Fresh Air on WBFO http://news.wbfo.org en Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley' http://news.wbfo.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-missing-microbes-both-and-mike-judges-silicon-valley Fresh Air Weekend<em> </em><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>Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors:</strong> In <em>Missing Microbes,</em> Dr. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 editor 41601 at http://news.wbfo.org Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley' 'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff http://news.wbfo.org/post/inside-amy-schumer-its-not-just-sex-stuff-1 <em>This interview was originally broadcast on</em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/25/188698578/inside-amy-schumer-its-not-just-sex-stuff">June 25, 2013</a>.<p>One of Amy Schumer's comedy routines begins with the declaration, "I'm a little sluttier than the average bear. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:21:00 +0000 editor 41579 at http://news.wbfo.org 'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics http://news.wbfo.org/post/undead-hipsters-and-abstract-alien-star-two-arty-horror-pics Every so often a high-toned arthouse director dips a toe into the horror genre and the results are uplifting: You realize vampires and space aliens are subjects too rich to be the sole property of schlockmeisters. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:52:00 +0000 David Edelstein 41578 at http://news.wbfo.org Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics A Duo's Debut Album: A Collaboration From 'The Both' http://news.wbfo.org/post/duos-debut-album-collaboration-both Transcript <p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST: <p>The Both is the name for the duo formed by veteran singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. "The Both" is also the name of their debut album. The two began performing together in 2012, when Ted Leo was Mann's opening act. Mann began joining Leo onstage during his set. They liked the sound their voices together and started collaborating. Rock critic Ken Tucker has this review of "The Both."<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE GAMBLER")<p>THE BOTH: (singing) The ball dropped in the cold like dawn on a cold eastern morning. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:57:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 41557 at http://news.wbfo.org 'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated http://news.wbfo.org/post/bintel-brief-and-hellfighters-american-stories-powerfully-illustrated <em>A Bintel Brief</em> and <em>The Harlem Hellfighters</em> are two New York Stories. That's why I'm combining them in this review; not because — as some purists still think — they're lesser works of literature because they're graphic novels. If Egyptian hieroglyphics, the Bayeux Tapestry, and Art Spiegelman's 1991 classic, <em>Maus,</em> haven't yet convinced the high-art holdouts of the value of stories told in visual sequence, nothing I say now about these two books is likely to. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 41553 at http://news.wbfo.org 'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated 'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really Making The World Better? http://news.wbfo.org/post/silicon-valley-asks-your-startup-really-making-world-better Mike Judge is no stranger to workplace comedy — back in 1999, he wrote and directed the cult classic <em>Office Space,</em> which poked fun at desk job-induced ennui in a 1990s software company.<p>Now, more than a decade later, Judge continues to find humor in the tech industry. In his new HBO sitcom, <em>Silicon Valley,</em> Judge explores what happens when young computer geeks become millionaires.<p>"The tech world has become really interesting to me, especially in recent years," Judge tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Dave Davies. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:34:00 +0000 editor 41552 at http://news.wbfo.org 'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really Making The World Better? Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker http://news.wbfo.org/post/edward-snowden-geeky-dropout-nsa-leaker Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has revealed some of the group's most carefully guarded secrets.<p>The reporting on the documents he leaked won a Pulitzer Prize for the <em>Washington Post</em> and <em>The Guardian,</em> announced on Monday.<p>But there's still a lot we don't know about Snowden himself — and his motivation.<p>In a new article in <em>Vanity Fair, </em>Bryan Burrough, Suzanna Andrews and Sarah Ellison take a closer look at Snowden in an effort to explain how a high school dropout, a "seemingly aimless geeky kid from the Maryland suburbs," came to posses Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:44:00 +0000 editor 41522 at http://news.wbfo.org Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir http://news.wbfo.org/post/exploring-lifes-incurable-soiledness-father-italian-noir Although there's no rigid dividing line, fans of the crime genre generally fall into two camps. There are those who prefer stories which, after titillating us with dark transgressions, end by restoring order — the show <em>Law & Order</em> is an aptly named example. And then there are those who prefer stories which, even after the mystery is solved, leave you swimming in the murk — think <em>Chinatown</em>. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:33:00 +0000 John Powers 41523 at http://news.wbfo.org Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel http://news.wbfo.org/post/fxs-fargo-neither-remake-nor-sequel Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. The FX cable network premieres a new drama series tonight. It's called "Fargo" and has the same title as the 1996 Coen brothers movie. Our TV critic David Bianculli says it's a wonderful show in that same wacky spirit, but he says it's just as important to note what this new "Fargo" is not. It's not a remake, and it's not a sequel.<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, BYLINE: The 1996 Coen brothers' "Fargo" film is a brilliant movie. Let's start there. If you've seen it, chances are you haven't forgotten it and smile a bit just at the mention of it. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:33:00 +0000 David Bianculli 41494 at http://news.wbfo.org Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War http://news.wbfo.org/post/pakistan-taliban-and-real-enemy-afghanistan-war Carlotta Gall's new book opens in 2006, when undercover Pakistani intelligence agents punched her in the face, after breaking into her hotel room and confiscating her phone and computer.