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Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.

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The Remarkable Life Of Frederick Douglass
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Historian David Blight talks about Frederick Douglass' escape from slavery, his passionate leadership in the abolitionist movement, and his gift as a writer and orator. Blight's new biography is 'Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.'

Also, critic John Powers shares his "Ghost List," things he wishes he had reviewed earlier in the year.
Dec 17, 2018
Best Of: Actor Richard E. Grant / Rockabilly Christmas With JD McPherson
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Richard E. Grant co-stars as the alcoholic sidekick to Melissa McCarthy in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?', which tells the story of a broke writer who makes money by forging literary letters. Grant talks about growing up in Swaziland, witnessing his mother have an affair and narrowly escaping an attack by his own father.

Book critic Maureen Corrigan shares her picks for the best books of the year.

Songwriter JD McPherson pledged he'd never do an album of Christmas songs — but we're so glad he's broken that promise. He and his band perform live in-studio from their album 'Socks.'
Dec 15, 2018
Bruce Springsteen
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"The Boss" spoke with Terry Gross at his New Jersey home studio in 2016, when his memoir came out, about masculinity, depression, and wishing he was his stage persona. His one-man show, 'Springsteen on Broadway,' will debut on Netflix Dec. 16.

Also, Justin Chang reviews 'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins' new film, 'If Beale Street Could Talk,' an adaptation of the 1974 novel by James Baldwin.
Dec 14, 2018
Actor Richard E. Grant
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Grant co-stars with Melissa McCarthy in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' about Lee Israel, a broke writer who makes money by forging literary letters by famous writers, with the help of her friend Jack. Grant is nominated for a SAG award and a Golden Globe for his performance. He talks with Terry Gross about growing up in Swaziland and witnessing his mother have an affair, narrowly escaping an attack by his own father, and finding refuge in theater.
Dec 13, 2018
From Convict To Criminal Justice Reporter
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Keri Blakinger is a criminal justice reporter for the 'Houston Chronicle,' but before she reported on prisons, she spent almost 2 years locked up on narcotics charges. Blakinger spoke with Terry Gross about surviving a suicide attempt, solitary confinement, and finishing her degree at Cornell before becoming a reporter. Her reporting has led to prison reform in Texas. "I was so lucky to come out of this and I've been so privileged in so many ways to end up with hope and second chances and a happy ending," Blakinger says.

Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews two Christmas albums — one by The Monkees and one by Rodney Crowell.
Dec 12, 2018
A Roots & Rockabilly Christmas Concert With JD McPherson
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Songwriter JD McPherson pledged he'd never do an album of Christmas songs — but we're so glad he's broken that promise. He and his band perform live in-studio from their album 'Socks,' and McPherson talks about his upbringing on a cattle farm in rural Oklahoma.
Dec 11, 2018
How Driverless Cars Could Change Roads, Jobs & Daily Life
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Autonomous vehicles could be the "most disruptive technology to hit society worldwide since the advent of the motor car," says former New York City traffic commissioner Sam Schwartz. We talk about what driverless cars could mean for traffic, infrastructure and pedestrians. His book is 'No One at the Wheel.'

Critic Maureen Corrigan picks her top 10 books of 2018.
Dec 10, 2018
Best Of: Bradley Cooper / Samin Nosrat
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Bradley Cooper talks about writing, directing and starring in his remake of 'A Star is Born.' He not only had to learn how to direct, he had to learn how to sing and play guitar for his role as musician Jackson Maine opposite Lady Gaga.

Salt, fat, acid, heat – those are the four elements to mastering cooking, according to James Beard-winning cookbook author Samin Nosrat. She's adapted her bestselling cookbook, 'Salt Fat Acid Heat,' into a four-part Netflix docuseries. She spoke with producer Sam Briger.
Dec 08, 2018
The Bizarre World Of Industrial Musicals
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Why would someone write a sentimental ballad about a bathroom? For the same reason someone would write a rousing song about air conditioners: So the song could be used in what's called an industrial musical. These musicals were like Broadway shows but they were written and performed for corporate sale meetings and conventions from the '50s to the '80s. Sheldon Harnick, John Russell and Steve Young discuss these musicals written and performed at the behest of corporations. (Originally broadcast Nov. 5, 2013.)

