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Jun 7, 2017

Six years after the demise of his ‘Breaking Bad’ character, Giancarlo Esposito is back on TV as the vicious drug lord Gus Fring. He likens his current work to taking the character "back in time."

Jun 6, 2017

Nicklen gets as close as possible to the animals he photographs. Once he found himself staring down the throat of an leopard seal in Antarctica: "Her head [was] twice as big as a grizzly bear."

Jun 5, 2017

Law professor Sheryll Cashin’s new book ‘Loving’ chronicles the landmark SCOTUS case Loving v. Virginia, which overturned state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Next week marks 50 years since the decision. Cashin also talks about growing up as the daughter of civil rights activists, and how her family integrated neighborhoods and schools in Alabama.

Jun 3, 2017

As a former 'SNL' cast member and writer, Franken tends to see humor in politics. Despite this, he says his gut reaction to the Trump administration isn't levity: "This guy is outside the norm in many ways." Also, humorist David Sedaris pulls from his decades-old diaries in his latest book, 'Theft by Finding.' In it, he revisits major turning points, such as the death of his mother, as well as more prosaic, everyday moments.

Jun 2, 2017

To mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S. release of Sgt Pepper,’ we listen back to Terry Gross' 1995 interview with Ringo Starr, as well as her 2001 and 2012 interviews with Paul McCartney. David Edelstein reviews ’Wonder Woman.’

Jun 1, 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.

May 31, 2017

Sedaris pulls from his decades-old diaries in his latest book, ‘Theft by Finding.’ In it, he revisits major turning points, such as the death of his mother, as well as more prosaic, everyday moments. Sedaris talks with Terry Gross about how his writing has changed, leaving Raleigh for the Art Institute of Chicago, and why he stopped drinking.

May 30, 2017

As a former ‘SNL’ cast member and writer, Franken tends to see humor in politics. Despite this, he says his gut reaction to the Trump administration isn't levity: "This guy is outside the norm in many ways."

May 29, 2017

Dion Francis DiMucci brought his guitar to the studio and performed old songs, new songs, and songs by performers who influenced him. He’s spoke with Terry Gross in 2000. Also, critic John Powers reviews the best-selling French novel ‘The End of Eddy.’

May 27, 2017

Ansari talks about his award-winning Netflix series 'Master of None,' acting alongside his real-life parents, and hosting 'SNL' the day after Trump's inauguration. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews two solo albums from Harry Styles and Dan Auerbach. Also, Pamela Paul of 'The New York Times' talks to 'Fresh Air' producer Sam Briger about her "book of books," a list of every book she's read since she was 17 years old.

May 26, 2017

After working mostly as a behind-the-scenes guy on 'Chappelle's Show' and 'Inside Amy Schumer,' comic Neal Brennan is stepping out as a performer with his Netflix special, '3 Mics.' Brennan says he didn't get serious about stand-up until 'Chappelle's Show,' which he co-created and co-wrote, ended abruptly after Chappelle left the country. He talks with Terry about his friendship with Dave Chappelle, his family, and growing up with an alcoholic father. Film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘Berlin Syndrome.’

May 25, 2017

Matthew Rosenberg of the ‘The New York Times’ began writing about General Flynn in 2009 in Afghanistan; now he’s investigating Flynn’s role in Russia’s interference in the U.S. election.

May 24, 2017

Ansari talks about his award-winning Netflix series, acting alongside his real-life parents, and hosting ‘SNL’ the day after Trump’s inauguration. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan shares her early summer reading list.

May 23, 2017

Medical historian Richard Barnett traces the history of dentistry in his new book. He says that prior to the 18th century, the profession was often practices by charlatans with “big muscles.” His book is ‘The Smile Stealers.’ Also, Pamela Paul of 'The New York Times' talks to 'Fresh Air' producer Sam Briger about her “book of books,” a list of every book she’s read since she was 17 years old. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews two solo albums from Harry Styles and Dan Auerbach.

May 22, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Ricks discuses how Winston Churchill and George Orwell stood up against totalitarianism from the far right and left. Ricks covered the Pentagon for the ‘Washington Post’ and wrote five books about the military and America’s wars. He’ll also talk about generals in Trump’s administration. TV critic David Bianculli offers his first impressions of the new ‘Twin Peaks.’

May 20, 2017

'Daily Show' correspondent  Hasan Minhaj describes himself as a "third-culture kid" who doesn't fully belong in either the world of his parents or that of his hometown of Davis, Calif. His new Netflix special is 'Homecoming King.' Milo Miles reviews 'Synthesize the Soul,' a collection of dance music from Cape Verde. Also, ‘Transparent’ creator Jill Soloway talks about their new new Amazon series ’I Love Dick.’ It tackles themes of gender, sexual obsession and artistic insecurity.

May 19, 2017

Thirty years ago ‘The Simpsons’ debuted on ‘The Tracey Ullman Show.’  To celebrate this milestone, we listen back to Terry’s interviews with creator Matt Groening, Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Julie Kavner (Marge), Hank Azaria (Homer and others), producers and writers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, and composer Alf Clausen.  Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Alien: Covenant.’

May 18, 2017

The ‘Daily Show’ correspondent describes himself as a "third-culture kid" who doesn't fully belong in either the world of his parents or that of his hometown of Davis, Calif. His new Netflix special is ‘Homecoming King.’

May 17, 2017

Ari Berman, author of ‘Give Us the Ballot,’ says the new commission will keep alive the idea that voter fraud is rampant — despite the fact that "all the studies show the opposite." Also, Ken Tucker reviews Angaleena Presley’s album ‘Wrangled.’

May 16, 2017

For Susan Burton, getting on track after being released from prison was a daunting experience. Now she's determined to help other women follow in her footsteps. Her new memoir is ‘Becoming Ms. Burton.’ Also, Milo Miles reviews ‘Synthesize the Soul,’ a collection of dance music from Cape Verde.

May 15, 2017

Hawley says his FX series, now in its third season, explores “the things people do for money.” He also created the series ‘Legion.’ Kevin Whitehead reviews a book about jazz band Art Ensemble of Chicago. Linguist Geoff Nunberg comments on the common misattribution of famous quotes on social media

May 13, 2017

Sidibe's break-out role was in 'Precious,' Lee Daniels' 2009 film about a girl who is sexually abused by her father and physically abused by her mother. She speaks with Terry Gross about landing the title role despite the fact she didn't have acting experience, overcoming anxiety and depression as a kid, and how working for a phone sex hotline prepared her for acting (and interviews). Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'No One Can Pronounce My Name,' by Rakesh Satyal. Rhiannon 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.

May 12, 2017

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation, and disease risk — but that environment also matters. His book 'The Gene,’ is now out in paperback. Also, David Edelstein reviews ‘Last Men In Aleppo,’ and David Bianculli reviews Amazon's ‘I Love Dick’ and Netflix's ‘Anne with an E.’

May 11, 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. Also, we celebrate Fresh Air’s debut as a national, daily program on NPR, 30 years ago today.

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May 10, 2017

‘I Love Dick’ tackles themes of gender, sexual obsession and artistic insecurity. "'Transparent' was my origin story. This is my story about finding my voice," Soloway says. Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel ‘No One Can Pronounce My Name,’ by Rakesh Satyal. And Kevin Whitehead reviews South African jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim’s reissue of ‘Ancient Africa.’

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