Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
On the eve of what would have been Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, we listen back to our 1997 interview with biographer Will Friedwald, author of 'Sessions with Sinatra.' Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'The Big Short.'
The actor 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." Also Fresh Air remembers Islamic feminist Fatema Mernissi in an excerpt of her 1993 interview.
In 2012, journalist Mark Follman searched for comprehensive data about America's mass shootings and found that very little existed. So he and his colleagues began compiling a database of their own. Also, Fresh Air remembers Holly Woodlawn, muse to Lou Reed, who died Sunday. She spoke to Terry Gross in 1991.
After being convicted of carjacking as a teenager, Reginald Dwayne Betts spent eight years in an adult prison. Since his release, he has become a poet and a Yale law student. His new collection of poetry is called 'Bastards of the Reagan Era.' Also, Fresh Air remembers 'Scarface' and 'Sopranos' actor Robert Loggia in an excerpt of his 1987 interview.
Rick Moody discusses his new novel, which is told solely in the form of online hotel reviews. The narrator of 'Hotels Of North America' is increasingly down on his luck — and may even be homeless. Maureen Corrigan shares her list of best books of 2015. Kevin Whitehead reviews Matthew Shipp's 'Conduct of Jazz.'
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.' John Kander, of the songwriting team Kander and Ebb, plays demos of his early work. They wrote the music for shows like 'Chicago,' 'Cabaret,' and the Scorsese film 'New York, New York.'