Hale talks about playing "anxious characters" on Arrested Development and Veep. Sarah Hepola had to rethink her sex life after she quit drinking. Jonathan Balcombe discusses the inner lives of fish.
BroadwayHD will be live-streaming a performance of the Tony Award-winning musical, She Loves Me on June 30th. Director Scott Ellis and lyricist Sheldon Harnick spoke to Fresh Air on March 15, 2016.
The Grammy Award-winning bluegrass pioneer died yesterday. He was 89. Stanley spoke to Fresh Air in 2002 about his career and his work on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
"Something really profound has changed in the way that we use guns," journalist Evan Osnos says. He estimates that 13 million people are licensed to carry a concealed gun in America.
Mat Johnson grew up poor, but managed to land in the middle class as an adult. Still, he says, opportunities for advancement are few and far between, and it's all too easy to slide back economically.
Hale played Buster on Arrested Development and is Gary Walsh on the HBO series, Veep. "It comes from a lot of personal anxiety," Hale says. "It's really fun to bring that into the characters."
American slavery predates the founding of the United States. Wendy Warren, author of New England Bound, says the early colonists imported African slaves and enslaved and exported Native Americans.
Did you know that a hard-luck band from California changed the rock-and-roll scene in London by being in the right place at the right time? Rock historian Ed Ward has the story of Eggs Over Easy.
Author Sarah Hepola had to rethink her sex life after she quit drinking when she was 35. "Nothing frightened me as much as sex without alcohol," she says.
"I still am not sure what in my face screams 'bunker-cult victim,' " Kemper says. The actress plays a woman who was rescued from an apocalyptic cult in the Netflix series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Jonathan Balcombe, author of What A Fish Knows, says that fish have a conscious awareness — or "sentience" — that allows them to experience pain, recognize individual humans and have memory.
Ezra Edelman and Jeffrey Toobin discuss ESPN's new documentary series about O.J. Simpson. Ken Tucker reviews Emotions and Math. Stephanie Danler's novel draws from her work in restaurants.
In 1996, Venet spoke with Fresh Air about his friend's recording of "Beyond the Sea." (A version of this song is the theme of the new Pixar film, Finding Dory.) Venet died in 1998.
Ellen DeGeneres gives voice to a memory-challenged fish in search of her parents in Pixar's follow-up to its 2003 hit Finding Nemo. Critic David Edelstein says Finding Dory is full of laughs.
Baseball's Mike Matheny talks about his playing career, managing in the big leagues and the pressures of youth sports. Matheny is the author of The Matheny Manifesto. Originally broadcast May 5, 2015.
A new documentary revisits Genovese's 1964 murder and the 38 bystanders who allegedly did nothing to stop it. Critic John Powers says the film is "a useful moral corrective" to the popular narrative.
Singer-songwriter Glaspy plays a variety of instruments, but concentrates mainly on guitar on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker says Emotions and Math blends complexity with "deceptive directness."
Stephanie Danler drew on her own experiences to write her novel about a young woman working at an upscale restaurant in New York. "It's so physically punishing," she says of her work as a server.
Wilson, who has been leading bands for 20 years, rounds up many of those players on his new tribute album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Big Happy Family is full of humor and heart.
Pulitzer-prize winning author Susan Faludi writes about her father's sex reassignment surgery in her memoir, In The Darkroom. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "exhausting, messy and provocative."