Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. HBO's documentary about New Yorker cartoonists 'Very Semi-Serious' airs December 14. [Originally broadcast March 2014] David Edelstein reviews 'Chi-Raq,' directed by Spike Lee.
Filmmakers Chris Whipple and Jules Naudet discuss their Showtime documentary, 'Spymasters,' which features 12 former CIA directors discussing the tough choices they've had to make in fighting terrorism. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the Netflix special 'A Very Murray Christmas,' starring Bill Murray and directed by Sofia Coppola.
Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of HBO's 'The Leftovers,' says he is drawn to "real-world stories where the supernatural can and often does occur." He and author Tom Perrotta discuss the series. Ken Tucker reviews Adele's '25.'
Director Kent Jones discusses his new documentary 'Hitchcock/Truffaut,' which was inspired by a 1962 series of in-depth interviews between French filmmaker François Truffaut and the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. Also, Actress Niecy Nash talks to Fresh Air contributor Anna Sale about playing a nurse on HBO's 'Getting On,' a series about an extended care facility for elderly women.
From Julius Caesar's last words to what Gladiator duels were actually like, classicist Mary Beard sets the record straight. Her new book is 'SPQR.' Also, John Powers reviews France's Oscar submission, 'Mustang.'
Cécile McLorin Savant initially studied classical voice, but turned to jazz because it offered her more range. "In jazz I felt I could sing these deep husky lows," she says. Her new album is 'For One to Love.' Also, Justin Chang reviews 'The Danish Girl.' And music writer Peter Guralnick profiles the founder of Sun Records, Sam Phillips. Guralnick says Phillips rejected perfection in favor of spontaneity and individuality. Phillips discovered Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf, Charlie Rich, Roy Orbison and others.