Fresh Air http://wesa.fm en Tyler Hicks Tells The Story Behind His Pulitzer-Winning Nairobi Mall Photos http://wesa.fm/post/tyler-hicks-tells-story-behind-his-pulitzer-winning-nairobi-mall-photos A few days after winning a Pulitzer Prize for his photos of a 2013 terrorist attack in a Nairobi mall, Tyler Hicks received an email. It was from one of the women he'd photographed that day — sheltering her two young children on the floor of a cafe. She had heard about the Pulitzer and seen her photo on <em>The New York Times </em>website.<p>"It's very rare to have access to people in chaotic scenes like this," Hicks tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. "You take someone's picture, it's this amazing scene and then you never find out what happened to them. ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:41:00 +0000 editor 28140 at http://wesa.fm Tyler Hicks Tells The Story Behind His Pulitzer-Winning Nairobi Mall Photos Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands http://wesa.fm/post/seth-meyers-late-night-challenge-what-do-his-hands Seth Meyers already had his dream job. As the host of<em> Saturday Night Live</em>'s<em> Weekend Update,</em> "I sort of had already accomplished the job I never thought I would accomplish," he tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. He joined the cast in 2001 and was there for 12 years.<p>But in one of the recent rounds of musical chairs/desks in the late-night talk show scene, Meyers landed <em>Late Night</em>. Lorne Michaels, executive producer of <em>Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show </em>and<em> Late Night</em>, encouraged Meyers to host the 12:30 a.m. spot and make it his own. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:44:00 +0000 editor 28068 at http://wesa.fm Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option http://wesa.fm/post/jessica-lea-mayfield-sometimes-sanity-better-option <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meHGilIpCbE</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:44:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 28069 at http://wesa.fm For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option 'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality http://wesa.fm/post/forcing-spring-tells-one-chapter-story-marriage-equality In her new book, <em>Forcing the Spring,</em> investigative reporter Jo Becker tells the behind-the-scenes story of an important chapter in the fight for marriage equality. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:51:00 +0000 editor 28014 at http://wesa.fm 'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke http://wesa.fm/post/comic-hari-kondabolu-explaining-joke-joke At first, Hari Kondabolu's comedy was mostly about catharsis: "I was doing some work in detention centers and meeting families who had family members who were going to be deported," he tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. "It was really powerful work ... but it was incredibly hard and performing at night was a relief. It was cathartic. It was just a way to get things out."<p><a href="http://www.harikondabolu.com/">Kondabolu</a> was working as an immigrant-rights organizer in Seattle and performing standup at night. In 2008, he got his M.A. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:14:00 +0000 editor 27934 at http://wesa.fm For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley' http://wesa.fm/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 27852 at http://wesa.fm Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley' 'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff http://wesa.fm/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 27806 at http://wesa.fm 'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics http://wesa.fm/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 18:20:00 +0000 David Edelstein 27807 at http://wesa.fm Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics A Duo's Debut Album: A Collaboration From 'The Both' http://wesa.fm/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 27760 at http://wesa.fm 'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really Making The World Better? http://wesa.fm/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 27753 at http://wesa.fm 'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really Making The World Better? 'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated http://wesa.fm/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 27754 at http://wesa.fm 'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker http://wesa.fm/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 27679 at http://wesa.fm Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir http://wesa.fm/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 27681 at http://wesa.fm Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel http://wesa.fm/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 27613 at http://wesa.fm Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War http://wesa.fm/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 27614 at http://wesa.fm Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors http://wesa.fm/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 27547 at http://wesa.fm Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors Fresh Air Weekend: 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Mad Men' And 'Frozen' http://wesa.fm/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 27480 at http://wesa.fm Fresh Air Weekend: 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Mad Men' And 'Frozen' Colbert Moves Into Letterman's Coveted Late Night Spot http://wesa.fm/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 27435 at http://wesa.fm At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make http://wesa.fm/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 27427 at http://wesa.fm At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men' http://wesa.fm/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 27426 at http://wesa.fm Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men' Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology http://wesa.fm/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 27381 at http://wesa.fm Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication http://wesa.fm/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 27290 at http://wesa.fm 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://wesa.fm/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 27215 at http://wesa.fm 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://wesa.fm/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 27214 at http://wesa.fm 'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism http://wesa.fm/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 27151 at http://wesa.fm