For Alan Cumming, Life Is (Once Again) A Cabaret11/21/14
This is the third time Cumming has starred in the musical. He talks about the new production — everything from his costume (which he calls a "Wonder Bra" for men) to the darker themes of the show.
Fresh Air Remembers Film And Broadway Director Mike Nichols
Nichols directed such movies as The Graduate and Birdcage and Broadway musicals such as Spamalot. He won nine Tony Awards. Nichols died Wednesday at 83. He talked with Terry Gross in 2001.
'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs
In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.
Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'
When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.
Bennett Miller On Making The True-Life Crime Film 'Foxcatcher'
Foxcatcher is about wealthy heir John du Pont who hosted Olympians on his estate. The director talks about casting Steve Carrell, the challenge of filming wrestling scenes and his film Capote.
Bob Dylan's Atmosphere Captured In New Basement Tapes
A batch of lyrics that Bob Dylan wrote in the late 1960s were given by Dylan to producer T-Bone Burnett, who came up with the idea to have some contemporary musicians set the words to music.
Jon Stewart On The 'Daily Show': 'I'm Still Really Proud Of The Work We...
Stewart talks about his future hosting the show known for its political satire. "It is unclear to me," he tells Fresh Air. "The minute I say I'm not going to do it anymore, I will miss it like crazy."
How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation'
Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.
Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To...
Lear, who co-created All In The Family, has written a new memoir at the age of 92. He tells Fresh Air about getting involved in politics and how his storylines addressed subjects like racism.
Holy Smokes 'Batman,' The '60s Series Is Out On DVD
Various rights issues kept the original Batman from home-video release until now. Young viewers may be surprised by its pop-art sensibility, vibrant colors — and that it was played for laughs.
An In-Depth Look At The U.S. Cyber War, The Military Alliance And Its...
In the book @War, Shane Harris reports that U.S. intelligence agencies, sometimes aided by corporations, are trying to dominate cyberspace. It's "changing the Internet in fundamental ways," he says.
Fresh Air Weekend: Jon Stewart, Peter Mendelsund And A Review Of Bob...
Stewart talks about his debut film Rosewater; Mendelsund discusses how he designs book covers; Ed Ward reviews Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes.
'Getting On' With It: A New HBO Show Doesn't Tiptoe Around Death
Set in the geriatric extended-care wing of a California hospital, Getting On is a different kind of workplace comedy. Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer adapted the show from a BBC series.
'Foxcatcher': A Bloated True-Crime Story Based On Wealthy Heir John du...
The film is based on du Pont's fraught relationship with two Olympic wrestlers. Wealth isn't enough — his identity hinges on winning. It's a fascinating case study, but as drama, it's one sick joke.
Eric Hofbauer Takes On Stravinsky, Messiaen
The Boston jazz guitarist tackles the Rite of Spring and Quartet for the End of Time on a pair of new CDs.
Jon Stewart's Debut Film Shows 'Humor Survives' In The Bleakest...
Rosewater is based on Maziar Bahari's experience of being tortured in an Iranian prison. "His humor sustained him," the Daily Show host says. "And I found that incredibly empowering."
Bob Dylan's 'Basement Tapes' Formed A Legend
During a hiatus, some tapes surfaced of new songs Bob Dylan been writing: the infamous Basement Tapes. These songs have been collected in a box set.
Author Richard Ford Says 'Let Me Be Frank' About Aging And Dying
The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's new book centers on Frank Bascombe, a 68-year-old man dealing with his aging body, a dying friend and his ex-wife, who has Parkinson's.
Oliver Lake: New Music Grounded In Old Truths
Since the 1970s, Lake has led numerous bands of his own, including an occasional big band, and an organ quartet. That organ group is one to watch.
Moral Injury Is The 'Signature Wound' Of Today's Veterans
Journalist David Wood says "almost everyone" in war has suffered a violation of their sense of right and wrong. As a result, Wood tells Fresh Air, veterans deal with grief, numbness or guilt.
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