Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, was inspired by suffragists and centerfolds. Political historian Jill Lepore explains how the comic book hero came to be in 'The Secret History of Wonder Woman.' Duke Ellington recorded two tunes engineered by Conny Plank, a few years before Plank became known for recording rock musicians like Brian Eno. That session is now on CD; jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says it's a window onto Ellington's working method.
For 25 years, attorney Mary Bonauto and activist Evan Wolfson helped shape the gay marriage movement. They discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling, which represented the culmination of their efforts. Also, David Edelstein reviews 'Tangerine.'
The new documentary 'Amy' uses personal and archival video to tell the story of her short life. Winehouse died at 27. We talk to the film's director Asif Kapadia and Winehouse's former manager Nick Shymansky, who tried to get her into rehab--which later inspired her biggest hit.
In his new movie, 'Do I Sound Gay?', director David Thorpe searches for the origin of the so-called "gay voice" and documents his own attempts (with speech pathologist Susan Sankin) to sound "less gay." Also John Powers reviews a documentary and a novel about the drug war in Mexico.
"Good people with the best of intentions ... can get things terribly, terribly wrong," says legal scholar Adam Benforado. His book, 'Unfair,' explores the intrinsic flaws of the American justice system — flaws that can lead to false confessions and wrongful convictions. Book critic Maureen Corrigan shares four thrillers that will get your heart pounding. Ken Tucker reviews Kacey Musgraves' album 'Pageant Material.'
As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, writer Mat Johnson identified as black – but looked white. His new novel 'Loving Day' is about a man who returns to his hometown after inheriting a run-down mansion. Also TV critic David Bianculli says Jon Stewart, Larry Wilmore, John Oliver and Bill Maher are keeping news outlets honest. Rick Famuyiwa's new film 'Dope' is about a black high-school student who's into 90s hip hop and Japanese comic books. He calls the film a celebration of kids whose interests don't fit into pop-culture norms. The director talks about geekdom, the n-word, and confronting racism with comedy.