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Current Fresh Air Podcasts
TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
Black People In U.S. Food HistoryChef Marcus Samuelsson's book, THE RISE, is a celebration of Black excellence in the culinary world and the many Black cooks who influenced American foodNPR00:48:60
Father Of The Psychedelic MovementIn his research, Timothy Leary introduced L.S.D. and other psychedelic drugs to many. We listen back to Terry Gross' 1983 interview.NPR00:48:43
SCOTUS Correspondent Nina TotenbergWidely regarded as the dean of legal journalists, we talk about the Anita Hill story, her friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her early careerNPR00:48:09
Novelist Sigrid NunezHer book, WHAT ARE YOU GOING THROUGH, is about a writer dying of cancer and the friend she asks to stay with her...NPR00:47:51
Free Speech In DisinformationEmily Bazelon on how lies and conspiracy theories sweeping through American media lead scholars to question our faith in free speech...NPR00:48:24
The Fight To End SlaveryHistorian H.W. Brands' book, THE ZEALOT AND THE EMANCIPATOR looks at two very different 19th century leaders, John Brown and Abraham Lincoln...NPR00:48:32
Women Left Out Of The Constitution?Heidi Schreck realized the Constitution had failed to protect women. Her award-winning Broadway play, WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME...NPR00:49:18
Octopus FilmmakerCraig Foster watched an octopus in the sea near Cape Town, South Africa. He documents their unlikely friendship in MY OCTOPUS TEACHER on NetflixNPR00:48:09
Broadway Stars Grapple With IllnessMarried stars Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker got COVID just as theaters went dark. They tell how their lives changed, and their hopes for the futureNPR00:49:01
Lessons For A Post-Pandemic WorldFareed Zakaria says in 10 or 20 years we could look back on the pandemic and say, This was the turning point. His book: TEN LESSONS FOR A POST-PANDEMIC WORLDNPR00:49:01
Undermining School IntegrationChana Joffe-Walt says progressive white parents may say they want their kids to go to diverse schools, but the reality tells a different story...NPR00:48:16
Remembering Bob GibsonOne of baseball's most intimidating pitchers. He died last week at the age of 84. We replay interviews with Gibson and slugger Reggie Jackson...NPR00:48:42
Affordable Health Care ActWe talk with Sarah Kliff about the state of the Affordable Care Act, after 10 years of assaults. Kevin Whitehead reviews the album GENERAL SEMANTICSNPR00:47:28
Novelist Rumaan AlamAlam's novel LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND centers on two families, one Black and one white, who are sharing a vacation home during a mysterious disaster.NPR00:48:06
Lenny KravitzKravitz talks about growing up the son of a Jewish father and Black mother, finding his musical style, and how Lisa Bonet changed him as a songwriterNPR00:49:45
Ethan HawkeHawke plays abolitionist John Brown in the seven-part Showtime series, THE GOOD LORD BIRD. How stage fright made him a better actor...NPR00:49:54
A Cave Diver On The ThrillJill Heinerth shares some of her most dangerous and exhilarating diving experiences. David Bianculli reviews the Showtime's COMEDY STORENPR00:49:07
What If Trump Contests the Election?Barton Gellman says the 2020 election could trigger a constitutional crisis, and if the election is close, it could take weeks to finishNPR00:48:06
Filmmaker Faces Dad's MortalityHer Netflix documentary, DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD, enacts her dad's death from a series of imagined accidents. Justin Chang reviews a film...NPR00:48:34
Inside The Mueller InvestigationAndrew Weissmann shares his experience with the probe and its report on Russian interference in the 2016 election...NPR00:47:09
The Secret History Of Nuclear WarJournalist Fred Kaplan pulls back the curtain on how U.S. presidents, their advisers and generals have handled nuclear warNPR00:49:42
Feminist Activist Gloria SteinemThe new drama THE GLORIAS is based on the feminist activist's memoir MY LIFE ON THE ROAD, and follows Steinem from ages 20 to 40NPR00:48:27
Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-SéguinThe young, charismatic conductor talks about Verdi's Requiem, how he communicates suffering and hope through music...NPR00:48:30
Political Meddling With COVID-19Dan Diamond describes efforts by Michael Caputo to alter CDC reports and have scientists change their findings on the pandemicNPR00:48:31
Trump's Presidency BusinessDan Alexander examines Trump's sprawling business interests in his book, WHITE HOUSE, INC. Ken Tucker reviews Mickey Guyton's musicNPR00:48:41
Remembering RBG & Neurologist Oliver SacksJeffrey Toobin on how her work led to breakthroughs in the equal treatment of women. A new documentary, OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFENPR00:48:46
WATCHMEN Writer Cord JeffersonHis HBO series has scored 26 Emmy nominations; more than any other series. Justin Chang reviews the grim thriller THE DEVIL ALL THE TIMENPR00:47:33
Country Musician & Historian Marty StuartThe Grammy winning singer-songwriter is being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He plays his music in this interviewNPR00:49:25
COVID On College CampusesThe tough decisions colleges are facing as they decide how to continue classes, test students, and quarantine the sick.NPR00:48:36
Data Science & ElectionsJill Lepore tells the story of the Simulmatics Corporation, whose predictive models have become popular with political campaignsNPR00:48:39
Ayad Akhtar On Blending Fact & FictionHis novel, HOMELAND ELEGIES, is about a Muslim man who, like Akhtar, grows up in Wisconsin, the son of Pakistani immigrants.NPR00:48:37
Donald Ray PollockHe worked in a paper mill and meatpacking plant 32 years before becoming a writer. He discusses his novel THE DEVIL ALL THE TIMENPR00:48:57
WWII Displaced PersonsDavid Nasaw tells of the concentration camp survivors, POWs and others who remained in Germany following the war.NPR00:47:56
Novelist Yaa GyasiShe drew on her own ?experiences growing up in a largely white community in Alabama for her book, TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM.NPR00:47:57
How Torture Derailed War On TerrorAli Soufan says torture caused subjects to stop cooperating or give bad information. David Bianculli reviews a new Peacock documentaryNPR00:47:57
Celebrating Sonny RollinsToday is the 90th birthday of the great tenor saxophonist and improviser Sonny Rollins. We celebrate by hearing some of his music...NPR00:49:07
RuPaul & Padma LakshmiRuPaul and Padma Lakshmi are nominated for Emmys in the best reality/competition category. Justin Chang reviews the live action MULANNPR00:48:26
Kerry Washington & Comic Ramy YoussefWe revisit some of our favorite recent entertainment interviews, as we approach the 2020 Emmys. Both guests are nominated for lead rolesNPR00:48:35
Protecting Trump From HimselfMichael Schmidt's book focuses on staffers who stood up to Trump: FBI Director James Comey and White House Counsel Don McGahnNPR00:48:01
Miscalculations In CIA Early YearsIn his book, THE QUIET AMERICANS, Scott Anderson tells of the CIA's ill-considered covert operations in Eastern Europe after WWIINPR00:48:16
Actor Cherry JonesShe's nominated for an Emmy for her role in the HBO series Succession as Nan Pierce, the head of a family-owned media empire...NPR00:49:12
Celebrating Jazz Legend Charlie ParkerParker created a totally new sound known as bebop, along with other virtuosos like Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach.NPR00:49:14
Why We Need Widespread Rapid COVID TestingAlexis Madrigal says millions of at-home COVID saliva tests could return life to normal even if they are less accurate.NPR00:47:05
How Reagan Changed ConservatismRick Perlstein spent studies the roots of American conservatism. His book, REAGANLAND, is about Reagan became a revered RepublicanNPR00:48:30
The 'Foxification' Of AmericaBrian Stelter says the Trump's cozy relationship with Fox News is like nothing he's seen before. His new book is called HOAXNPR00:48:33
Trump's Immigration ArchitectIn Jean Guerrero's book HATEMONGER, she describes the ideological arc of Stephen Miller's life and his role as Trump's advisorNPR00:47:31
Remembering FREEDOM SUMMERIn the summer of 64, student volunteers registered African Americans to vote in Mississippi. Justin Chang reviews TESLA with Ethan HawkeNPR00:48:29
