Lewis speaks of growing up in Alabama in this 2009 interview. At the time, there was a county whose population was 80 percent African American that didn't have a single registered black voter.
Casey Affleck is a man returning to his hometown to bury his brother and reconnect with his teen nephew in Manchester by the Sea. Critic David Eldestein calls the film draining, but also worth seeing.
Whitehead was recently awarded the National Book Award for his novel about a young slave who has escaped a Georgia plantation and is heading north. Originally broadcast Aug. 8, 2016.
Growing up, a family friend was a casting director who would sometimes use Affleck as an extra. Now, years later, he's transitioned to leading man. His latest film is Manchester by the Sea.
Bloomberg's Joshua Green discusses Bannon's work in the far right wing of the Republican party. Trump's chief strategist, Green says, was "one of the major figures" in Clinton's defeat.
Coppola was 29 years old when he signed on to direct a film. "I was young and had no power," he says, "so [the studio] figured they could just boss me around." But the young director fought back.
New Yorker writer Evan Osnos talks about the executive orders and other actions that Trump can use to undo existing agreements on climate change, immigration and foreign policy.
Mid-Thirties Single Scene, the new album by the Australian group Scott and Charlene's Wedding, describes the thoughts and actions of a character who has just turned 34. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.
The Pitch Perfect star started acting when she was 6. Back then, she says, she likely just did it for the attention. "Then it sort of transformed into something that was really meaningful for me."
Rae talks about her HBO series Insecure. Critic John Powers praises the "quiet restraint and unhurried rhythm" of Certain Women. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy discuss their futuristic series Westworld.
To mark Veterans Day, Fresh Air presents interviews with Iraq War veterans Brian Castner and Kayla Williams, and WWII veteran Robert Kotlowitz. Also, Brian Turner reads his poem Here, Bullet.
Amy Adams plays a professor tasked with talking to eight-tentacled aliens in Denis Villeneuve's new film. Critic David Edelstein says Arrival is a strange and tantalizing puzzle.
Elkin, who died in 1995, was known for his satirical takes on American culture. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a new collection of essays that showcases the freshness of Elkin's work.
"Television has really become where a lot of the action is right now," critic David Bianculli says. His new book revisits the best of the small screen — from I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead.
Fresh Air discusses the 2016 election with Atlantic Magazine correspondent James Fallows, who spent three years flying his own plane to small towns across the U.S., reporting on the people he met.
Kelly Reichardt presents the interlocking lives of several Montana women in her new film, Certain Women. Critic John Powers calls it a work of "quiet restraint and unhurried rhythm."
As a self-described "awkward black girl," Rae says she often felt that she was straddling two worlds growing up. She drew on her own experiences to create the HBO series Insecure.
Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy offer a pessimistic view of human nature in Westworld, HBO's futuristic TV series about a theme park that allows tourists to act out their Wild West fantasies.
"Donald and I go all the way back to when his hair was dark brown," Garry Trudeau jokes. His new book, Yuge!, is a collection of 30 years of comic strips featuring Trump as a character.
The Late Show host says he has finally found his post-Colbert Report voice. Ken Tucker reviews Cohen's You Want It Darker. Glover challenges stereotypes about rappers in Atlanta.