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Outlaw Willie Nelson Opens Up In Two Classic 'Fresh Air' Interviews

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 12:33pm

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.

Laurie Anderson Reflects On Life And Loss In 'Heart Of A Dog'

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 1:03pm

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.

Photographer Abbas Chronicles 'What People Do In The Name Of God'

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 1:02pm

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.

Amazon's 'High Castle' Offers A Chilling Alternate History Of Nazi Triumph

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 1:27pm

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."

In 'Good Dinosaur,' Director Peter Sohn Helps An Herbivore Conquer His Fears

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 1:27pm

Arlo the dinosaur is scared of a lot things, and that's something Sohn says he can relate to. "That test has been with me my whole life — trying to find ways to get through these little fears."

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.

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