Fresh Air on AM 870 NewsTalk http://wkar.org en Fresh Air Weekend: Richard Linklater, Strand Of Oaks And Brian Krebs http://wkar.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-richard-linklater-strand-oaks-and-brian-krebs Fresh Air Weekend<em> highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:</em><p><strong>Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age:</strong> Writer-director Richard Linklater says picking the film's star was vital because he had to guess what he'd be like at 18. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:24:00 +0000 editor 56615 at http://wkar.org Fresh Air Weekend: Richard Linklater, Strand Of Oaks And Brian Krebs 'Fresh Air' Remembers Soul Singer And Songwriter Bobby Womack http://wkar.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-soul-singer-and-songwriter-bobby-womack Womack sang for a gospel group with his brothers called the Valentinos. It's All Over Now was their first international hit. Womack, who died June 27 at the age of 70, talked with Terry Gross in 1999. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:28:00 +0000 editor 56587 at http://wkar.org In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible http://wkar.org/post/remarkable-feat-boyhood-makes-time-visible Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Our film critic David Edelstein has a review of the new film "Boyhood." It was written and directed by Richard Linklater, who also made the movies, "Slacker," "Dazed And Confused," "School Of Rock," "The Before Sunrise" Trilogy and "Bernie." "Boyhood" covers a dozen years and was shot over a 12 year period. It stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and newcomer Ellar Coltrane as the boy we watch grow up.<p>DAVID EDELSTEIN, BYLINE: Boyhood isn't a documentary but it has a documentary hook. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:28:00 +0000 David Edelstein 56588 at http://wkar.org Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age http://wkar.org/post/filmed-over-12-years-boyhood-follows-kids-coming-age Usually when characters age in movies, they're covered with makeup and outfitted with prosthetics — or directors use different actors as the characters grow older. But in the new film <em>Boyhood</em>, none of that is necessary.<p>The film takes place over the course of 12 years, and it was shot over the course of 12 years. So we watch the actors getting older for real, which gives their characters a sense of authenticity.<p>At the beginning of the movie, the main character, Mason, is 6 years old. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:03:00 +0000 editor 56513 at http://wkar.org Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age Fred Hersch Knows His Trios http://wkar.org/post/fred-hersch-knows-his-trios Over the last 30 years, jazz pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14997031/fred-hersch">Fred Hersch</a> has recorded in solo, duo, quartet, quintet and double-trio settings, with big band and with orchestras. <em>Fresh Air</em> jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the classic piano, bass and drums trio format suits Hersch best of all in a review of <em>Floating</em>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:02:00 +0000 editor 56514 at http://wkar.org Fred Hersch Knows His Trios 10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life http://wkar.org/post/10-years-later-mystery-heroine-maisie-dobbs-gains-new-life If you asked mystery fans to name the most important novel of the past decade, most would say <em>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</em> — and they'd be right. In fact, Stieg Larsson's complete Millennium series, flanked by hordes of Nordic noirs by the likes of Henning Mankell, Camilla Lackberg and Jo Nesbo, have overrun the ranks of hard-boiled detective fiction, imbuing it with their distinctive strain of brittle dialogue and chill fatalism. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:02:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 56515 at http://wkar.org 10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life If Jim Lauderdale Is A Song, More People Should Hear It http://wkar.org/post/if-jim-lauderdale-song-more-people-should-hear-it <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16295727/jim-lauderdale">Jim Lauderdale</a>'s new album is called <em>I'm A Song</em>, a title that suggests his deep Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:37:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 56440 at http://wkar.org Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' http://wkar.org/post/biologist-says-promoting-diversity-key-keeping-bees Every year, more than half of the honeybee hives in the United States are taken to California to pollinate the state's almond crop.<p>Biologist Laurence Packer says this illustrates both our dependence on honeybees to pollinate many plants people rely on for food and the devastating decline in the domestic honeybee population in recent years.<p>The loss of honeybees has been attributed to a variety of causes, from <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/30/308349393/smiting-the-mite-to-save-the-bees-and-the-crops-they-pollinate">nasty parasites</a> to the stress of being transported Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:37:00 +0000 editor 56441 at http://wkar.org Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' 'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control http://wkar.org/post/strain-and-extant-play-fears-forces-out-our-control They say every generation gets the science fiction it deserves, built around its biggest and most primal fears. Well, maybe they don't say that — but they should. In the '50s, all those movies about mutant giant monsters going berserk were a way for us to channel our fears about the atomic bomb. In the same way, in that same decade, all those body-snatcher movies were about being unable to tell friend from foe, or trust even your closest loved ones — the perfect paranoid parable for the Communist witch-hunting era.<p>So what are we watching this decade, more than anything else? Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:37:00 +0000 David Bianculli 56442 at http://wkar.org 'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control 'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like http://wkar.org/post/violette-evokes-exasperating-self-pity-trait-french Americans put a lot of stock in being likable. Pollsters take surveys of the president's likability. Test screenings check whether we like the characters in movies. And when a literary novelist like Claire Messud mocks the notion that fictional characters should be someone we'd like to be friends with, writers of popular fiction attack her for snootiness.