<p>It's just one example of how risky her job — covering Afghanistan for <em>The New York Times</em> — has been. Gall writes that over 12 years, she lost friends and acquaintances in suicide bombings and shootings and saw others close to her savagely maimed.<p>"You don't think it's ever going to happen to you," Gall tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. "You're always focused on the story. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:33:00 +0000 editor 41495 at http://news.wbfo.org Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors http://news.wbfo.org/post/modern-medicine-may-not-be-doing-your-microbiome-any-favors There are lots of theories about why food allergies, asthma, celiac disease and intestinal disorders like Crohn's disease have been on the rise. Dr. Martin Blaser speculates that it may be connected to the overuse of antibiotics, which has resulted in killing off strains of bacteria that typically live in the gut.<p>Blaser is an expert on the human microbiome, which is the collection of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes that live in and on the body. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:17:00 +0000 editor 41466 at http://news.wbfo.org Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors Fresh Air Weekend: 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Mad Men' And 'Frozen' http://news.wbfo.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-nurse-jackie-mad-men-and-frozen Fresh Air Weekend<em> </em><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>Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication:</strong> Falco plays ER nurse Jackie Peyton, who is competent at her high-stress job but struggles with addiction. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:21:00 +0000 editor 41447 at http://news.wbfo.org Fresh Air Weekend: 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Mad Men' And 'Frozen' Colbert Moves Into Letterman's Coveted Late Night Spot http://news.wbfo.org/post/colbert-moves-lettermans-coveted-late-night-spot CBS announced Thursday that the spot held by David Letterman for 21 years will go to Stephen Colbert. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:41:00 +0000 editor 41428 at http://news.wbfo.org Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men' http://news.wbfo.org/post/without-giving-too-much-away-heres-what-we-can-say-about-mad-men <em>This review discusses the plotline of </em>Mad Men<em>, up through the end of Season 6.</em><p>Matthew Weiner's <em>Mad Men </em> begins its seventh season Sunday on AMC. Every season, as this outstanding period drama has made its way through the 1960s, Weiner has been increasingly insistent about the things he doesn't want critics to reveal in advance. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 David Bianculli 41418 at http://news.wbfo.org Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men' At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make http://news.wbfo.org/post/last-david-o-russell-making-films-he-was-meant-make <em>This interview was originally broadcast on</em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/02/20/280181717/russell-says-at-last-hes-making-the-films-he-was-meant-to-make">Feb. 20, 2014.</a><p>Filmmaker David O. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 editor 41419 at http://news.wbfo.org At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology http://news.wbfo.org/post/songwriters-behind-frozen-let-go-princess-mythology If you have young children, you may know by heart the songs from the Disney animated musical <em>Frozen</em>, including its massively ubiquitous "Let It Go." The songwriting team behind the Oscar-winning hit is Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, a married couple with two children who each sing on the soundtrack.<p>Robert Lopez co-wrote the satirical Broadway musicals <em>Avenue Q</em> and <em>The Book of Mormon</em>, which is now touring. He is now an EGOT, the acronym for the select few who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:20:00 +0000 editor 41402 at http://news.wbfo.org Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication http://news.wbfo.org/post/edie-falco-sobriety-sopranos-and-nurse-jackies-self-medication <em>This interview discusses the plotline of Nurse Jackie through the end of season five and beginning of season six.</em><p>In <em>Nurse Jackie</em>, Edie Falco plays an ER nurse who does a lot of self-medicating. Addicted to pills, she finally got sober last season and started going to 12-step meetings. But she saved <em>one</em> pill, and right before going to the party celebrating one year of sobriety, she took it. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:06:00 +0000 editor 41366 at http://news.wbfo.org Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen http://news.wbfo.org/post/nonbeliever-tries-make-sense-visions-she-had-teen Barbara Ehrenreich is known for her books and essays about politics, social welfare, class, women's health and other women's issues. Her best-seller <em>Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, </em>explored the difficulties faced by low-wage workers. So fans of Ehrenreich's writing may be surprised at the subject of her new memoir — the mystical visions she had as a teenager.<p>To make her new book an even more unlikely subject, Ehrenreich describes herself as a rationalist, a scientist by training, and an atheist who is the daughter of atheists. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:35:00 +0000 editor 41333 at http://news.wbfo.org A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen 'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right http://news.wbfo.org/post/parenthood-hard-nbc-gets-family-drama-right During a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/28/295742261/the-good-wife-delivers-a-game-changing-stunner">recent <em>Fresh Air </em>review</a> of the CBS series <em>The Good Wife, </em>I referred to it as one of my "go-to" shows whenever anyone asks me to name a drama series on broadcast TV that's as good as the ones on cable these days. Ever since, I've wanted to give equal time to my <em>other </em>go-to choice. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:06:00 +0000 David Bianculli 41332 at http://news.wbfo.org 'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism http://news.wbfo.org/post/peter-matthiessen-writing-and-zen-buddhism Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. The publication of Peter Matthiessen's final novel "In Paradise" is coinciding with his obituary. He died Saturday at the age of 86. We're going to listen back to an excerpt of my interview with him. Matthiessen was a naturalist, as well as writer, and his fiction and nonfiction books were often inspired by his travels to remote regions, including mountains and rainforests. