How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great...05/22/15
In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.
The Future Is Bright In The Time-And-Space Twisting...
Brad Bird's new sci-fi adventure film features George Clooney, Britt Robertson and an endless sense of possibilities. David Edelstein says the film makes a "near-hysterical case" against pessimism.
Letterman Signs Off, With A Heartfelt Guest-Filled Finale
Last night, after 33 years on TV as a late-night talk show host, David Letterman presented his final program. David Bianculli says Letterman's final show was a strong end to an illustrious career.
Letterman's Executive Producer: 'He's Meant A Lot To A Lot...
Rob Burnett started working with David Letterman as an intern in 1985. He talks with Terry Gross about the absurd and somber moments of his three-decade tenure with the Late Show.
Terry Gross To Marc Maron: 'Life Is Harder Than Radio'
The WTF host asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up.
Reporting On Rape Kit Backlog Leads To New Law And Arrests...
While researching sexual assaults for Cleveland's The Plain Dealer, Rachel Dissell unearthed a backlog of untested rape kits dating back to 1993. Ohio has since mandated the testing of these kits.
Elizabeth Banks On Success: 'You Don't Get What You Don't...
The Hunger Games actress and Pitch Perfect 2 director also runs her own production company. Her secret to success? "I raise my hand a lot," Banks tells Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado.
Ramon Valle's 'Take Off' Lands Like 'Spun Sugar On An...
Despite its clarity and cohesion, Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the new album from Cuban pianist Ramon Valle and his trio is half knock-out, half schmaltzy.
The 'Mad Men' Ending: A 'Twisted' And 'Perfect' Conclusion
After all eight seasons of drama, the TV series about men and women in advertising ended with a full-length ad. TV critic David Bianculli says the conclusion was "so unexpected, yet so appropriate."
Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For...
The machines have long been used in manufacturing, but Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots, says they're now poised to replace humans as teachers, lawyers and even journalists.
Heavy-Handed And Preachy, 'Good Kill' Misses Its Mark
Andrew Niccol's film follows an Air Force commander engaged in state-of-the-art drone warfare. Justin Chang says the movie feels more like "a series of talking points than a fully developed drama."
Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Brokaw Reflects On His 'Lucky Life'
The former NBC anchorman says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." Originally broadcast May 13, 2015.
Fresh Air Weekend: Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators...
Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Originally broadcast May 11, 2015.
Souped-Up Vehicles And Road Warriors Reign In 'Mad Max:...
It has been 36 years since the first Mad Max film crash landed into theaters. David Edelsein says the forth installment of the series is "basically one long chase with ever more insane variables."
B.B. King On Life, Plantation Living And His...
"I developed in my head that I'm never any better than my last concert or the last time I played," B.B. King told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1996.
Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created...
Historian Richard Rothstein studies residential segregation in America. His conclusion: "federal, state and local governments purposely created racial boundaries in these cities."
Country Hit Writer Chris Stapleton Breaks Out On His Own...
The Nashville songwriter has written countless hits for other artists. Critic Ken Tucker says that Stapleton's debut solo album showcases a wide range of musical styles with a distinctive sound.
Tom Brokaw Reflects On Cancer, 'Nightly News' And His...
The former NBC anchorman says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." His new memoir is A Lucky Life Interrupted.
'The In Crowd': An Audience-Fueled Jazz-Pop Crossover Hit
Fifty years ago in a Washington, DC nightclub, the Ramsey Lewis Trio recorded "The In Crowd," a rare jazz single that landed on the pop charts. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the fans were half the show.
Misadventures And Absurdist Charm Take Root In 'George...
In Andrew Ervin's comic novel, a disillusioned advertising executive rents the cottage once inhabited by dystopian author George Owell. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the funny book has a serious core.
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