To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we're listening back to interviews from 30 years ago, when 'Fresh Air' first aired as a daily, national show. Patty Duke grew up in the public eye, playing Helen Keller in the stage and screen versions of 'The Miracle Worker.' Later she starred in her own TV sitcom, 'The Patty Duke Show.' Carl Reiner spoke with Terry Gross in 1988 about how his experiences working backstage in Hollywood inspired him to create the classic sitcom 'The Dick Van Dyke Show.' Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim wrote "The Girl from Ipanema," one of the songs that started the Bossa nova craze in the United States.
Former Marine Sergeant TJ Brennan suffered from memory loss and PTSD after being injured by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2010. Finbarr O'Reilly captured the event on film. Now the two men have written a book together, 'Shooting Ghosts.' Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Beach Rats.'
Mark Pitcavage, a senior researcher at the Anti-Defamation League, talks about America's militia movement, what it stands for, and how it has evolved since the election of President Trump. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new album by pianist Vijay Iyer, and book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the new collection of stories, 'Sour Heart,' by Jenny Zhang.
James R. Fitzgerald says Ted Kaczynski's writings helped cracked the case that confounded the FBI for more than 17 years. 'Manhunt: Unabomber,' a TV series on the Discovery Channel, retells the story. Also, John Powers reviews a new edition of the noir novel 'In A Lonely Place' by Dorothy B. Hughes.
In 2005, Lewis told Terry Gross about his partnership with singer Dean Martin and how he honed his comic skills while working as a busboy. The comedian, actor and director died Sunday at the age of 91. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Marjorie Prime,' and rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Modern Pressure' from singer-songwriter Daniel Romano.
Max Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like 'World War Z' and 'Minecraft: The Island.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'What She Ate.' Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, grew up near the former Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded. In her new collection of poems, she imagines life inside the colony.