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Paramedic Shares His Wild Ride Treating 'A Thousand Naked Strangers'

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 1:03pm

Kevin Hazzard, who worked as an Atlanta paramedic, rescued people from choking, overdoses, cardiac arrest, gunshot wounds and a host of other medical emergencies. Respiratory calls were his favorites.

Author Profiles The 'Traumatized People' Living In The World's Largest Refugee Camp

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 1:35pm

Founded in 1991 as a temporary shelter for Somalis, the Dadaab complex in Kenya now houses nearly half a million refugees. Ben Rawlence profiles nine of its residents in his new book, City of Thorns.

British Singer Ellie Goulding Strikes An Inventive Chord With 'Delirium'

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 1:35pm

The "Love Me Like You Do" singer created her new album as an experiment — to see if she could make a "big pop album." Reviewer Ken Tucker says Goulding's experimental effort was worth the risk.

Fresh Air Weekend: Our Critics Pick The Best TV, Books, Movies And Music Of 2015

Sat, 01/02/2016 - 8:00am

David Bianulli picks the best TV shows of the year. Short books dominate Maureen Corrigan's best book list. David Edelstein recommends the year's best films. Ken Tucker assesses the best music of '15.

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

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 1:02pm

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 says. Originally broadcast Nov. 4, 2015.

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

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:31pm

Parks and Recreation colleagues Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang initially bonded over their experiences as Asian-Americans living very different lives from their parents. Originally broadcast Nov. 5, 2015.

The Story Behind Mark Ronson's Hit Song 'Uptown Funk'

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:31pm

The producer says there was a time when his co-writers thought, "Maybe this song wasn't meant to be." He also describes working with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars. Originally broadcast April 16, 2015.

Actor Jeffrey Tambor On 'Transparent': 'I Loved It From The Very Beginning'

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 12:34pm

The actor plays a 70-something transgender woman on the Amazon series Transparent. He loves the role. As Maura, Tambor says, "I find myself much more vulnerable." Originally broadcast Dec. 10, 2015.

At 81, Feminist Gloria Steinem Finds Herself Free Of The 'Demands Of Gender'

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 12:34pm

As she approached 60, the co-founder of Ms. magazine says, she entered a new phase in life, one in which "you can do what you want." Originally broadcast Oct. 26, 2015.

Remembering Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Haskell Wexler

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 12:25pm

Wexler won Oscars for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Bound for Glory, and was nominated for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and Matewan. He died Sunday. He was 93. Originally broadcast in 1993.

Ta-Nehisi Coates On Police Brutality, The Confederate Flag And Forgiveness

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 12:25pm

Growing up in Baltimore, the writer faced threats from both the streets and the police. His book, Between the World and Me, is an open letter to his teenage son. Originally broadcast July 13, 2015.

From Ferguson To The '16 Election, Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Has Found Its Voice

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 12:39pm

The host of Comedy Central's The Nightly Show says it took a few months — and some advice from Jon Stewart — for him to get comfortable in his new role. Originally broadcast Aug. 19, 2015.

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

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 12:35pm

As hosts of Saturday Night Live's news segment, Colin Jost and Michael Che are used to joking about hot-button issues — including the 2016 presidential election. Originally broadcast Nov. 10, 2015.

Fresh Air Weekend: Jennifer Lawrence; Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight'; 'Anomalisa'

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 8:00am

Joy star Jennifer Lawrence discusses the career-changing "yes-or-no" decision she faced. Justin Chang reviews The Hateful Eight. Anomalisa co-directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson talk puppetry.

Nick Lowe Brings His 'Quality Holiday Revue' To America

Fri, 12/25/2015 - 12:02pm

Initially "appalled" by the notion of making a holiday album, Lowe came to see it as a challenge. Quality Street tackles old classics and adds originals to the mix. Originally broadcast Dec. 22, 2015.

Film Critic David Edelstein Says 2015 Offered An 'Embarrassment Of Riches'

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 10:44am

Fresh Air's movie critic had no shortage of material to consider when it came time to make his top 10 list this year.

'Another Great Year For TV': David Bianculli On The Best (And Worst) Of 2015

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 2:18pm

Though broadcast TV didn't impress him much this year, critic David Bianculli says Better Call Saul and a number of other shows from cable and streaming services made 2015 a great year for viewers.

With 'Have Moicy 2', Peter Stampfel Issues A Sequel 4 Decades In The Making

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 2:15pm

The singer-songwriter's original Have Moicy! album, released in '76, mixed folk, blues and country. Critic Ken Tuckers says that despite the long wait, Stampfel's follow-up has a real immediacy to it.

'Funny Or Die' Creator Adam McKay Takes On The 2008 Economic Crash In 'The Big Short'

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 2:15pm

Not only do the characters in McKay's new film warn about the collapse of the global economy — they make money off of it. McKay calls the movie, based on the book by Michael Lewis, a "traumedy."

Revisiting Mary Martin's Lighter-Than-Air Exuberance In NBC's 1955 'Peter Pan' Live

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 1:17pm

In 1955 and '56, NBC aired live telecasts of the Broadway hit Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin. Critic Lloyd Schwartz calls the performances, now available on Blu-ray, a "tribute to freedom and youth."

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