Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
The author of the bestsellers 'The Corrections' and 'Freedom,' talks about his new novel, 'Purity.' Also, science writer Steve Silberman, author of the new book, NeuroTribes, discusses how our understanding of autism has changed over the decades, and how myths about autism caught on.
We remember director Wes Craven by listening back to several interviews Terry Gross recorded with him over the years. Craven, who is best known for his horror films 'Scream,' and 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' died Sunday, August 30th. Also, critic Milo Miles reviews a new collection of songs by Argentina's most famous pop star. And commentator Jessica Grose considers the challenges of parenting when pre-schools are making it harder for working parents.
The New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos discusses his article about Trump's white nationalist support. Also linguist Geoff Nunberg examines new attacks on the word "so" and considers whether "so" is being overused.
Science writer Steve Silberman talks about how different factors — including Nazi extermination plans and a (now discredited) journal article about vaccines — have shaped our current understanding of autism. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Jonathan Franzen's new novel, 'Purity.'
The author of 'The Corrections' and the new novel 'Purity' likens writing to losing himself in a dream. "When it's really going well ... you're in a fantasy land and feeling no pain," he says.
The neurologist, who died Sunday, saw "infinitely moving, dramatic, romantic situations" during his decades studying the human brain. Fresh Air remembers Sacks with interviews from 1985 and 2012.