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.
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.
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.
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."
Historian Mary Beard says many of our popular notions about the empire are based on culture — like the play Julius Caesar or the film Gladiator — rather than fact. Her new book is called SPQR.
Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant says she likes the "husky lows" of jazz. Justin Chang reviews The Danish Girl. Peter Guralnick profiles the founder of the Sun Records label in his book, Sam Phillips.
In the '70s, Richard Carpenter and his sister, Karen, made up the pop duo the Carpenters. On Dec. 5, PBS will begin airing Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters. Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2009.
TV critic David Bianculli shares his enthusiasm for two newly released DVD box sets: season one of Better Call Saul and a four-DVD set of the 1970s PBS variety show, The Great American Dream Machine.
DeMent describes herself as extremely shy, but says that "when the songs started coming to me, I felt I didn't have the option to hide and avoid" the stage. Originally broadcast Oct. 21, 2015.
Todd Haynes' new film chronicles a lesbian affair between a middle-aged married woman and a young store clerk. Critic David Edelstein says Carol captures the thrill of a once-forbidden subculture.
Kander and his partner, Fred Ebb, wrote the songs for a number of musicals, including Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret. His new double album is John Kander: Hidden Treasures.
New York Times reporter C.J. Chivers discusses efforts by ISIS to weaponize a mysterious substance known as red mercury. "It's never been seen," he says. "It essentially is an urban legend."
Mary Gaitskill's new novel chronicles the complex relationship between a poor black girl from Brooklyn and her middle-aged white benefactors. Maureen Corrigan calls The Mare a "raw, beautiful story."
In his new book, Sam Phillips, music writer Peter Guralnick profiles the founder of the Sun Records label. Guralnick says Phillips rejected perfection in favor of spontaneity and individuality.
Peter Sohn talks about his inspiration for The Good Dinosaur. David Bianculli reviews the drama series, The Man in the High Castle. Director John Crowley and actress Saoirse Ronan discuss Brooklyn.
Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss in the final film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' dystopian Hunger Games novels. Critic David Edelstein says that the saga ends "less with a bang than a whimper."
The singer has written 2,500 songs and has won seven Grammys. He is now the recipient of the Gershwin Prize for American Popular Song. Originally broadcast on July 16, 1996 and May 25, 2006.
Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson talks to Fresh Air's Terry Gross about her late dog, Lolabelle, her mother's death and the accident that nearly killed her. Anderson's new film is Heart of a Dog.
Abbas became interested in religion while covering the Iranian Revolution. "I could see that the waves of passion [that were] raised by the Revolution were not going to stop at the borders," he says.
The Man in the High Castle, a new Amazon Prime series set in 1962, takes place in an America occupied by German and Japanese forces. Critic David Bianculli calls the show "breathtakingly original."