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This one-hour program features Terry Gross' in-depth interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures, as well as distinguished experts on current affairs and news.
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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."

Frame-By-Frame, Filmmakers Make The Mundane Miraculous In 'Anomalisa'

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 1:14pm

Stop-motion "communicates fragility and humanity and brokenness," says Charlie Kaufman. He and co-director Duke Johnson explain how to make puppets look lifelike, whether walking or having sex.

Jennifer Lawrence Looks Back On A Career-Changing 'Yes-Or-No Question'

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 12:16pm

Lawrence got her big break as Katniss in the Hunger Games series. She says concerns about the price of fame made her hesitate before saying "yes" to the role. She's now starring in the drama Joy.

Fresh Air Weekend: Child Soldiers, 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', '45 Years'

Sat, 12/19/2015 - 8:00am

Cary Fukunaga discusses his new film, Beasts of No Nation. David Edelstein reviews the latest Star Wars movie. The revelation of a long-buried secret rattles a marriage in Andrew Haigh's 45 Years.

'Son Of Saul' Brings Viewers To The Heart Of The Nazi Death Machine At Auschwitz

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 1:54pm

Director László Nemes and star Géza Röhrig discuss Son of Saul, a film set in a Nazi death camp. The movie won the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Originally broadcast Oct. 7, 2015.

From Hip-Hop To Country, Critic Ken Tucker Assesses The Best Of 2015

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 1:54pm

Rock Critic Ken Tucker presents his playlist for 2015, which includes the Alabama Shakes, Bruno Mars and Ashley Monroe, among others. For reading pleasure, he suggests Real Life Rock, by Greil Marcus.

Rekindling The Spirit Of A Galaxy Far, Far Away In 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 12:59pm

The newest installment of the Star Wars franchise features many of cast members from George Lucas' '77 classic. Reviewer David Edelstein calls the J.J. Adams' film fun — if not particularly original.

Facing Harassment, Some Abortion Providers Turn To Armed Guards, Bullet-Proof Vests

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 12:59pm

David Cohen and Krysten Connon, authors of Living in the Crosshairs, discuss the harassment, violence and constant fear that many abortion providers face — both in their clinics and at their homes.

A Long-Buried Secret, Once Revealed, Rattles '45 Years' Of Marriage

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 1:18pm

Director Andrew Haigh's new film profiles a couple suddenly forced to reassess their decades-long union. "It's always interesting to me how we keep secrets from the ones we love the most," he says.

Jazz Master Kenny Barron Dazzles As A Soloist 'At The Piano'

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 1:18pm

Barron, an official NEA Jazz Master, shines on his recently reissued 1981 solo album. Critic Kevin Whithead says the album is beguiling "no matter how fast or slow or loud or quiet [Barron] gets."

Neil Gaiman On Returning To 'Sandman,' Talking In His Sleep And The Power Of Comics

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 11:46am

Twenty-five years after he initially created Sandman, Gaiman returns to one of his most enduring characters. Gaiman says writing The Sandman: Overture was "the most intense period of my life."

Neil Gaiman On: Returning To 'Sandman,' Talking In His Sleep And The Power Of Comics

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 11:46am

Twenty-five years after he initially created Sandman, Gaiman returns to one of his most enduring characters. Gaiman says writing The Sandman: Overture was "the most intense period of my life."




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