Several months ago, the White House contacted the comedian to see if he'd be interested in having the president as his guest. "I just didn't think that it would ever happen," Maron says.
Judd Apatow discusses his new book Sick in the Head; critic Justin Chang says the Pixar movie Inside Out reduced him to a sobbing wreck; and a conversation with comedian Kumail Nanjiani.
Director Pete Docter had the idea for this movie a little over five years ago after he saw his own 11-year-old daughter become sad and tried to imagine how the world looked through her eyes.
Woodson, the author of the young adult novel Brown Girl Dreaming, says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family. Originally broadcast Dec. 10, 2014.
Screenwriter Oren Moverman talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the film's depiction of the Beach Boy's troubled life. We'll also listen back to an interview Gross recorded with Wilson in 1988.
Ballers feels like the football equivalent of the hip-hop world of Empire, and The Brink is reminiscent of Dr. Strangelove, but has its own modern take on the nonsense of war.
When Apatow was a teen he landed interviews with an impressive roster of comics for his high school radio show. Sick in the Head is a collection of those conversations, and more recent ones as well.
The Seven Good Years spans the time between the birth of his son and the death of his father. Keret says his father, who was a Holocaust survivor, taught him to "look reality straight in the face."
The California quartet, led by lead vocalist and main songwriter Taylor Goldsmith, has a new album called "All Your Favorite Bands." It explores sadness and doubt without being downbeat.
Alvar was born in Manila and grew up in Bahrain and New York City. Her back story is shared by many of her Filipino characters in her debut short story collection.
In his new book, New York Times journalist Tim Weiner paints a portrait of a president overwhelmed by wars at home and abroad, whose self-destructive behavior resulted in "political suicide."
Director Pete Docter gets emotional in the animated film Inside Out. Singer and songwriter Shamir Bailey releases his debut album. And Joel Bourne explores whether the world is running out of food.
Christopher Lee died Sunday in London at the age of 93. He had more than 250 TV and film appearances, and was best known for his roles in Dracula and Star Wars. In 1990 he was working on Gremlins 2.
In the 1970s guitarist Bill Frisell was a student of jazz composer and arranger Michael Gibbs at Boston's Berklee College of Music. This is the album some Frisell fans have been wishing for.
This stunning film follows the Angulo brothers, whose father kept them locked inside a New York apartment. But their father loved movies, and the pulpy, violent films he showed them were a lifeline.
Coleman died Thursday, at the age of 85. We'll listen back to a 1987 conversation with the saxophonist and composer, as well as interviews with members of his quartet, Don Cherry and Charlie Haden.
The young singer and songwriter lets his voice soar on his debut album, Ratchet. Rock critic Ken Tucker says it's one of the year's most striking collections, full of energy and optimism.
Patrick Healy writes that Gov. Scott Walker is a product of a loose network of conservative donors, think tanks and talk radio hosts who spent years preparing the road for his likely presidential run.
Linguist Geoff Nunberg says it's fitting that the Scripps National Spelling Bee is broadcast by ESPN. (And, by the way, a thamakau is a kind of canoe used in Fiji.)
The new film illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind. Her emotions — Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy — are the stars, voiced by the likes of Amy Poehler and Louis Black.