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A Former Stunt Performer Shares Tricks Of The Trade

7/22/2024
Filmmaker and stunt coordinator David Leitch says it's easier to do stunts himself than direct his stunt performer friends. "You are responsible for their safety," he explains. "Your heart goes through your chest." His film The Fall Guy is about the unknown performers who put their lives on the line. He talks with Terry Gross about barrel rolling cars, being lit on fire, and doing another take when everything hurts. Also, Ken Tucker marks the 50th anniversary of Roxy Music's Country Life. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:46:45

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Best Of: A Life Of Self-Contempt / Character Actor Julianne Nicholson

7/20/2024
Humorist/writer Shalom Auslander's new memoir is a satirical look at all the ways a sense of "feh," which is Yiddish for "yuck," has made its way into his psyche and every aspect of his life. Auslander has written extensively over the years about growing up in a dysfunctional ultra-Orthodox Jewish family. His new memoir, aptly titled Feh, is about a journey to write a different story for himself. We'll also hear from Julianne Nicholson. Proud to call herself a character actor, she's appeared in dozens of films and TV series, from Ally McBeal and Boardwalk Empire to August: Osage County and Mare of Easttown, where she earned an Emmy. Nicholson is starring in the new film Janet Planet. And, Ken Tucker takes us back 50 years to Stevie Wonder's album Fulfillingness' First Finale, which he says is an underrated treasure. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:48:15

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Remembering Shelley Duvall / Sex Guru Dr. Ruth

7/19/2024
We remember actress Shelley Duvall, who died at the age of 75. Best-known for her role in The Shining, Robert Altman films and her own series about fairytales. She spoke with Terry Gross in 1992 about working with the two directors. Also, we remember the famous sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer. And TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Apple TV+ docuseries Omnivore, and John Powers reviews the new summer blockbuster Twisters. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:46:45

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Waking Up And Feeling 'Yuck'

7/18/2024
Humorist Shalom Auslander has written for decades about growing up in a dysfunctional household within an ultra-orthodox Jewish community. Feh, title of his latest memoir, comes from the Yiddish word for "yuck." He talks about self-hatred, changing the narrative and his friendship with late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Also, Justin Chang reviews the new horror movie Longlegs. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:44:39

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The Impossible American Dream

7/17/2024
PBS FRONTLINE documentarians Tom Casciato and Kathleen Hughes spent 34 years following two working-class families in Milwaukee who lost well-paying manufacturing jobs and then struggled to regain their way of life. The film, hosted by Bill Moyers, is called Two American Families. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:44:25

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Julianne Nicholson Likes Being A Character Actor

7/16/2024
Julianne Nicholson says when strangers recognize her on the street, they're never quite sure how they know her: "They might think I sold them kittens, or I work in the ice cream shop." She stars in the new film Janet Planet. She earned an Emmy for her role in HBO's Mare of Easttown as Mare's (Kate Winslet) best friend. Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel Practice, by Rosalind Brown. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:47:31

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Why The Weapon Choice In The Attempted Assassination Matters

7/15/2024
We talk about the weapon the shooter used in the attempted assassination of former President Trump. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Todd Frankel explains how the AR-15 became an icon of gun culture and a favored weapon for mass shooters. Also, Ken Tucker revisits Stevie Wonder's album Fulfillingness' First Finale for its 50th anniversary. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:46:28

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Best Of: A Novel Of Kidnapping & Family Trauma / Rethinking An Age-Gap Relationship

7/13/2024
Taffy Brodesser-Akner's new novel, Long Island Compromise, centers on the kidnapping of a rich businessman, and the impact, decades later, on his grown children. Her previous book, Fleishman Is in Trouble, was adapted into an acclaimed FX/Hulu series. Jill Ciment met her husband in the 1970s when she was a teenager and he was almost 50. At the time of their first kiss, he was a married father of two; she was his art student. In her memoir Consent she reconsiders the origin story of their marriage. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:48:23

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Remembering Actor Martin Mull And Screenwriter Robert Towne

7/12/2024
Martin Mull, who died June 27, appeared in the 1970s series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and later starred in Fernwood 2 Night. David Bianculli offers an appreciation, then we revisit Terry Gross' 1995 interview with Mull. Robert Towne, who died July 1, was nominated for an Oscar in 1974 for his screenplay for The Last Detail, and won the Academy Award in 1975 for his screenplay for Chinatown. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1988. Justin Chang reviews A Quiet Place: Day One. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:47:03

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Understanding The Resurgence of Jobs In America's 'Left Behind' Counties

