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Review: Jodie Foster and Kali Reis play bickering cops searching for a missing crew of Arctic scientists in the fourth s...
01/09/2024

Review: Jodie Foster and Kali Reis play bickering cops searching for a missing crew of Arctic scientists in the fourth season of the creepy and haunting HBO series, True Detective.

Jodie Foster and Kali Reis play bickering cops searching for a missing crew of Arctic scientists in the fourth season of the creepy and haunting HBO series.

As a kid, Sterling K. Brown went by his middle name, Kelby. But after his dad died, he decided to go by his first name, ...
01/08/2024

As a kid, Sterling K. Brown went by his middle name, Kelby. But after his dad died, he decided to go by his first name, which was also his father's. "I wanted to hear his name," he tells Terry Gross.

Brown won an Emmy for his portrayal of Christopher Darden in The People v. O.J. Simpson, and another for his role in This is Us. He now appears in the film American Fiction.

Tom Smothers, who died Dec. 26, was one half of the comedy duo The Smothers Brothers. We listen back to an interview wit...
01/05/2024

Tom Smothers, who died Dec. 26, was one half of the comedy duo The Smothers Brothers. We listen back to an interview with Tom and Dick Smothers from 1985, and an interview with just Tom in 1997. Listen: http://tinyurl.com/mveynnzs

Review: Peter Sarsgaard is a man with early-onset dementia and Jessica Chastain is a single mother with a traumatic past...
01/05/2024

Review: Peter Sarsgaard is a man with early-onset dementia and Jessica Chastain is a single mother with a traumatic past in a film about two people who come into each other's lives at just the right time.

Peter Sarsgaard is a man with early-onset dementia and Jessica Chastain is a single mother with a traumatic past in a film about two people who come into each other's lives at just the right time.

Bloomberg News reporter Emma Court explains how so-called "miracle" weight loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy work, and ...
01/04/2024

Bloomberg News reporter Emma Court explains how so-called "miracle" weight loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy work, and discusses side effects, long-term impacts, and what it all means for the body positivity movement.

"We want to make sure that these drugs actually do improve people's health and they don't just help people lose weight," Court says.

Listen: http://tinyurl.com/2bxeykf8

Rose Previte's restaurants serve food inspired by her extensive travels and the home-cooked Lebanese dishes of her child...
01/03/2024

Rose Previte's restaurants serve food inspired by her extensive travels and the home-cooked Lebanese dishes of her childhood. Her new cookbook is Maydān: Recipes from Lebanon and Beyond. Listen: http://tinyurl.com/572s6akr

In his new biopic 'Maestro,' Bradley Cooper was determined not to imitate the legendary Leonard Bernstein. Instead, the ...
01/02/2024

In his new biopic 'Maestro,' Bradley Cooper was determined not to imitate the legendary Leonard Bernstein. Instead, the actor worked with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin to find his own rhythm. Terry Gross spoke with them about the process.

In his new biopic Maestro, Cooper was determined not to imitate the legendary Leonard Bernstein. Instead, the actor worked with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin to find his own rhythm.

Interviews with actor Ke Huy Quan, pianist Jason Moran, humorist Samantha Irby, and media critic Brian Stelter are among...
12/29/2023

Interviews with actor Ke Huy Quan, pianist Jason Moran, humorist Samantha Irby, and media critic Brian Stelter are among the conversations that stuck with the staff of Fresh Air this year.

Composer Carla Bley died in October at the age of 87.  She led her own large and small touring bands from the 1970s unti...
12/21/2023

Composer Carla Bley died in October at the age of 87. She led her own large and small touring bands from the 1970s until a few years ago, but jazz musicians had been playing her enigmatic compositions long before that. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead traces Carla Bley’s development as a composer.
Listen: http://tinyurl.com/ydmfdfs3

Dave Davies returns to talk with Nic Cage about being an internet meme, changing his name from Coppola to Cage, and why ...
12/21/2023

Dave Davies returns to talk with Nic Cage about being an internet meme, changing his name from Coppola to Cage, and why he's seeking out younger directors.

The Oscar-winning actor is seeking out the next generation of filmmakers because, he says, many established directors have "already made up their minds about me." Cage's new movie is Dream Scenario.

Review: Jonathan Glazer's film depicts the family of Auschwitz camp commandant Rudolf Hoss -- they go about their daily ...
12/21/2023

Review: Jonathan Glazer's film depicts the family of Auschwitz camp commandant Rudolf Hoss -- they go about their daily routines while a massive machinery of death grinds away next door.

