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Now displaying: July, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

Arceneaux's new book, 'I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race And Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé,' is a collection of essays about his early years. Beyoncé, he says, taught him a valuable lesson: "Just be yourself and be very good at what you do." Also, we remember late radio DJ Adrian Cronauer who inspired the film 'Good Morning Vietnam,' starring Robin Williams. 

Jul 21, 2018

Bo Burnham, a former YouTube star, explores coming of age online in his new film 'Eighth Grade.' "This awful D-list celebrity pressure I had experienced onstage has now been democratized," Burnham says. Ken Tucker reviews Gorillaz's album 'The Now Now.' Viv Albertine was the guitarist and lyricist for The Slits, one of the first all-women British punk bands. She talks about her career-long fight against the patriarchy. Her new memoir is 'To Throw Away Unopened.'

Jul 20, 2018

Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says sleep deficiency is associated with problems with concentration, memory and the immune system -- as well as with shorter lifespans. Walker discusses the effects of caffeine, alcohol and sleeping pills, and also offers some tips to help you sleep better. His book, 'Why We Sleep,' is now out in paperback. (Originally broadcast October 2017) Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Sorry to Bother You' and 'Blindspotting.' 

Jul 19, 2018

Carole Cadwalladr's investigation into Cambridge Analytica's role in Brexit led her to Russian connections and the Trump campaign. She says British investigators are working "closely with the FBI." Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'The Last Cruise' by Kate Christensen.

Jul 18, 2018

The former YouTube star explores coming of age online in his new film 'Eighth Grade.' "This awful D-list celebrity pressure I had experienced onstage has now been democratized," Burnham says. He talks about living with anxiety, being embarrassed by some of his early material, and why he wrote a film about a 13-year-old girl.  

Jul 17, 2018

Dan Kaufman, author of 'The Fall of Wisconsin,' says the state has experienced a conservative transformation in recent years — despite a tradition of progressive politics dating back to the 19th century. Ken Tucker reviews Gorillaz's album 'The Now Now.' Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg examines the tug-of-war over the English language between the British and Americans.

Jul 16, 2018

Albertine was the guitarist and lyricist for The Slits, one of the first all-women British punk bands. She talks about her early days onstage, finding her mother's diaries, and why she's done with dating and relationships. Her new memoir is 'To Throw Away Unopened.' Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new HBO documentary 'Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind.' 

Jul 14, 2018

'Vanity Fair' reporter Gabriel Sherman talks about former Fox News co-president Bill Shine's new role as deputy chief of staff, the president's relationship with Sean Hannity, and the ways in which Trump acts as an "executive producer" of the cable news network. Also, critic David Edelstein reviews the documentary 'Three Identical Strangers' about triplets separated at birth and then reunited. Author Paul Greenberg talks efficacy of fish oil supplements. His new book is 'The Omega Principle.'

Jul 13, 2018

Cartoonist John Callahan was a paraplegic and recovered alcoholic who poked fun at people like himself. He died in 2010; the film 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot,' starring Joaquin Phoenix is based his life. He spoke with Terry Gross in '89 and '91. Also, we remember 1950's Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter, who died Sunday. He made more than 50 films, including 'Damn Yankees,' 'Battle Cry' and 'That Kind of Woman,' before coming out as gay later in life. He spoke to 'Fresh Air' in 2005. Finally, film critic Justin Chang reviews the new movie 'Eighth Grade,' directed by Bo Burnham.

Jul 12, 2018

'Vanity Fair' reporter Gabriel Sherman says the president is in regular contact with Fox News host Sean Hannity: "They speak almost daily, after Hannity's show, sometimes before, and sometimes for up to an hour a day." Sherman talks about former Fox News co-president Bill Shine's new role as deputy chief of staff, and the ways in which the president acts as an "executive producer" of the cable news network.

Jul 11, 2018

After decades in the militant anti-abortion movement, Rev. Rob Schenck had a change of heart; he now sees abortion as an issue that should be resolved by "an individual and his or her conscience." His new memoir about his conversions over the years is 'Costly Grace.' 

Jul 10, 2018

While visiting jails across the country, journalist Alisa Roth witnessed mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement, wearing restrictive jumpsuits and receiving very limited therapy. Roth estimates nearly 50 percent of inmates are mentally ill. Her book is 'Insane.' Also, critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'My Year of Rest and Relaxation,' a novel by Ottessa Moshfegh.

Jul 9, 2018

Author Paul Greenberg says the harvesting of tiny fish for omega-3 supplements is having a ripple effect, leading to less healthy and bountiful oceans. His new book is 'The Omega Principle.' Also, critic David Edelstein reviews the documentary 'Three Identical Strangers' about triplets separated at birth and then reunited when they were in college.

Jul 7, 2018

Riley's new film 'Sorry To Bother You' is a social and political satire inspired by his time as a telemarketer. Riley is the son of grassroots activists and the frontman for the hip-hop band The Coup, a self-described "revolutionary music collective." Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews​ the HBO limited series 'Sharp Objects​,​​'​ starring Amy Adams.​ ​ ​After warning of elevated lead levels in her patients' blood in Flint, Mich., Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha faced a backlash. Her new book, 'What the Eyes Don't See,' is about exposing the crisis, the activist movement, and her personal story as the daughter of Iraqi immigrants.

Jul 6, 2018

A century ago, two brothers took the world by storm with their mass-produced boxed cereal. Medical historian Howard Markel chronicles their contentious relationship, their prescient concepts of wellness, and their troubling ideas about eugenics and masturbation. (Originally broadcast August 2017.) TV critic David Bianculli reviews the HBO limited series 'Sharp Objects,' and Ken Tucker reviews the Drake album 'Scorpion.'

Jul 5, 2018

'New York Times' journalist Adam Liptak says the court's conservative justices have increasingly based their decisions on the foundation of free speech —including a case that dealt a blow to unions. "The politics of the First Amendment have completely flipped," Liptak says.

Jul 4, 2018

On this Fourth of July, we're going deep into our archive for some great American music. Watson, who died in 2012, was a pioneering bluegrass, country and folk guitarist and singer who changed the way people thought about mountain music. This show features parts of an interview that first aired in 1988, and a performance from 1989. Also, Ken Tucker reviews some newly released music that he likes to listen to with the volume way up.

Jul 3, 2018

Michael McFaul, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Russia under President Obama, talks with Terry Gross about the upcoming Trump-Putin summit. He says Putin "doesn't meet just for the sake of a meeting; he seeks to advance Russian interests." McFaul's new memoir is 'From Cold War to Hot Peace.' Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews Deborah Levy's new memoir about divorce at age 50.

Jul 2, 2018

Riley's new film 'Sorry To Bother You' is a social and political satire inspired by his time as a telemarketer. It stars Lakeith Stanfield, the co-star of 'Get Out' and the television series 'Atlanta.' Riley is the son of grassroots activists. He's also the frontman for the hip-hop band 'The Coup,' a self-described "revolutionary music collective." And Kevin Whitehead reviews a new album of previously lost John Coltrane recordings.

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