Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent describes herself as extremely shy, but says that "when the songs started coming to me, I felt I didn't have the option to hide and avoid" the stage. Her latest album is 'The Trackless Woods.'
Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Both guests contributed to a new book about North American birds. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'City of Fire.'
When Kelly and Wayne Maines adopted identical twin boys in 1997, they didn't anticipate raising one of their sons as a daughter. They tell their story, with author Amy Ellis Nutt, in 'Becoming Nicole.' Critic at-large John Powers reviews 'Bridge of Spies.'
In the HBO series 'The Leftovers' Theroux is a man trying to make sense of the disappearance of 2% of the world's population. He describes Season 2 as moving into "spiritual territory." Randall Park talks about 'Fresh Off the Boat' and how the ABC comedy steers clear of "easy" and "tired" racist jokes. Comic strip creator Berkeley Breathed says a 2008 letter from author Harper Lee inspired him to re-launch his famous strip on Facebook. It's now called Bloom County 2015. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Assassin,' saying it might be one of the most "entrancingly beautiful" action movies ever made.
Rick Famuyiwa's film 'Dope' is about a black high-school student who's into 90s hip-hop and Japanese comic books. The director discusses geekdom, the n-word, and confronting racism with comedy. [Originally broadcast July 2015]. John Cleese, the co-founder of the Monty Python troupe, admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy. His memoir, 'So, Anyway'..., covers his boyhood and early career. [Originally broadcast December 2014]. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Room.'
Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson says that the ongoing search to replace Rep. John Boehner as speaker of the House reveals the influence that 40 conservative Republicans hold in the House. Rock historian Ed Ward discusses a few recent gospel reissues.