Fresh Air Weekend: 'Call Me Lucky'; 'The End of the...08/01/15
Call Me Lucky, directed by comic Bobcat Goldthwait, profiles his mentor Barry Crimmins. David Edelstein reviews The End of the Tour. Teresa Ann Miller talks about training the dog leads in White God
For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic...
Comics Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele satirize people of all races on their Comedy Central sketch show. Originally broadcast Nov. 20, 2013.
Jon Stewart, Faking It and Making It
As host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart is a funny man with a serious message. Originally broadcast July 22, 2005.
'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster...
A new film revisits a five-day interview that took place between writer David Foster Wallace and a reporter for Rolling Stone in 1996. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "very good movie."
A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And...
Writer Sarah Hepola once got so drunk before giving a presentation to 300 people that she didn't remember it the next day. In Blackout, her memoir, Hepola wrestles with her reasons for drinking.
A Hollywood Animal Trainer's Secrets For Getting Dogs To...
Teresa Ann Miller often works with distracted performers, but the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "The dogs just thought it was a party," she says of the film's dog-pack scene.
A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You...
In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.
'Buzzin' The Blues' Revisits The Declarative Harmonica...
Born in Baton Rouge in 1924, the blues musician known as Slim Harpo influenced rock bands like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and Pink Floyd. Rock Historian Ed Ward shares Harpo's story.
'Call Me Lucky': A Documentary Of Friendship, Childhood...
Barry Crimmins mentored Bobcat Goldthwait when they were up-and-coming comics in the '80s. A film directed by Goldthwait details their relationship — and the sexual abuse Crimmins suffered as a child.
New Release Features Jazz Flutist Sam Most's 'Breathy,...
From the Attic of My Mind is a batch of reissues drawn from the old Xanadu catalog of Sam Most recordings. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the late flutist makes "every note in a fast phrase pop out."
Fresh Air Weekend: Jake Gyllenhaal; Making A Comedy About...
"I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie," Gyllenhaal says of his role as a boxer in Southpaw. Director Sean Baker and actress Mya Taylor talk about their film, Tangerine.
A Holocaust Survivor Searches For Her Past In Christian...
A concentration camp survivor seeks a reunion with the husband who may have betrayed her in a new film set in post-war Berlin. Critic David Edelstein calls Phoenix a "morbidly romantic drama."
Rediscovering The Thrill Of George Balanchine's New York...
Lloyd Schwartz discusses the timeless appeal of the late choreographer George Balanchine. "[He] was our Shakespeare. ... watching a Balanchine ballet is like watching music come alive," he says.
'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Billy Bathgate' Author E L. Doctorow
Doctorow, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, was the author of dozens of novels, many of which combined fictional characters and real people in a historical context. Originally broadcast in 1989.
'Fresh Air' Remembers Broadcast News Pioneer Marlene...
Reporter and newscaster Sanders died Tuesday at the age of 84. In 1964, she made broadcast history when she was the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast. Originally broadcast in 1988.
Infidelity Is Steeped In Suspense In 'Among The Ten...
Julia Pierpont's debut novel opens with a young girl's discovery of her father's infidelity. Maureen Corrigan says that what follows is so unexpected and tense that it's a "fresh pleasure to read."
From Upspeak To Vocal Fry: Are We 'Policing' Young Women's...
Journalist Jessica Grose, linguistics professor Penny Eckert and speech pathologist Susan Sankin discuss upspeak, vocal fry and why women's voices are changing — and whether or not that's a problem.
Jake Gyllenhaal On Throwing (And Taking) Punches: 'It's...
In Southpaw, Gyllenhaal plays a boxer who grew up in foster care and is struggling to become a father to his daughter. "I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie," he says.
Reissue Of Thelonious Monk's 'Riverside Recordings' Shows...
Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of The Complete Riverside Recordings of pianist Thelonious Monk. He says it's really the story of two men: Monk and late record producer Orrin Keepnews.
'Sonic Trickster' Miguel Blends Genres And Melodies On...
Singer-songwriter Miguel mixes rock, pop, hip-hop, reggae and funk on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the musical slight-of-hand that results is "excitingly diverse and vivid."
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