Why QAnon Is ImportantThe conspiracy theory that claims Trump battles a child sex trafficking ring, is the subject of a new article by Adrienne LaFranceNPR00:47:56
The Hiroshima Cover-UpLesley Blume's book, FALLOUT, tells of John Hersey, a journalist whose reporting in Hiroshima exposed the devastation of nuclear weaponsNPR00:47:33
Carl Hiaasen On Florida LifeHis new novel, SQUEEZE ME, is a hilarious mystery set in Palm Beach. We also discuss politics, and voting in FloridaNPR00:48:21
ICE & Immigration In The U.S.Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau paint a portrait of our immigration system in their 6-part Netflix documentary series...NPR00:47:52
Sister Helen PrejeanShe's best known for her 1993 memoir, DEAD MAN WALKING, about her role as a spiritual adviser to a convicted killer on death row.NPR00:48:25
WATCHMEN Writer Cord JeffersonWATCHMEN uses sci-fi and action heroes to examine American racism. We also remember our longtime language commentator Geoff NunbergNPR00:48:07
How MLK & Malcolm X Influenced Each OtherThey are usually seen as opposing forces in the civil rights struggle, but Black Power scholar Dr. Peniel Joseph says the truth is...NPR00:47:53
GOP Strategist Takes On Trump'Stuart Stevens says the party's support for Trump reflects the abandonment of principles it long claimed to embrace, such as...NPR00:47:60
Director Gina Prince-BythewoodHer new movie, THE OLD GUARD, follows a diverse group of world-weary warriors who've been alive for centuries...NPR00:48:20
How Satchel Paige Helped Integrate BaseballWe hear from Larry Tye, author of SATCHEL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN AMERICAN LEGEND. Maureen Corrigan remembers journalist Pete HamillNPR00:48:48
Remembering Journalist Pete HamillThe columnist helped convince his friend Robert Kennedy to run for president. When RFK was shot, he helped tackle the assassinNPR00:48:22
Tragedy Of The Mueller ReportJeffrey ?Toobin's new book, TRUE CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS,?? tells how? Trump and his team out-maneuvered special counsel Robert Mueller.NPR00:49:13
Isabel Wilkerson On Our Caste SystemShe examines the laws and practices that created a bipolar caste system in the U.S. and how the Nazis borrowed from it...NPR00:48:49
The Decline Of Local NewsSince 2004, more than 2,000 U.S. newspapers went out of business. Margaret Sullivan talks of the decline of local news coverage...NPR00:48:38
Remembering Regis Philbin & Annie RossRegis, who died July 24, spoke with David Bianculli about his memoir, HOW I GOT THIS WAY. Annie was best-known for the song TWISTED...NPR00:48:44
White Supremacy In American ChristianityRobert P. Jones talks of white supremacy in American Christianity. His new book: WHITE TOO LONG. Maureen Corrigan reviews two novels.NPR00:47:59
Tim Kurkjian On Baseball During COVIDChallenges facing Major League Baseball amid the pandemic. Kevin Whitehead reviews JUST COOLIN, by drummer Art BlakeyNPR00:47:51
Poet Natasha TretheweyWhen she was 19, her abusive stepfather killed her mother. In her memoir, MEMORIAL DRIVE, she revives her mother's memory and shares stories...NPR00:47:56
Mike Birbiglia & Jen SteinWhen they married, they agreed not to have kids. Then Jen changed her mind. In their book, Mike writes "painfully true" stories...NPR00:47:52
Remembering Christopher DickeyIn a career spanning four decades, he wrote 7 books and reported from more than 40 countries, covering war, conflict and espionage.NPR00:48:09
Mary Trump, The President's NieceShe was devastated when her uncle was elected president. Her book, TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH, describes him as a "belligerent" youth...NPR00:48:30
I May Destroy YouIn this HBO series Michaela Coel plays a writer who goes to a bar, is drugged & sexually assaulted. John Powers reviews INTIMATIONSNPR00:47:60
Jim McCloskey's MissionHe devoted 40 years to justice for innocent people. His memoir: WHEN TRUTH IS ALL YOU HAVE. Ken Tucker reviews WOMEN IN MUSIC IIINPR00:48:27
Remembering John LewisLewis grew up the son of sharecroppers and later became an associate of Martin Luther King Jr. He died July 17 at the age of 80.NPR00:47:07
Charlize Theron / Danny TrejoCharlize Theron stars in THE OLD GUARD on Netflix. INMATE #1: THE RISE OF DANNY TREJO reveals his journey from prison to stardomNPR00:48:39
Why Our Prisons Make Mental Illness WorseChristine Montross studied changes in the Norwegian prison system, and what we might learn from it. Her book WAITING FOR AN ECHONPR00:48:08
Trump Weakens Worker ProtectionsJane Mayer on weaker poultry industry health and safety regulations due to COVID-19. Her New Yorker article: TRUMP HELPS TYCOONS EXPLOIT THE PANDEMIC.NPR00:48:04
SNL's Colin JostSNL Weekend Update co-anchor and writer Colin Jost has a new memoir. Justin Chang reviews PALM SPRINGS starring Andy Samberg.NPR00:49:37
Matthew RhysHis version of attorney Perry Mason is more hardboiled than the one Raymond Burr played: "He's a man who lives on whiskey and cigarettes"NPR00:48:14
MOONLIGHT Actor André HollandHis parents were voting rights activists and his father a preacher. He'll star in a radio version of Shakespeare's RICHARD IINPR00:48:43
Chaos & Healing In The ERIn her memoir, THE BEAUTY IN BREAKING, Michele Harper describes discovering evidence of child abuse as well as trauma in her own lifeNPR00:47:21
White Evangelicals Worship TrumpSarah Posner says while Trump may not speak the language of Christian values, he speaks the language of grievance, giving voice to legal...NPR00:48:16
Senator McCarthy & TrumpLarry Tye says both are bullies who exploit fears and point fingers when attacked. Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel WANT.NPR00:46:35
Padma LakshmiIn her new series, TASTE THE NATION, TOP CHEF host and executive producer explores the cultures that contribute to American cuisineNPR00:48:38
Remembering Carl ReinerWe listen to our interview with Reiner, & hear excerpts of interviews with Mary Tyler Moore & longtime friend & collaborator Mel BrooksNPR00:48:13
Patrick Stewart On STAR TREK: PICARDHe's back as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the CBS All Access series. "I am not averse to risk-taking and I don't judge myself."NPR00:49:22
The Militarization Of PoliceJournalist Radley Balko says police departments across America are increasingly using military equipment on peaceful protestors.NPR00:48:13
A Doctor Confronts Medical ErrorErrors are common, yet many in medicine don't speak up. In her book, When We Do Harm, Dr. Ofri looks into the flaws in the system...NPR00:48:44
HAMILTON Creator Lin-Manuel MirandaA 2016 film of HAMILTON begins streaming on Disney+ July 3. Miranda says the production is as timely as ever...NPR00:50:02
LGBTQ Activist Cleve JonesAfter the AIDS epidemic hit San Francisco, Cleve co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and started the AIDS Memorial Quilt...NPR00:49:05
Actor Christine BaranskiShe started her career in theater and now stars as a progressive lawyer in THE GOOD FIGHT. She talks of singing & her grandmother...NPR00:47:35
Nikole Hannah-Jones On The Wealth GapThe Pulitzer-winning journalist says slavery and legalized segregation robbed Black Americans of the ability to accumulate wealth.NPR00:47:43
Lifelong Struggle With Eating DisordersFor nearly 30 years, Susan Burton kept her binge eating secret. "As long as I was bingeing, I didn't have to think. I didn't have to...NPR00:48:38
Treating PTSD With PsychedelicsDr. Julie Holland has used psychedelic-assisted therapy to treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. Her book is GOOD CHEMISTRYNPR00:47:23
Singing Slave NarrativesRhiannon Giddens' album FREEDOM HIGHWAY includes songs based on slave narratives. She notes the banjo comes from the African akonting...NPR00:49:06
Parenting Without PerfectionKristen Howerton talks about how raising two white biological daughters and two black adopted sons helped her understand white privilegeNPR00:47:50
Assessing COVID-19 Risk As The U.S. ReopensWe talk with University of Minnesota epidemiologist Michael Osterholm about the safety concerns in terms of protests, indoor gatherings...NPR00:48:14
Lasting Effects Of AbortionDr. Diana Greene Foster says "95 percent of women who receive an abortion later report that it was the right decision for them."NPR00:48:06
1919 Chicago Riots To TodayPoet Eve Ewing looks back on a century-old riot in Chicago, set off after a black teen drowned while being stoned by white people...NPR00:48:51
Black Athletes & Social JusticeInterview with James Baldwin, Raoul Peck & Howard Bryant, author of a book on African American athletes standing for social justiceNPR00:48:50
