Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
Alex Abramovich was in his 30s when he looked up a guy (Trevor) who bullied him in grade school. In his new book 'Bullies,' Abramovich writes about reconnecting with Trevor, now the head of the East Bay Rats — an Oakland motorcycle club. Also, we remember the 'Fifth Beatle,' George Martin, in an excerpt of his 1980 interview.
At the height of her addiction to heroin, Tracey Helton Mitchell lived in an alley and sold her body. Now she works as an addiction specialist helping others. Her new memoir is 'The Big Fix.' Also, Milo Miles reviews the debut album from percussionist Roman Diaz.
In the first half of the 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits they considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in his new book, 'Imbeciles.' Also, John Powers reviews Sonny Liew's new graphic novel 'The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.'
Comic Louie Anderson talks about playing the mother of an embittered rodeo clown in the FX series 'Baskets.' He based the portrayal on his own mother. Ken Tucker reviews the new album by the Waco Brothers, and author Victor LaValle tells us about his new horror novella — a tribute and critique of H.P. Lovecraft.
Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. His latest novel, 'The Whites,' is now out in paperback. [Originally broadcast Feb. 17, 2015.] David Edelstein reviews 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' starring Tina Fey.
David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz chronicle America's poisonous relationship with lead in 'Lead Wars.' "We've created a terribly toxic environment in all sorts of ways," Rosner says. Also, Ken Tucker reviews the Waco Brothers' new album.