<p>You rarely find such disputes in France, which finds our fetish of likability charmingly simple, rather like our shock at politicians committing adultery. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 John Powers 56402 at http://wkar.org 'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Side http://wkar.org/post/hazards-probing-internets-dark-side Late last year, hackers breached Target's data security and stole information from millions of credit cards. Brian Krebs, who writes about cybercrime and computer security for his blog, <a href="http://krebsonsecurity.com/">Krebs on Security</a>, broke the story. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:00:00 +0000 editor 56401 at http://wkar.org The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Side 'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor http://wkar.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-actor-meshach-taylor Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. The actor Meshach Taylor died on June 28 at the age of 67. We're going to remember him by listening back to our 1990 interview. Taylor was best known for his role on the TV sitcom "Designing Women" playing Anthony Bouvier, an ex-convict who's a deliveryman for a company of women interior designers in Atlanta. He eventually became their partner in the company.<p>Meshach Taylor was on the show from 1986 to 1993. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 editor 56315 at http://wkar.org The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz http://wkar.org/post/westerlies-come-home-horvitz The Westerlies is a quartet of young New York brass players who know each other from school days in Seattle. Their debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Horvitz and the Westerlies are a perfect fit. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 56316 at http://wkar.org 'Fresh Air' Remembers Screenwriter Paul Mazursky http://wkar.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-screenwriter-paul-mazursky Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. The screenwriter, director and actor Paul Mazursky died one week ago at the age of 84. Today we remember him by listening back to excerpts of two interviews we recorded. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 editor 56317 at http://wkar.org Fresh Air Weekend: Joel McHale, 'Friendship,' And 'The Great Fish Swap' http://wkar.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-joel-mchale-friendship-and-great-fish-swap Fresh Air Weekend<em> highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:</em><p><strong>Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller:</strong> The host of <em>The Soup</em> co-stars in the thriller <em>Deliver Us From Evil</em>. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 15:44:00 +0000 editor 56256 at http://wkar.org Fresh Air Weekend: Joel McHale, 'Friendship,' And 'The Great Fish Swap' In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together http://wkar.org/post/big-bill-broonzys-blues-brothers-find-way-sing-together-0 Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. "His persona was so big to me," Phil Alvin tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross.<p><em>Originally broadcast June 11, 2014.</em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+Big+Bill+Broonzy%27s+Blues%2C+Brothers+Find+A+Way+To+Sing+Together&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEyMzg0OTk0MDEzODE1MjM2ODE2ODgyMg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:35:00 +0000 editor 56225 at http://wkar.org In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life http://wkar.org/post/charming-film-begin-again-music-can-save-life Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Director John Carney had a surprise hit with his low-budget musical "Once." And he returns to the musical arena - this time in New York and not Dublin - with his new movie "Begin Again." Keira Knightley plays a heartbroken singer-songwriter who teams up with a down and out drunken producer played by Mark Ruffalo. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:14:00 +0000 David Edelstein 56176 at http://wkar.org 'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death http://wkar.org/post/life-itself-unflinching-documentary-roger-eberts-life-and-death Roger Ebert was often considered the most famous film critic of his generation. Now filmmaker Steve James has produced a documentary about his life and death, called <em>Life Itself</em>.<p>In 2002, Ebert was diagnosed with cancer. Four years later, he had surgery to remove part of his lower jaw. It left him unable to eat, drink or speak. For the rest of his life, he was fed through a tube.<p>But his popularity seemed to only increase as he blogged and tweeted about films. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:14:00 +0000 editor 56177 at http://wkar.org 'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death As Supreme Court Term Ends, Journalist Examines Its Decisions http://wkar.org/post/supreme-court-term-ends-journalist-examines-its-decisions The Supreme Court term ended Monday. The New York Times correspondent and lawyer Adam Liptak talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about what the decisions reveal about the nine justices. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:50:00 +0000 editor 56118 at http://wkar.org Strand Of Oaks: Songs Heal All Wounds http://wkar.org/post/strand-oaks-songs-heal-all-wounds If you're going to be downbeat, glum, or morose, it's best to do it the way Timothy Showalter does it. Which is, with an energy and purpose that doesn't contradict the melancholy, but rather frames it as various stories — studies in seriousness. He records under the name Strand of Oaks, he writes and performs nearly all of the music on this new album himself. It's titled <em>Heal</em> as in "healing a wound," something Strand of Oaks frequently seems in need of. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:49:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 56121 at http://wkar.org 'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger http://wkar.org/post/friendship-startlingly-nice-novel-tough-girl-blogger Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>Our book critic, Maureen Corrigan, has a review of the new novel "Friendship" by Emily Gould who made her name in the blogosphere. A recent profile in the New York Times Sunday style section described Gould as a forerunner to Lena Dunham and other confessional female bloggers, writers and filmmakers or whom over-sharing has become an art form.