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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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Celebrating Sinatra's Centenial: A Biographer Reflects On The Magic Of Ol' Blue Eyes

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 1:19pm

On the eve of what would have been Sinatra's 100th birthday, Fresh Air re-airs an interview with musical biographer Will Friedwald, author of Sessions With Sinatra. Originally broadcast in 1997.

Remembering Islamic Feminist Fatema Mernissi

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 1:38pm

Mernissi, a Moroccan sociologist whose books include Beyond the Veil, Islam and Democracy and Dreams of Trespass, died in Morocco on Nov. 30. She was 75. Originally broadcast in 1993.

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

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 1:23pm

The actor plays a 70-something transgender woman on the Amazon series Transparent. It's a role he loves. As Maura, Tambor says, "I find myself much more vulnerable and I find myself less protective."

Remembering Holly Woodlawn, Muse To Lou Reed's 'Wild Side'

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 2:33pm

Woodlawn, the transgender woman who inspired the first verse of Reed's 1973 hit "Walk on the Wild Side," died of cancer Sunday. She was 69. Originally broadcast in 1991.

The U.S. Has A Mass Shooting Epidemic, But No Government Database On Gun Violence

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 2:32pm

In 2012, journalist Mark Follman searched for comprehensive data about America's mass shootings and found that very little existed. So he and his colleagues began compiling a database of their own.

In 'Bastards Of The Reagan Era' A Poet Says His Generation Was 'Just Lost'

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 12:48pm

After being convicted of carjacking as a teenager, Reginald Dwayne Betts spent eight years in an adult prison. Since his release, he has become a poet and a Yale law student.

From 'Scarface' To 'Sopranos': Remembering Character Actor Robert Loggia

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 12:24pm

Best known for his roles as cops and outlaws, Loggia died Friday from complications related to Alzheimer's disease. He was 85. Originally broadcast in 1987.

Percussive Piano And Rollicking Swing Float Matthew Shipp's 'Conduct Of Jazz'

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:07am

Shipp, a mainstay of New York's downtown free jazz scene, likes big blocky chords and loud piano sounds. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the new album by the Matthew Shipp trio is "heavy in a good way."

A Downtrodden Protagonist Reveals Himself Room-By-Room In 'Hotels Of North America'

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:07am

Rick Moody discusses his new novel, which is told solely in the form of online hotel reviews. The narrator of Hotels Of North America is increasingly down on his luck — and may even be homeless.

Maureen Corrigan's Best Books Of 2015: Short(ish) Books That Pack A Big Punch

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:07am

This year, short stories and fragmented intense memoirs — along with the incredible true story of a short-haired dog — dominate Maureen Corrigan's best books list.

Fresh Air Weekend: HBO's 'Leftovers'; Adele's '25'; Broadway Composer John Kander

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 8:04am

Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, the co-creators of The Leftovers, discuss the series. Rock critic Ken Tucker weighs in on Adele's popularity. John Kander reflects on a career of Hidden Treasures.

Spike Lee Pits Sex Against Guns In A Powerful Message Movie

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 1:12pm

Lee's new film, Chi-Raq, is an adaptation of the Greek comedy Lysistrata, in which women withhold sex to get their men to stop fighting. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "sexy, brash and potent."

'New Yorker' Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 1:12pm

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. Originally broadcast March 24, 2014.

Netflix Wishes You A 'Murray Christmas' In A Cheerful, Irony-Free Holiday Special

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 12:42pm

Critic David Bianculli says A Very Murray Christmas, directed by Sofia Coppola, is "an unexpectedly tender little TV jewel from the man who built his early career on being a wisecracking cynic."

Top CIA 'Spymasters' Agree: We Can't Kill Our Way Out Of Terrorism

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 12:42pm

Filmmakers Chris Whipple and Jules Naudet discuss their Showtime documentary, Spymasters, which features 12 former CIA directors discussing the tough choices they've had to make in fighting terrorism.

Adele Returns, With A Restrained, Emotionally Controlled '25'

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 1:20pm

Rock critic Ken Tucker discusses the British singer's popularity and her new album, 25. "In a pop world overflowing with singers who want to blow you away, Adele wants to talk with you," he says.

From 'Lost' To 'Leftovers', Show Creators Embrace Ambiguity And The Unknown

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 1:20pm

Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of HBO's The Leftovers, says he is drawn to "real-world stories where the supernatural can and often does occur." He and author Tom Perrotta discuss the series.

Actress Niecy Nash Is 'Getting On' Just Fine

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 12:54pm

Perhaps best known for her work on Reno 911, Nash talks to Fresh Air contributor Anna Sale about playing a nurse on HBO's Getting On, a series about an extended care facility for elderly women.

'Hitchcock/Truffaut' Unspools The Artistry Of The Master Of Suspense

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 12:54pm

Director Kent Jones discusses his new documentary, which was inspired by a 1962 series of in-depth interviews between French filmmaker François Truffaut and the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock.

5 Sisters Struggle With The Shackles Of A Conservative Culture In 'Mustang'

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 12:42pm

Five Turkish teens are censured by a culture threatened by their burgeoning sexuality in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut film. Critic John Powers says Mustang brims with "the zing and energy of life."

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