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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Carol'; Ellie Goulding's New Album; A Paramedic's 'Wild Ride'

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 8:00am

Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy and director Todd Haynes discuss their film, Carol. Ken Tucker reviews British singer Ellie Goulding's new record. Kevin Hazzard shares stories from his work as a paramedic.

Carole King: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 12:29pm

King, who recently received a Kennedy Center Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, says the thrill of hearing one of her songs on the radio "doesn't go away." Originally broadcast April 11, 2012.

Aretha Franklin: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 12:29pm

The Queen of Soul, who recently brought down the house at the Kennedy Center with the hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," spoke to Fresh Air's Terry Gross about her life and music in 1999.

Journalist Says Iran-Saudi Showdown Comes At A 'Really Dangerous' Time

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 1:20pm

Robin Wright, who writes about Saudi Arabia and Iran in the current issue of The New Yorker, says upcoming Syrian peace talks have been compromised by the execution of an outspoken Shiite cleric.

Animation Pairs With Soul-Crushing Isolation In 'Anomalisa'

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 12:43pm

The new film by Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman uses stop-motion animation to tell a quasi-love story. Critic David Edelstein calls Anomalisa amazing — but also creepy and, ultimately, unsatisfying.

Remembering French Composer, Conductor And Musical Provocateur Pierre Boulez

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 1:55pm

Once an outspoken avant garde critic of the establishment, Boulez went on to serve as the conductor of both the New York Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Originally broadcast in 2005.

In 'Carol,' Two Women Leap Into An Unlikely Love Affair

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 1:55pm

Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy and director Todd Haynes discuss their new film based on Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel, The Price of Salt. Nagy says the story was "extremely forward thinking."

Remembering Oscar-Winning 'Close Encounters' Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 1:07pm

Zsigmond, who died Friday, won an Oscar for his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He also shot The Deerhunter, Deliverance and Heaven's Gate, among other films. Originally broadcast in 1990.

Paramedic Shares His Wild Ride Treating 'A Thousand Naked Strangers'

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 1:03pm

Kevin Hazzard, who worked as an Atlanta paramedic, rescued people from choking, overdoses, cardiac arrest, gunshot wounds and a host of other medical emergencies. Respiratory calls were his favorites.

Paramedic Shares His Wild Ride Treating 'A Thousand Naked Strangers'

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 1:03pm

Kevin Hazzard, who worked as an Atlanta paramedic, rescued people from choking, overdoses, cardiac arrest, gunshot wounds and a host of other medical emergencies. Respiratory calls were his favorites.

Author Profiles The 'Traumatized People' Living In The World's Largest Refugee Camp

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 1:35pm

Founded in 1991 as a temporary shelter for Somalis, the Dadaab complex in Kenya now houses nearly half a million refugees. Ben Rawlence profiles nine of its residents in his new book, City of Thorns.

British Singer Ellie Goulding Strikes An Inventive Chord With 'Delirium'

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 1:35pm

The "Love Me Like You Do" singer created her new album as an experiment — to see if she could make a "big pop album." Reviewer Ken Tucker says Goulding's experimental effort was worth the risk.

Fresh Air Weekend: Our Critics Pick The Best TV, Books, Movies And Music Of 2015

Sat, 01/02/2016 - 8:00am

David Bianulli picks the best TV shows of the year. Short books dominate Maureen Corrigan's best book list. David Edelstein recommends the year's best films. Ken Tucker assesses the best music of '15.

Jazz Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant Doesn't Want To Sound 'Clean And Pretty'

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 1:02pm

McLorin Salvant first 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. Originally broadcast Nov. 4, 2015.

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

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:31pm

Parks and Recreation colleagues Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang initially bonded over their experiences as Asian-Americans living very different lives from their parents. Originally broadcast Nov. 5, 2015.

The Story Behind Mark Ronson's Hit Song 'Uptown Funk'

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:31pm

The producer says there was a time when his co-writers thought, "Maybe this song wasn't meant to be." He also describes working with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars. Originally broadcast April 16, 2015.

Actor Jeffrey Tambor On 'Transparent': 'I Loved It From The Very Beginning'

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 12:34pm

The actor plays a 70-something transgender woman on the Amazon series Transparent. He loves the role. As Maura, Tambor says, "I find myself much more vulnerable." Originally broadcast Dec. 10, 2015.

At 81, Feminist Gloria Steinem Finds Herself Free Of The 'Demands Of Gender'

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 12:34pm

As she approached 60, the co-founder of Ms. magazine says, she entered a new phase in life, one in which "you can do what you want." Originally broadcast Oct. 26, 2015.

Remembering Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Haskell Wexler

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 12:25pm

Wexler won Oscars for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Bound for Glory, and was nominated for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and Matewan. He died Sunday. He was 93. Originally broadcast in 1993.

Ta-Nehisi Coates On Police Brutality, The Confederate Flag And Forgiveness

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 12:25pm

Growing up in Baltimore, the writer faced threats from both the streets and the police. His book, Between the World and Me, is an open letter to his teenage son. Originally broadcast July 13, 2015.

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