Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
Pitchers of all ages are increasingly blowing out their arms and needing what's known as Tommy John surgery. Sports writer Jeff Passan discusses his new book 'The Arm.' Jacob Bernstein is the director of the new HBO documentary about his mother, late writer and director, Nora Ephron (Heartburn, When Harry Met Sally). It's about her life, her writing and her fatal illness, which she kept secret from almost everyone.
Ever since 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' the actor says he's been trying to take on more dramatic roles. In the HBO series 'Vinyl' he plays a record company executive who contemplates suicide.
Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to sexuality, girls hear that "they're supposed to be sexy, they're supposed to perform sexually for boys, but ... their sexual pleasure is unspoken." Orenstein discusses the effect hook-up culture, porn, and pop stars have had on girls' lives. Then, commentator Sarah Hepola says after years of complaining about hate on the Internet, she became part of the problem.
According to Adam Hochschild, about 2,800 Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War, and some were bombed by Nazis years before the U.S. entered World War II. His new book is 'Spain in Our Hearts.' John Powers reviews the French film 'My Golden Days.'
Comic Michael Ian Black lays bare his insecurities in his new book, 'Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird.)' He talks about family, masculinity and vanity. Ken Tucker reviews the latest album from country icon Loretta Lynn, and Regina King shares her experience going from a teen actor on '227' to landing roles in 'Boyz n the Hood' and 'American Crime.'
Comedian Garry Shandling, who died yesterday, told Terry Gross that he was "one of those kids who became aware of comedians at a very early age." He spoke to Fresh Air in 1992 and 2007. Also, 'Carol' is now on DVD. We revisit our interview with director Todd Haynes and screenwriter Phyllis Nagy. The film is about an unlikely love affair between two women in the 1950s.