'The King Of Staten Island'The film draws on Pete Davidson's real life experience losing his own father, a 9/11 First Responder. Justin Chang reviews DA 5 BLOODSNPR00:47:32
Rethinking American PolicingJamiles Lartey says "?Policing wasn't always this way. It wasn't always this big. It wasn't always this bureaucratic..."NPR00:47:41
The Trump's Response To DC ProtestsMatt Zapotosky talks about Attorney General Barr's role in White House's forceful response to largely peaceful protests in DC.NPR00:48:34
Texas Ranger HistoryTheir exploits are portrayed in movies and TV, but Doug Swanson says they have a dark history of abuse and racial oppression...NPR00:48:18
Unresolved Legacy Of ReconstructionEric Foner analyzes how the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments affect current issues of voting rights, mass incarceration and reparations...NPR00:48:33
Why GOP Backs Trump's 'Cult'Anne Applebaum says Trump built a proto-authoritarian cult in the White House, with little to no dissent from the GOP...NPR00:47:26
Wes Moore On Freddie Gray & George FloydIn his book FIVE DAYS, Wes chronicles the 2015 Baltimore uprising after Freddie Gray's death. "We're... reliving history right now"NPR00:48:29
The Migration Of Living ThingsSonia Shah, author of THE NEXT GREAT MIGRATION says the "invaders" are just following biology. She talks of human, animal & plant migrationNPR00:47:26
George Floyd Protests & Police ReformBrooklyn Borough President Eric Adams On police reform and the protests against brutality and systemic racism happening across America.NPR00:48:15
Margo Price & Larry KramerSinger-songwriter Margo Price spoke with us when her album ALL AMERICAN MADE was released. Remembering AIDS activist Larry KramerNPR00:48:53
Burying New York City's DeadIn just a two month period, New York City had 20,000 COVID deaths. What happens to the bodies? W.J. Hennigan answers...NPR00:47:24
How Breathing Affects Sleep, Anxiety & ResilienceJames Nestor: why breathing through the nose beats breathing through the mouth, snoring, and how breath work can affect overall health.NPR00:48:16
Comic Hannah GadsbyHer autism diagnosis, growing up in Tasmania, and her new special, DOUGLAS. We review Nancy McKinley's ST. CHRISTOPHER ON PLUTO.NPR00:49:06
Winston Churchill's Fearless LeadershipIn THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE, Erik Larson details Churchill's first year in office, when England endured a Nazi bombing campaign...NPR00:48:04
Beatles Photographer Astrid KirchherrAstrid Kirchherr, who died May 12, took the very first publicity photos of the then little-known Liverpool band, The Beatles...NPR00:48:55
Pandemic Reveals Gender InequalityFor many couples, the women take on twice as much housework and childcare as their male partners, even when both are home full time...NPR00:48:21
Breaking The Edward Snowden StoryBarton Gellman shares a Pulitzer for reporting on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and the government's secret surveillance programNPR00:47:57
Meditation Can Ease Pandemic AnxietyDan Harris credits meditation with helping him work through his anxiety over a panic attack. It lets people "relax into the uncertainty."NPR00:47:19
Janelle MonaeShe stars in the series HOMECOMING as a veteran who wakes up in a rowboat and is can't remember who she is or how she got there.NPR00:47:56
Remembering Jerry Stiller & Cellist Lynn HarrellActor and comedian Jerry Stiller spoke to us in 1993. We also remember award-winning cellist Lynn Harrell from an interview in 1987NPR00:47:28
Learning From The 1918 PandemicJohn Barry's 2004 book about the 1918 influenza pandemic is a current bestseller. Barry talks about the relevent parallels...NPR00:47:31
Self-Curing Doctor With Rare DiseaseDavid Fajgenbaum was diagnosed with Castleman disease. In CHASING MY CURE, he recounts crowd-sourcing his own treatment with a global networkNPR00:48:08
Writer Michael ArceneauxHe graduated with more than $100,000 of student loan debt. His essay I DON'T WANT TO DIE POOR recounts how that shaped his lifeNPR00:48:02
How Pandemic Affects Voting?Emily Bazelon focuses on the financial and political obstacles that are likely to prevent many Americans from voting by mail...NPR00:48:41
Steve MartinWe revisit our interview with comic Steve Martin from 2008. He tells of his years as a stand up comic—and why he ended that...NPR00:48:38
Saving The Restaurant IndustryThe TOP CHEF judge speaks about broken food supply chains, food waste, and what the restaurant industry might become post COVID-19.NPR00:47:54
Understanding Nancy PelosiMolly Ball says the key to the speaker's success is her mastery of the inside game in politics — building relationships, counting votes...NPR00:49:22
Exploring Depression With John MoeIn his podcast, THE HILARIOUS WORLD OF DEPRESSION, he talks with his guests (mostly comics) about their experiences with mental illness.NPR00:48:34
Fashion Guru Tim GunnHe talks about his new series, MAKING THE CUT, how to give constructive feedback, and why he's moved to tears by beautiful things.NPR00:49:25
Remembering Bollywood Icon Irrfan KhanIrrfan, one of India's most beloved film stars, and internationally known SLUMDOG MILLI0ONAIRE, LIFE OF PI and others died this week.NPR00:47:49
Who's Benefiting?Jesse Drucker on how the economic rescue package benefits the rich. French guitarist Stephane Wrembel on jazz great Django Reinhardt...NPR00:49:17
Learning From China's Approach To COVIDDonald McNeil points to China as a model of how to stop a fast moving pandemic in its tracks. John Powers reviews Hulu's NORMAL PEOPLE.NPR00:49:08
One Family's Marijuana BrowniesAlia Volz's family ran a weed brownie business. Her memoir is HOME BAKED. Maureen Corrigan reviews two great books...NPR00:48:48
Mindy KalingHer Netflix show, NEVER HAVE I EVER, is based on her own experiences as a nerdy, confident teen who pined for a boyfriend...NPR00:48:57
Remembering Brian DennehyBrian died April 15. He spoke with us in 1999. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares a remembrance of saxophonist Lee Konitz...NPR00:49:21
Trump's 'Enabler-In-Chief'Jane Mayer talks about how Mitch McConnell has thrown his support behind the President, and allowed him to diminish congressional power...NPR00:48:54
Notes From An ApocalypseMark O'Connell on bunkers in South Dakota, Mars as a "backup planet," and catastrophy tourism. John Powers on sheltering bingeing...NPR00:49:04
Author Jennifer Finney BoylanShe came out as transgender in her 40s. She describes her book, GOOD BOY, as a memoir of masculinity, kind of told the way an expatriate might...NPR00:47:36
Actor Zoe KazanShe stars in HBO's THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA, in which Charles Lindbergh defeats Roosevelt in the race for the presidency, moving the U.S. to fascismNPR00:48:35
Singer-Songwriter Iris DeMentShe describes herself as very shy, but says when songs started coming to me, I felt I didn't have the option to hide and avoid the stageNPR00:48:25
How Dr. Fauci Changed MedicineMichael Specter on Fauci's work during the AIDS epidemic, why Trump can't fire him, and the structural changes and research...NPR00:46:31
Truth About Our 'Deep State'David Rohde refutes Trump's claims of a deep state and says he's creating a parallel shadow government of like-minded loyalistsNPR00:48:27
Jason BatemanHe stars in the Netflix series OZARK as a financial manager who has become the money launderer for Mexico's second biggest drug cartel.NPR00:48:38
The Big Business Of InequalityNelson Schwartz, author of THE VELVET ROPE ECONOMY, says special privileges for the super-rich are dividing America...NPR00:48:12
Remembering John PrineLegendary songwriter, singer and guitarist John Prine died Tuesday from complications of the coronavirus and prior cancers. He was 73.NPR00:49:14
Jail Population Amid COVID-19San Francisco's D.A. Chesa Boudin is working to reduce incarcerations. Since January, he's reduced county jail population by nearly 40%.NPR00:48:60
Stephen KingAs author of a 1978 pandemic novel, he understands why fans have said the COVID-19 pandemic feels like something out of his books...NPR00:49:14
Cooking Alongside Covid-19Former New York Times food editor Sam Sifton says the resurgence of family meals is one of the "precious few good things" from the pandemic.NPR00:47:44
Kerry WashingtonIn the Hulu series LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, she co-stars opposite Reese Witherspoon as Mia Warren, a bohemian artist single mom with...NPR00:48:43
