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'On The Way To Two' Offers A Snapshot Of A True Jazz Partnership

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 1:33pm

The posthumous release of an album recorded 10 years ago showcases the interplay between the late trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and his longtime pianist John Taylor. Critic Kevin Whitehead has a review.

Have We Lost A Constitutional Right In The Fine Print?

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 1:33pm

New York Times reporter Jessica Silver-Greenberg says many companies' contracts force consumers to settle complaints through arbitration instead of in court, and include bans on class action suits.

'This Old Man' Is A Wry, Nimble Take On Life, Aging And Baseball

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 1:33pm

At 95, New Yorker editor Roger Angell has written decades' worth of books and articles. Maureen Corrigan says it's a great pleasure to spend time in the company of his latest book, This Old Man.

The CMAs And Old Dominion Showcase An Elastic, Expansive Country Style

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 1:48pm

Ken Tucker says that Justin Timberlake's duet with Chris Stapleton the Country Music Awards and Meat and Candy, the new hip-hop-influenced album by Old Dominion, showcase a new style of country.

Shonda Rhimes On Running 3 Hit Shows And The Limits Of Network TV

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 1:48pm

The force behind ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder says she has fought to get important images — like same-sex couple love scenes — on air.

'Weekend Update' Co-Anchors Dish On 'SNL' And Donald Trump

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 1:16pm

As hosts of Saturday Night Live's news segment, Colin Jost and Michael Che are used to joking about hot-button issues. "Whoever is in a position of power, you're going to take shots at," Jost says.

'Arab Of The Future' Chronicles The Challenges Of A Cross-Cultural Childhood

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 12:43pm

Former Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Riad Sattouf grew up in the Middle East and France with a French mother and Syrian father. "I hate nationalism," he says. "Comic book author [is] my first nationality."

Actress Brie Larson Finds Light Within The Darkness Of 'Room'

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 12:43pm

In her new film, Larson plays a woman who has created an elaborate fantasy world to hide a harsh reality from her son. The actress says the son's innocence in Room reminds her of her own childhood.

Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Aziz Ansari and Writer Alan Yang; Actress Illeana Douglas

Sat, 11/07/2015 - 8:03am

Parks and Recreation colleagues Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang explore the first-generation experience in Master of None. Actress Illeana Douglas recounts a life Lived In And Out Of The Movies.

All-Star 'Spotlight' Cast Creates A Riveting Movie About Investigative Journalism

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:58pm

A new film chronicles the real-life team of reporters who exposed a network of pedophile priests and Church enablers in Boston. Critic David Edelstein calls Spotlight a brilliant work.

Ron Perlman On 'Sons Of Anarchy' And His Many On-Screen Transformations

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:58pm

In his book, Easy Street (The Hard Way), actor Ron Perlman describes himself as having a face "that was not ugly but surely one of its kind." Originally broadcast Sept. 22, 2014.

Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls'

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:58pm

Dunham says when she started writing HBO's Girls, she was drawn to characters with "a bit of a Zelda Fitzgerald lost, broken woman quality." Originally broadcast Sept. 29, 2014.

Ansari And Yang Explore The First-Generation Experience In 'Master Of None'

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 2:32pm

Parks and Recreation colleagues Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang bonded over their experiences as Asian-Americans living very different lives from their parents. Their new series is streaming on Netflix.

Brief And Brisk, The Newly Translated 'Boxes' Is An Existential Pleasure

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:15pm

The French writer Pascal Garnier, who died in 2010, wrote more than 30 children's books, but he's best known for a series of acclaimed novels. Critic John Powers reviews the newly translated Boxes.

Remembering 'Fresh Air' Creator David Karpoff

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:11pm

Fresh Air host Terry Gross remembers David Karpoff, the man who created the show and came up with its name. Karpoff died Oct. 27.

Jazz Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant Doesn't Want To Sound 'Clean And Pretty'

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:34pm

McLorin Salvant first studied classical voice, but turned to jazz because it offered her more range. "In jazz, I felt I could sing these deep, husky lows," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

'Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise' Educates But Doesn't Entertain Its Readers

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 12:55pm

Oscar Hijuelos' posthumously published novel chronicles the friendship between Mark Twain and explorer Henry Morton Stanley. Maureen Corrigan says the book lacks the magic of Hijuelos' best work.

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For Tracey Stewart, Life After The 'Daily Show' Is All About The Animals

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 12:55pm

When they ran out of room for rescue animals in their home, Tracey Stewart and her husband, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, bought a farm. Tracey Stewart's new book is Do Unto Animals.

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The 'Complete Bee Hive Recordings' Buzz With The Energy Of '70s Mainstream Jazz

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:34pm

A new 12-CD box set by Mosaic features a number of superior musicians who aren't household names, like saxophonists Nick Brignola and Sal Nistico. Critic Kevin Whitehead has a review.

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Actress Illeana Douglas Recounts A Life 'Lived In And Out Of The Movies'

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:34pm

The actress, who appeared in Six Feet Under and Cape Fear, discusses growing up on a commune, working with (and dating) Scorsese and her various acting gigs. Douglas' memoir is I Blame Dennis Hopper.

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