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Best Of: Fresh Air Critics' Picks 2015

Book critic Maureen Corrigan, TV critic David Bianculli, film critic David Edelstein, and rock critic Ken Tucker share their favorites of 2015.

Mark Ronson / Aziz Ansari & Alan Yang On 'Master Of None'

Our Best of 2015 series continues. DJ, musician and record producer Mark Ronson talks about his life in music. Ronson had his first big success producing Amy Winehouse and has produced recordings by Paul McCartney, Adele, Christina Aguilera, Nas, and Lily Allen. Then we hear from writing partners Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, who bonded over their similar experiences as first-generation Asian-Americans living very different lives from their parents. Their new Netflix series is 'Master of None.'

Gloria Steinem / Jeffrey Tambor

Our Best of 2015 series continues. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem says at 81 she is free of the "demands of gender" that she faced from adolescence onward. Her new memoir is 'My Life on the Road.' Jeffrey Tambor plays a 70-something transgender woman on the Amazon series 'Transparent.' It's a role he loves. As Maura, Tambor says, "I find myself much more vulnerable and I find myself less protective."

Ta-Nehisi Coates / Cinematographer Haskell Wexler

Our Best of 2015 series continues with National Book Award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates. Growing up in Baltimore, Coates faced threats from both the streets and police. His book, 'Between the World and Me,' is an open letter to his teenage son. Also, we remember renowned cinematographer Haskell Wexler, who passed away Sunday at 93.

Larry Wilmore / SNL's Colin Jost & Michael Che

As part of our Best of 2015 series we listen back to our interview with Larry Wilmore. The host of Comedy Central's 'Nightly Show' says it took a few months — and some advice from Jon Stewart — for him to get comfortable in his new role. Also, Saturday Night Live 'Weekend Update' co-anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che talk about working with Trump, the perils of cue cards, and how they got started in comedy.

Nick Lowe

Initially "appalled" by the notion of making a holiday album, Lowe came to see it as a challenge. 'Quality Street' tackles old classics and adds originals to the mix. [Originally broadcast Dec. 2015]