Jonathan Glazer's film depicts the family of Auschwitz camp commandant Rudolf Höss — they go about their daily routines while a massive machinery of death grinds away next door.

We enjoyed our recent interview with David Byrne so much that we asked him to come back to share his favorite Christmas ...
12/20/2023

We enjoyed our recent interview with David Byrne so much that we asked him to come back to share his favorite Christmas music. He delivered.

The singer-songwriter and Talking Heads frontman presents some of his favorite holiday music — including songs by The Pogues, James Brown, LCD Soundsystem and Paul Simon.

We remember actor Andre Braugher, who died last week at age 61. In the comedy series 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' which lampoon...
12/19/2023

We remember actor Andre Braugher, who died last week at age 61. In the comedy series 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' which lampooned cop shows, he played a police captain. Before that, he won an Emmy for his portrayal of a police detective in the drama series 'Homicide: Life on the Street.' Braugher trained at Juilliard and performed in many productions of Shakespeare — which he said informed his work in film and TV. He told Terry Gross in 1995 about how Shakespeare's language changed his life.
Listen: https://tinyurl.com/bdz8c6bz

Taraji P. Henson says the 1985 film adaptation of 'The Color Purple' inspired her to become an actor. She stars as jazz ...
12/18/2023

Taraji P. Henson says the 1985 film adaptation of 'The Color Purple' inspired her to become an actor. She stars as jazz singer Shug Avery in a new version, which she hopes will offer audiences hope and healing.

Henson says the 1985 film adaptation of The Color Purple inspired her to become an actor. She stars as jazz singer Shug Avery in a new version, which she hopes will offer audiences hope and healing.

The sitcom producer helped transform television of the 1970s by stressing topicality, divisive issues, and likable but v...
12/15/2023

The sitcom producer helped transform television of the 1970s by stressing topicality, divisive issues, and likable but volatile comedy characters. He died last week at age 101.

In 1972, his show Maude addressed abortion head-on, when the 47 year-old protagonist gets pregnant and decides to have an abortion.

In 2014, Lear spoke with Terry Gross about some of his most memorable characters.

TERRY GROSS: You write that Maude is the character that most resembles you. What similarities does she have to you?

NORMAN LEAR: She was an out-and-out liberal, as I am. No apologies in any direction. And the kind of liberal I am in the sense that I am not well schooled in the political reasons for my being a liberal. That was Maude. She was emotionally, intellectually, as far as she could go, and that's me, too.

Listen: http://tinyurl.com/33harnm5

We talk with NYT journalist Charlie Savage about why a second Trump administration may be more radical than the first. L...
12/14/2023

We talk with NYT journalist Charlie Savage about why a second Trump administration may be more radical than the first.
Listen: http://tinyurl.com/u5k7pz3b

Justin Chang: These are the 10 that I liked best, arranged as a series of pairings. My favorite movies are often carryin...
12/14/2023

Justin Chang: These are the 10 that I liked best, arranged as a series of pairings. My favorite movies are often carrying on a conversation with each other, and this year was no exception.

Film critics like to argue, but Chang says that he and his colleagues agree that this was a really good year on screen. Beyond the Barbie and Oppenheimer blockbuster, here's what you shouldn't miss.

Christian Wiman says he's no longer afraid of dying. "When death hangs over you for a while, you start to forget about i...
12/13/2023

Christian Wiman says he's no longer afraid of dying. "When death hangs over you for a while, you start to forget about it," he says. Wiman's new book is ‘Zero at the Bone.’

Christian Wiman says he's no longer afraid of dying. "When death hangs over you for a while, you start to forget about it," he says. Wiman's new book is Zero at the Bone.

Review: Tony Shalhoub slips back into his Adrian Monk character after nearly 15 years with assurance and precision, nail...
12/13/2023

Review: Tony Shalhoub slips back into his Adrian Monk character after nearly 15 years with assurance and precision, nailing the comedy while still making room for somber themes of loss and depression.

Tony Shalhoub slips back into his Adrian Monk character after nearly 15 years with assurance and precision, nailing the comedy while still making room for somber themes of loss and depression.

'American Fiction' is about a Black author whose editors want him to write cliched stories of Black life -- that rang tr...
12/12/2023

'American Fiction' is about a Black author whose editors want him to write cliched stories of Black life -- that rang true to director Cord Jefferson.

The film is a satire based on Percival Everett's novel Erasure. It's about a Black author whose editors want him to write clichéd stories of Black life — that rang true to director Cord Jefferson.

