How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic...07/22/14
Arthur Allen's new book The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.
Fresh Air Remembers Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch
The Broadway star used to describe herself as a Catholic, diabetic, alcoholic. She died July 17 at the age of 89. In 1999, she talked with Terry Gross when she was starring in a revival of Sail Away.
On 'Tomlinson Hill', Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation
Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great, great grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.
Fresh Air Weekend: Angela Ricketts; Chaz Ebert And Steve James
In her book No Man's War, Angela Ricketts writes about raising three kids while her husband deployed. Filmmaker Steve James and Chaz Ebert discuss Life Itself, a documentary about Robert Ebert.
'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered
"You have to see your unimportance before you can see your importance and your significance to the world," Haden told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1992. The bassist died on July 11.
Nigeria's Boko Haram 'More Extreme Than Al-Qaida,' Journalist Says
Journalist Alex Perry wrote the new e-book The Hunt for Boko Haram: Investigating the Terror Tearing Nigeria Apart. He says Boko Haram doesn't have logical reasons for the atrocious acts it commits.
Every Composer Needs A Great Storyteller
EMI has just reissued a broad spectrum of German conductor Otto Klemperer's recordings, including a box set of one of the composers he's most associated with: Gustav Mahler.
An Army Wife Charts Her Struggles In 'No Man's War'
In her new book, Angela Ricketts writes about raising three kids while her husband deployed eight times over 22 years. Each separation "kind of blackens your soul," she says.
The Cowboy That Wasn't A Cowboy Sings
A new album from Cowboy Jack Clement has the prolific producer performing many of his best-known compositions with help of Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Rodney Crowell and John Prine.
'Mockingbird Next Door': A Genteel Peek Into Harper Lee's Quiet Life
After Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, she became a recluse and lived with her sister, Alice, in Alabama. Reporter Marja Mills uses rich detail to provides glimpses into their twilight years.
'Fresh Air' Remembers South African Writer Nadine Gordimer
Nadine Gordimer has written about the agonies of apartheid in her novels and short stories. She died Sunday at the age of 90. In 1989, she spoke with Terry Gross during a visit to the U.S.
How A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture Company
Virginia furniture owner John Bassett III was determined to beat out foreign competitors. Author Beth Macy documents him, and the collapse of the U.S. furniture industry, in her new book, Factory Man.
Fresh Air Weekend: Richard Linklater, Strand Of Oaks And Brian Krebs
Writer-director Richard Linklater discusses his new film Boyhood; Ken Tucker has a review of the latest Strand Of Oaks album; and blogger Brian Krebs talks about covering cybercriminals.
In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible
Boyhood is about a boy in Texas whose parents have separated. Filmed over 12 years, audiences watch him grow up — and his worldview evolve. The cumulative power of the movie is tremendous.
'Fresh Air' Remembers Soul Singer And Songwriter Bobby Womack
Womack sang for a gospel group with his brothers called the Valentinos. It's All Over Now was their first international hit. Womack, who died June 27 at the age of 70, talked with Terry Gross in 1999.
Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age
Writer-director Richard Linklater says picking the film's star was vital because he had to guess what he'd be like at 18. "I just went with a kid who seemed kind of the most interesting."
Fred Hersch Knows His Trios
Fred Hersch pulls together jazz piano traditions that have little in common. Kevin Whitehead says the classic piano, bass and drums trio format suits Hersch best of all in a review of Floating.
10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life
Jacqueline Winspear's debut mystery, Maisie Dobbs, set in England around World War I, came out in paperback a decade ago. A new edition testifies to the enduring allure of the traditional mystery.
'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control
This week, two new TV series' begin in the threats-from-nowhere genre: Extant on CBS and The Strain on FX. The better of the two, The Strain, about a disease outbreak, is effectively creepy.
Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'
Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.
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