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:06:00 +0000 editor 41302 at http://news.wbfo.org If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One? http://news.wbfo.org/post/if-jesus-never-called-himself-god-how-did-he-become-one When Bart Ehrman was a young Evangelical Christian, he wanted to know how God became a man, but now, as an agnostic and historian of early Christianity, he wants to know how a man became God.<p>When and why did Jesus' followers start saying "Jesus as God" and what did they mean by that? His new book is called <em>How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee.</em><p>"In this book I actually do not take a stand on either the question of whether Jesus was God, or whether he was actually raised from the dead," Ehrman tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:57:00 +0000 editor 41303 at http://news.wbfo.org If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One? Fresh Air Weekend: Michael Lewis, Jon Langford, And A Housekeeping How-To http://news.wbfo.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-michael-lewis-jon-langford-and-housekeeping-how Fresh Air Weekend<em> </em><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>On A 'Rigged' Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference: </strong>"The stock market is rigged," Michael Lewis says. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:16:00 +0000 editor 41277 at http://news.wbfo.org Fresh Air Weekend: Michael Lewis, Jon Langford, And A Housekeeping How-To Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly http://news.wbfo.org/post/carlene-carter-carries-heavy-burden-history-lightly <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbdrFYYgn3k</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:53:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 41257 at http://news.wbfo.org Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act http://news.wbfo.org/post/politics-passing-1964s-civil-rights-act-0 <em>This interview was originally broadcast on</em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/20/263483489/the-politics-of-passing-1964-s-civil-rights-act">Jan. 20, 2014</a>.<p>Martin Luther King may not have had a vote in Congress, but he and the movement he helped lead were integral to getting the civil rights bill introduced. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:04:00 +0000 editor 41256 at http://news.wbfo.org The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act HBO Fills Sunday Night Lineup With Entertaining Power Struggles http://news.wbfo.org/post/hbo-fills-sunday-night-lineup-entertaining-power-struggles Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. This Sunday HBO presents the season premiers of two returning series - "Game of Thrones" and "VEEP" - and launches a new series, a Mike Judge comedy called "Silicon Valley." Our TV critic David Bianculli has seen them all.<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, BYLINE: HBO presents three series Sunday night: the season premiers of "Game of Thrones" and "VEEP" and the start of a new comedy, "Silicon Valley." But whether they're set in mythical kingdoms, Washington D.C., or northern California, these three very different shows have two things in common. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:28:00 +0000 David Bianculli 41228 at http://news.wbfo.org Embarrassing Stains? This Housekeeping Guide Gets That Life Is Messy http://news.wbfo.org/post/embarrassing-stains-housekeeping-guide-gets-life-messy Jerry Seinfeld used to joke that if you have bloodstains on your clothes, you probably have bigger problems than your laundry. But Jolie Kerr is here to help with all the stains — her new book is titled <em>My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag ... and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha.</em><p><em></em>Kerr is known for giving cleaning advice for unconventional and embarrassing housecleaning and laundry problems — without the judgment of the typical holier-than-thou housekeeping advice columnist.<p>"No one should be like me," she tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:28:00 +0000 editor 41229 at http://news.wbfo.org Embarrassing Stains? This Housekeeping Guide Gets That Life Is Messy While Warning Of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.S. Launches Its Own Attack http://news.wbfo.org/post/while-warning-chinese-cyberthreat-us-launches-its-own-attack The U.S. government has long complained about Chinese hacking and cyberattacks, but new documents show that the National Security Agency managed to penetrate the networks of Huawei, a large Chinese telecommunications firm, gathering information about its operations and potentially using equipment it sells to other countries to monitor their computer and telephone networks as well.<p>"... Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:54:00 +0000 editor 41195 at http://news.wbfo.org While Warning Of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.S. Launches Its Own Attack Jon Langford Sings Our Impulse To Destroy http://news.wbfo.org/post/jon-langford-sings-our-impulse-destroy <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJO6KR5A9wg</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:54:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 41196 at http://news.wbfo.org Jon Langford Sings Our Impulse To Destroy On A 'Rigged' Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference http://news.wbfo.org/post/rigged-wall-street-milliseconds-make-all-difference "The stock market is rigged," Michael Lewis tells<em> Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. "It's rigged for the benefit for really a handful of insiders. It's rigged to ... Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:08:00 +0000 editor 41164 at http://news.wbfo.org On A 'Rigged' Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish' http://news.wbfo.org/post/tightly-choreographed-tale-ambition-and-ballet-will-astonish The title of Maggie Shipstead's second novel is: <em>Astonish Me.</em> She did just that --astonish <em>me </em>-- with her debut novel of 2012, called <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/30/200738956/with-arrangements-and-the-rest-two-debut-novelists-arrive" target="_blank">Seating Arrangements</a>. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:08:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 41165 at http://news.wbfo.org This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish'