Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
Novelist Don Winslow spent ten years researching the Mexican drug wars. His new novel, 'The Cartel,' reveals "a new generation of cartel leaders that are more violent, more sadistic" than ever before. He discusses the recent escape of drug lord El Chapo, who serves as inspiration for his main character. Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg contemplates the phrase "tell it like it is," now Chris Christie's campaign slogan.
Dr. David Casarett used to think of medical marijuana as "a joke." Then he began to look into the issue and he changed his mind. Casarett's new book is 'Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.' Also, Ken Tucker reviews Jason Isbell's latest album, 'Something More Than Free.'
Growing up in Baltimore, African-American writer Ta-Nehisi Coates faced threats from both the streets and the police. His book, 'Between the World and Me,' is an open letter to his teenage son. Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews Harper Lee's post-'Mockingbird' book, 'Go Set a Watchman,' which she calls a "troubling confusion of a novel."
The new documentary 'Amy' uses personal and archival video to tell the story of her short life. We talk to the film's director Asif Kapadia and Winehouse's former manager Nick Shymansky, who tried to get her into rehab--which later inspired her biggest hit. Fresh Air Weekend critic Justin Chang reviews 'Tangerine.' Also, David Thorpe searches for the origin of the so-called "gay voice" in his new film 'Do I Sound Gay?'
Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, was inspired by suffragists and centerfolds. Political historian Jill Lepore explains how the comic book hero came to be in 'The Secret History of Wonder Woman.' Duke Ellington recorded two tunes engineered by Conny Plank, a few years before Plank became known for recording rock musicians like Brian Eno. That session is now on CD; jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says it's a window onto Ellington's working method.
For 25 years, attorney Mary Bonauto and activist Evan Wolfson helped shape the gay marriage movement. They discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling, which represented the culmination of their efforts. Also, David Edelstein reviews 'Tangerine.'