An Exuberantly Dark First Novel Explores The Chaos...10/08/15
Fiston Mwanza Mujila's novel, Tram 83, is a freewheeling tale about life in an imaginary place inspired by the author's home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Critic John Powers has a review.
Sculptor Turns Rain, Ice And Trees Into 'Ephemeral Works'
British artist Andy Goldsworthy's sculptures melt and decay. "It's not about art," he says. "It's just about life, and the need to understand that a lot of things in life do not last."
Patti Smith Reveals Her Solitary Soul In The 'M Train'
Smith follows up to her National Book Award-winning memoir, Just Kids, with another memoir, M Train. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it is a haunting story about weathering life's storms.
'American Horror Story' Returns, With Twists, Thrills And...
FX's American Horror Story returns for season five this week. TV critic David Bianculli says this season, which is set in a lavish old hotel, is "the most visually arresting and twisted one yet."
'Gates Of Gold' Showcases Los Lobos' Musical Influences...
Now in its fourth decade of music-making, Los Lobos just released its first studio album since 2010. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Gates of Gold is "full of thick, mysterious music."
For Israeli-Born Chef, Hummus And 'Tehina' Are A Bridge To...
Chef Michael Solomonov sees his mission as connecting people to the food of his homeland. "That, to me, is my life's work," he says. Solomonov's new cookbook is Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.
Singer Blurs The Lines Between East And West On 'Sounds...
Singer Jen Shyu was born in Illinois, but spent years in East Asia, studying regional music, languages and literature. Critic Kevin Whitehead says that Shyu's research echoes throughout her new album.
Univision's Jorge Ramos Discusses Journalism And That...
Mexican-born journalist Jorge Ramos moved to the U.S. in 1983. "I am glad that I came," he says. "The First Amendment has given me all the opportunities that I couldn't have in Mexico."
Fresh Air Weekend: Baltimore's 'Beast Side'; 'After You';...
Author D. Watkins discusses growing up during Baltimore's crack epidemic. Maureen Corrigan reviews Jojo Moyes' novel, After You. "Street doctor" James O'Connell treats Boston's most isolated patients.
The Great Bluff That Led To A 'Magical' Pill And A Sexual...
In the '50s, four people collaborated to create a pill that would allow women to enjoy sex. Jonathan Eig details the history in The Birth of the Pill. Originally broadcast Oct. 7, 2014.
'The Martian' Is A Gripping, Out-Of-This World Space Saga
Ridley Scott's new film stars Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. Critic David Edelstein says The Martian features special effects that make you feel like you are seeing the real red planet.
Baltimore Author Discusses 'Living (And Dying) While Black'
Author D. Watkins says that crack destroyed his East Baltimore neighborhood, and explains how the real day-to-day of selling drugs is nothing like the movies. His new book is The Beast Side.
A Broken-Hearted Heroine Picks Up The Pieces In Jojo...
Moyes' follow-up to her 2012 novel Me Before You explores the depths of grief and the paths of resilience. Maureen Corrigan calls After You "an affecting [and] entertaining female adventure tale."
Journalist Discusses The Rise Of ISIS And Its Future In...
Joby Warrick, author of Black Flags, traces the Islamic State's development from an al-Qaida-related insurgency in Iraq to a successful jihadist movement that now holds territory in Syria and Iraq.
New Host Trevor Noah Puts His Own Spin On 'The Daily Show'
Last night, seven weeks after Jon Stewart stepped down as the host of The Daily Show, the new host debuted. Critic David Bianculli says Trevor Noah "gave viewers plenty of reasons to tune in again."
House Calls To The Homeless: A Doctor Treats Boston's Most...
James O'Connell refers to himself as a "street doctor." Since 1985, he has cared for homeless patients, sometimes making visits on park benches or in alleys. His memoir is Stories from the Shadows.
From Ingenue To Antigone: Juliette Binoche Discusses...
The Oscar-winning actress plays Antigone in a new translation of Sophocles' 2,000-year-old tragedy. "It's a very powerful play," Binoche says. Sophocles "still is bringing so much truth in our lives."
A Nurse Reflects On The Privilege Of Caring For Dying...
Palliative care nurse Theresa Brown provides in-home, end-of-life care to patients. "It's incredible the love that people evoke" at the end of their lives, she says. Brown's new book is The Shift.
Fresh Air Weekend: Francis' Papacy; The 'Concert By The...
Journalist Paul Vallely discuses the reforms Pope Francis is making. Kevin Whitehead reviews Concert By The Sea by Erroll Garner's trio. A surgeon seeks to help women navigate breast cancer treatment.
For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected...
The mezzo-soprano discovered opera as a 22-year-old pre-med student. She took "a crack at a singing career" and has been at the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years. Originally broadcast March 14, 2014.
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