Fresh Air http://wuis.org en 'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess http://wuis.org/post/ride-around-shining-reimagines-gatsbys-nouveau-riche-excess Most sports novels are about the aspiration to excel physically: to run faster, stretch out one's arms farther. The really cool thing about <em>Ride Around Shining</em>, a debut novel by Chris Leslie-Hynan, is that it doesn't stick to that familiar rule book. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:01:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 30261 at http://wuis.org In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns http://wuis.org/post/blue-eyed-boy-author-reveals-long-recovery-facial-burns <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+%27Blue+Eyed+Boy%2C%27+Author+Reveals+Long+Recovery+From+Facial+Burns+&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODQzOTgwMDEyMTcyNjI4MTAxYWQyMw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. At age 26, our guest, Robert Timberg was a handsome young man in uniform. That was before a landmine in Vietnam left him so disfigured that he terrified little children on the street. Dr. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:01:00 +0000 editor 30260 at http://wuis.org From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei' http://wuis.org/post/star-trek-lgbt-spokesman-what-it-takes-be-takei Many fans know George Takei from his role as Mr. Sulu on the 1960s show <em>Star Trek</em>. But in the past decade, he has drawn followers who admire him because of who he is — not just who he has played. Now, the new documentary <a href="http://tobetakei.com/">To Be Takei</a> may interest more people in Takei's life.<p>Takei's personal story offers insights into a couple of key chapters of American political and cultural history.<p>After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, Takei and his family were among the 127,000 Americans of Japanese descent forced into internment camps. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:55:00 +0000 editor 30186 at http://wuis.org From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei' Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With http://wuis.org/post/jenny-lewis-voyager-album-spend-time <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=Jenny+Lewis%27+%27The+Voyager%27+Is+An+Album+To+Spend+Time+With&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Our rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of the new album by Jenny Lewis called "The Voyager." Lewis began her career as a child actress. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:52:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 30189 at http://wuis.org Fresh Air Weekend: 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,' 'Hard Day's Night,' Arthur Allen http://wuis.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-trans-bodies-trans-selves-hard-days-night-arthur-allen 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. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:08:00 +0000 editor 30090 at http://wuis.org Fresh Air Weekend: 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,' 'Hard Day's Night,' Arthur Allen Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man' http://wuis.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-leaves-indelible-bond-most-wanted-man <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=Philip+Seymour+Hoffman+Leaves+Indelible+Bond+In+%27Most+Wanted+Man%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzM1ODU4MDEzMTg5NjcxOTBkZGJhOA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 David Edelstein 30023 at http://wuis.org Tim Gunn: On And Off The Runway, 'Life Is A Big Collaboration' http://wuis.org/post/tim-gunn-and-runway-life-big-collaboration-0 "Make it work," the fashion guru tells designers on <em>Project Runway.</em> But life hasn't always "worked" for Gunn. He talks with Terry Gross about being bullied, being gay in the '60s and '70s, and how his mother thinks he should "dress more like Mitt Romney."<em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 editor 30025 at http://wuis.org 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story http://wuis.org/post/panic-suitcase-puts-fresh-spin-coming-america-story There's a wonderful 1982 memoir called <em>An Orphan in History</em> by the late <em>Village Voice</em> writer Paul Cowan. It's about Cowan's search for his European Jewish roots, and in it he says something about the sacrifices of older generations of immigrants that's always stayed with me. Cowan says: "Millions of immigrant families . . . Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 29953 at http://wuis.org 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story Human Rights Watch Researcher Reports ISIS Abuses In Iraq http://wuis.org/post/human-rights-watch-researcher-reports-isis-abuses-iraq <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=Human+Rights+Watch+Researcher+Reports+ISIS+Abuses+In+Iraq&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 editor 29957 at http://wuis.org Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained http://wuis.org/post/cat-pda-vs-human-pda-and-other-animal-behavior-explained From feisty kittens to pacing cheetahs, Vint Virga knows animal behavior.