In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible07/11/14
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.
If Jim Lauderdale Is A Song, More People Should Hear It
Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker says Lauderdale's career is at once admirable and somewhat puzzling.
'Fresh Air' Remembers Screenwriter Paul Mazursky
Mazursky wrote such films as Next Stop, Greenwich Village; An Unmarried Woman; and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. He died last week at the age of 84. He talked with Terry Gross in 1991 and 1999.
The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz
The brass players' debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz
'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor
Taylor was best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the TV sitcom Designing Women. Taylor's other TV series included Buffalo Bill and Dave's World. He chatted with Terry Gross in 1990.
Fresh Air Weekend: Joel McHale, 'Friendship,' And 'The Great Fish Swap'
Comedian Joel McHale talks bad TV and filming a thriller; Maureen Corrigan says Friendship is a startlingly nice novel; and author Paul Greenberg discusses why most of the fish we eat is imported.
'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And...
In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.
In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life
Keira Knightley plays a heartbroken singer-songwriter who teams up with a drunken producer in Begin Again. Irish director John Carney, who had a surprise hit with the musical Once, hit his mark again.
Strand Of Oaks: Songs Heal All Wounds
If you're going to be downbeat, glum, or morose, it's best to do it the way Timothy Showalter does it
As Supreme Court Term Ends, Journalist Examines Its Decisions
The Supreme Court term ended Monday. The New York Times correspondent and lawyer Adam Liptak talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about what the decisions reveal about the nine justices.
'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger
Emily Gould's first novel stars 30-something single women in New York City who are figuring out what's important in life. It's worth picking up for its sharp social observations and inspired wordplay.
Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much
For the first time, a computer passed the test for machines engaging in intelligent thought. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the real test is whether computers can behave the same way thinking people do.
'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply
One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat here is imported and often of lower quality. Why? Author Paul Greenberg says it has to do with American tastes.
Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller
The host of The Soup on the E! network co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," the comedian tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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