Critic John Powers reviews 'Vox Lux' starring Natalie Portman.
Dec 07, 2018
Actor Lucas Hedges / Samin Nosrat Part 2
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Hedges is best known for his roles in 'Manchester by the Sea' and 'Lady Bird,' and now stars in the movie 'Ben is Back' as a teenager in rehab for opioid addiction. He's also nominated for a Golden Globe for 'Boy Erased,' about a teenager subjected to gay conversion therapy by his conservative Baptist parents. Hedges talks about growing up obsessed with actors, his ADHD, and crying onscreen versus real life.

Samin Nosrat, host of the Netflix docuseries 'Salt Fat Acid Heat,' says those are the four key elements to master cooking. She spoke with 'Fresh Air' producer Sam Briger about why she wanted to showcase home cooks rather than famous chefs on her show. (Part one of this interview is in the Monday Dec. 3 episode.)
Dec 06, 2018
Rock Hudson's Double Life
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Hudson lived a double life as a Hollywood heartthrob and a closeted gay man. Biographer Mark Griffin says Hudson's death from AIDS in 1985 was a turning point in public awareness of the epidemic. His book is 'All That Heaven Allows.'

TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new season of Amazon's Emmy-winning series 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.'
Dec 05, 2018
'Remaking Journalism' In An Age Of Information Chaos
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In 'Breaking News,' former Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger reflects on the blockbuster stories he helped publish over the course of his 20-year tenure running the British newspaper (including the Snowden and Assange leaks). "Journalism has to remake itself if it is to be the answer to the world of information chaos that we're in danger of living in," he says.

Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the album 'The Space' by pianist Kenny Werner.
Dec 04, 2018
Bradley Cooper On 'A Star Is Born' / Samin Nosrat On 'Salt Fat Acid Heat'
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Bradley Cooper talks about writing, directing and starring in his remake of 'A Star is Born.' He not only had to learn how to direct, he had to learn how to sing and play guitar for his role as musician Jackson Maine. Cooper talks about changing his voice for the film, what he learned from Clint Eastwood about directing, and casting his dog, Charlie.

Salt, fat, acid, heat – those are the four elements to mastering cooking, according to James Beard-winning cookbook author Samin Nosrat. She's adapted her bestselling cookbook, 'Salt Fat Acid Heat,' into a four-part Netflix docuseries. She spoke with producer Sam Briger.
Dec 03, 2018
Best Of: Rami Malek On 'Bohemian Rhapsody' / The 'Profound' Power Of The Immune System
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Rami Malek sang at the top of his lungs while playing Queen's iconic lead singer in the new biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' Still, he says, "No one can sing like Freddie Mercury." Malek spoke with Terry Gross about learning to sing and move like Mercury, and wearing prosthetic teeth.

Critic John Powers reviews 'Insurrecto' by Gina Apostol. The novel is about two women, a Filipina translator and an American filmmaker, on a road trip in the Philippines.

Immunologist Daniel Davis says scientists are harnessing the power of the immune system to create new medications to fight cancer, auto-immune conditions and other diseases. Davis' book is 'The Beautiful Cure.'
Dec 01, 2018
Remembering Magician Ricky Jay
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Ricky Jay, the magician, sleight-of-hand artist, actor, and writer died Saturday at the age of 72. "There are a number of effects in the panoply of magic where the method is really better than the effect," Jay told Terry Gross in 1998. "Something happens where what's happening behind the scenes is 20 times more interesting than what you're actually seeing, and you're dying to say to the audience, 'Boy, if you could just see!' and you really can't."

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Roma,' written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
Nov 30, 2018
'Widower's Notebook' Draws A Portrait Of Grief And Guilt
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Five years ago, Jonathan Santlofer's wife died suddenly, throwing him into a "fugue state" of grief. Sketching her portrait from old photographs has helped him stay close to her. His memoir is 'The Widower's Notebook.'

Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'Come With Me' by Helen Schulman, about regrets and risk-taking in the Internet age.
Nov 29, 2018
Trauma Surgeon Takes On The NRA
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After the NRA tweeted that "self-important anti-gun doctors" should "stay in their lane," trauma surgeon Dr. Joseph Sakran started #ThisIsOurLane, mobilizing doctors around the issue of gun safety. Sakran became a surgeon after being shot in the throat when he was 17.

Also, critic John Powers reviews 'Insurrecto' by Gina Apostol. The novel is about two women, a Filipina translator and an American filmmaker on a road trip in the Philippines.
Nov 28, 2018
Inside Nancy Pelosi's Bid For Speakership
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Journalist Robert Draper talks about why Republicans love to attack Pelosi, the challenges she faces from within her own party, and her bid to be speaker of the House. Draper wrote a cover story about Pelosi for the 'New York Times Magazine.'

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'Sophisticated Giant,' a new biography of the late saxophonist Dexter Gordon.
Nov 27, 2018
The 'Profound' Power Of The Immune System
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Immunologist Daniel Davis says scientists are harnessing the power of the immune system to create new medications to fight cancer, auto-immune conditions and other diseases. He also talks about how the immune system is affected by stress, sleep, and age. Davis' book is 'The Beautiful Cure.'

Also, rock critic Ken Tucker shares an appreciation of country artist Lefty Frizzell. The new box set, 'An Article From Life,' spans his career.
Nov 26, 2018
Best Of: The Coen Brothers / Free Climbing Yosemite's 'Dawn Wall'
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Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen ('Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?,' 'No Country for Old Men') pay homage to old Westerns with their new film, 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.' The movie is a collection of six stories that often subvert the expectations of the genre.

Rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson talk about scaling the 3,000 foot sheer vertical face of Yosemite's El Capitan that was long thought impossible to ascend. The documentary about their historic climb is 'The Dawn Wall.'
Nov 24, 2018
Jazz Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant
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McLorin Salvant grew up in Miami as the child of a Haitian father and a French mother. She first studied classical voice, but turned to jazz because it offered her more range. "I never wanted to sound clean and pretty," she told Terry Gross in 2015. "In jazz, I felt I could sing these deep, husky lows if I want, and then these really tiny, laser highs if I want, as well." Her new record is 'The Window,' which critic Kevin Whitehead says is "riveting."
Nov 23, 2018
Musicians Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis
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Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis come from different generations, but both play the old style of country music — her brother is Jerry Lee Lewis. The duo performed for Terry Gross in the 'Fresh Air' studio in September, sharing stories and songs from their new album, 'Wild! Wild! Wild!'
Nov 22, 2018
Actor Rami Malek On Becoming Freddie Mercury
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Malek sang at the top of his lungs while playing Queen's iconic lead singer in the new biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' Still, he says, "No one can sing like Freddie Mercury." Malek spoke with Terry Gross about recreating the 1985 Live Aid concert, learning to move like Mercury, and wearing prosthetic teeth. He also talks about playing a withdrawn and socially anxious hacker in the thriller series 'Mr.Robot,' and how he got started in acting.
Nov 21, 2018
Free Climbing Yosemite's 'Dawn Wall'
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Rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson talk about scaling the 3,000 foot sheer vertical face of Yosemite's El Capitan that was long thought impossible to ascend. The duo discuss sleeping in portaledges — tents suspended more than a thousand feet in the air — and the personal risks and rewards of rock climbing. The new documentary about their historic climb is 'The Dawn Wall.'

John Powers reviews two new crime dramas based on true stories — the Showtime series 'Escape at Dannemora,' starring Patricia Arquette and Benicio del Toro, and the Bravo series 'Dirty John,' starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana.

Film critic Justin Chang reviews the costume drama, 'The Favourite,' starring Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.
Nov 20, 2018
Filmmakers Joel & Ethan Coen
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The Coen brothers ('Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?,' 'No Country for Old Men') pay homage to old Westerns with their new film, 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.' The movie is a collection of six stories that often subvert the expectations of the genre.
Nov 19, 2018
Best Of: 'Never Home Alone' With Bugs & Bacteria / 'Burning' Star Steven Yeun
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"Every surface, every bit of air, every bit of water in your home is alive," says scientist Rob Dunn. His new book, 'Never Home Alone,' examines the bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites and insects we live with — from armpit bacteria to black mold in our walls.

Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg chooses 'nationalist' as his word of 2018.

In 'Burning,' Steven Yeun plays a mysterious South Korean playboy who may or may not be murdering his girlfriends. "To this day, I'm the only one who knows who Ben really is," he says of the character. He spoke with 'Fresh Air' producer Sam Briger.
Nov 17, 2018
40 Years Later, What We Learned From Jonestown
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On Nov. 18, 1978, an itinerant preacher, faith healer and civil rights activist named the Rev. Jim Jones led more than 900 of his followers to kill themselves by drinking cyanide-laced Flavor Aid at their Jonestown settlement in the jungle of Guyana. 40 years later, questions still linger regarding the Jonestown massacre and the man who inspired it. Journalist Jeff Guinn details how Jones captivated his followers in the book 'The Road to Jonestown.'

Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the AMC spy thriller series 'Little Drummer Girl.'
Nov 16, 2018
The Russian Disinformation Playbook: Exploit Tension, Sow Chaos
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A new video series by 'New York Times' reporter Adam Ellick explores Russia's role in spreading fake news, dating back to the '80s conspiracy theory that the AIDS virus was created by the U.S. military. Ellick also talks about the impact of Russian disinformation in the U.S. "This country is so split and divided that we're now using this Soviet disinformation playbook on ourselves."

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the heist thriller 'Widows,' starring Viola Davis and directed by Steve McQueen.
Nov 15, 2018
'Shirkers' Dir. Sandi Tan / 'Burning' Star Steven Yeun
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Sandi Tan was 19 when she wrote and starred in a film directed by her 40-year old mentor. But then her mentor disappeared and took the film's footage with him. 20 years later, Tan got the footage back. She revisits the mystery of her mentor's disappearance and the film that was never made in a new Netflix documentary 'Shirkers.'

In 'Burning,' Steven Yeun plays a mysterious South Korean playboy who may or may not be murdering his girlfriends. "To this day, I'm the only one who knows who Ben really is," he says of the character. He spoke with 'Fresh Air' producer Sam Briger.

Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg chooses 'nationalist' as his word of 2018.
Nov 14, 2018
Remembering Stan Lee / 'Seduction' In Old Hollywood
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Karina Longworth's new book, 'Seduction,' focuses on 10 women that had relationships with Howard Hughes and the exploitation of actresses in Old Hollywood. She also reflects on the #MeToo movement and women coming forward against Harvey Weinstein: "The thing that I've come to understand from studying the 20th century of Hollywood is that these things have always happened, and they were never talked about publicly," she says. "So just the fact that we're having a conversation is completely revolutionary." Longworth's podcast, 'You Must Remember This,' is about the forgotten stories of Hollywood's first century.

Also we remember Marvel Comics writer, editor, publisher Stan Lee. He died yesterday at 95. Lee spoke with Terry Gross in 1991 about coming up with Spider-Man, inventing new sound effects for his comics, and why superheroes have colorful costumes.
Nov 13, 2018
With Bugs & Bacteria Living In Your Home, You're 'Never Home Alone'
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"Every surface, every bit of air, every bit of water in your home is alive," says scientist Rob Dunn. His new book, 'Never Home Alone,' examines the bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites and insects we live with — from armpit bacteria to black mold in our walls.

Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'A Ladder to the Sky' by John Boyne. She calls it "maliciously witty, erudite and ingeniously constructed."
Nov 12, 2018
Best Of: 'How Hearts Can Heal' After Tragedy / Chef José Andrés
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Religion scholar Elaine Pagels lost her young son to terminal illness and her husband a year later in an accident. Her new book, 'Why Religion?' combines memoir and biblical scholarship and reflects on loss and faith.

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'Interstate Gospel' from the country trio Pistol Annies, comprised of Ashley Monroe, Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley.

Chef José Andrés talks about why "vegetables are sexy," reinventing the Philly Cheesesteak and growing up in Spain. His memoir is 'We Fed an Island.'
Nov 10, 2018
Queen Guitarist Brian May
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Terry Gross spoke with Queen lead guitarist Brian May in 2010 about recording the many vocals in 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' writing the anthem 'We Will Rock You' and getting a PhD in astrophysics. The new biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' about Freddie Mercury and the meteoric rise of Queen, is now in theaters.

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the Coen Brothers' new film, 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,' coming to Netflix Nov. 16.
Nov 09, 2018
The Humanitarian Crisis In Yemen
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In 2015, Saudi Arabia initiated a bombing campaign against Yemen that contributed to what is now the world's largest humanitarian crisis. Today, 14 million people in Yemen face starvation. Journalist Robert Worth says the country is "no longer a functioning state" — and that Americans share some of the blame, since the Obama administration backed the Saudis. "We gave a green light for it in 2015, and then we stood by and let it continue as it got worse and worse," he says.
Nov 08, 2018
Did Law Enforcement Overlook The Threat Of Far-Right Extremism?
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'New York Times Magazine' journalist Janet Reitman says domestic counter-terrorism strategists ignored the rising danger of far-right extremism — which enabled the movement to grow and become more dangerous.