<p>A veterinarian who specializes in behavioral medicine, Virga has treated many household pets in his clinic. But for the past five years he has been working mostly with leopards, wolves, bears, zebras and other animals living in zoos and wildlife parks. He deals with such issues as appetites, anxiety and obsessive behavior.<p>"I'm always trying to provide every single animal I come into contact with ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:25:00 +0000 editor 29871 at http://wuis.org Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained 'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy http://wuis.org/post/hard-days-night-pop-artifact-still-crackles-energy <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHas50cupCA</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:15:00 +0000 John Powers 29870 at http://wuis.org 'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory' http://wuis.org/post/how-scientists-created-typhus-vaccine-fantastic-laboratory When Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II, Nazi commanders had another worry besides the Red Army. Epidemics of typhus fever, which is transmitted by body lice, killed untold numbers of soldiers and civilians during and after World War I.<p>As World War II raged, typhus reappeared in war-torn areas and in Jewish ghettos, where cramped, harsh conditions were a perfect breeding ground for lice.<p>So the Nazis employed Dr. Rudolf Weigl to produce a typhus vaccine. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 editor 29787 at http://wuis.org How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory' Fresh Air Remembers Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch http://wuis.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-actress-and-singer-elaine-stritch <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=Fresh+Air+Remembers+Actress+And+Singer+Elaine+Stritch&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MDA0NzIzMDEzMTM3NjQ4NzBhNjYxZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. We're going to listen back to an excerpt of my interview with Elaine Stritch, a performer lucky enough to have debuted songs by Noel Coward and Stephen Sondheim and to have been coached by each of them. She died last Thursday at the age of 89. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 editor 29793 at http://wuis.org On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation http://wuis.org/post/tomlinson-hill-journalist-seeks-truth-and-reconciliation As the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders, journalist Chris Tomlinson wanted to find out what crimes his ancestors had committed to maintain power and privilege.<p>So he went to Tomlinson Hill, the plantation his ancestors built in the 1850s, to not only explore the slave-owning part of his family tree, but also to find the descendants of the slaves who kept the Tomlinson name after they were freed.<p>Tomlinson had spent 11 years for the <em>Associated Press</em> reporting on wars and conflicts, mostly in Africa, including the end of apartheid and the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:31:00 +0000 editor 29717 at http://wuis.org On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation Fresh Air Weekend: Angela Ricketts; Chaz Ebert And Steve James http://wuis.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-angela-ricketts-chaz-ebert-and-steve-james 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>An Army Wife Charts Her Struggles In 'No Man's War':</strong> In her new book, Angela Ricketts writes about raising three kids while her husband deployed eight times over 22 years. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:38:00 +0000 editor 29615 at http://wuis.org Fresh Air Weekend: Angela Ricketts; Chaz Ebert And Steve James 'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered http://wuis.org/post/live-present-charlie-haden-remembered <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkudQrnQFHc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8eMfc6TjoA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeNMnMY9VWE</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:54:00 +0000 editor 29539 at http://wuis.org 'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves': A Modern Manual By And For Trans People http://wuis.org/post/trans-bodies-trans-selves-modern-manual-and-trans-people The growing number of people who identify as transgender is raising a lot of interesting and complicated questions about gender identity.<p>The new book <em>Trans Bodies, Trans Selves</em> is a collection of essays describing the varied experiences of transgender people — and the social, political and medical issues they face. It's written by and for transgender and gender-nonconforming people.<p>The idea was inspired by the groundbreaking 1970s feminist health manual <em>Our Bodies, Ourselves</em>.