<p>MAUREEN CORRIGAN, BYLINE: The most startling thing about Emily Gold's debut literary novel is how nice it is. Even its title, "Friendship," is meant to be taken at face value. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:49:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 56120 at http://wkar.org Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much http://wkar.org/post/do-feelings-compute-if-not-turing-test-doesnt-mean-much To judge from some of the <a href="http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/national/news/11264062._Super_computer__passes_Turing_Test/">headlines,</a> it was a very big deal. At an event held at the Royal Society in London, for the first time ever, a computer passed the Turing Test, which is widely taken as the benchmark for saying a machine is engaging in intelligent thought. But like the other much-hyped triumphs of artificial intelligence, this one wasn't quite what it appeared. Computers can do things that seem quintessentially human, but they usually take a different path to get there. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:46:00 +0000 Geoff Nunberg 56061 at http://wkar.org Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much 'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply http://wkar.org/post/great-fish-swap-how-america-downgrading-its-seafood-supply What's the most popular seafood in the U.S.? Shrimp. The average American eats more shrimp per capita than tuna and salmon combined. Most of that shrimp comes from Asia, and most of the salmon we eat is also imported. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:46:00 +0000 editor 56062 at http://wkar.org 'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller http://wkar.org/post/comedian-joel-mchale-talks-dyslexia-bad-tv-and-filming-thriller <em><strong>Update:</strong> Since this story was published, Sony Pictures Television — which produces </em>Community<em> — <a href="http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/community-to-return-for-new-season-on-yahoo-1201255382/">announced</a> that Yahoo will be picking the show up for a sixth season. This story has been updated to reflect that development.</em><p>Comedian Joel McHale, the star of the recently canceled-then-resurrected NBC series <em>Community </em>and host of <em>The Soup</em> on the E! network, says he was excited about his role in the new movie <em>Deliver Us From Evil</em>. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:18:00 +0000 editor 56006 at http://wkar.org Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller Fresh Air Weekend: Mary Gauthier, Miranda Lambert, The Women Behind 'Obvious Child' http://wkar.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-mary-gauthier-miranda-lambert-women-behind-obvious-child Fresh Air Weekend<em> highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:</em><p><strong>Mary Gauthier De-Romanticizes Romantic Love:</strong><em> Trouble & Love</em> is about a relationship that went bad. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:27:00 +0000 editor 55935 at http://wkar.org Fresh Air Weekend: Mary Gauthier, Miranda Lambert, The Women Behind 'Obvious Child' 'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Eli Wallach http://wkar.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-actor-eli-wallach Transcript <p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli, editor of the website TV Worth Watching, sitting in for Terry Gross. Eli Wallach, the veteran stage and screen actor, died Tuesday. He was 98 years old. Wallach appeared in more than four dozen films over the past five decades and received an honorary Oscar in 2010. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 55891 at http://wkar.org After The Rapture, Who Are 'The Leftovers'? http://wkar.org/post/after-rapture-who-are-leftovers Transcript <p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm TV critic, David Bianculli, sitting in for Terry Gross. Our next guest, Tom Perrotta, is a novelist whose latest book, "The Leftovers," is being turned into an HBO series of the same name which premieres Sunday. Perrotta adapted it along with Damon Lindelof, one of the stars of ABC's "Lost." The story of HBO's "The Leftovers" is the same as in Perrotta's novel.<p>One day, with no warning and no explanation, 2 percent of the world's population just vanishes into thin air - old people, parents, children, even babies. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 55892 at http://wkar.org In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip 'Transformers,' See 'Snowpiercer' http://wkar.org/post/mood-apocalypse-skip-transformers-see-snowpiercer Transcript <p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Opening today, in many theaters, is the fourth in Michael Bay's "Transformer" series, "Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction." It's inspired by the Hasbro toys that turn mostly cars and trucks into robots. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:58:00 +0000 David Edelstein 55893 at http://wkar.org The Women Behind 'Obvious Child' Talk Farts, Abortion And Stage Fright http://wkar.org/post/women-behind-obvious-child-talk-farts-abortion-and-stage-fright When director Gillian Robespierre co-wrote the new romantic comedy <em>Obvious Child</em>, she says she wanted to bring attention to an empowered, funny woman who has a realistic, safe abortion.<p>"We ... wanted to combine a lot of things that we felt our culture was suppressing," Robespierre tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross.<p>In the movie, Jenny Slate stars as Donna, a 27-year-old stand-up comic who still doesn't think of herself as an adult. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:49:00 +0000 editor 55849 at http://wkar.org The Women Behind 'Obvious Child' Talk Farts, Abortion And Stage Fright Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Has A Firm Grasp On Pop History http://wkar.org/post/lana-del-reys-ultraviolence-has-firm-grasp-pop-history <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/145913023/lana-del-rey">Lana Del Rey</a> is a figure of some controversy for her suggestive lyrics, and critical debate as to the extent of her vocal talent versus her talent for publicity. She recently caused a stir when she gave an interview in which she said, quote, "I wish I was dead already," and drew criticism from, among others, Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Bean. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:09:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 55847 at http://wkar.org