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'Let The People See': It Took Courage To Keep Emmett Till's Memory Alive

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:24pm

Historian Elliott J. Gorn's new book revisits the 1955 death and public funeral of the African-American teen. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's a timely story about the fragility of collective memory.

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Eli Saslow Traces A 'Straight Line' From White Nationalism To The Synagogue Shooter

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 2:26pm

"In the horrific hierarchy of white nationalist beliefs, they really consider Jews their primary enemy," the journalist says of the suspect in the Pittsburgh shooting Saturday.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Melissa McCarthy; Actor/Director Paul Dano

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 8:00am

McCarthy plays a caustic literary forger in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of Amarcord Nino Rota. Filmmaker Dano discusses his new film Wildlife.

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Biographer Sought To Write The Kind Of Book Lou Reed 'Deserved'

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 12:28pm

"It wasn't like I had to go looking for the drugs and the sex," Anthony DeCurtis, author of Lou Reed: A Life, told Fresh Air in 2017. "Lou wrote about it ... so I felt it was fair game."

New, Magnificently Obsessive 'Suspiria' Is More Rebirth Than Remake

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 12:10pm

Luca Guadagnino's version of Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic departs from the original in every way imaginable. Critic Justin Chang says the 2018 Suspiria showcases an "astounding level of craft."

Corruption, Scandal And The Multi-Billion Dollar Business Of College Basketball

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 12:10pm

Writer Michael Sokolove explains how college basketball programs manipulate young athletes for the benefit — and profit — of adults. His new book is The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino.

'Amarcord Nino Rota' Returns — And It's Well Worth The Wait

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 12:34pm

A just-reissued album, from 1981, features diverse musicians playing songs that Nino Rota composed for Federico Fellini movies. Critic Kevin Whitehead calls it a charming album that's long overdue.

Paul Dano On 'Wildlife,' And The Different Anxieties Of Acting And Directing

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 12:34pm

The Love & Mercy star steps behind the camera for Wildlife, an adaptation of Richard Ford's novel about a boy whose parents are separating. The film was informed by Dano's parents' relationship.

Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Are Targeting Minorities, Journalist Says

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 1:04pm

Ari Berman of Mother Jones warns that a Republican strategy to tighten access to the ballot could have a major impact on the 2018 election. "It could be tainted by voter suppression," Berman says.

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Take Thrilling Comfort In 'Bodyguard,' Where The Malfeasance Is Just Fiction

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 1:21pm

A new BBC/Netflix series about terrorism and political chicanery delivers plenty of thrills — but ultimately lacks seriousness. Critic John Powers says Bodyguard is "awash in a timely cynicism."

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'Pleasant' Doesn't Interest Melissa McCarthy: 'Who Wants To Watch That?'

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:47pm

McCarthy likes to take on "three-dimensional, flawed" characters. Otherwise, she says, "there's nothing to sink your teeth into." She stars as a caustic literary forger in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'BoJack Horseman' Creator; 'Hey, Kiddo' Author

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 8:00am

Raphael Bob-Waksberg describes his show, BoJack Horseman, as a sadness "sneak attack." Justin Chang reviews Can You Ever Forgive Me?. Jarrett J. Krosoczka discusses his graphic memoir, Hey, Kiddo.

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Father And Son Behind 'Beautiful Boy' Share Their Story Of Addiction And Recovery

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:33pm

David Sheff and his son Nic both wrote memoirs about Nic's meth addiction. Their stories are now the basis of a film starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. Originally broadcast in '08 and '13.

'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Is A Rare Gem: A Sweet Film About A Mean Person

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:41am

A new film features Melissa McCarthy as a misanthropic con artist who forges letters from famous authors. Critic Justin Chang feels like McCarthy's entire career has been working toward this role.

'Times' Journalists Puncture Myth Of Trump As Self-Made Billionaire

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:23pm

Investigative reporters Susanne Craig and David Barstow say the president received today's equivalent of $413 million from his father's real estate empire, through what appears to be tax fraud.

Eric Church Gets Introspective In A Stripped-Down 'Desperate Man'

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:23pm

The country-music star returns to the basics in a new album that reflects some of the life-altering experiences he survived this past year. Ken Tucker says Desperate Man is an impressive achievement.

Don't Be Fooled By The Talking Horse — 'BoJack' Is A Sadness 'Sneak Attack'

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:55pm

BoJack is a former sitcom star struggling with depression and addiction. Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg says part of the pitch for the animated show was: "What's Mister Ed like behind the scenes?"

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What Would Eleanor Do? 'If You Ask Me' Revisits Roosevelt's Advice Columns

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:32pm

For 20 years, Roosevelt answered reader questions on topics monumental, mundane and everywhere in between. A new book presents a selection of her essential advice and practical wisdom.

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'Hey, Kiddo' Aims To Help Kids With Addicted Parents Feel Less Alone

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 2:45pm

Jarrett J. Krosoczka was raised by his grandparents. The author and illustrator says he got a lot of practice telling stories as a kid — "making up excuses for where my biological parents were."

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Novelist Esi Edugyan On Depicting The 'Forgotten Figures' Of Scientific History

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:19pm

Edugyan's latest novel, Washington Black, tells the story of a boy who escapes slavery and embarks on a voyage of scientific discovery. It has been shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

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