Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
In the first half of the 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits they considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in his new book, 'Imbeciles.' Also, John Powers reviews Sonny Liew's new graphic novel 'The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.'
Comic Louie Anderson talks about playing the mother of an embittered rodeo clown in the FX series 'Baskets.' He based the portrayal on his own mother. Ken Tucker reviews the new album by the Waco Brothers, and author Victor LaValle tells us about his new horror novella — a tribute and critique of H.P. Lovecraft.
Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. His latest novel, 'The Whites,' is now out in paperback. [Originally broadcast Feb. 17, 2015.] David Edelstein reviews 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' starring Tina Fey.
David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz chronicle America's poisonous relationship with lead in 'Lead Wars.' "We've created a terribly toxic environment in all sorts of ways," Rosner says. Also, Ken Tucker reviews the Waco Brothers' new album.
Anderson delivers a stand-out comic performance as the mother of an embittered rodeo clown. He says, "I really loved playing this part for a big reason that my mom gets to come to life."
Rebecca Traister, author of 'All The Single Ladies,' says the declining marriage rates among adult women are less about the institution of marriage and more about the opportunities available to women today. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Lonely City.'