Wolfe began experimenting with nonfiction writing techniques in the 1960s. The "new journalism" pioneer and best-selling author died Monday. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1987. Also, we listen back to a 2014 interview with author Edward St. Aubyn. His semi-autobiographical novels 'Patrick Melrose' have been adapted into a Showtime miniseries. And TV critic David Bianculli reviews the HBO movie 'Fahrenheit 451.'
'New Yorker' staff writer Evan Osnos says that hundreds of non-partisan civil servants, considered not loyal enough to the administration, have been marginalized or pushed out of government entirely.
In 2012, Notaro became famous after her stand-up set about her cancer diagnosis went viral. Since then, she created the Amazon series 'One Mississippi,' got married and had twins. She's also recorded a couple more stand-up specials, including one in which she took off her shirt and showed her double-mastectomy scars. Her new special is 'Happy to Be Here.' Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'First Reformer.'
Pollan, author of 'The Omnivore’s Dilemma' and 'The Botany of Desire,' talks about his new book, 'How to Change Your Mind.' It covers the history of psychedelic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms, and how they’re now being used experimentally in therapeutic settings, to treat depression, addiction, and fear of death. Pollan also talks about his own experience experimenting with psychedelics. "I had an experience that was by turns frightening and ecstatic and weird," he says.
'New York Times' writer Dave Itzkoff examines Williams' comic brilliance and struggle with addiction in the biography 'Robin.' Williams took his own life in 2014; an autopsy later revealed he had Lewy body dementia. Also, 'Jessica Jones' star Krysten Ritter says she loves the complex role of the atypical superhero. "I am doing the most work when I'm not saying lines," she says. Netflix just renewed the series for a third season.
Tracey Thorn (formerly of the band Everything But the Girl) stepped away from performing two decades ago in order to start a family. Now she sings about the different stages of women's lives on her solo album, 'Record.' Maureen Corrigan reviews the book 'Barracoon' by Zora Neale Hurston. Chef Lidia Bastianich talks about growing up eating farm-to-table meals with her Italian family. After she emigrated to America, she drew on those childhood meals in opening her first restaurant. Her new memoir is 'My American Dream.'
Yale Law professor James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community. He received a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for his nonfiction book 'Locking Up Our Own.' Also, critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Invasion of Privacy' by rapper Cardi B.
Bening starred in the films 'American Beauty,' 'The Grifters,' 'The Kids Are Alright,' and '20th Century Women.' Now she's in the screen adaptation of Anton Chekhov's 'The Seagull.' Bening spoke with Terry Gross about her transition from stage to screen, her stop-and-start approach to show business, and her desire to play characters her own age. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the Showtime miniseries 'Patrick Melrose.'
'New York Times' reporter Eric Lipton says the response to a recent Freedom of Information Act request shows that Scott Pruitt and his staff have gone to great lengths to keep the public and the news media at a distance. Film critic Justin Chang reviews the thriller 'Beast.'
Filmmaker siblings Jay and Mark Duplass have been making movies together since they were kids. Their short film, 'This is John,' made for $3 on a VHS tape, went to the Sundance Film Festival. They've gone on to do HBO's 'Togetherness,' and films like 'The Puffy Chair.' Their new memoir, 'Like Brothers,' is about the rewards and difficulties of being in such a close, collaborative relationship. Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the book 'Barracoon.'
Bastianich grew up eating farm-to-table meals with her Italian family. After she emigrated to America, she drew on those childhood meals in opening her first restaurant. Her new memoir is 'My American Dream.' Also, critic at large John Powers reviews the novel 'The Mars Room' by Rachel Kushner.
In an exclusive interview after the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Wolf addresses the backlash to her set. "I wouldn't change a single word. I'm very happy with what I said, and I'm glad I stuck to my guns." Also, CBS News contributor Alex Wagner talks about her search for the roots of her mixed-race ancestry. She used her reporting skills to investigate, digging through archives and getting multiple and conflicting genetic tests. Her book is 'Futureface.'