Remembering Three MusiciansThey died this week of COVID-19. Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, bandleader/writer Adam Schlesinger, and pianist/educator Ellis MarsalisNPR00:51:17
Stories From The Front LineTrauma surgeon Dr. David Nott has spent decades volunteering in war and disaster zones all over the world. Now he advises doctors on COVID-19.NPR00:48:45
Masks, Vaccines & How COVID-19 Might EndTwo years ago, Atlantic science writer Ed Yong predicted a global pandemic and our unpreparedness. Now that it's come true, he's been covering...NPR00:48:06
The Origin Of Heaven And HellBart Ehrman says the notion of eternal rewards and punishments isn't in the Old Testament or the teachings of Jesus...NPR00:47:37
Winston Churchill: Fearless LeadershipIn THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE, Erik Larson details Churchill's first year in office, during which England endured a Nazi bombing campaign...NPR00:48:54
Stephen Sondheim - Part 2Sondheim, who turned 90 on March 22, composed the music and wrote lyrics for 'Sweeney Todd,' 'Into the Woods,' 'Company' and others...NPR00:53:54
Trump's War On The PresidencyJournalist Benjamin Wittes spoke with Terry Gross about how President Trump has changed the presidency fundamentally...NPR00:47:34
Michael Pollan On CaffeineOMNIVORE'S DILEMMA author Michael Pollan talks about his audiobook, CAFFEINE: HOW COFFEE AND TEA CREATED THE MODERN WORLD...NPR00:49:17
Mobilize In A PandemicMax Brooks became an expert on disaster preparedness through researching for his books, WORLD WAR Z, GERM WARFARE and DEVOLUTION...NPR00:47:34
Comic Marc MaronMaron named his new Netflix comedy special END TIMES FUN before the COVID-19 pandemic started; but now the title feels eerily apt.NPR00:48:44
Happy Birthday Stephen SondheimBroadway is dark because of the virus, but that doesn't need to stop us from celebrating the 90th birthday of Broadway's best living composer and lyricistNPR00:49:11
An Orchestra Played OnThe Philadelphia Orchestra closed because of the pandemic. Conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin reflects on their final performance in an empty hallNPR00:49:15
Abolishing The Electoral CollegeJesse Wegman says the Electoral College's winner-take-all rule is not mandated by the Constitution: There's nothing keeping us from changing it.NPR00:49:54
Actor Hank AzariaHank plays a colorful baseball announcer in the IFC comedy series BROCKMIRE. He speaks about sobriety, his flamboyant character and...NPR00:48:41
Octavia SpencerSpencer stars in the new Netflix limited series SELF MADE as Madam C.J. Walker, America's first female self-made millionaire...NPR00:49:03
The Plot Against AmericaPhilip Roth's novel is an alternative history which imagines Nazi sympathizer Charles Lindbergh beats FDR in the 1940 presidential election...NPR00:48:13
Trump's Mismanagement of Coronavirus?Dan Diamond says dysfunction within the White House, infighting and the need to flatter Trump have slowed response to the new pandemic.?NPR00:48:51
Saudi Crown PrinceBen Hubbard says Mohammed bin Salman is full of contradictions. Hubbard's book, 'MBS,' tells the story of the enigmatic leader...NPR00:48:60
RuPaulRuPaul describes his drag persona as "one-part Cher, two-parts David Bowie, one-part Diana Ross and two heaping spoonfuls of Dolly Parton."NPR00:50:36
Writer James McBrideMcBride's new novel, DEACON KING KONG, takes place in 1969, in a Brooklyn housing project like the one he grew up in...NPR00:48:51
Biographer Robert CaroPulitzer Prize-winner Robert Caro was never interested in only telling the stories of great men. "I wanted to use their lives to show..."NPR00:48:46
CIA's Secret-Stealing OperationCrypto AG, a Swiss company owned by the CIA and German intelligence, sold encrypters that let them spy on those who bought them.NPR00:49:18
Native Peoples' Fight For SurvivalLouise Erdrich's new novel, THE NIGHT WATCHMAN, was inspired by her grandfather, chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa...NPR00:48:28
Father Searches For SonThe son of Roman Dial vanished in the Costa Rican wilderness. Dial talks about his frantic search for his son - and for answers...NPR00:49:17
Hardship & Hope After PrisonFormer New Orleans parole officer Jason Hardy says the parole and probation system fails the most vulnerable...NPR00:47:55
Aidy Bryant On SHRILLBryant co-writes and stars in the comedy series based on Lindy West's book about identifying as fat and a feminist. Interview of guitarist Marty Grosz.NPR00:49:39
Understanding Trump's Hit ListReporter Jonathan Swan says Trump has crossed a psychological line since impeachment, developing a list of disloyal officials to oust...NPR00:50:09
Actor Ben Mendelsohn On THE OUTSIDERIn the HBO series, Ben plays a detective trying to solve a murder - and resisting the idea that the killer is supernatural...NPR00:49:34
Facebook: The Inside StoryWired Editor Steven Levy reflects on Facebook's enigmatic leader and its reckless drive for expansion in his new book, FACEBOOK: THE INSIDE STORYNPR00:48:31
A More Unjust AmericaIn his book, Adam Cohen asserts that the Supreme Court has been a right-wing court for 50 years. Kevin Whitehead reviews LIFE GOES ON.NPR00:47:59
Mother's Secret GamblingGrowing up, Bridgett M. Davis' mother booked and banked bets from their home in Detroit. She writes about her experience...NPR00:49:24
Claire DanesShe has played CIA agent Carrie Mathison on Homeland. As the last season begins, she looks back on the series and her teenage years.NPR00:48:49
Trump's Secrets At Deutsche BankIn his book DARK TOWERS, David Enrich traces Deutsche Bank's shadowy practices, and also talks about it's long relationship with Donald Trump.NPR00:49:03
Rachael & Vilray SingThe music duo perform Swing Standard songs from their self-titled debut album, which draws on the music of the '30s and '40s.NPR00:48:18
Trump's Testing Of AmericaCarol Leonnig and Philip Rucker discuss presidential rages, erratic decision-making and other troubling tendencies of the Trump presidency.NPR00:49:14
Nick Hornby & Ladysmith Black MambazoHornby's novel, HIGH FIDELITY, is the basis of a new Hulu series. Remembering Joseph Shabalala, frontman of the African a capella group.NPR00:48:44
Amazon & the Jeff Bezos Rise & ReignThe new FRONTLINE PBS documentary AMAZON EMPIRE investigates their business practices and questions about privacy, surveillance & regulation.NPR00:47:57
The Watergate ProsecutionJill Wine-Banks' memoir, THE WATERGATE GIRL, is about confronting Nixon White House insider witnesses, enduring courtroom sexism and ...NPR00:48:49
The 2020 Disinformation WarThe Trump campaign is planning to spend $1 billion and a lot will go towards disinformation and propaganda. McKay Coppins reveals how.NPR00:48:26
Caffeine Addiction & WithdrawalOMNIVORE'S DILEMMA author Michael Pollan talks about his new audiobook about a drug we use every day without thinking of it as a drug...NPR00:47:21
Todd Phillips & Kirk DouglasJOKER director Todd Phillips tells how he disguised his film as a comic book movie. We remember SPARTACUS actor Kirk Douglas...NPR00:48:10
A New Frontier Of AssassinationAdam Entous says we could face more Iranian retaliation for General Soleimani's death: "They take a long time to strike back."NPR00:47:52
Coronavirus, Animal Infections, PandemicsScience writer David Quammen talks about the new virus in China, what we learned from SARS, and how viruses travel from animal to animal to humans.NPR00:49:13
Grief, Guilt & A Secret AddictionEilene Zimmerman's memoir, SMACKED, shows how her former spouse, a wealthy attorney, hid his addiction and depression from her and their children.NPR00:48:40
AMERICAN FACTORY DocumentarySteven Bognar and Julia Reichert's Oscar-nominated documentary goes inside a Chinese-owned automotive glass factory in Ohio.NPR00:49:07
Antonio Banderas On PAIN AND GLORYHe earned his first Oscar nomination for his role in Pedro Almodóvar's film. Critic John Powers reviews the Netflix TV show GIRI/HAJI.NPR00:48:37
Upheaval In The Middle EastKim Ghattas' book BLACK WAVE is about MidEast extremism and violence since the 70s. Searching London's River Thames for items lost to history.NPR00:47:49
What If There's An Election MeltdownLaw professor Rick Hasen considers various catastrophes in his book, ELECTION MELTDOWN. Ken Tucker reviews THE NEON SKYLINE by Andy Shauf.NPR00:48:27
Singer-Songwriter Amy RigbyShe talks of touring with her baby, her manifesto, and meeting her husband, Wreckless Eric. Justin Chang reviews the indie movie THE ASSISTANT.NPR00:48:49