Juan Gabriel Vásquez's novel, 'The Shape Of The Ruins,' centers on the 1948 assassination of Colombian political leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, the years of violence that followed and the conspiracy theories concerning his death. Vásquez spoke with 'Fresh Air' producer Sam Briger.

Also Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'Interstate Gospel' from the country trio Pistol Annies, comprised of Ashley Monroe, Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley.
Nov 07, 2018
The Fugitive Slave Act & The 'Struggle For America's Soul'
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Author Andrew Delbanco says the 1850 law paved the way for the Civil War by endangering the lives of both escaped slaves and free black men and women in the North. His book is 'The War Before The War.'

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the psychological thriller 'Burning.'
Nov 06, 2018
'Why Religion?' Asks 'How Hearts Can Heal' After Tragedy
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Religion scholar Elaine Pagels lost her young son to terminal illness and her husband a year later in an accident. Her new book combines memoir and biblical scholarship and reflects on loss and faith.

Also, Lloyd Schwartz visits two art exhibitions — the Met's big Delacroix retrospective and the Morgan Library's Pontormo collection.
Nov 05, 2018
Best Of: Jonah Hill / How Newt Gingrich 'Broke Politics'
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Jonah Hill always wanted to be a writer and director, but an unexpected complement in an acting class shifted him towards performing instead. He co-starred in 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Superbad,' and 'Moneyball.' Now he's written and directed his first movie, 'Mid90s,' about a group of young skateboarders. He talks about toxic masculinity, self-acceptance, and his experience directing for the first time.

Maureen Corrigan reviews 'If You Ask Me,' a book of advice columns by Eleanor Roosevelt.

'Atlantic' journalist McKay Coppins says that by the time former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, left Congress in 1999, he had enshrined a "combative, tribal, angry attitude in politics that would infect our national discourse in Washington and Congress for decades to come." Coppins' new article is 'The Man Who Broke Politics.'
Nov 03, 2018
Comic Hasan Minhaj
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"I'm an Indian-American-Muslim kid, but am I more Indian or am I more American?" Minhaj asks. The former 'Daily Show' correspondent has a new weekly political comedy series on Neflix called 'Patriot Act.' Minhaj spoke with Terry Gross in 2017 when his comedy special 'Homecoming King' was released and he had just done the White House Correspondents' dinner.

Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews 'Homecoming' on Amazon Prime Video. The series stars Julia Roberts as a therapist who's working with a soldier returning from Afghanistan.
Nov 02, 2018
How Newt Gingrich 'Broke Politics'
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'Atlantic' journalist McKay Coppins says that by the time the former speaker of the house left Congress in 1999, he had enshrined a "combative, tribal, angry attitude in politics that would infect our national discourse in Washington and Congress for decades to come." Coppins explains how Gingrich set the stage for President Trump's rise, and how Democrats are now using some of his tactics. Coppins' new article is 'The Man Who Broke Politics.'

Also, critic David Edelstein reviews the Orson Welles film 'The Other Side of the Wind,' which was unfinished before his death — now complete and streaming on Netflix.
Nov 01, 2018
Is SCOTUS Too Powerful?
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Author David A. Kaplan warns that the Supreme Court is becoming increasingly polarized — and influential: "Why should nine unelected, unaccountable judges dictate so much policy in the country?" We'll also talk about what Trump's two appointees – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – mean for the future of the court. Kaplan's book is 'The Most Dangerous Branch.'

Also, Ken Tucker reviews Kurt Vile's new album, 'Bottle It In.'
Oct 31, 2018
Jonah Hill
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Hill always wanted to be a writer and director, but an unexpected complement in an acting class shifted him towards performing instead. He co-starred in 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Superbad,' and 'Moneyball.' Now he's written and directed his first movie, 'Mid90s,' about a group of young skateboarders. He talks about toxic masculinity, self-acceptance, and his experience directing for the first time.

Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Let The People See,' the story of Emmett Till.
Oct 30, 2018
White Nationalism And The Synagogue Massacre
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Journalist Eli Saslow says white nationalism inspired the man who killed 11 at a Pittsburgh synagogue: "In the horrific hierarchy of white nationalist beliefs, they really consider Jews their primary enemy." Saslow spoke with Terry Gross Monday morning about the tragedy and its "straight line" to the white nationalist movement.