Review: Emma Stone stars as an adult woman with the anarchic spirit of a very young child in a strangely touching film t...
12/08/2023

Review: Emma Stone stars as an adult woman with the anarchic spirit of a very young child in a strangely touching film that's filled with transgressive s*x, sadistic power games and grisly violence.

Emma Stone stars as an adult woman with the anarchic spirit of a very young child in a strangely touching film that's filled with transgressive s*x, sadistic power games and grisly violence.

Kenan Thompson shares stories from his life and career, like his early days at SNL, his estrangement from his longtime c...
12/07/2023

Kenan Thompson shares stories from his life and career, like his early days at SNL, his estrangement from his longtime co-star Kel Mitchell, and how he was conned by an accountant, lost all of his Nickelodeon money and had to file for bankruptcy.
Listen: https://tinyurl.com/yexwx8kn

Review: Painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer was born in war-ravaged Germany in 1945. Wim Wenders' new documentary conveys...
12/07/2023

Review: Painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer was born in war-ravaged Germany in 1945. Wim Wenders' new documentary conveys the beauty, bleakness and moral weight of Kiefer's art.

Painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer was born in war-ravaged Germany in 1945. Wim Wenders' new film conveys the beauty, bleakness and moral weight of Kiefer's art.

Lina Lyte Plioplyte sees menstruation as a "beautiful cycle" that happens to half of the world's population -- one that ...
12/06/2023

Lina Lyte Plioplyte sees menstruation as a "beautiful cycle" that happens to half of the world's population -- one that "we're not supposed to talk about it." Her new film aims to break the stigma.

Lina Lyte Plioplyte sees menstruation as a "beautiful cycle" that happens to half of the world's population — one that "we're not supposed to talk about it." Her new film aims to break the stigma.

Our book critic Maureen Corrigan shares her top 10 picks of 2023.
12/06/2023

Our book critic Maureen Corrigan shares her top 10 picks of 2023.

Fresh Air's book critic says 2023 was an outstanding year for reading. Corrigan shares 10 of her favorite titles – a wide-ranging list of fiction and nonfiction.

Liz Cheney says a second Trump presidency would be an "existential threat" to democracy: "There's simply no defense, no ...
12/05/2023

Liz Cheney says a second Trump presidency would be an "existential threat" to democracy: "There's simply no defense, no excuse for putting that power back in the hands of Donald Trump."

The former representative says a second Trump presidency would be an "existential threat" to democracy: "There's simply no defense, no excuse for putting that power back in the hands of Donald Trump."

Our beloved longtime interview contributor Dave Davies is hanging up his headphones... kind of. He sat down with Terry G...
12/04/2023

Our beloved longtime interview contributor Dave Davies is hanging up his headphones... kind of. He sat down with Terry Gross to talk about some career highlights from his reporting days and 'Fresh Air' interviews. (He'll be back for the occasional interview, don't worry!)

After 22 years with the show, Davies is cutting back on his workload. He chats with Terry Gross about some of his most memorable interviews, and the preparation that goes into each conversation.

Justin Chang: Over the years, Miyazaki's movies have provided their own hopeful answers: Set in worlds ravaged by greed,...
12/01/2023

Justin Chang: Over the years, Miyazaki's movies have provided their own hopeful answers: Set in worlds ravaged by greed, conflict and environmental destruction, they remind us that there's redemption in acts of kindness and love.

Hayao Miyazaki's beguiling new fantasy combines the excitement of a boy's grand adventure and the weight of an older man's reflection. The hypnotic story is a partial self-portrait by an anime master.

Journalist Ari Berman says both the Supreme Court and the lower courts are working to dismantle the 1965 law that's cons...
11/30/2023

Journalist Ari Berman says both the Supreme Court and the lower courts are working to dismantle the 1965 law that's considered one of the most effective pieces of civil rights legislation ever enacted in the U.S. Listen: https://tinyurl.com/3mbmsfms

Review: Hayao Miyazaki's beguiling new fantasy combines the excitement of a boy's grand adventure and the weight of an o...
11/30/2023

Review: Hayao Miyazaki's beguiling new fantasy combines the excitement of a boy's grand adventure and the weight of an older man's reflection. The hypnotic story is a partial self-portrait by an anime master.

Hayao Miyazaki's beguiling new fantasy combines the excitement of a boy's grand adventure and the weight of an older man's reflection. The hypnotic story is a partial self-portrait by an anime master.

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