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In Baby's 'First Bite,' A Chance To Shape A Child's Taste

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:56am

Bee Wilson's new book, First Bite, examines how genetics, culture, memory and early feeding patterns influence the palate. She says babies are most open to new flavors between ages 4 and 7 months.

Lizzo Brings Ideas, Humor And Sass To 'Big Grrrl Small World'

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:55pm

The vivacious alt-rapper Lizzo mixes rap, gospel and neo-soul on her new album. Critic Milo Miles says Big Grrrl Small World will win listeners over with its energy and hooks.

'Egyptian Jon Stewart' Bassem Youssef Will Now Satirize U.S. Democracy

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:55pm

Bassem Youssef created what became the most popular TV show in Egypt's history, but the government had the show cancelled, and Youssef fled Egypt.

'The Yid' Puts A Brash, Screwball Spin On Soviet Anti-Semitism

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:19pm

Paul Goldberg's debut novel is an ambitious historical fantasy about Stalin's 1953 plan to purge Jews from the Soviet Union. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Yid is a wildly inventive "what if" story.

Who Are America's 'Homegrown Terrorists'?

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:19pm

CNN's Peter Bergen describes how the Internet and social media have been used to radicalize and recruit Americans to jihad — and how some new jihadists then use those same tools to draw in others.

The Riffs And Rhythms That Led To Jazz As We Know It

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:43pm

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band's first recording in Feb. 1917 is often cited as the first jazz record ever, but critic Kevin Whitehead says that the roots of jazz stretch a little further back.

'The People V. O.J. Simpson' Bursts With Sharp Scenes, Powerful Performances

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:43pm

FX resurrects the "trial of the century" in its new season of American Crime Story. Critic John Powers says every single episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson "is an embarrassment of tawdry riches."

How China's One-Child Policy Led To Forced Abortions, 30 Million Bachelors

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:43pm

Journalist Mei Fong tells Fresh Air that China's one-child policy drastically reshaped the country's demographic make-up. "China has 30 million more men than women," she says. Her book is One Child.

Fresh Air Weekend: Brittany Howard; Saying 'No' To Dates; 'Mind Over Body'

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 8:00am

Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard discusses small-town life and big-time music. Commentator Sarah Hepola recommends honesty in dating. Science writer Jo Marchant talks about her new book, Cure.

Young African-American Muslims Share A Hidden Love In 'Naz & Maalik'

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 11:57am

Jay Dockendorf's new film presents a day in the life of two gay African-American teens, who also happen to be devout Muslims. Critic David Edelstein calls Naz & Maalik "excitingly fresh."

Carol Burnett: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 11:57am

The Emmy Award-winning host of The Carol Burnett Show receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild on Saturday. In 2003, Burnett spoke to Fresh Air about life and comedy.

Revisiting The Craft And Vision 'Graduate' Director Mike Nichols

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 11:57am

The late director is the subject of a new PBS American Masters documentary. Another documentary about Nichols will be shown on HBO next month. Nichols spoke to Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2001.

Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard On Small-Town Life, Big-Time Music

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 12:20pm

Howard was raised on her father's junkyard in the small town of Athens, Ala. "It was a really interesting way to grow up," she tells Fresh Air.

New Release By Numero Revisits Ork Records' Complete Catalog

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:45pm

Terry Ork was a mystery man who crashed the Warhol scene and founded his own record label. Rock historian Ed Ward traces the brief, tumultuous existence of Ork Records.

Embedded In Des Moines: A 'Times' Reporter's Year Covering The '16 Campaign

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:45pm

New York Times political reporter Trip Gabriel has spent the past year in Iowa, covering the political operations, speeches and rallies leading up to the first vote of the presidential campaign.

'Portable Veblen' Puts A Quirky Spin On Marriage And Family

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:56pm

Elizabeth McKenzie's new novel about the pitfalls of approaching marriage is a sharply written romantic comedy with elements of experimental fiction. Maureen Corrigan calls it "totally endearing."

How Meditation, Placebos And Virtual Reality Help Power 'Mind Over Body'

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:22pm

Science writer Jo Marchant says that the mind can play an important role in dealing with a variety of health concerns, including pain, heart disease and depression. Marchant's new book is Cure.

'Leave Me Alone' Blends Harshness With Beauty

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 12:45pm

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the debut album by the Spanish quartet Hinds. "These four women revive the notion of do-it-yourself punk musicianship," Tucker says of Leave Me Alone.

Deconstructing Gov. Chris Christie's 'Bridge To Redemption'

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 12:45pm

Journalist Matt Katz discusses Christie's rise to power in New Jersey, the "Bridgegate" scandal and his performance in the '16 Republican presidential primary. Katz is the author of American Governor.

Fresh Air Weekend: Neil Patrick Harris; 'The Secret History of Wonder Woman'

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 8:00am

Actor Neil Patrick Harris describes the surprising twists and turns of his life and career. Jill Lepore discusses the secret life of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston.

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