<p>That book "was put together ... by a group of women who ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:33:00 +0000 editor 29475 at http://wuis.org 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves': A Modern Manual By And For Trans People Every Composer Needs A Great Storyteller http://wuis.org/post/every-composer-needs-great-storyteller The legendary German conductor Otto Klemperer was one of the most profound musicians of the 20<sup>th</sup> Century. In the 1960s, nearing the end of his career, he overcame many physical handicaps to create an astonishing body of recorded classical music. EMI has just reissued a broad spectrum of his recordings, including a box set of one of the composers he's most associated with: Gustav Mahler. <em>Fresh Air</em> classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz has a review of <em>Mahler: Symphonies 2, 4, 7 & 9 / Das Lied von der Erde</em>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 29404 at http://wuis.org Nigeria's Boko Haram 'More Extreme Than Al-Qaida,' Journalist Says http://wuis.org/post/nigerias-boko-haram-more-extreme-al-qaida-journalist-says The Nigerian group Boko Haram is part of a new generation of Islamist extremists. It was founded in 2002, but received only limited, periodic attention until April when it kidnapped more than 200 girls after raiding a school in northeastern Nigeria and threatening to marry the girls off or sell them as slaves. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:55:00 +0000 editor 29405 at http://wuis.org Nigeria's Boko Haram 'More Extreme Than Al-Qaida,' Journalist Says An Army Wife Charts Her Struggles In 'No Man's War' http://wuis.org/post/army-wife-charts-her-struggles-no-mans-war People often expect military wives to be strong and stoic. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:03:00 +0000 editor 29330 at http://wuis.org An Army Wife Charts Her Struggles In 'No Man's War' The Cowboy That Wasn't A Cowboy Sings http://wuis.org/post/cowboy-wasnt-cowboy-sings Cowboy Jack Clement, who died in 2013 at age 82, was a prolific producer, songwriter, arranger, and talent scout. He brought Jerry Lee Lewis to Sun Records, helped nurture the career of one of the few black country stars, Charley Pride, and worked on important albums for artists as various as Waylon Jennings and U2.<p>Jack Clement only made three albums of his own, the last of which is the new <em>For Once and For All</em>. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 29334 at http://wuis.org 'Mockingbird Next Door': A Genteel Peek Into Harper Lee's Quiet Life http://wuis.org/post/mockingbird-next-door-genteel-peek-harper-lees-quiet-life It's probably the most oft-cited literary fantasy of all time: I'm talking about that passage in <em>Catcher in the Rye</em> where Holden Caulfield says: "What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though."<p>It sure didn't happen very much with J.D. Salinger, who hid out in the New Hampshire woods for over half a century until his death in 2010. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 29256 at http://wuis.org 'Mockingbird Next Door': A Genteel Peek Into Harper Lee's Quiet Life How A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture Company http://wuis.org/post/how-factory-man-fought-save-his-furniture-company In the town of Bassett in southern Virginia, some of the downtown street lights are dark. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 editor 29257 at http://wuis.org How A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture Company 'Fresh Air' Remembers South African Writer Nadine Gordimer http://wuis.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-south-african-writer-nadine-gordimer Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Nobel prize-winning writer Nadine Gordimer died yesterday at age 90. She once wrote art is on the side of the oppressed. Gordimer was a white South African, whose parents were Jewish immigrants from Lithuania and England. Much of her writing was about the apartheid system, which she staunchly opposed. She wrote more than two dozen books of fiction and nonfiction. Three of her books were banned in South Africa. She had served as vice president of PEN, the international writers' organization. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 editor 29264 at http://wuis.org Fresh Air Weekend: Richard Linklater, Strand Of Oaks And Brian Krebs http://wuis.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 29159 at http://wuis.org Fresh Air Weekend: Richard Linklater, Strand Of Oaks And Brian Krebs In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible http://wuis.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 29086 at http://wuis.org 'Fresh Air' Remembers Soul Singer And Songwriter Bobby Womack http://wuis.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 29112 at http://wuis.org Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age http://wuis.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 29010 at http://wuis.org Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age 10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life http://wuis.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 29011 at http://wuis.org 10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life Fred Hersch Knows His Trios http://wuis.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 29014 at http://wuis.org Fred Hersch Knows His Trios