The new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., honors the victims of lynching and racial terrorism in the U.S. 'Fresh Air' looks back on the history of lynching, including the grotesque picture postcards sold as lynching mementos. Historian Philip Dray and collector James Allen join us. Also contributor Mat Johnson talks about how his great-grandfather escaped being lynched.
The Everything But the Girl singer stepped away from performing two decades ago in order to start a family. Now she sings about the different stages of women's lives on her solo album, 'Record.'
Presidential historian Jon Meacham says looking back at times when the nation was divided by partisan fury and racial strife can help shed light on "the politics of the moment." Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'Sparrow' from country singer Ashley Monroe.
In an exclusive interview after the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Wolf addresses the backlash to her set. "I wouldn't change a single word. I'm very happy with what I said, and I'm glad I stuck to my guns." Also, we remember Iranian photographer Abbas, who spoke with Terry Gross in 2015.
CBS News contributor Alex Wagner was curious about the roots of her mixed-race ancestry. She used her reporting skills to investigate, digging through archives and getting multiple and conflicting genetic tests. Her book is 'Futureface.' Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the "weird-but-true story" 'The Feather Thief.'
CNN anchor Jake Tapper talks about his heated interview with Trump adviser Stephen Miller, moderating presidential debates, and his new novel, 'The Hellfire Club.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a four-disc reissue of Louis Armstrong. Also, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo discusses his new memoir, 'Air Traffic,' which chronicles his complicated relationship with his father, a labor organizer who lost his job following the air traffic controllers' 1981 strike.
We remember jazz composer and singer Bob Dorough, who died this week at 94. He was best known for songs he wrote for 'Schoolhouse Rock!' like "My Hero, Zero" and "Three is a Magic Number." He spoke with Terry Gross in 1982 and 1996. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a four-disc reissue of Louis Armstrong.
The CNN anchor talks about his heated interview with Trump adviser Stephen Miller, being parodied on 'SNL,' and cartooning. His new novel, 'The Hellfire Club,' takes place in 1954 during Sen. Joseph McCarthy's Communist "witch hunt" -- a time he describes as "very resonant" to the current political climate.
Historian Kathleen Belew says that as America's disparate racist groups came together in the 1970s and '80s, the movement's goal shifted from one of "vigilante activism" to something more wide-reaching. Her book is 'Bring the War Home.' Also, critic Ken Tucker shares some new hip-hop tracks he's been listening to.
Pius IX, who became head of the Catholic church in 1846, saw progress and freedom of speech as anti-Catholic and instituted the doctrine of Papal infallibility. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Kertzer says his exile led to the emergence of modern Italy. His book is 'The Pope Who Would Be King.' Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Zama.'
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo's new memoir, ‘Air Traffic,’ chronicles his complicated relationship with his father, a labor organizer who lost his job following the air traffic controllers' 1981 strike. Pardlo also talks about his brief time in the Marines, and his family’s appearance on the A&E show ‘Intervention.’ Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘The Art of the Wasted Day’ by Patricia Hampl.
Former FBI director James Comey tells Terry Gross that he wants to sound the alarm about the "forest fire" of the Trump presidency — and also to defend the FBI against charges of partisanship. "People love the FBI when they think it's on their side," Comey says. "We were not — and are not — on anybody's side." Also, Ken Tucker reviews John Prine's first new album in 13 years, 'The Tree of Forgiveness.' Brian Tyree Henry plays Alfred Miles, a.k.a. rapper "Paper Boi," on the Emmy Award-winning FX series 'Atlanta.' He talks about his parents' record collection and singing in show choir in high school.
Milos Forman was an Academy Award-winning director known for the films 'One Few Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' 'Amadeus,' and 'The People vs. Larry Flynt.' He spoke with Terry Gross in 1994. Harry Anderson was a con man and magician turned actor who was best known for playing Judge Harry Stone on the sitcom 'Night Court.' His 'Fresh Air' interview was in 1989. Also, David Edelstein reviews Amy Schumer's new film, 'I Feel Pretty.'