Secret History Of Nuclear WarIn his book, THE BOMB, Fred Kaplan tells how our presidents, their advisers and generals planned for, and sometimes narrowly avoided, nuclear war.NPR00:49:10
Inside Trump's Den Of DestructionCarol Leonnig & Philip Rucker's book, A VERY STABLE GENIUS, details presidential rages, erratic decision-making and other troubling tendencies...NPR00:50:11
The Horrors Of AuschwitzAuschwitz was liberated 75 years ago. We revisit archival interviews with survivor Elie Wiesel and historian Laurence Rees.NPR00:48:20
Barr's Support Of TrumpDavid Rohde says Barr is the most feared, criticized and effective member of the Trump's cabinet. David Bianculli reviews STAR TREK: PICARD.NPR00:48:06
In Trump's 'Den Of Destruction'Reporters Carol Leonnig & Philip Rucker based their book A VERY STABLE GENIUS, on over 200 interviews with administration insiders.NPR00:49:24
Actor Tim RothTim is in the Tarantino films RESERVOIR DOGS, THE HATEFUL EIGHT and PULP FICTION, and the new movie THE SONG OF NAMES.NPR00:49:49
Our Racist Past & PresentAttorney Bryan Stevenson says "We need to create institutions in this country that motivate more people to say Never again."NPR00:48:18
Why Religion?Religion scholar Elaine Pagels' book, WHY RELIGION?, combines memoir and biblical scholarship to reflect on loss and faith...NPR00:48:20
Iran's Secret InfluencesJames Risen says new documents show Iran embedded itself in the politics of Iraq. General Soleimani oversaw proxy wars in Iraq and Syria.NPR00:48:04
Martin ScorseseHis film, THE IRISHMAN, is up for 10 Academy Awards. He spoke with Terry Gross about death, redemption and his biggest flop...NPR00:49:09
'Fixers' That Created President TrumpJoe Palazzolo & Michael Rothfeld's book 'The Fixers: The Bottom-feeders, Crooked Lawyers, Gossipmongers, & Porn Stars Who Created the 45th President'...NPR00:48:17
Coup of 1898 & Rise of White SupremacyWilmington, N.C. White supremacists plotted a bloody purge around the 1898 election. David Zucchino tells the story in his new book...NPR00:49:40
Remembering Buck HenryHenry, who died Jan. 8, co-wrote the film GET SMART with Mel Brooks and made regular appearances as a guest host on Saturday Night Live...NPR00:49:03
America's Contest With ChinaEvan Osnos says China is building up its military, and Pentagon analysts believe it could defeat U.S. forces in a confrontation along its borders.NPR00:48:47
The Trumps & KushnersAndrea Bernstein, author of the book AMERICAN OLIGARCHS talks with Terry Gross about the family histories of the Trumps and the Kushners...NPR00:48:14
Boys & SexPeggy Orenstein's book is based on extensive interviews with more than 100 college and college-bound boys between the ages of 16 and 22...NPR00:48:33
Director Todd PhillipsJOKER is an origin story for the villain in the Batman series, but director Todd Phillips says it's not a comic book movie.NPR00:49:16
Jordan Peele/Francis Ford CoppolaWe close out our 'Best of the Decade' series with two of our favorite film directors...NPR00:50:05
Patti Smith/Bruce SpringsteenOur Best of the Decade series continues with two music icons. Patti Smith spoke on JUST KIDS, & Bruce Springsteen on BORN TO RUN.NPR00:47:30
Ta-Nehisi Coates/Toni MorrisonOur Best of the Decade series continues with two of the most influential writers of our time...NPR00:48:51
In ConcertThree music interviews. String band Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jazz singer Catherine Russell and bandleader Jon Batiste.NPR00:47:59
Howard Stern/Joan RiversOur Best of the Decade series continues with two irreverent New Yorkers. Stern on his early shock-jock days & Rivers, a pioneer woman in comedy.NPR00:50:43
Anthony Bourdain/David CarrOur Best of the Decade series continues with media giants lost too soon. Chef-turned-travel-host Anthony Bourdain & columnist David Carr.NPR00:48:57
Meryl Streep/Carrie FisherThis week, we are listening back to some of our favorite interviews from the past decade, with Meryl Streep and Carrie Fisher...NPR00:51:15
Rosemary Clooney In ConcertTo celebrate Christmas, we listen back to a concert given by the late singer and actress in 1997...NPR00:50:25
A Roots & Rockabilly Holiday ConcertSinger-songwriter JD McPherson and his band perform live in studio from SOCKS. Ken Tucker reviews Tyler Childers' album, COUNTRY SQUIRE.NPR00:49:53
2019 In TV & FilmTV critic David Bianculli and film critic Justin Chang sit down with Terry Gross to share their top 10 lists and talk about larger themes...NPR00:49:31
Hoffa's DisappearanceJack Goldsmith's memoir IN HOFFA'S SHADOW is about his investigation of his stepfather's involvement in the disappearance of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa...NPR00:47:52
Adam Sandler & The Safdie BrosSandler plays a jewelry store owner who's deep in debt in a new thriller by writer/directors Josh and Benny Safdie.NPR00:48:52
The War In AfghanistanThe Washington Post obtained information that reveals U.S. officials misled the public about the course of the war.NPR00:49:54
Julie Andrews & Her DaughterAndrews talks about her career and family life and her eldest daughter reflects on what it was like growing up with Mary Poppins...NPR00:50:32
Charlize TheronTheron has direct experience with what she calls the "psychological damage" of sexual harassment. Her new film, BOMBSHELL.NPR00:48:60
Comic Wanda SykesBefore she became a comic, she worked at the NSA and had top security clearance. Now she takes on the president in her Emmy-nominated Netflix special.NPR00:49:21
Medicare For All, ExplainedSarah Kliff talks about the costs and challenges of switching to a universal healthcare system and what it might mean to eliminate private insurance...NPR00:50:15
Conan O'BrienHe recently switched up the format of his late-night show, and has launched the second season of his podcast, CONAN O'BRIEN NEEDS A FRIEND...NPR00:48:45
Trump & His GeneralsPeter Bergen reflects on Trump's soured relationships with Generals Mattis, McMaster and Kelly. A bunch of yes men supporting a one-man show?...NPR00:50:32
Actor Alex BorsteinHe's won back-to-back Emmys for playing a tough, street-wise talent manager on the Amazon series, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL...NPR00:49:15
Conductor M. Tilson ThomasTilson Thomas will receive the Kennedy Center Lifetime Artistic Achievement award. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1995 and 2012.NPR00:48:58
Ukraine's President on TrumpAfter 6 months in office, Volodymyr Zelensky is "quite cynical" and feels "there are no reliable allies," journalist Simon Shuster says.NPR00:50:06
The Stuff You DonateYour average thrift store in the U.S. only sells about one third of the stuff on its shelves, Adam Minter says. The rest...NPR00:49:09
Living Between Life & DeathBJ Miller's experience led him to pursue a career in end-of-life care and palliative medicine. His book is A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO THE END.NPR00:50:54
Actor David HarbourHarbour talks of working with teen actors in STRANGER THINGS, & his bipolar disorder. Remembering cartoonist Gahan Wilson.NPR00:49:19
Telling Kids The TruthMarielle Heller says. Her film, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, centers on Fred Rogers' unlikely friendship with a cynical journalist.NPR00:48:32
Prince's Posthumous MemoirPrince died in 2016, leaving behind an unfinished memoir. Dan Piepenbring, his co-writer, recalls the moment he knew he could make...NPR00:50:06
Actor Edward NortonHe wrote, directed and stars in the film noir MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN. He talks about his film and his grandfather's legacy.NPR00:48:15
Inside the Steele DossierDuring the 2016 campaign former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele investigated Donald Trump's involvement with Russia...NPR00:49:06
College Behind BarsA new PBS documentary follows prisoners earning college degrees via the Bard Prison Initiative while in maximum security.NPR00:48:24
Leonard CohenHe died in 2016, leaving behind many unpublished poems and lyrics. His son Adam Cohen discusses his finest works and the way he worked.NPR00:46:23
Foreign Influence On U.S. PoliticsExpert Ben Freeman says that in 2020 we are going to see a level of foreign influence on our election that's even higher than in 2016.NPR00:48:24
Telling Kids The TruthMarielle Heller's film, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, centers on Fred Rogers' unlikely friendship with a cynical journalist.NPR00:48:31
