Fresh Air Weekend: Jimi Hendrix Movie, 'Transparent' And...09/27/14
Director John Ridley and star Andre Benjamin discuss the film Jimi: All Is By My Side; David Bianculli reviews the new drama Transparent; Ron Perlman talks about his book Easy Street (The Hard Way).
What's Mittens Thinking? Make 'Sense' Of Your Pet's Behavior
Animal behaviorist John Bradshaw's books Cat Sense and Dog Sense detail what cat and dog owners should expect from their animals. Cat Sense originally aired Sept. 5, 2013. Dog Sense originally aired May 26, 2011.
British Coalminers Strike With A Gay Coalition In 'Pride,' A...
The film is based on a true story about the '80s strike Margaret Thatcher vowed to break. It's full of the Britain's best actors, and nearly every line makes you cackle or puts a lump in your throat.
In 'Transparent,' A 70-Year-Old Divorced Dad Becomes A Woman
The new drama, which launches Friday on Amazon Prime, stars Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman coming out to her three grown kids. Tambor acts the role without any hint of cheap humor.
After Childhood Abuse, 'Times' Columnist Says He Chose Life Over...
Charles Blow says he was 7 years old when he was sexually abused by a cousin. His new memoir, Fire Shut Up In My Bones, is about what he says happened, his recovery and his bisexuality.
From Sideman To Star: A New Film Captures Jimi Hendrix's Pivotal Year
Jimi: All Is By My Side focuses on the year Hendrix changed his name and recorded his first album. Director John Ridley and star André Benjamin (a.k.a. André 3000) talk about portraying the guitarist.
After WWI, A Mother And Daughter Must Take In 'Paying Guests'
Sarah Waters' spellbinding novel — about two women in 1920s London — is no simple period piece. Waters is a superb storyteller with a gift for capturing the layered nuances of character and mood.
Pere Ubu's 'Carnival Of Souls' Is A Dreamscape That's Never Dreamy
Led since the late '70s by co-founder David Thomas, Pere Ubu has created something far more rich, experimental, and emotional than the spooky, horror-movie that Carnival of Souls is named for.
'Madame Secretary' Pales In Comparison To 'The Good Wife'
The CBS dramas about women juggling family lives and high-intensity jobs showcase excellent acting. But while The Good Wife is one of the best shows on TV, Madam Secretary's writing is disappointing.
The Long, Scary Journey From A 'Terrorist's Son' To A Peace Activist
Zak Ebrahim's father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For most of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about who his father was. His new memoir tells his story.
As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About...
John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.
'13 Days' Of High Emotion That Led To The Egypt-Israel Peace
Lawrence Wright's new book examines the 1978 peace deal President Carter brokered between Egypt and Israel. During the tense summit, Carter had "never been angrier," Wright says.
Australian Comic Finds Humor In Humiliation For His Sitcom 'Please Like...
Josh Thomas, 27, stars in the show geared toward 20-somethings on the new cable channel Pivot. He talks about coming out to his dad via text message and dealing with his mom's suicide attempts.
'Fresh Air' Remembers Pulitzer-Prize Winning Editorial Cartoonist Tony...
Auth worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 41 years. He died Sunday at the age of 72. In 1988, Auth talked with Terry Gross about how the Reagan era marked a turning point for political cartoonists.
For Duo Tennis, Pop Is A Natural Language
Can you re-invent lively pop from the distant past? Fresh Air music critic Milo Miles says the songwriting team Tennis does just that with their new third album, Ritual in Repeat.
Futuristic 'Bone Clocks' Encompasses A Strange, Rich World Of...
David Mitchell's latest fantasy is an odyssey into the dark side, spanning from 1984 to 2043. It's about a teenager who runs away from her London home and becomes prey to a ghastly gang of mystics.
As 'Boardwalk Empire' Comes To Close, Creator Reminisces About How It...
The HBO show began its final season Sunday. Terence Winter says he wrote the Prohibition-era drama in part to work with Martin Scorsese. It was "something I couldn't possibly ... pass up," he says.
Islamic State Was Fueled By 'Epic American Failure In Iraq,' Reporter...
The New York Times Baghdad bureau chief Tim Arango has been reporting from Iraq for five years and has watched the rise of the Islamic State militants. He gives Fresh Air his take on the situation.
Three Roosevelts Come Alive In PBS Documentary, Ken Burns' Best Yet
A 14-hour biography of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Delano starts Sunday. Actors including Paul Giamatti and Meryl Streep put on Emmy-worthy vocal performances reading from an Emmy-worthy script.
How The Four Seasons Clashed, Dealt With The Mob And Made Lasting Hits
Bob Gaudio wrote most of The Four Seasons' hits, some of which are compiled in a new anthology. He tells Fresh Air about the band's history, including why its songs had some "anger" in them.
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