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Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist Amy Tan; 'Death In The Air'; Director Noah Baumbach
Tan discusses her experiences with family and fate. Maureen Corrigan reviews Kate Winkler Dawson's book about London's Great Smog of 1952. Baumbach's new film mixes comedy with deep emotional pain.
Nora Jane Struthers Is Hard-Headed About Being Open-Hearted On 'Champion'
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has a new album that explores the joys of long-term commitment. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the collection is her most personal and accessible to date.
'Killing of a Sacred Deer' Is A Twisted Indictment Of White Male Privilege
A heart surgeon develops a strange relationship with a teenage boy in Yorgos Lanthimos' new film. Reviewer Justin Chang says The Killing of a Sacred Deer is an "unnervingly strange" horror movie.
Anthony Bourdain On 'Appetites,' Washing Dishes And The Food He Still Won't Eat
The TV host's new documentary is Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. In 2016, Bourdain spoke to Fresh Air about cooking for his young daughter: "If she's not happy, I'm not happy."
For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind
"It starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have," Green says. His new novel, Turtles All The Way Down, is about a teenage girl with OCD.
New Documentary Explores The Spectacular Failure Of 'The Dana Carvey Show'
In 1996, The Dana Carvey Show debuted -- then folded after producing only eight episodes. Critic David Bianculli says Hulu's Too Funny To Fail about the flop is entertaining from beginning to end.
Understanding Mike Pence And His Relationship To Trump: 'His Public Role Is Fawning'
Though President Trump ran as an outsider, New Yorker writer Jane Mayer describes his vice president as "the connective tissue" between Trump and the billionaire donors in the Republican party.
'Death In The Air' Revisits 5 Days When London Was Choked By Poisonous Smog
Kate Winkler Dawson's new book chronicles The Great Smog of 1952, when moist air from the Gulf Stream stalled for days over London, mixing with poisonous gases and causing more than 12,000 deaths.
'I Am Full Of Contradictions': Novelist Amy Tan On Fate And Family
In Where the Past Begins, Tan connects her experience with spirituality to that of her parents and grandmother. "I don't consider myself any religion," she says. " ... I have an amalgam of beliefs."
Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'
"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.
Director Agnes Varda And French Artist JR Team Up In Road Picture 'Faces Places'
The odd couple travels around France in the new documentary, photographing strangers and making murals out of their portraits. Critic David Edelstein calls it an "entirely down to earth" art film.
Fresh Air Weekend: Jimmy Fallon; Thelonious Monk; Daniel Mendelsohn's 'Odyssey'
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon says he has a tendency to smile "too much." Kevin Whitehead discusses Monk's enduring music. Mendelsohn talks about experiencing Homer's epic with his aging father.
'The Meyerowitz Stories' Is A Squirm-Inducing Comedy About Family Dysfunction
Writer-director Noah Baumbach's new film is a collection of loosely connected episodes that offer a revealing glimpse into the heart of a lively and fractious New York Jewish family.
How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices'
Journalist and 2017 MacArthur "genius" grant award-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones says that when it comes to school segregation, separate is never truly equal. Originally broadcast Jan. 16, 2017.
FBI Profilers Pursue Serial Killers And Their Motives In 'Mindhunter'
A new Netflix series explores the formation of the FBI serial crime unit and the psychology of mass murder. Critic David Bianculli says Mindhunter's emphasis on motive results in a compelling show.