7/11/2024
David Madland of the Center for American Progress says new, "good" jobs are on the rise, but many of the workers don't realize it's a result of Biden's new industrial policies. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:44:50

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Inside The Biggest Ponzi Scheme In American History

7/10/2024
Disgraced financier Bernie Madoff scammed investors out of approximately $68 billion. Investigative journalist Richard Behar spoke to Madoff in prison more than 50 times in researching his new book. Behar also conducted interviews with Wall Street insiders, prosecutors, FBI agents, and people who lost most or all of their money investing through Madoff's company. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:46:04

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She Was 17, He Was 47: How #MeToo Changed A Marriage

7/9/2024
Jill Ciment met her husband in the 1970s when she was a teenager and he was almost 50. At the time of their first kiss, he was a married father of two; she was his art student. In her memoir Consent she reconsiders the origin story of their marriage. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:46:00

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Taffy Brodesser-Akner Writes Real People — Not Likable Ones

7/8/2024
Brodesser-Akner's new novel, Long Island Compromise, centers on the kidnapping of a rich businessman, and the impact, decades later, on his grown children. She channeled what she learned as a journalist writing celebrity profiles for the book: "I think that the goal of all writing is to humanize those that we can only see from far away." Her previous book, Fleishman Is in Trouble, was adapted into an acclaimed FX/Hulu series. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:45:54

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Best Of: Comic Michelle Buteau / Emily Nussbaum On Reality TV

7/6/2024
Comedian Michelle Buteau stars in the new comedy Babes, which follows best friends as they take different paths toward motherhood. It was a role Buteau had to be talked into doing by her real life friend and co-star Ilana Glazer because, at the time, she was already in the thick of living out her character's life as the mother of twin babies. Also, we'll talk with New Yorker staff writer Emily Nussbaum about working conditions for cast members on the popular reality TV show Love is Blind. And Ken Tucker Rock critic Ken Tucker revisits Steely Dan's 1974 album Pretzel Logic, on its 50th anniversary. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:47:35

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David Byrne on 40 Years of 'Stop Making Sense'

7/5/2024
For the 40th anniversary of Talking Heads' masterpiece concert film, Stop Making Sense, A24 remastered and rereleased the movie, bringing it to new audiences and longtime fans. Talking Heads frontman David Byrne returns to Fresh Air to speak with Terry Gross about songwriting, dancing, and constructing the big suit. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:44:08

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How Bon Jovi Lost His Voice — And Got It Back

7/4/2024
A few years ago, Bon Jovi stopped performing because of a vocal cord injury. The Hulu docuseries Thank You, Goodnight offers a career retrospective, plus a view of his surgery and return to the stage. He spoke with Terry Gross about his voice, writing "Livin' on a Prayer," and his new album, Forever. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:45:53

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A Former Federal Judge Fears For Democracy

7/3/2024
David Tatel is a former civil rights lawyer who spent 30 years as a judge on the D.C. Circuit, the nation's second highest court. He retired earlier this year. As an appellate judge, he was required to follow Supreme Court precedents, but what about precedents that resulted from what he considers flawed judicial reasoning? We talk with Tatel about being a judge during a time he thought the Supreme Court veered off course — and being a judge who is blind. His new book is called Vision: A Memoir of Blindness and Justice. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:45:11

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Reflections on Being Fat in a Thin World

7/2/2024
As a comedy writer for shows like The Late Late Show with James Corden, Ian Karmel spent most of his life making fun of his weight, starting at a very young age. His new memoir is called T-Shirt Swim Club: Stories of Being Fat in a World of Thin People. It chronicles how he used comedy to cope growing up, and now that he's lost hundreds of pounds, what he's discovered about himself and society. Also, David Bianculli reviews season three of The Bear. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:45:11

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What Do The 'Love is Blind' Lawsuits Mean For Reality TV?

7/1/2024
New Yorker writer Emily Nussbaum discusses the lawsuits brought forth by the Love is Blind cast members, and reflects on how reality TV has impacted our culture. Her new book about the history of reality TV is Cue the Sun! Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a recording by Finnish condutor Klaus Mäkelä. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:45:52

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Best Of: Dr. Fauci's Talks With Trump / 'Hacks' Star Hannah Einbinder

6/29/2024
If you've ever wondered what conversations were like between Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci during the Covid pandemic, wonder no more. Fauci talks about his new memoir, in which he relates several profanity-laced scoldings he got from the President. Also, we hear from Hannah Einbinder, who stars with Jean Smart in the comedy series Hacks. And Maureen Corrigan shares some summer book recommendations. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:48:06