Russian Assassination ProgramHeidi Blake found evidence connecting Russian hitmen to 14 deaths in the UK. They attracted little interest from British authorities.NPR00:48:25
Actor Robert PattinsonAfter becoming a success in big box office films, he pivoted to indie art house films, like his new one, THE LIGHTHOUSE...NPR00:50:01
THE CROWN Creator Peter MorganSeason 3 of the the historical drama about Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family begins Sunday. We listen back to our interview...NPR00:48:56
Reese WitherspoonFrustrated by the lack of leading roles for women, she started her own production company. Her new project, THE MORNING SHOW...NPR00:48:19
Actor Willem DafoeHe's played villains, soldiers, van Gogh and Jesus. He talks about being a good bad guy. Ken Tucker reviews DaBaby's album KIRK...NPR00:49:28
Online ExtremistsAndrew Marantz spent years with far-right online extremists watching them spread false news by exploiting social media.NPR00:49:08
Judd Apatow On Garry ShandlingJudd talks about his late mentor, stand-up legend Garry Shandling, and the personal trauma that formed him...NPR00:47:29
The Fugitive Slave ActAndrew Delbanco says the 1850 law paved the way for the Civil War by endangering the lives of escaped slaves and free blacks in the North...NPR00:48:06
A President And Congress Go To WarEmily Bazelon explores what it really means to be held in contempt of Congress these days. In the past, you could be jailed...NPR00:47:16
How We Fight For Our LivesSaeed Jones, a former culture editor and LGBTQ editor at BuzzFeed, talks about his search for identity and being "mad as hell and gay as hell."NPR00:49:06
Hearing In A Deafening WorldDavid Owen talks about why it's hard to follow conversation in a loud restaurant, the cause of tinnitus, and breakthroughs in hearing aid technology.NPR00:49:36
Musician Allison MoorerHer memoir and album (both titled BLOOD) are about her father murdering her mother and her road to healing.NPR00:47:49
Remembering Robert EvansHe ran Paramount Studios from the late '60s to early '70s and brought CHINATOWN, ROSEMARY'S BABY, & THE GODFATHER to the big screen.NPR00:49:01
Impeachment DramaAndrew Kramer says impeachment puts Ukrainian President in a tough spot: He may be dealing with President Biden next year, or maybe Trump.NPR00:48:12
Mr. Robot Creator Sam EsmailIn college, he shied away from parties and instead took refuge in the the computer lab, where he experimented with hacking...NPR00:48:50
Living With Tourette'sFor novelist Kevin Wilson, talks about his experience with Tourette's and how writing gives him a reprieve from his tics.NPR00:48:45
Prince's Posthumous MemoirPrince died in 2016, leaving behind an unfinished memoir. Dan Piepenbring, his co-writer, recalls the moment he knew he could...NPR00:50:32
Tom Perrotta On MRS. FLETCHERIt tells the story of Eve, a single mother whose only child, Brendan, has left for college. It was inspired by his own kids moving out.NPR00:48:31
Actor Kathryn HahnHahn stars in the HBO series MRS. FLETCHER as a divorced mom whose son goes away to college. Kevin Whitehead reviews the album GOOD HOPE.NPR00:48:43
Mosul & The Fall of ISISJames Verini gives an account of the 2017 battle to drive ISIS from Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq. The fighting left thousands deadNPR00:48:14
The Syrian Civil WarWashington Post Beirut Bureau Chief Liz Sly discusses Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces and her experience reporting in war zones.NPR00:48:19
Janis JoplinBiographer Holly George-Warren describes Joplin as a bookworm who worked hard to create her "blues feelin' mama" persona...NPR00:47:41
Jazz Singer Anita O'DayO'Day inspired the so-called cool jazz singers of the '50s. We remember actor Robert Forster who died last Friday at 78...NPR00:47:53
Climate Change & Coastal LandGilbert Gaul says federal subsidies encourage developers to build on the coasts despite increasing risks from climate change...NPR00:48:42
Attica LockeHer novel, HEAVEN, MY HOME, centers on a black Texas ranger searching for the missing son of an Aryan Brotherhood leader...NPR00:49:02
Ronan FarrowHe talks about the systemic ways in which top institutions aid and abet powerful people accused of crimes, silence witnesses, and...NPR00:46:58
Elton JohnHe talks about his volatile childhood, addiction, and fame. His memoir is called ME. Lloyd Schwartz reviews a documentary on Maria Callas.NPR00:48:33
Breaking Bad Sequel El CaminoWe review the movie, which Netflix dropped and talk with series creator and writer Vince Gilligan and actor Aaron Paul.NPR00:48:07
The Westboro Baptist ChurchGrowing up in the notorious church, Megan Phelps-Roper was told that God killed soldiers as punishment for America's sins and...NPR00:47:19
Trump's Impeachment PerilHow Trump fell for a media campaign that was designed to help him. Maureen Corrigan reviews the new memoir HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES.NPR00:49:28
Whistleblower Christopher WylieHe exposed Cambridge Analytica's role in Brexit and the Trump campaign. His new book: MINDF*CK... THE PLOT TO BREAK AMERICA.NPR00:49:05
Anthony Roth CostanzoCostanzo is a countertenor, about to star in the Metropolitan Opera's production of 'Akhnaten,' by Philip Glass...NPR00:48:24
Claire TomalinAfter writing biographies, she turned to memoir. A LIFE OF MY OWN tells of her child conflict, work, infidelity and finding herself.NPR00:48:48
Trump's Border ProposalsJulie Hirschfeld Davis & Michael Shear's book chronicls Trump's attempts to upend the nation's immigration system.NPR00:48:44
Conan O'BrienRecently changed the format of his show, and is about to launch the second season of his podcast, CONAN O'BRIEN NEEDS A FRIEND.NPR00:49:12
Jimmy Hoffa's DisappearanceJack Goldsmith's memoir investigates his stepfather's involvement in the 1975 disappearance of mob-connected labor leader Hoffa.NPR00:48:57
Actor Antonio BanderasHe stars in Pedro Almodóvar's new film PAIN AND GLORY as a screenwriter and director suffering with physical pain, and pain of the soul.NPR00:49:31
Captive Animal SpeciesJoel Sartore's mission is to document each captive animal species in the world. His book: VANISHING: THE WORLD'S MOST VULNERABLE ANIMALS.NPR00:48:09
Piety & PowerTom LoBianco describes Mike Pence as a man of faith who's willing to put political ambition ahead of his beliefs. His book: PIETY & POWER.NPR00:48:31
Singing CowboysMusician Doug Green talks of a largely forgotten chapter of music history, the singing cowboy. He's featured in Ken Burns' new PBS series.NPR00:49:29
Ta-Nehisi Coates On THE WATER DANCERHis book is set in slave times and re-imagines the Underground Railroad's leaders as having a magical power to teleport people out of slavery.NPR00:49:29
Tegan And SaraThe music duo revisit their teen years and early music in a new memoir, HIGH SCHOOL, and companion album, HEY, I'M JUST LIKE YOU.NPR00:49:41
Julian Fellowes & Maggie SmithAs DOWNTON ABBEY opens in theaters, we listen back to our interviews with the series creator Julian Fellowes and star Maggie Smith.NPR00:49:04
Edward SnowdenHe talks about his first hack, why he decided to leak documents, and his 40 days detained in Moscow. His new book is PERMANENT RECORD.NPR00:48:10
NBC Journalist Andrea MitchellShe looks back on her career in journalism. She's receiving a lifetime achievement Emmy later on Sept. 24. Review of HEAVEN, MY HOME.NPR00:48:24
Reconstruction & The ConstitutionEric Foner on how current issues of racial inequality, voter suppression and mass incarceration relate to the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments.NPR00:48:46
Investigating Brett KavanaughIn their new book Kate Kelly & Robin Pogrebin investigate allegations against Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh...NPR00:48:43
Singer Linda RonstadtThe singer spoke with Terry Gross in 2013 about her career and her Parkinson's diagnosis. The new documentary, THE SOUND OF MY VOICE.NPR00:48:27
Where Does Recycling Go?Now that China isn't taking our recycling, where will it go? Environmentalist Kate O'Neill discusses the global politics of waste.NPR00:47:42
Tan France Of QUEER EYEThe son of Pakistani immigrants, says the thought of being one of the very first openly gay South Asian men on a major show was hard to handle.NPR00:47:53
The Weinstein InvestigationHow Weinstein prevented investigation, actors speaking on the record, and the final showdown at the 'NYT' before publishing.NPR00:48:60
