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- Fresh Air Weekend: WWII Filmmakers, Kevin Young And Solitary Confinement
- Fresh Air Remembers Surgeon And 'How We Die' Author Sherwin Nuland
- 'Americanah' Author Explains 'Learning' To Be Black In The U.S.
- 'Grand Budapest Hotel': Kitsch, Cameos And A Gloriously Stylized Europe
- Pharrell Williams: Just Exhilaratingly Happy
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Fresh Air Weekend: WWII Filmmakers, Kevin Young And Solitary Confinement
A look at how the military and Hollywood teamed up during World War II; poet Kevin Young says his new book has a blues sensibility; and how California convicts organized a statewide hunger strike.
Fresh Air Remembers Surgeon And 'How We Die' Author Sherwin Nuland
Nuland's book won a National Book Award and impacted the national debate about end-of-life care. He died on Monday at 83. Nuland spoke to Fresh Air in 1994.
'Americanah' Author Explains 'Learning' To Be Black In The U.S.
When Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie moved from Nigeria to the U.S., she was suddenly confronted with what it meant to be a person of color in America. Her novel explores race in contemporary America.
'Grand Budapest Hotel': Kitsch, Cameos And A Gloriously Stylized Europe
Wes Anderson's new feature takes place at a resort hotel, between World Wars I and II. Fresh Air's critic says the visuals are so witty they transcend camp, but the dialogue isn't quite at that level.
Pharrell Williams: Just Exhilaratingly Happy
To hear G I R L, you'd think Pharrell's world consisted of grooving on catchy beats and flirting with women. It's a lightweight image that draws gravitas from his prolific work ethic.
How 4 Inmates Launched A Statewide Hunger Strike From Solitary
The California convicts overcame the extreme isolation of their imprisonment to organize a 30,000-prisoner-strong movement. Their goal? To end long-term incarceration in solitary confinement.
'Schmuck' Revisits The Golden Age Of Radio, And A Bygone Manhattan
Ross Klavan's novel follows two radio sidekicks in midcentury New York: golden-voiced straight man Ted Fox, who has an eye for a good-looking dame, and funnyman Jerry Elkin, a veteran of World War II.
The Case For Tammany Hall Being On The Right Side Of History
In a new book, Terry Golway takes a sympathetic view of Manhattan's infamous political machine. He says, "Tammany Hall was there for the poor immigrant who was otherwise friendless in New York."
Fresh Air Remembers Literary Biographer Justin Kaplan
Kaplan died Sunday at 88. His biography of Mark Twain won a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize. He also edited two editions of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Kaplan spoke to Fresh Air in 1992.
By The Time Your Car Goes Driverless, You Won't Know The Difference
The once-futuristic concept is closer than ever to becoming a reality. Parallel parking? Let the car find the perfect approach. Squeezing into a tight space? Hop out and use your smartphone.
Kevin Young On Blues, Poetry And 'Laughing To Keep From Crying'
The poet describes his new book — about the death of his father and the birth of his son — as having a blues sensibility. "There are moments of humor even in the sorrow," he says.
Chuck Mead: Gleefully Sinister Country Serenades
Mead hooks the listener, eager to show us the bleak side of what seemed like a bright scenario. That's the way he operates during much of Free State Serenade.
During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty
A new book looks at how the military and Hollywood directors teamed up during the war. The films they made helped show Americans what was at stake, and served as evidence during the Nuremberg Trials.
Fresh Air Weekend: The Cosmos, Harold Ramis, And Protecting Your Data Online
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why the cosmos shouldn't make you feel small. Critic John Powers remembers Harold Ramis. And if you think you're anonymous online, think again.
A New 'Testament' Told From Mary's Point Of View
In The Testament of Mary, Colm Toibin imagines Mary's life 20 years after her son's crucifixion, what she might have done to ease her son's suffering. (Originally broadcast on Nov. 28, 2012.)