Streams

Recent Episodes and Articles

How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

Friday, May 22, 2015

In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.
Read More

Comments [1]

The Future Is Bright In The Time-And-Space Twisting 'Tomorrowland'

Friday, May 22, 2015

Brad Bird's new sci-fi adventure film features George Clooney, Britt Robertson and an endless sense of possibilities. David Edelstein says the film makes a "near-hysterical case" against pessimism.
Read More

Comment

Letterman Signs Off, With A Heartfelt Guest-Filled Finale

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Last night, after 33 years on TV as a late-night talk show host, David Letterman presented his final program. David Bianculli says Letterman's final show was a strong end to an illustrious career.
Read More

Comment

Letterman's Executive Producer: 'He's Meant A Lot To A Lot Of People'

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rob Burnett started working with David Letterman as an intern in 1985. He talks with Terry Gross about the absurd and somber moments of his three-decade tenure with the Late Show.
Read More

Comment

Terry Gross To Marc Maron: 'Life Is Harder Than Radio'

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The WTF host asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up.
Read More

Comments [4]

Reporting On Rape Kit Backlog Leads To New Law And Arrests In Ohio

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

While researching sexual assaults for Cleveland's The Plain Dealer, Rachel Dissell unearthed a backlog of untested rape kits dating back to 1993. Ohio has since mandated the testing of these kits.
Read More

Comment

Elizabeth Banks On Success: 'You Don't Get What You Don't Ask For'

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Hunger Games actress and Pitch Perfect 2 director also runs her own production company. Her secret to success? "I raise my hand a lot," Banks tells Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado.
Read More

Comment

The 'Mad Men' Ending: A 'Twisted' And 'Perfect' Conclusion

Monday, May 18, 2015

After all eight seasons of drama, the TV series about men and women in advertising ended with a full-length ad. TV critic David Bianculli says the conclusion was "so unexpected, yet so appropriate."
Read More

Comment

In 'Take Off,' Ramon Valle Makes The Piano Sing

Monday, May 18, 2015

Despite its clarity and cohesion, Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the new album from Cuban pianist Ramon Valle and his trio is half knock-out, half schmaltzy.
Read More

Comment

Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

Monday, May 18, 2015

The machines have long been used in manufacturing, but Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots, says they're now poised to replace humans as teachers, lawyers and even journalists.
Read More

Comment

Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Brokaw Reflects On His 'Lucky Life'

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The former NBC anchorman says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." Originally broadcast May 13, 2015.
Read More

Comment

Fresh Air Weekend: Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Originally broadcast May 11, 2015.
Read More

Comment

Heavy-Handed And Preachy, 'Good Kill' Misses Its Mark

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Andrew Niccol's film follows an Air Force commander engaged in state-of-the-art drone warfare. Justin Chang says the movie feels more like "a series of talking points than a fully developed drama."
Read More

Comment

Souped-Up Vehicles And Road Warriors Reign In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Friday, May 15, 2015

It has been 36 years since the first Mad Max film crash landed into theaters. David Edelsein says the forth installment of the series is "basically one long chase with ever more insane variables."
Read More

Comment

B.B. King On Life, Plantation Living And His 'Droopy-Drawers' Sound

Friday, May 15, 2015

"I developed in my head that I'm never any better than my last concert or the last time I played," B.B. King told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1996.
Read More

Comment

Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Richard Rothstein, who studies residential segregation in America, concludes: "Federal, state and local governments purposely created racial boundaries in these cities."
Read More

Comment

Country Hit Writer Chris Stapleton Breaks Out On His Own In 'Traveller'

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Nashville songwriter has written countless hits for other artists. Critic Ken Tucker says that Stapleton's debut solo album showcases a wide range of musical styles with a distinctive sound.
Read More

Comment

'The In Crowd': An Audience-Fueled Jazz-Pop Crossover Hit

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fifty years ago in a Washington, DC nightclub, the Ramsey Lewis Trio recorded "The In Crowd," a rare jazz single that landed on the pop charts. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the fans were half the show.
Read More

Comment

Tom Brokaw Reflects On Cancer, 'Nightly News' And His 'Lucky Life'

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The former NBC anchorman says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." His new memoir is A Lucky Life Interrupted.
Read More

Comment

Misadventures And Absurdist Charm Take Root In 'George Orwell's House'

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

In Andrew Ervin's comic novel, a disillusioned advertising executive rents the cottage once inhabited by dystopian author George Orwell. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the funny book has a serious core.
Read More

Comment