The CIA & Mind ControlStephen Kinzer's book, Poisoner in Chief, exposes how the CIA worked in the 50s and 60s to develop mind control drugs and deadly toxins...NPR00:49:04
THE DEUCEMaggie Gyllenhaal produces and stars in the HBO series. The show centers on porn, organized crime, politics & feminism in 1970s New York.NPR00:49:33
Trump's Conflicts Of InterestDavid Fahrenthold says in the past, an honor system helped keep presidents from using the office to benefit themselves. Not Trump!NPR00:48:31
Fentanyl & The Dark WebAuthor Ben Westhoff says the synthetic opioid, while useful in hospitals, is killing more Americans as a street drug than any other in history.NPR00:48:21
Elvis' Guitarist James BurtonHe went pro at 14, played in Ricky Nelson's band, and on hundreds of recordings, including those by Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash.NPR00:49:24
Emmys Week 5Raphael Bob-Waksberg's Emmy-nominated series BOJACK HORSEMAN.? Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle's series PEN15.NPR00:49:60
Emmys Week 4Billy Eichner's Emmy-nominated series, BILLY ON THE STREET. Randy Rainbow's satirical songs about Trump to the melodies of show tunes.NPR00:49:20
Emmys Week 3Interviews of Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll starring & writing) and Christina Applegate (Dead to Me starring).NPR00:49:35
Emmys Week 2We talk with Ava DuVernay, director of the Netflix series WHEN THEY SEE US, and Michael K. Williams, who performs in the series.NPR00:48:47
Emmys Week 1We talk with nominees Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Ben Stiller, and Patricia Arquette about their features...NPR00:48:27
Bill Hader & John MulaneyHader is Emmy nominated for acting in and writing the HBO series, BARRY, and Mulaney for his SNL episode.NPR00:48:53
Remembering Peter FondaFonda spoke to Terry Gross in 1998 about ULEE'S GOLD, EASY RIDER & his acting philosophy of "doing less and making more of it."NPR00:48:38
Direction Of The Opioid EpidemicScott Higham says evidence shows the drug industry shipped large quantities of pills to certain communities in pursuit of greater profits.NPR00:48:31
Character Actor Stephen RootHe got an Emmy nomination for his role in the HBO series BARRY. Kevin Whitehead reviews the album BEGIN AGAIN from pianist Fred Hersch...NPR00:49:31
How We Think About Race & GenderIn GODS OF THE UPPER AIR, Charles King tells of Franz Boas, Margaret Mead and other anthropologists who challenged outdated notions...NPR00:48:14
Exploring Underwater CavesDiver and photographer Jill Heinerth talks about some of her most dangerous and exhilarating experiences underwater...NPR00:49:12
Actor Jonathan GroffGroff stars in the crime-thriller series MINDHUNTER, now in its second season on Netflix. He also talks about his roles for HBO.NPR00:49:23
Hannah Shaw: Kitten LadyShe rescued hundreds of kittens. Her book about fostering: TINY BUT MIGHTY. Remembering saxophonist & clarinetist Bob Wilber.NPR00:47:56
Janet Mock On POSEMock made history as the first trans woman of color to write and direct an episode of TV for her work on Ryan Murphy's FX series POSE.NPR00:48:12
Secret History Of Koch IndustriesIn his new book, KOCHLAND, journalist Christopher Leonard chronicles how the Koch brothers planned to remake the Republican Party.NPR00:48:55
Sister Helen PrejeanBest known for her 1993 memoir, DEAD MAN WALKING, about her role as a spiritual adviser to a convicted killer on death row...'NPR00:49:28
Remembering Toni MorrisonThe Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of BELOVED, THE BLUEST EYE, SULA, SONG OF SOLOMON, and other novels, essays and...NPR00:49:33
Disinformation & The Murder Of Seth RichIn July 2016, DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered in D.C. Michael Isikoff tells how the murder was turned into a conspiracy theory.NPR00:49:11
Sex Discrimination In HollywoodThe documentary THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING explores how women in Hollywood push for more representation in front of and behind the camera.NPR00:48:36
Jia Tolentino On Feminism...She writes about how social media shapes identity, public discourse and political engagement, particularly for millennials like herself.NPR00:48:42
Visually Impaired ArtistsFilmmaker Rodney Evans is still making movies, despite having lost much of his vision. His new documentary, VISION PORTRAITS.NPR00:48:25
Polar Photographer Paul NicklenHe has spent decades documenting the Arctic, Antarctic and the effects of climate change. He talks about some of the dangerous situations he's been in.NPR00:48:43
Comic Wanda SykesSykes talks about coming out publicly at an LGBTQ rally, her double mastectomy, and her career before comedy; working for the NSA.NPR00:48:14
Tech Company SpyingGeoffrey Fowler tells how browsers, phone apps, & smart speakers track users, even when they're asleep.NPR00:48:26
Crime Novelist Laura LippmanLippman talks about her experience as a reporter, deciding to become a mother in her 50s, and losing her friend Rob Hiaasen...NPR00:48:13
Why We Need InsectsBiologist Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson warns that the world's insect population is on the decline — which may have serious consequences...NPR00:49:18
Ranky TankyGullah band Ranky Tanky and their album GOOD TIME. Justin Chang reviews Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.NPR00:46:57
Jane Mayer On Al FrankenShe recently dove into the accusations of sexual misconduct that forced Franken to resign in 2017. She says the chief accuser's story is full of holes.NPR00:48:14
Lulu Wang's film THE FAREWELLWhen her grandmother was diagnosed with terminal cancer the family flew to China to see her, but decided not to tell her the prognosis.NPR00:48:55
Sleep Disorders & The Nocturnal BrainGuy Leschziner, author of THE NOCTURNAL BRAIN, says sleep is not a binary state, and the brain can be in multiple stages of sleep at once.NPR00:48:56
Breakthroughs In Heart HealthDr. Haider Warraich on advancements in treating and preventing heart failure, and explains how the understanding of healthy blood pressure...NPR00:48:35
Moon Landing 50th AnniversaryWe listen to archival interviews with Michael Collins, Alan Shepard, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield; and test pilot Chuck Yeager.NPR00:49:18
The Border Protection AgencyIt built its ranks by recruiting Rambo, when actually what the border patrol needs is Mother Teresa. Justin Chang reviews THE LION KING.NPR00:49:09
Satirist Randy RainbowHe writes and performs satirical songs about President Trump set to melodies of show tunes. "I always considered song parody kind of cheap..."NPR00:48:34
Novelist Colson WhiteheadHis book, THE NICKEL BOYS, is based on the true story of a notorious Florida reform school where many boys were beaten and sexually abused.NPR00:49:31
TV Critic Emily NussbaumEmily talks about the art of "terrible men" in the #MeToo era, TV's revolution (from low to high brow), and "the bad fan."NPR00:48:10
Remembering Pitcher Jim BoutonMLB pitcher Jim Bouton, who died Wednesday, spoke to Fresh Air in 1986 about his 1970 tell-all memoir, BALL FOUR....NPR00:48:58
U.S. - Mexico Border CrisisCaitlin Dickerson talks about the squalid conditions at the Clint, Texas, border patrol center, where toddlers were living for weeks...NPR00:49:04
Yiddish 'Fiddler On The Roof'A Yiddish version is currently off-Broadway. Steven Skybell, who plays Tevye, and Joel Grey, director, explain why it still resonates.NPR00:48:08
Gerrymandering, Census & Voter SuppressionAri Berman says recent Supreme Court decisions on redistricting and the 2020 census will determine which party wins in the next decade.NPR00:49:10
Bioethicist vs. OpioidsTravis Rieder became opioid dependent after an accident that crushed his foot. His book IN PAIN draws on his insights as a patient...NPR00:48:59
Willie NelsonAt 86, he's is still going strong - touring and has a new record, RIDE ME BACK HOME. We'll listen back to two interviews with him.NPR00:52:25
LizzoLizzo talks about collaborating with Prince, feminism, and using music to help people find a positive place within themselves.NPR00:49:32
Sarah Jessica ParkerShe's best-known for her role as the iconic single New Yorker Carrie Bradshaw on SEX AND THE CITY. She speaks of growing up poor...NPR00:48:55
The Story Of ChernobylJournalist Adam Higginbotham has spent years investigating the causes of the accident and the dramatic efforts to contain the damage.NPR00:48:54
The Toll On Facebook ModeratorsThey determine what material can be posted to Facebook. Many are traumatized by the images of hate and violence they see.NPR00:48:14