Also, we'll listen back to an excerpt of the interview with Saslow and former white nationalist Derek Black from September. Saslow's book, 'Rising Out of Hatred,' focuses on Derek, who was once a leading voice in the white nationalist movement but has since denounced his views.
Oct 29, 2018
Best Of: Melissa McCarthy / Paul Dano
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McCarthy is not interested in playing pleasant characters. "Who wants to watch that?" she says. "There's nothing to sink your teeth into. ... The people I love and like are filled with quirks and eccentricities." McCarthy spoke with Terry Gross about playing Sean Spicer on 'SNL' and her role as literary forger Lee Israel in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissued album, from 1981, featuring diverse musicians playing songs that Nino Rota composed for Federico Fellini movies.

The 'Love & Mercy' and 'Little Miss Sunshine' actor steps behind the camera for 'Wildlife,' an adaptation of Richard Ford's novel about a boy whose parents are separating. The film was informed by Dano's own parents' relationship.
Oct 27, 2018
Lou Reed: A Life
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Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for 'Rolling Stone,' says he sought to write the biography that Lou Reed "deserved." DeCurtis didn't shy away from writing about the darker side of Reed's life, including addiction and domestic abuse. "It wasn't like I had to go looking for the drugs and the sex," he says. "Lou wrote about it ... so I felt it was fair game." 'Lou Reed: A Life' is now out in paperback. DeCurtis spoke with Terry Gross in 2017.
Oct 26, 2018
Corruption, Scandal & The Big Business Of College Basketball
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A federal jury on Wednesday convicted three men of conspiring to use cash payments to recruit players to top basketball programs. Writer Michael Sokolove says the case exposes the sordid competition for young athletes, involving apparel companies, scouts, coaches, parents and so-called street agents, or runners, who seek out players as young as 12. "They're exploitative, they're dealers in human, athletic flesh, and they're trying to get their hooks into kids, and get their hooks into families and get into their inner circles, and then to see what's in it for me?" Sokolove's new book is 'The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino.'

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the new fantasy thriller 'Suspiria,' from 'Call Me By Your Name' director Luca Guadagnino.
Oct 25, 2018
Actor Paul Dano On Anxiety, Directing, And 'Wildlife'
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The 'Love & Mercy' and 'Little Miss Sunshine' actor steps behind the camera for 'Wildlife,' an adaptation of Richard Ford's novel about a boy whose parents are separating. The film was informed by Dano's own parents' relationship. "I think someone else would have wanted to make a film about a kid who rebels; for me, I remember being in the middle, feeling the ground shake and not wanting to tip," he says.

Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissued album, from 1981, featuring diverse musicians playing songs that Nino Rota composed for Federico Fellini movies.
Oct 24, 2018
How Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Are Targeting Minorities
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Twenty-four states have implemented new voting restrictions disproportionately affecting minorities — ranging from requiring voter IDs to closing polling places. We talk with 'Mother Jones' reporter Ari Berman about voter suppression and the ongoing fight for voter rights. "The 2018 election could go in two different ways," he says. "It could be tainted by voter suppression, or it could be remembered as an election in which voting rights were expanded for millions of people."
Oct 23, 2018
Melissa McCarthy
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McCarthy is not interested in playing pleasant characters. Flawless women with perfect clothes and relationships? Nope, not for her. "Who wants to watch that?" she says. "There's nothing to sink your teeth into. ... The people I love and like are filled with quirks and eccentricities." McCarthy spoke with Terry Gross about 'Bridesmaids,' playing Sean Spicer on 'SNL,' and her role as literary forger Lee Israel in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

Also, John Powers reviews the BBC drama 'Bodyguard,' dropping on Netflix Oct. 24.
Oct 22, 2018
Best Of: 'BoJack Horseman' Creator / 'Hey, Kiddo' Author
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Raphael Bob-Waksberg's animated comedy series for Netflix, 'BoJack Horseman,' satirizes Hollywood using a mix of human and animal characters. "Part of the original pitch was like, 'What's Mr. Ed like behind the scenes?'" BoJack (a horse) is a depressed, alcoholic, sexist former sitcom star in the #MeToo era.

Justin Chang reviews 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' starring Melissa McCarthy as a con artist who forges letters from famous authors.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka's National Book Award-nominated graphic memoir 'Hey, Kiddo' is about growing up with a mother addicted to heroin. Krosoczka initially didn't want to write about his childhood because he felt it was too dark. "It took it took a long time for me to gain that courage to make this book," he says.
Oct 20, 2018