Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father,...08/27/15
Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.
Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'
The comedian wrote and stars in Fish in the Dark, a play about rivalries and dysfunction when a family patriarch dies. Originally broadcast March 5, 2015.
Former Marine Adam Driver On What Acting And The Military...
"You have a group of people trying to accomplish a mission that's greater than themselves," the actor says. Driver stars in the film comedy While We're Young. Originally broadcast April 9, 2015.
Vigilante Computer Geeks Reign In The Addictive 'Mr. Robot'
The USA Network show centers on a brilliant computer wizard who gets involved with a mysterious cell of fellow hackers. Critic John Powers calls Mr. Robot an "addictive new psychological thriller."
In Richard Price's Latest Novel, Haunted Cops And Cases...
Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. Originally broadcast Feb. 17, 2015.
'Public Morals' — Or Lack Thereof — On Display In TNT's...
Set in New York City in the 1960s, Ed Burns' new 10-hour series features corrupt cops and gritty gangsters. Critic David Bianculli says Public Morals has the look and feel of a classic police drama.
'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her...
"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Originally broadcast April 20, 2015.
Fresh Air Weekend: Larry Wilmore; 'Best Of Enemies'; Lily...
The host of The Nightly Show talks about his show's first 100 episodes. Critic John Powers weighs in on the 1968 Buckley-Vidal debates. Lily Tomlin discusses great roles, old cars and coming out.
Climbing Documentary 'Meru' Is A Hair-Raising 'Peak...
A new documentary charts the attempts of a trio of American climbers to be the first to scale Mount Meru, a 21,000-foot Himalayan peak. Critic David Edelstein says Meru is "cunning" — and terrifying.
One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'
Attorney Bryan Stevenson represents those who have been abandoned. His clients include abused and neglected children and people on death row. Originally broadcast Oct. 20, 2014.
'Fear The Walking Dead' And 'Documentary Now!' Riff On...
Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli reviews two very different new television projects – IFC's spoof show, Documentary Now!, and AMC's prequel series, Fear the Walking Dead.
How Close Are We Really To A Robot-Run Society?
From self-driving cars to automated warehouses, humans are being pushed out of the equation. Soon, robots will "do a million other things we can't even conceive of," author John Markoff says.
With Its 100th Episode, Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Has...
The self-deprecating host of Comedy Central's The Nightly Show says it took a few months to get comfortable in his new role. "People are holding your feet to the fire immediately," he says.
Lily Tomlin At 75: The Actress Discusses Great Roles, Old...
The star of the film Grandma and the Netflix series Grace and Frankie married her partner of 42 years, Jane Wagner, in 2013. Tomlin discusses her work and her decision to be open about her sexuality.
'The Thompson Fields' Mixes Prairie Dreaming With A...
Composer Maria Schneider draws on her rural Minnesota roots in her new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says that while Schneider can do grandeur, "once in awhile, the majesty gets a little too purple."
Documentary Revisits The 'Dazzling' Polemics Of The...
Best of Enemies chronicles the 1968 debates between conservative editor William F. Buckley and liberal novelist Gore Vidal. Critic John Powers weighs in on the legacy of their verbal crossfire.
Lesbian Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Countered Dad's Secrecy...
The musical and graphic novel Fun Home describe Bechdel's coming out, and her dad's closeted homosexuality. She says, "In many ways ... my professional career has been a reaction to my father's life."
Fresh Air Weekend: Elephant Poachers; 'Mistress America';...
Journalist Bryan Christy talks about using GPS trackers to follow elephant poachers. Justin Chang reviews Mistress America. Phoebe Gloeckner and Marielle Heller discuss The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
David Foster Wallace: The 'Fresh Air' Interview
In 1996, Wallace's novel Infinite Jest was a critical and popular success. The new movie The End of The Tour recreates the author's tour for that book. Originally broadcast March 5, 1997.
Jason Segel On Breakups, Bromances And 'Freaks And Geeks'
The star of the The End of the Tour may be best known for his "bromance" films. "These kind of buddy movies are allowing men to open up a little bit," Segel says. Originally broadcast March 23, 2009.
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