Novelist John Green On OCDHis latest novel, TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, is about a teenage girl with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.NPR00:48:25
Female Crew Sails Round The WorldTracy Edwards set out on what was thought of as an unthinkable journey for a woman; to sail the 33,000 mile Whitbread Round The World Race.NPR00:49:19
The First AIDS WardThe new documentary 5B tells the story of America's first hospital unit for people with AIDS. We interview two of its founders.NPR00:49:38
Comic Ramy YoussefIn the semi-autobio Hulu series RAMY, he plays a Muslim American who follows some, but not all, of the rules of his religion.NPR00:47:50
Jehovah's Witness LeavesAmber Scorah was a third generation Jehovah's Witness. As a teenager she was shunned for having sex with her boyfriend...NPR00:48:58
John PrinePrine was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. David Bianculli reviews FX's LEGION & Netflix's JESSICA JONES.NPR00:46:33
Bill Hader On BARRYHe talks with Terry Gross about writing BARRY with Alec Berg, struggling with anxiety while on SNL, and his love of old movies.NPR00:47:19
When They See UsAva DuVernay's Netflix series tells the story of how five black and brown boys were manipulated into confessing to a brutal rape.NPR00:46:48
America's First Black Sports HeroMajor Taylor broke barriers by becoming our fastest cyclist. Michael Kranish tells his story in the book, THE WORLD'S FASTEST MAN.NPR00:48:06
Rethinking ElderhoodGeriatrician Dr. Louise Aronson treats patients who are in their 60s as well as those who are older than 100. Saxophonist Stan Getz.NPR00:48:30
I Wrote This Book Because I Love YouTim Kreider admits that the longest relationship of his adult life was with the stray cat that became his companion for 19 years.NPR00:48:47
Hacker Threat To CitiesCybersecurity expert Nicole Perlroth says hacking tools developed by the NSA were stolen, posted online and are now being used...NPR00:48:58
Ordinary People Got Us To The MoonThis summer marks 50 years since the first Apollo moon landing. Journalist Charles Fishman's new book ONE GIANT LEAP focuses it.NPR00:48:38
Inside Kim's North KoreaAnna Fifield visited North Korea and interviewed many of its citizens including members of Kim Jong Un's family for her new book about the country.NPR00:48:48
Actor Damian LewisThe classically-trained British actor plays a ruthless hedge-fund manager on Showtime's BILLIONS, which recently ended its fourth season.NPR00:48:25
Remembering Dr. JohnHe died yesterday at 77. He was known for his raspy voice and hits such as RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME and SUCH A NIGHT.NPR00:47:56
Trump & The EmiratesWe talk with David Kirkpatrick about how Prince Mohammed bin Zayed became one of the most influential foreign voices in Washington.NPR00:47:38
Actor Christina ApplegateShe speaks about her own experience with grief and loss, her double mastectomy, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, and SWEET CHARITY on Broadway.NPR00:48:57
The Case Against R. KellyPop music critic Jim DeRogatis on R. Kelly's alleged sexual abuse of underage girls. His new book SOULLESS.NPR00:48:36
The Future Of FoodEnvironmental journalist Amanda Little talks about efforts to create a global food supply for a world that will be hotter, drier...NPR00:47:50
A Return To DEADWOODThe HBO series about a lawless mining town in 19th century South Dakota is the basis of a new film. David Bianculli shares his review.NPR00:49:15
SCOTUS And AbortionAdam Liptak talks on how Trump's appointees might change the Supreme Court - including its direction on abortion...NPR00:48:34
Sara Berman's ClosetSara's daughter, children's book author Maira Kalman and grandson, designer Alex Kalman, tell her story in a new book accompaniment...NPR00:48:15
College Mental HealthDr. Anthony Rostain notes college students experience inordinate anxiety - much centered on surviving college and doing well.NPR00:46:53
Sir Elton JohnThe new biographical musical film ROCKETMAN is based on his life story. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2013 about his fear of...NPR00:49:54
Michael Pollan On PsychedelicsHe discusses the history of psychedelic drugs, including LSD and magic mushrooms, and explains how they're currently being used...NPR00:48:55
LizzoThe flute-playing pop star celebrates self-love on her latest album, CUZ I LOVE YOU. She talks about collaborating with Prince, feminism...NPR00:49:15
Power Struggle Within The NRADanny Hakim on conflicts in NRA's leadership, its lawsuit against its advertising & PR company, & what leaked documents reveal...NPR00:48:17
New Approach To DementiaWhile caring for her mother, who had dementia, bioethicist Tia Powell began imagining a different way to approach the disease.NPR00:48:44
John Waters On Being A Filth ElderThe cult filmmaker has plenty of ideas about what older people should and shouldn't do. "You can't be trying too hard to rebel..."NPR00:49:18
Exploring Sexuality & RelationshipsStephen McCauley's novel, MY EX-LIFE, is a comedy about a couple whose marriage ended years ago when the husband came out as gay.NPR00:48:56
Dark Side Of Generic DrugsKatherine Eban says most generic meds sold in the U.S. is manufactured overseas; sometimes with questionable quality control.NPR00:49:12
Howard Stern: Part 2Stern talks about his 2017 cancer scare, his thoughts on retirement, and his mother's depression. Also, we remember Doris Day.NPR00:49:07
Howard Stern: Part 1The self-proclaimed "King of All Media" speaks with Terry Gross for the first time. How therapy changed his show, what makes him cringe...NPR00:49:31
Phoebe Waller-BridgeShe writes female characters who are flawed, reckless, unpredictable and real - women not typically seen onscreen...NPR00:48:18
Celebrating HBO's VEEPWe listen to archival interviews with showrunner David Mandel, star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and co-star Tony Hale.NPR00:48:59
Deutsche Bank & Donald TrumpThe bank was Trump's partner on countless investments when most of Wall Street shied away. It has a trove of information about him.NPR00:48:33
The Immigration Act of 1924Daniel Okrent says the eugenics movement informed the Act, which restricted entrance to the U.S. of Jews, Italians, Greeks and other...NPR00:48:10
Shedding Light On Domestic ViolenceCrisis center CEO Suzanne Dubus and journalist Rachel Louise Snyder talk about identifying risk factors in abusive relationships...NPR00:47:51
The Awkwardness Of Middle SchoolIn Hulu's PEN15, Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play 13-year-old versions of themselves in the year 2000 - even though they're in their early 30s.?NPR00:48:39
Remembering John SingletonFilm director John Singleton died Monday at the age of 51. He debuted in 1991 with the semi-autobiographical movie BOYZ N THE HOOD.NPR00:47:50
Bolton's Aggressive Use Of U.S. PowerDexter Filkins says Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton's world view often contrasts with Trump's isolationist tendencies...NPR00:49:37
How Crooks Stash FortunesJournalist Oliver Bullough's book MONEYLAND describes foreign leaders' & oligarchs' secretive transnational world.NPR00:48:07
Erin Lee Carr, Daughter Of David CarrThe writer and documentary filmmaker talks of her parents' drug addiction and what it was like to have her father as a mentor...NPR00:48:48
Actor Patricia ArquetteShe's won awards for her performances in ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA, BOYHOOD & MEDIUM. She currently stars in THE ACT...NPR00:48:13
The Zombies & Roxy MusicThe 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees include the Zombies and Roxy Music. We listen back to archival interviews with them...NPR00:49:27
Mueller Report Revelations & RedactionsRosalind Helderman notes what's new in the report, the questions left unanswered, and how encrypted texts and witnesses stymied...NPR00:47:36
How Psychiatry Used Drugs For Mental IllnessThe new book MIND FIXERS examines psychiatry's search for understanding of mental illnesses, like depression and bipolar disorder.NPR00:48:21
Glenda Jackson Is King LearThe 82-year-old British actor is currently playing Shakespeare's famed tragic figure on Broadway; a role traditionally played by a man.NPR00:47:57
How The Navy Failed Its SailorsOutdated equipment and crew shortages contributed to two collisions involving Navy destroyers in 2017 - 17 sailors were killed.NPR00:47:26

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