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Jun 9, 2015
In his new book, 'Midnight's Furies,' Nisid Hajari describes the riots and massacres that ensued after Pakistan was established as a separate state from India, and how those tensions are still playing out. Fresh Air remembers Les Paul's contribution to music with his 1992 interview. He was born 100 years ago today.
Jun 8, 2015

In his new book, 'The End of Plenty,' journalist Joel Bourne says humanity is facing a major problem: The world is running out of food. There are promising developments to meet the threat, he says, but time is running out. Music historian Ed Ward tells the story of soul singer Jackie Moore and Maureen Corrigan reviews 'A Good in Ruins.' 

Jun 6, 2015

Carey Mulligan has been nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway revival of 'Skylight.' She also stars in the film adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel 'Far From the Madding Crowd.' Tech contributor Alexis Madrigal reviews the Apple Watch, and neurosurgeon Henry Marsh revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.

Jun 5, 2015

Musician Michael Feinstein chronicles his experience working as an archivist and cataloger for legendary songwriter Ira Gershwin. Originally broadcast Oct. 17, 2012.

Jun 4, 2015

Andrew Solomon, the author of 'The Noonday Demon,' discusses the challenges of pregnancy and depression: "Most people who are seeking treatment [for depression] are not getting very good treatment." David Edelstein reviews 'Spy' starring Melissa McCarthy.

Jun 3, 2015

Jamie Bartlett exposes an encrypted underworld to the Internet in his book 'The Dark Net:' "Anybody with something to hide, whether it's for good reasons or for ill, finds a very natural home there." Milo Miles reviews the new album from Malian bandleader Bassekou Kouyate. 

Jun 2, 2015

Carey Mulligan has been nominated for a Tony Award for her role in in the Broadway revival of 'Skylight.' She also stars in the film adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel 'Far From the Madding Crowd.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new album from the Gary Peacock Trio and book critic Maureen Corrigan shares her summer reading list.

Jun 1, 2015

 

In her new book, 'Goddess Pose,' Michelle Goldberg traces the Western practice of yoga to a Russian woman named Indra Devi. Goldberg says that many of the poses in modern yoga can't be traced beyond 150 years ago. Tech contributor Alexis Madrigal considers the Apple Watch.

May 30, 2015

The British-born Nigerian actor talks about playing an American veteran in 'Nightingale,' the reasons he stays in character for weeks at a time and his aversion to playing "the black best friend." Critic John Powers returns from the Cannes Film Festival to talk about this year's new international films. Top among his picks is 'The Assassin,' a martial arts film by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

May 29, 2015

The Irish actor appeared in the film 'Bridesmaids' and the TV series 'Girls.' The third season of O'Dowd's British comedy series 'Moone Boy' was recently released on Hulu. Originally broadcast May 29, 2014. Ken Tucker reviews the second album from Joanna Gruesome and David Bianculli discusses the future of DVD box sets. 

May 28, 2015

 

The British-born Nigerian actor talks about playing an American veteran in 'Nightingale,' the reasons he stays in character for weeks at a time and his aversion to playing "the black best friend."

May 27, 2015

Critic John Powers returns from the Cannes Film Festival to talk about this year's new international films. Top among his picks is 'The Assassin,' a martial arts film by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien.  In her memoir 'Whatever ... Love is Love,' Bello describes the evolution of her "modern family," which includes her romantic partner (a woman), her adolescent son and her son's father.

May 26, 2015

 

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.' 

May 25, 2015

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.

May 23, 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.'

May 22, 2015

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.'

May 21, 2015

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.

May 20, 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.

May 19, 2015

 

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. 

May 18, 2015

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.'

May 16, 2015

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.

May 15, 2015

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.'

May 14, 2015

 

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.'

May 13, 2015

 

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. 

May 12, 2015

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.'

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