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Smart, Satirical 'Devil And Webster' Takes On College Identity Politics

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:34am

Jean Hanff Korelitz's new novel surveys student life at a New England college in turmoil. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Devil and Webster is "wittily on target."

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Comic Pete Holmes Draws On His Early Career And 'Churchy' Roots In 'Crashing'

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:39pm

Holmes, who grew up a devout Christian, says he saw himself as a "Good Boy" comic in the early stages of his career. "I was basically picturing [Jesus] in the back of the club."

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Remembering Rock N' Roll Pioneer Chuck Berry

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:20pm

The legendary guitarist, songwriter and singer died Saturday at the age of 90. Rock historian Ed Ward looks back on Berry's music and career. Originally broadcast in May 2008.

Father Of 2 Sons With Schizophrenia Talks Of His Struggle To Save Them

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:13pm

"There is no greater ... feeling of helplessness than to watch two beloved sons deteriorate before [your] eyes," says Ron Powers. His new book is No One Cares About Crazy People.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Jordan Peele; 'Monk Dreams'; Novelist Sebastian Barry

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 8:00am

Get Out Director Jordan Peele discusses his love of horror films. Kevin Whitehead reviews Frank Carlberg's new tribute to Thelonious Monk. Barry's novel, Days Without End, features Irish immigrants.

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With 'T2: Trainspotting,' Director Danny Boyle Proves You can Go Home Again

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:25pm

More than 20 years after the release of the original film about a band of thieving Scottish junkies, Boyle returns to the same characters. Critic David Edelstein calls the new film "tremendous fun."

'Fresh Air' Marks The 90th Birthday Of Broadway Composer John Kander

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:25pm

Kander and his partner, Fred Ebb, wrote the songs for a number of musicals, including Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret. Kander spoke to Terry Gross in 1991 and 2015.

Julie Andrews Teams Up With Henson Puppets In Netflix's 'Greenroom'

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:15am

Andrews presides over a quintet of youngsters who are putting on a play in her new Netflix series. Critic David Bianculli calls Julie's Greenroom a celebration of creative collaboration.

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Sxip Shirey's 'Bottle of Whiskey' Is A 21st-Century Music Creation

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:15pm

Shirey mixes dry vocals with multi-instrumentalist stylings on his new album. Critic Milo Miles says A Bottle of Whiskey and a Handful of Bees is an original and engaging work.

'Idiot' Chronicles First Love, Freshman Year And The Early Days Of Email

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:15pm

New Yorker staff writer Elif Batuman's new novel, The Idiot, follows a young woman's first year at Harvard University, and how she finds love through email.

Searching For Meaning After A Jewish Cemetery Is Desecrated

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:41am

As a child, author Daniel Torday visited desecrated Jewish grave sites in Europe. But recently the vandalism occurred closer to home, at a Jewish cemetery in his hometown of Philadelphia.

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'Get Out' Sprung From An Effort To Master Fear, Says Director Jordan Peele

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:59am

As a kid, Peele was terrified of "the demons that lurked in the dark." Then he realized that by making a horror-thriller, he "would be wielding this power, as opposed to being a victim to it."

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A Front-Line View Of ISIS At War: 'They're Not Backing Down'

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:17pm

New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi was recently embedded with Iraqi troops fighting to liberate western Mosul from ISIS. She reports that the Islamic State looks "more fierce than ever."

Frank Carlberg's Big Band Takes Extended Flights On Familiar Monk Themes

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:54pm

Monk Dreams, Hallucinations and Nightmares, by the Finish-born pianist and composer, is a meditation on Thelonious Monk's "odd but catchy melodies," says jazz critic Kevin Whitehead.

Refugees Are Turned Back And A Rembrandt Goes Missing In Suspenseful 'Heretics'

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:54pm

Leonardo Padura's new novel opens in 1939, when a ship carrying Jewish refugees is turned away from Cuba. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Heretics "spans and defies literary categories."

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'Irresistible' By Design: It's No Accident You Can't Stop Looking At The Screen

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:46pm

Technology is designed to be addictive, offering gratification that's similar to that of drug abuse or gambling. Author Adam Alter says a new frontier could soon provide another escape from reality.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Samantha Bee; 'Personal Shopper'; Novelist Mohsin Hamid

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 10:44am

For Bee and her Full Frontal co-creator, Trump's election meant doubling down on their White House coverage. Justin Chang reviews Personal Shopper. Hamid discusses his novel Exit West.

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In Many Ways, Author Says, Spanish Civil War Was 'The First Battle Of WWII'

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:23pm

Adam Hochschild says American involvement in the Spanish Civil War resulted in Americans being bombed by Nazis years before the U.S. entered World War II. Originally published March 28, 2018.

'Sense Of An Ending' Lacks The Punch Of The Prize-Winning Novel It's Based On

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:23pm

The film tells the story of an emotionally shut-down man who gradually learns that the events of his past are not as he remembers. David Edelstein says the movie, unlike the book, is a "non-event."

What Is Steve Bannon And Jeff Sessions' Shared Vision For Remaking America?

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:58pm

Journalist Emily Bazelon says the relationship between Bannon and Sessions predates the 2016 campaign, and that their anti-immigration policies come from fears of a growing minority population.

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