Fresh Air http://wrvo.org en FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel http://wrvo.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 54317 at http://wrvo.org Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War http://wrvo.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 54318 at http://wrvo.org Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors http://wrvo.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 54255 at http://wrvo.org Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors Fresh Air Weekend: 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Mad Men' And 'Frozen' http://wrvo.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 54197 at http://wrvo.org Fresh Air Weekend: 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Mad Men' And 'Frozen' Colbert Moves Into Letterman's Coveted Late Night Spot http://wrvo.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 54159 at http://wrvo.org Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men' http://wrvo.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 16:28:00 +0000 David Bianculli 54140 at http://wrvo.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://wrvo.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 16:28:00 +0000 editor 54141 at http://wrvo.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://wrvo.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 54096 at http://wrvo.org Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication http://wrvo.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 54016 at http://wrvo.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://wrvo.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 53946 at http://wrvo.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://wrvo.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 53945 at http://wrvo.org 'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism http://wrvo.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 53882 at http://wrvo.org If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One? http://wrvo.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 53883 at http://wrvo.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://wrvo.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 53821 at http://wrvo.org Fresh Air Weekend: Michael Lewis, Jon Langford, And A Housekeeping How-To Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly http://wrvo.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 53770 at http://wrvo.org Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act http://wrvo.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 53769 at http://wrvo.org The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act HBO Fills Sunday Night Lineup With Entertaining Power Struggles http://wrvo.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 53723 at http://wrvo.org Embarrassing Stains? This Housekeeping Guide Gets That Life Is Messy http://wrvo.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 53724 at http://wrvo.org Embarrassing Stains? This Housekeeping Guide Gets That Life Is Messy Jon Langford Sings Our Impulse To Destroy http://wrvo.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 53656 at http://wrvo.org Jon Langford Sings Our Impulse To Destroy While Warning Of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.S. Launches Its Own Attack http://wrvo.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 18:00:00 +0000 editor 53651 at http://wrvo.org While Warning Of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.S. Launches Its Own Attack On A 'Rigged' Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference http://wrvo.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 53594 at http://wrvo.org On A 'Rigged' Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish' http://wrvo.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 53595 at http://wrvo.org This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish' Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad http://wrvo.org/post/son-secret-smuggler-digs-truth-about-his-dad If you smoked Colombian weed in the '70s and '80s, Tony Dokoupil would like to thank you: He says you paid for his swim lessons and kept him in the best private school in south Florida — at least for a little while.<p>Dokoupil's father started selling marijuana during the Nixon era, and expanded his operation until he became a partner in what his son describes as the biggest East Coast dope ring of the Reagan years, smuggling marijuana into the U.S.<p>But Dokoupil didn't know this until many years later, because his parents didn't tell him. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:47:00 +0000 editor 53529 at http://wrvo.org Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead's Arena Combat http://wrvo.org/post/fight-sound-sound-grateful-deads-arena-combat The same week that <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15050998/neil-young">Neil Young</a> introduced his <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/03/12/289435279/hear-neil-young-explain-his-pono-music-player-at-sxsw">Pono music player</a> designed to spark a huge boost in audio fidelity, I listened for the first time to a recording of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15440218/grateful-dead">Grateful Dead</a> concert I attended almost 40 years ago. And I realized that passions about good-sounding music go through cycles. Today, the lo-fi medium is MP3s through earbuds. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:47:00 +0000 Milo Miles 53530 at http://wrvo.org Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead's Arena Combat Fresh Air Weekend: Bryan Cranston, 'Redeployment' And A New Yorker Cartoonist http://wrvo.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-bryan-cranston-redeployment-and-new-yorker-cartoonist 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>From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation:</strong> While <em>Breaking Bad</em> fans were watching him portray Walt in the series' final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself — playing Lyndon B. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:27:00 +0000 editor 53460 at http://wrvo.org Fresh Air Weekend: Bryan Cranston, 'Redeployment' And A New Yorker Cartoonist In 'Noah,' Earth And The Bible Get A Computer-Generated Reboot http://wrvo.org/post/noah-earth-and-bible-get-computer-generated-reboot Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: <p>Darren Aronofsky had a surprise hit in 2010 with "Black Swan," which won an Oscar for its star, Natalie Portman. His latest film, "Noah," is a big budget Bible epic based on the story of Noah's Ark. Russell Crowe plays the title character, and the movie also features Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.<p>Film critic David Edelstein has this review.<p>DAVID EDELSTEIN: Darren Aronofsky's biblical flood epic "Noah," generated controversy before anyone had laid eyes on the film. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:11:00 +0000 David Edelstein 53409 at http://wrvo.org 'The Good Wife' Delivers A Game-Changing Stunner http://wrvo.org/post/good-wife-delivers-game-changing-stunner Transcript <p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm TV critic David Bianculli. Last Sunday, on the CBS drama series "The Good Wife," something major and unexpected happened. If you don't yet know what occurred, and don't wish to, now is the time to stop listening for a few minutes. For the past few years, whenever I've been challenged to name a series on broadcast TV that's the equal of shows produced for cable or streaming networks, my instant go-to example has been "The Good Wife" on CBS. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:11:00 +0000 David Bianculli 53410 at http://wrvo.org 'The Fall Of The House Of Dixie' Built A New U.S. http://wrvo.org/post/fall-house-dixie-built-new-us-0 <em>This interview originally aired on <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/08/168793872/the-fall-of-the-house-of-dixie-built-a-new-u-s">Jan. 7, 2013</a>.</em><p>This month marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Lincoln issued on Jan. 1, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:11:00 +0000 editor 53411 at http://wrvo.org 'The Fall Of The House Of Dixie' Built A New U.S. From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation http://wrvo.org/post/walter-white-lbj-bryan-cranston-master-transformation In the 2008 pilot of AMC's <em>Breaking Bad</em>, high school teacher Walter White fails to interest his chemistry students in the study of change. But over the course of the series, Walt himself came to exemplify radical change, using his knowledge of chemistry to become a master meth cook, and transforming himself into a notorious outlaw who was willing to kill, when necessary, to keep his operation running.<p>Acting is also about change and transformation, and Bryan Cranston is a master. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:47:00 +0000 editor 53358 at http://wrvo.org From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation 'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs http://wrvo.org/post/sleep-donation-dark-futuristic-lullaby-insomniacs Imagine an America that has been plagued for years by a mysterious epidemic of insomnia — an affliction so serious that many are dying from lack of sleep. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:50:00 +0000 editor 53310 at http://wrvo.org 'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs