In his memoir 'Do No Harm,' Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness. Lloyd Schwartz has an appreciation of the 'Decca Sound.'
For Philip Glass, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass' memoir, 'Words Without Music,' looks back on his childhood, travels and music. Originally broadcast April 6, 2015.
The WTF host asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up. Rob Burnett started working with David Letterman as an intern in 1985. He talks with Terry Gross about the absurd and somber moments of his three-decade tenure with the 'Late Show.'
In 'So We Read On' Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind 'The Great Gatsby,' from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. David Edelstein reviews 'Tomorrowland.'
Rob Burnett, the executive producer of 'The Late Show,' started working with David Letterman as an intern in 1985. He talks with Terry Gross about the absurd and somber moments of his 29-year tenure.
The 'WTF' host asks the 'Fresh Air' host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up.
While researching sexual assaults for Cleveland's 'The Plain Dealer,' reporter Rachel Dissell unearthed a backlog of untested rape kits dating back to 1993. Ohio has since mandated the testing of these kits. Actress Elizabeth Banks talks about her directorial debut with 'Pitch Perfect 2' and growing up as a musical theater nerd.
The machines have long been used in manufacturing, but Martin Ford, author of 'Rise of the Robots,' says they're now poised to replace humans as teachers, lawyers and even journalists. Kevin Whitehead reviews 'Take Off,' a new album from Cuban Jazz trio Ramon Valle. David Bianculli reviews the series finale of 'Mad Men.'
Former NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." His new memoir is 'A Lucky Life Interrupted.' Fresh Air film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Good Kill' starring Ethan Hawke and January Jones. Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism.
Fresh Air remembers legendary blues guitarist B.B. King who died Thursday at 89. "I developed in my head that I'm never any better than my last concert or the last time I played." Terry Gross spoke to him in 1996. David Edelstein reviews 'Mad Max.'
Historian Richard Rothstein studies residential segregation in America. His conclusion: "federal, state and local governments purposely created racial boundaries in these cities." Ken Tucker reviews Chris Stapleton's debut solo album 'Traveller.'
By his own admission, the former NBC anchorman has lived a charmed life. But two years ago, Brokaw's fortune turned when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. His memoir is 'A Lucky Life Interrupted.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead discusses a rare jazz single that landed on the pop charts and Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Burning Down George Orwell's House' by Andrew Ervin.
Sally Mann is fascinated by bodies. She has published pictures that show her young children naked, her husband's muscular dystrophy and dead bodies decomposing. Mann reflects on her life and work in the memoir 'Hold Still.'
Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Impey is the author of 'Beyond: Our Future in Space.' John Powers reviews the restored theatrical release of 'The Apu Trilogy' by Indian director Satyajit Ray.
With just two episodes to go until the AMC series 'Mad Men' wraps for good, the show creator talks about everything Don Draper has lost -- and what the show is all about. Critic at-large John Powers reviews a reissue of late crime writer Ted Lewis' final novel, 'GBH.' Former MLB catcher Mike Matheny talks about his playing career, managing the St. Louis Cardinals, and youth sports.
Ben E. King sang lead for the Drifters and became famous for the classic hit "Stand By Me." King died April 30th. Fresh Air remembers him with this 1988 interview. Book critic Maureen Corrigan shares a remembrance of mystery novelist Ruth Rendell along with an excerpt of her 1989 interview. David Edelstein reviews the new zombie film 'Maggie' starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
With just two episodes to go until the AMC series 'Mad Men' wraps for good, the show creator talks about everything his main character has lost — and what the show is all about. Critic at-large John Powers reviews a reissue of late crime writer Ted Lewis' final novel, 'GBH.'
'The Good Wife' writers and creators Michelle and Robert King talk about why they chose law as the backdrop to their show and the benefits of being on network TV versus cable. Kevin Whitehead reviews Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto's new album 'Triangles and Circles.' Then 'Walking Dead' showrunner Scott M. Gimple tells us how the gory zombie sound effects are made and and why he thinks the show is so successful.
Barry Estabrook wanted to know more about pigs and their journey from the farm to his plate. In a new book 'Pig Tales,' he explores the dichotomies of the industry that's raising our pork. Maureen Corrigan reviews journalist Asne Seierstad's chronicles of the 2011 shooting massacre in Norway. Her book is called 'One of Us.'
Baseball's Mike Matheny speaks with Fresh Air's Dave Davies about his playing career, managing in the big leagues and the pressures of youth sports. Matheny is the author of 'The Matheny Manifesto.' David Letterman retires this month after 33 years hosting late-night television. TV critic David Bianculli says that Letterman's humor "provided a new blueprint for the TV talk show."
Comic Louis CK talks about his first open mic night, how parenting changed his comedy, and tripping on acid in 8th grade. John Powers reviews Karl Ove Knausgaard's autobiographical novel, 'My Struggle.' And, to mark the release of Pokey LaFarge's seventh album, the singer-songwriter brings his acoustic guitar to the Fresh Air studio to sing some new songs as well as some of his favorites from the 1920s and '30s.
Actor Timothy Spall takes on 19th century painter J.M.W. Turner, a "master of the sublime" in 'Mr. Turner.' Spall won best actor awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Cannes Film Festival for the roll. David Edelstein reviews 'Avengers: Age of Ultron.'
Journalist Mark Arax discusses the battle for water involving corporate agriculture, suburbs, cities and small farming communities. "It used to be the farmers against the delta smelt fish, and now it's the urbanite against the almond," he says. In honor of Billie Holiday's 100th birthday this month, several artists are releasing out Holiday tribute albums. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead looks at a couple of these by other singers. One he rather likes; the other, not so much.
Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus recount being kidnapped by infamous Cleveland school-bus driver Ariel Castro who held them captive for a decade before their dramatic escape. Their new book, written with journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, is called 'Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland.' Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new album from string quartet Brooklyn Rider, and John Powers reviews Karl Ove Knausgaard's autobiographical novel, 'My Struggle.'