Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
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.'
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.