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Defense attorney Irwin Rochman talks about the case against his client, Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan. Pan has been convicted of a straw donor scheme to illegally raise campaign funds for New York City Comptroller John Liu. Plus: USA Today’s Susan Page on the latest political developments from Washington DC; Maryam al-Khawaja of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights; and a look back at the Radio Diaries project with founder and executive producer, Joe Richman.
On today’s show: Songwriter Burt Bacharach talks about his life and career in music. Greg Bellow looks at his complex relationship with his father, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow. We’re airing a conversation recorded in the Greene Space in March with the BBC World Book Club. on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Plus, “Venus and Serena,” a new documentary about how the Williams sisters broke new ground and came to dominate women’s tennis.
Fresh Air is one of the most popular programs on public radio, breaking the "talk show" mold, and Gross is known for her fearless and insightful interviews with prominent figures in American arts, politics, and popular culture.
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How did a poor kid from Brooklyn escape life as a shipping clerk and instead become Mel Brooks? Even Mel Brooks isn’t too sure, but “If you’ve got your mother’s love,” he tells Kurt Andersen, “you can’t go wrong.” Meanwhile, jazz composer Darcy James Argue conjures another, imaginary Brooklyn in ...
In this episode: All this week, we’re talking about musical guilty pleasures. We talk with Grantland writer Andy Greenwald about his claim that he has none – and, we talk with Northwestern University marketing professor Kelly Goldsmith about how the emotion of guilt could be making that Britney Spears track sound even better.
Plus, string quartet Brooklyn Rider shares some of their musical guilty pleasures – including one that inspired us to create a mashup that you won’t hear anywhere else.
And, Colin Stetson is the go-to sax player for groups like Arcade Fire and Bon Iver. But his new album To See More Light is just him on his own– although you might not believe it. He plays live.
Q is an energetic daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine that takes you on a smart and surprising ride, interviewing personalities and tackling the cultural issues that matter. Hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, with his trademark wit and spontaneity, Q covers pop culture and high arts alike with forays into the most provocative and compelling cultural trends.
There’s an hour of music for far-off places on this New Sounds program. Listen to a work written by Princeton professor Paul Lansky, called “Travel Diary.” From a new recording by the Meehan/Perkins Duo, the work is a "kind of meditation on travel particularly for those who don't do it that much." Parts were inspired by an actual cross-country trip taken by the composer and his family, wrong turns and a younger child asking "Are we there yet?"