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'Baskets' Takes Zach Galifianakis From French Clown School To The Rodeo Ring

1 hour 32 min ago

The comic, who plays a rodeo clown in his new FX comedy series, says he is "not creeped out by clowns." Galifianakis is also the creator of the Emmy Award-winning web comedy series Between Two Ferns.

Duplass Brothers On Filmmaking, Siblings And Parenting's 'Fugue State'

1 hour 32 min ago

The brothers' latest project, Togetherness, is about four people in their late 30s who live in Los Angeles. Mark Duplass describes it as a "deeply personal television show."

New Box Set Shows Off The Twisted Rhythms Of Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:29pm

Johnson was a songwriter who wrote stage hits for 1920s Broadway. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the Classic James P. Johnson Sessions (1921-1943) "paints a portrait of a working virtuoso."

At 82, Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:29pm

Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. His memoir is Master Of Ceremonies.

Remembering Folk Singer/Songwriter Dan Hicks

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:39pm

Hicks, who died on Saturday, began performing with his band Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks in the late '60s. Rock historian Ed Ward has an appreciation. Originally broadcast Jan 10, 2002.

'Mad Max' Director George Miller: The Audience Tells You 'What Your Film Is'

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:39pm

Miller, who directed the first Mad Max film in 1979, says it will be a few years before he has any idea as to whether Mad Max: Fury Road "endures in some way."

Fresh Air Weekend: Bassem Youssef; 'Homegrown Terrorists'; Baby's First Food

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 8:00am

Youssef, the "Egyptian Jon Stewart," brings his act to America. Peter Bergen discusses Americans who are drawn to jihad. Bee Wilson examines how early feeding patterns influence the a child's palate.

Sia Reclaims Songs She Wrote For Others On 'This Is Acting'

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:10pm

The Australian songwriter who has written hits for Rihanna, Beyonce and Katy Perry just released an album of her own. Critic Ken Tucker likes Sia's singing, in part, because of its imperfections.

Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:53pm

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.

Coen Brothers Spoof Old Hollywood, With Mixed Results, In 'Hail, Caesar!'

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 12:31pm

The new period comedy by Joel and Ethan Coen takes place backstage at a 1950s Hollywood studio. Reviewer David Edelstein says that despite flashes of brilliance, the film "feels thin."

In Baby's 'First Bite,' A Chance To Shape A Child's Taste

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:56am

Bee Wilson's new book, First Bite, examines how genetics, culture, memory and early feeding patterns influence the palate. She says babies are most open to new flavors between ages 4 and 7 months.

Lizzo Brings Ideas, Humor And Sass To 'Big Grrrl Small World'

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:55pm

The vivacious alt-rapper Lizzo mixes rap, gospel and neo-soul on her new album. Critic Milo Miles says Big Grrrl Small World will win listeners over with its energy and hooks.

'Egyptian Jon Stewart' Bassem Youssef Will Now Satirize U.S. Democracy

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:55pm

Bassem Youssef created what became the most popular TV show in Egypt's history, but the government had the show cancelled, and Youssef fled Egypt.

'The Yid' Puts A Brash, Screwball Spin On Soviet Anti-Semitism

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:19pm

Paul Goldberg's debut novel is an ambitious historical fantasy about Stalin's 1953 plan to purge Jews from the Soviet Union. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Yid is a wildly inventive "what if" story.

Who Are America's 'Homegrown Terrorists'?

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:19pm

CNN's Peter Bergen describes how the Internet and social media have been used to radicalize and recruit Americans to jihad — and how some new jihadists then use those same tools to draw in others.

The Riffs And Rhythms That Led To Jazz As We Know It

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:43pm

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band's first recording in Feb. 1917 is often cited as the first jazz record ever, but critic Kevin Whitehead says that the roots of jazz stretch a little further back.

'The People V. O.J. Simpson' Bursts With Sharp Scenes, Powerful Performances

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:43pm

FX resurrects the "trial of the century" in its new season of American Crime Story. Critic John Powers says every single episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson "is an embarrassment of tawdry riches."

How China's One-Child Policy Led To Forced Abortions, 30 Million Bachelors

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:43pm

Journalist Mei Fong tells Fresh Air that China's one-child policy drastically reshaped the country's demographic make-up. "China has 30 million more men than women," she says. Her book is One Child.

Fresh Air Weekend: Brittany Howard; Saying 'No' To Dates; 'Mind Over Body'

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 8:00am

Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard discusses small-town life and big-time music. Commentator Sarah Hepola recommends honesty in dating. Science writer Jo Marchant talks about her new book, Cure.

Young African-American Muslims Share A Hidden Love In 'Naz & Maalik'

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 11:57am

Jay Dockendorf's new film presents a day in the life of two gay African-American teens, who also happen to be devout Muslims. Critic David Edelstein calls Naz & Maalik "excitingly fresh."

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