Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
Andrew Haigh's new film '45 Years' is about a married couple whose relationship is thrown into crisis just before their 45th anniversary party. Haigh also directed 'Weekend' and is the executive producer of the HBO series 'Looking.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of pianist Kenny Barron's solo album.
Thomas Laqueur, author of 'The Work of the Dead,' discusses the ways people have dealt with human remains over the course of history. Also, 25 years after he initially created 'The Sandman,' graphic novelist Neil Gaiman returns to one of his most enduring characters, and discusses the power of comics.
Long before director Cary Fukunaga made a name for himself with 'Jane Eyre' and HBO's 'True Detective,' he began work on a film about child soldiers in Africa. More than a decade later, 'Beasts of No Nation' is out on Netflix. He talks about filmmaking, his Japanese-American heritage, and scouting locations in the jungle. Critic at-large John Powers shares his list of books, music, and films he wishes he had reviewed in 2015.
Jeffrey Tambor talks about his role as a 70-something transgender woman on the Amazon series 'Transparent.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews the Netflix special 'A Very Murray Christmas,' starring Bill Murray and directed by Sofia Coppola. 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.
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.