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Nov 16, 2015

Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times, says the city's recent terror attacks highlight growing tensions concerning multiculturalism and immigration in France. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews an album from Wreckless Eric. 

Nov 14, 2015

As hosts of Saturday Night Live's news segment, Colin Jost and Michael Che are used to joking about hot-button issues. "Whoever is in a position of power, you're going to take shots at," Jost says. The two talk about having Donald Trump host and their first open mic nights. Ken Tucker considers the confluence of country and pop music following the Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton duet at the CMAs. Shonda Rhimes, the force behind ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, loves telling stories. "My goal is to find a way to spend all of my time writing," Rhimes says.

Nov 13, 2015

Allen Toussaint, a central figure in the New Orleans R&B scene during the 50s and 60s, died in Spain on Monday. He was 77. [Originally broadcast in 1988.] Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Brooklyn.' 

Nov 12, 2015

New York Times reporter Jessica Silver-Greenberg says many companies' contracts force consumers to settle complaints through arbitration instead of in court, and include bans on class action suits. Also Kevin Whitehead reviews a posthumous album from jazz duo Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor, and Maureen Corrigan reviews the book of essays 'This Old Man' by Roger Angell.

Nov 11, 2015

The force behind ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder loves telling stories. "My goal is to find a way to spend all of my time writing," Rhimes says. Ken Tucker reviews the Country Music Awards and a new album by Old Dominion. 

Nov 10, 2015

As hosts of Saturday Night Live's news segment, Colin Jost and Michael Che are used to joking about hot-button issues. "Whoever is in a position of power, you're going to take shots at," Jost says. The two talk about having Donald Trump host and their first open mic nights. 

Nov 9, 2015

Former Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Riad Sattouf grew up in the Middle East and France with a French mother and Syrian father. "I hate nationalism," he says. "Comic book author [is] my first nationality." His best-selling graphic memoir, 'The Arab of the Future,' is now out in English.  Also, actress Brie Larson talks about playing Ma in the film 'Room,' about a woman held captive in a shed with her 5-year-old son for seven years.

Nov 7, 2015

Writing partners Ansari and Yang bonded over their similar experiences as first-generation Asian-Americans living very different lives from their parents. Their new Netflix series is 'Master of None.' Illeana Douglas, who appeared in 'Six Feet Under' and 'Cape Fear,' discusses growing up on a commune, working with (and dating) Scorsese and her various acting gigs. Douglas' memoir is 'I Blame Dennis Hopper.'

Nov 6, 2015

The 'Girls' creator and star talks about oversharing, her OCD, and the way sexuality is portrayed in pop culture. Her memoir, 'Not That Kind of Girl' is now out in paperback. [Originally broadcast September 2014.] Actor Ron Perlman describes himself as having a face, "that was not ugly but surely one of its kind." His memoir is 'Easy Street (The Hard Way).' [Originally broadcast September 2014.] Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Spotlight.'

Nov 5, 2015

Writing partners Ansari and Yang bonded over their similar experiences as first-generation Asian-Americans living very different lives from their parents. Their new Netflix series is 'Master of None.'

Nov 4, 2015

Cécile McLorin Savant initially studied classical voice, but turned to jazz because it offered her more range. "In jazz I felt I could sing these deep husky lows," she says. Her new album is 'For One to Love.' Critic at-large reviews 'Boxes,' a newly translated book by late French novelist Pascal Garnier. 

Nov 3, 2015

When they ran out of room for rescue animals in their home, Tracey Stewart and her husband, former 'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart, bought a farm. Tracey Stewart's new book is 'Do Unto Animals.' Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Twain & Stanley' by late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oscar Hijuelos.

Nov 2, 2015

The actress, who appeared in 'Six Feet Under' and 'Cape Fear,' discusses growing up on a commune, working with (and dating) Scorsese and her various acting gigs. Douglas' memoir is 'I Blame Dennis Hopper.'  Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the 'Complete Bee Hive Recordings.'

Oct 31, 2015

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem says at 81 she is free of the "demands of gender" that she faced from adolescence onward. Her new memoir is 'My Life on the Road.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Witches.' Sleater-Kinney guitarist and singer Carrie Brownstein is known for her defiant performances, but it was vulnerability that initially drew her to music. Brownstein's new memoir is 'Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.'

Oct 30, 2015

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's most recent book, 'Let Me Be Frank With You,' centers on a 68-year-old man dealing with his aging body, a dying friend and his ex-wife, who has Parkinson's. [Originally broadcast Nov. 12, 2014.] Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Our Brand is Crisis.'

Oct 29, 2015

A new movie chronicles the team of journalists who uncovered the clergy sex abuse scandal in Boston. Director Tom McCarthy and former Boston Globe editor Walter Robinson join Fresh Air to discuss 'Spotlight.' Ken Tucker considers three songs by three artists: Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, and Eleanor Friedberger.

Oct 28, 2015

During his decades-long career, oncologist Vincent DeVita helped develop the combination chemotherapy regimen that cures most cases of Hodgkin's lymphoma. His new book is 'The Death of Cancer.' TV critic David Bianculli details four recent DVD box sets, and book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Witches.' 

Oct 27, 2015

The Sleater-Kinney guitarist and singer is known for her defiant performances, but it was vulnerability that initially drew her to music. Brownstein's new memoir is 'Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.' Rock historian Ed Ward shares tracks from the doo-wop scene in San Antonio, Texas. 

Oct 26, 2015

The feminist icon says at 81 she is free of the "demands of gender" that she faced from adolescence onward. Her new memoir is 'My Life on the Road.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews 'Supergirl.'

Oct 24, 2015

Throughout her life, comedian Sarah Silverman has experienced varying degrees of depression, which she likens to a "chemical change." She plays a profoundly depressed woman in the film, 'I Smile Back.' Critic at-large John Powers reviews 'Bridge of Spies.' Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Both guests contributed to a new book about North American birds.

Oct 23, 2015

The Godmother of Punk joins Fresh Air for a conversation about her career and her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Smith's new memoir is 'M Train.' [Originally broadcast in 1996 and 2010.] Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Experimenter' starring Peter Sarsgaard. 

Oct 22, 2015

Throughout her life, comedian Sarah Silverman has experienced varying degrees of depression, which she likens to a "chemical change." She plays a profoundly depressed woman in the film, 'I Smile Back.' Ken Tucker reviews a box set of Tennessee Ernie Ford. 

Oct 21, 2015

Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent describes herself as extremely shy, but says that "when the songs started coming to me, I felt I didn't have the option to hide and avoid" the stage. Her latest album is 'The Trackless Woods.'

Oct 20, 2015

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Both guests contributed to a new book about North American birds. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'City of Fire.'

Oct 19, 2015

When Kelly and Wayne Maines adopted identical twin boys in 1997, they didn't anticipate raising one of their sons as a daughter. They tell their story, with author Amy Ellis Nutt, in 'Becoming Nicole.' Critic at-large John Powers reviews 'Bridge of Spies.'

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