl Streep works hard to sing badly in her film, 'Florence Foster Jenkins.' In it, she plays the title role, a character based on an actual heiress and socialite who devoted her life to music — despite having a squeaky, screechy singing voice. Streep is nominated for an Oscar for the role.

Feb 2, 2017

Sarah Posner, a reporter with The Nation's Investigative Fund, talks about how the Steve Bannon-Jeff Sessions-Mike Pence nexus is influencing President Trump's policies.

Feb 1, 2017

Legal expert Jeffrey Rosen says of Neil Gorsuch: "If he thought that individual liberty was threatened by presidential or congressional overreaching, then he would step in." Also, we remember British actor John Hurt, who died last week. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Asghar Farhadi’s film ‘The Salesman,’ which is nominated for an Oscar.

Jan 31, 2017

Jarmusch's new movie, ‘Paterson,’ which was inspired by William Carlos Williams' epic poem, is about a bus driver who writes poetry. His previous film was a documentary about Iggy and the Stooges. Also, ‘Fresh Air’ producer Ann Marie Baldonado talks with ’Los Angeles Times’ film critic Justin Chang about the highlights from the Sundance Film Festival. 

Jan 30, 2017

Dr. Haider Warraich talks about how advances in medicine have changed the dying process — and the tricky situations that can arise as a result.  Warraich also shares his experience as a Pakistani Muslim living in the U.S. Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel ‘Perfect Little World’ by Kevin Wilson.

Jan 28, 2017

Journalist Evan Osnos talks about the Silicon Valley survivalists who are stockpiling food and weapons and investing in luxury underground bunkers. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'A Really Good Day,' by Ayelet Waldman. Kenneth Lonergan's new film is about a janitor (Casey Affleck), crippled by guilt and grief, who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother. The film is nominated for six Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture.

Jan 27, 2017

The television icon died Wednesday at the age of 80. She inspired a generation playing a single professional woman in the 1970s series ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show.’ She spoke with Terry Gross in 1995. Also, rock historian Ed Ward listens back to The Monkees, 50 years later.

Jan 26, 2017

Luke Harding, the former Moscow Bureau Chief for ‘The Guardian,’ says that Putin "wants to turn the clock back to an age ... where strong sovereign nations didn't talk about values or human rights." Harding also talks about the KGB break-ins at his apartment in Moscow.

Jan 25, 2017

Journalist Evan Osnos talks about the Silicon Valley survivalists who are stockpiling food and weapons and investing in luxury underground bunkers. "They feel a sense of fragility in our politics," he says. Osnos has also been writing about Trump.

Jan 24, 2017

Journalist Stephen Kinzer's book, ‘True Flag,’ explains how the Spanish-American War launched an ongoing debate about America's role in the world. Kinzer has also been writing about President Trump. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘A Really Good Day,’ by Ayelet Waldman.

Jan 23, 2017

In the '60s, the CIA began a secret program that aimed to curb Communism by arming and training local fighters in Laos. Author Joshua Kurlantzick calls it "the largest covert operation in US history." Kevin Whitehead reviews a new double album from jazz trio BassDrumBone. Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘The Founder,’ starring Michael Keaton, about the founder of McDonalds.

Jan 21, 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." Comedian and commentator Zahra Noorbakhsh often jokes about being a "pork-eating, alcohol-drinking Muslim, but after Trump's election she finds herself wanting to connect with her religious traditions. Rachel Bloom talks to 'Fresh Air' producer Ann Marie Baldonado about ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,’ the CW musical comedy series, now in its second season, that she co-created and stars in.

Jan 20, 2017

Writer Zadie Smith talks about nostalgia and why she likes talking to people with whom she disagrees. Her new novel is 'Swing Time.' [Originally broadcast November 2016]

Jan 19, 2017

Norm Eisen and Richard Painter discuss Trump's business conflicts. The new president will be "violating the constitutional conflicts clause ... as soon as he takes the oath of office," Eisen says.

Jan 18, 2017

Khalid Latif is one of the people profiled in ‘The Secret Life of Muslims,’ a digital series about Islamophobia. He is also the first Muslim chaplain at New York University. Comedian and commentator Zahra Noorbakhsh often jokes about being a "pork-eating, alcohol-drinking, married-to-an-atheist" Muslim, but after Trump’s election she finds herself wanting to connect with her religious traditions. Commentator Mat Johnson looks back on Obama’s legacy.

Jan 17, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich says that for Mormon women living in 19th century Utah, "plural marriages" were empowering in complicated ways. Rachel Bloom talks to ‘Fresh Air’ producer Ann Marie Baldonado about the CW musical comedy series, now in its second season, that she co-created and stars in. Bloom plays a woman who follows an ex across the country.

Jan 16, 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."

Jan 14, 2017

Bridges talks about growing up in an acting family and the cult of 'Big Lebowski' fans. TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Netflix adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’ NFL and MLB sportscaster Joe Buck talks about why he rubs some fans the wrong way, and his dad, hall-of-fame broadcaster Jack Buck.

Jan 13, 2017

TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Netflix show based on ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler). Handler spoke to Terry Gross in 2001 and in 2012, when he brought his accordion to the studio.  Also, we remember celebrated Indian actor Om Puri, who died last week. David Edelstein reviews the German comedy ‘Toni Erdmann.’

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