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'Tower' Pays Tribute To A 1966 Campus Shooting That Was 'Pushed Aside'

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 1:16pm

Fourteen people were killed by a sniper at the University of Texas on Aug. 1, 1966. But director Keith Maitland says people were "encouraged to move forward and not linger in the terrible tragedy."

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'Black Edge' Recounts The Biggest Insider-Trading Scandal In History

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:22pm

Sheelah Kolhatkar discusses the investigation of billionaire hedge-fund trader Steven A. Cohen. She says the ways Wall Street elites accumulate wealth often negatively affect the rest of the country.

'Legion' Is A Fun, Fast-Paced TV Adaptation Of The Marvel Comic

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:22pm

Noah Hawley's FX new series centers on a man who doesn't yet realize he's a superhero. TV critic David Bianculli calls Legion an "impressive, unpredictable trip."

(Image credit: Chris Large/FX)

'Glass House' Chronicles The Sharp Decline Of An All-American Factory Town

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 1:35pm

Once a bustling town, Lancaster, Ohio, is now beset by unemployment, low wages and drug abuse. Brian Alexander chronicles the rise and fall of his hometown in his new book, Glass House.

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Remembering Bharati Mukherjee, An Indian-Born American Writer

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 1:35pm

Mukherjee, who died Saturday in Manhattan, grew up in India, Switzerland and England. Her work explores the thoughts and experiences of immigrants from many countries. Originally broadcast in 2002.

Fresh Air Weekend: Director Jim Jarmusch; 'The Salesman'; 'Modern Death'

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 8:00am

Jarmusch's new movie Paterson was inspired by William Carlos Williams' epic poem. Film critic David Edelstein reviews The Salesman. Dr. Haider Warraich discusses the pitfalls of extending life.

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'La La Land' Director Aimed To Make A Film Even Musical Skeptics Would Love

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:33pm

Damien Chazelle, who is nominated for an Oscar for his musical La La Land, says songs are "an expression of inner feelings that can't be articulated any other way." Originally broadcast Jan 5, 2017.

'It's A Playground': Meryl Streep On Acting With Abandon

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:33pm

Streep is nominated for an Oscar for playing Florence Foster Jenkins, a socialite who didn't let her imperfect voice stop her from becoming an opera singer. Originally broadcast Aug. 10, 2016.

Exploring The Nationalistic And Christian Right Influences On Trump

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 1:54pm

Sarah Posner, a reporter with The Nation's Investigative Fund, talks about how the Steve Bannon-Jeff Sessions-Mike Pence nexus is influencing President Trump's policies.

Remembering 'Elephant Man' Actor John Hurt

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:13pm

The British actor, who died last week, became famous in the U.S. in the '70s for his starring role in the BBC series I, Claudius, and later appeared in the film Alien. Originally broadcast in 1989.

If Confirmed, Would Neil Gorsuch Rule Contrary To Trump's Policies?

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:13pm

Legal expert Jeffrey Rosen says of the Supreme Court nominee: "If he thought that individual liberty was threatened by presidential or congressional overreaching, then he would step in."

'The Salesman' Offers A Brilliant Portrayal Of Marriage And Vengeance

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:13pm

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's latest film is one of the five nominees for this year's foreign-language Academy Award. Critic David Edelstein says The Salesman is tense and powerful.

Jim Jarmusch On Iggy Pop, Hip-Hop And Finding Poetry In Mundane Things

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:39pm

Jarmusch's new movie, which was inspired by William Carlos Williams' epic poem Paterson, is about a bus driver who writes poetry. Jarmusch also made a documentary about Iggy and the Stooges.

Critic Says This Year's Sundance Was The 'Most Fraught' He Can Recall

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:28am

Los Angeles Times critic Justin Chang tells Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado that politics sometimes overshadowed the films at this year's festival. Call Me By Your Name was one of his favorite films.

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