Sampling music isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says DJ Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while pushing that story forward.
On this week's show, Gene Demby joins us to talk about artists who we sometimes love and sometimes don't, and we bring back the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz.
Also: Radio Open Source finds an old interview with David Foster Wallace in the WBUR archives; elevator criticism.
The popular '90s TV show Boy Meets World is getting a reboot, but this time Cory and Topanga are the grown-ups and their 13-year-old daughter is the one stumbling toward adulthood.
The German film Nothing Bad Can Happen follows a boy who meets up with a father figure who tests his born-again beliefs and ultimately becomes his tormentor.
Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic tale of the last remnants of humankind trapped on a train to nowhere is the kind of idea-driven science fiction that deserves to be seen.
Director Joe Berlinger dives into the story of James "Whitey" Bulger, convicted of a pile of crimes and sentenced in 2013. Unfortunately, not every question seems to be asked with the same urgency.
The sweet musical film Begin Again brings Mark Ruffalo and a charming Keira Knightley into a story about redemption and music that loses its footing every time it tries to stay close to the ground.
Stations of the Elevated was the first film to point a camera at the graffiti movement in New York, years before graffiti was recognized by the art world. Now, it's getting an official re-release.
There are many heroes in Kevin Birmingham's new book about the novel that sparked a revolution, but James Joyce isn't one of them. The strength of The Most Dangerous Book lies in its subtle details.
Peter Anyang Nyong'o is a Kenyan senator. He's also the father of Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o. He talks to host Michel Martin about his own history and his family's newfound fame.
For her first feature film, director Gillian Robespierre says she wanted to cast Jenny Slate in the role as an empowered, funny woman. They tell Fresh Air about what shaped them as women in comedy.
It's said that all good things come in threes — which is why this final round is all about three-word groupings that always go together. Go! Fight! Win! Three cheers for this week's champion.
The hosts of WNYC's Radiolab describe first impressions, the show's bumbling beginnings and their mutual passion for shoes. Will these brainiacs get their wires crossed in a game about each other?
It used to be that a TV theme song told an entire show's premise. Lately, all you get is a wordless ditty. In this game, we've rewritten the lyrics to classic TV tunes to be about modern-day dramas.
Can you name these literary classics after we've modernized their opening lines with current slang? "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is cray-cray in its own way."
Musical guests They Might Be Giants treated us to a wicked game of their own invention. Be careful: don't let John Flansburgh and John Linnell's seemingly easy trivia questions leave you in the dust.
Lace up your boogie shoes — in this game, we achieve the unachievable and dance on the radio. We give you step-by-step instructions to a popular dance, and you give us its name. It's electric!
Also: Barnes & Noble splitting in two; a new Judy Blume novel is coming out next year.
Joshua Ferris' darkly comic new novel centers on a faith-doubting dentist who finds his identity's been stolen by a strange religious group. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it stirring and deeply felt.