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This one-hour program features Terry Gross' in-depth interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures, as well as distinguished experts on current affairs and news.
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Soul-Sucking Vampires Of David Mitchell's 'Slade House' Started On Twitter

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 1:01pm

Mitchell compares tweeting the story of his latest novel to escaping a straitjacket. "I like what I had to do to circumvent [Twitter's] restrictions," he says.

'Brooklyn' Chronicles The Heartache Of The Irish-American Immigrant Experience

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 1:01pm

Director John Crowley and actress Saoirse Ronan join Fresh Air to discuss Brooklyn, a film about a homesick immigrant forced to choose between her familiar hometown and an unpredictable new life.

Rocker Wreckless Eric Brings Nostalgia To A New Solo Effort

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 2:49pm

The British singer-songwriter who came to prominence during the punk-rock era of the late 1970s sings about his adopted homeland in his new album, amERICa. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.

In Attack's Wake, France Grapples With What It Means To Be French

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 2:47pm

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.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'SNL' Co-Anchors Jost and Che; A New County Sound; Shonda Rhimes

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 8:03am

The "Weekend Update" co-anchors dish on SNL and Donald Trump. Ken Tucker discusses a new, expansive style of country music. Shonda Rhimes talks about running three shows and the limits of network TV.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Hit Songwriter, Pianist And Producer Allen Toussaint

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:34pm

Toussaint, a central figure in the New Orleans rhythm-and-blues scene during the 1950s and '60s, died in Spain on Monday. He was 77. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Old And New Worlds Collide In An Unpredictable, Lovely 'Brooklyn'

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:34pm

Saoirse Ronan plays a homesick Irish immigrant forced to choose between two suitors – and two countries — in the new film, Brooklyn. Critic David Edelstein says the movie "plays like a dream."

'On The Way To Two' Offers A Snapshot Of A True Jazz Partnership

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 1:33pm

The posthumous release of an album recorded 10 years ago showcases the interplay between the late trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and his longtime pianist John Taylor. Critic Kevin Whitehead has a review.

Have We Lost A Constitutional Right In The Fine Print?

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 1:33pm

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.

'This Old Man' Is A Wry, Nimble Take On Life, Aging And Baseball

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 1:33pm

At 95, New Yorker editor Roger Angell has written decades' worth of books and articles. Maureen Corrigan says it's a great pleasure to spend time in the company of his latest book, This Old Man.

The CMAs And Old Dominion Showcase An Elastic, Expansive Country Style

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 1:48pm

Ken Tucker says that Justin Timberlake's duet with Chris Stapleton the Country Music Awards and Meat and Candy, the new hip-hop-influenced album by Old Dominion, showcase a new style of country.

Shonda Rhimes On Running 3 Hit Shows And The Limits Of Network TV

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 1:48pm

The force behind ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder says she has fought to get important images — like same-sex couple love scenes — on air.

'Weekend Update' Co-Anchors Dish On 'SNL' And Donald Trump

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 1:16pm

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.

'Arab Of The Future' Chronicles The Challenges Of A Cross-Cultural Childhood

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 12:43pm

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."

Actress Brie Larson Finds Light Within The Darkness Of 'Room'

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 12:43pm

In her new film, Larson plays a woman who has created an elaborate fantasy world to hide a harsh reality from her son. The actress says the son's innocence in Room reminds her of her own childhood.

Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Aziz Ansari and Writer Alan Yang; Actress Illeana Douglas

Sat, 11/07/2015 - 8:03am

Parks and Recreation colleagues Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang explore the first-generation experience in Master of None. Actress Illeana Douglas recounts a life Lived In And Out Of The Movies.

All-Star 'Spotlight' Cast Creates A Riveting Movie About Investigative Journalism

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:58pm

A new film chronicles the real-life team of reporters who exposed a network of pedophile priests and Church enablers in Boston. Critic David Edelstein calls Spotlight a brilliant work.

Ron Perlman On 'Sons Of Anarchy' And His Many On-Screen Transformations

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:58pm

In his book, Easy Street (The Hard Way), actor Ron Perlman describes himself as having a face "that was not ugly but surely one of its kind." Originally broadcast Sept. 22, 2014.

Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls'

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:58pm

Dunham says when she started writing HBO's Girls, she was drawn to characters with "a bit of a Zelda Fitzgerald lost, broken woman quality." Originally broadcast Sept. 29, 2014.

Ansari And Yang Explore The First-Generation Experience In 'Master Of None'

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 2:32pm

Parks and Recreation colleagues Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang bonded over their experiences as Asian-Americans living very different lives from their parents. Their new series is streaming on Netflix.




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