Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
The 'Pitch Perfect' star talks about being small with a powerful voice, her break-out role in 'Up in the Air,' and why church scared her as a kid. Her new book of personal essays is 'Scrappy Little Nobody.' Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'Mid-Thirties Single Scene' from Scott and Charlene's Wedding.
In the HBO series 'Insecure,' Issa Rae's character feels like she's "not black enough for the black people and not white enough for the white people." John Powers reviews the film 'Certain Women.' Also, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy offer a pessimistic view of human nature in 'Westworld,' HBO's futuristic TV series about a theme park that allows tourists to act out their Wild West fantasies.
To mark Veterans' Day, we're replaying interviews with Iraq War veterans Brian Castner and Kayla Williams, and WWII veteran Robert Kotlowitz. Also, Brian Turner reads his poem 'Here, Bullet.' Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Arrival.'
"Television has really become where a lot of the action is right now," critic David Bianculli says. His new book revisits the best of the small screen — from 'I Love Lucy' to 'The Walking Dead.' Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Pieces of Soap,' a book of essays by Stanley Elkin.
We discuss the 2016 election with 'Atlantic Magazine' correspondent James Fallows, who spent three years flying his own plane to small towns across the U.S., reporting on the people he met.
In the HBO series 'Insecure,' Issa Rae's character feels like she's "not black enough for the black people and not white enough for the white people." Rae talks about her comedy influences, growing up with a Senegalese father, and her web series 'The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.' John Powers reviews the film 'Certain Women.'