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The U.S. Has An 'Active Cyber War Underway' To Thwart The North Korean Nuclear Threat
New York Times reporter David Sanger talks about North Korea's nuclear program and warns that the regime, which has been "fodder for late night comedians for many many years," is no joke.
'One Of The Boys' Tells The Story Of A Corrosive Father-Son Relationship
Daniel Magariel's debut novel explores the fierce love a 12-year-old boy has for his abusive father. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a "slim, deeply affecting and brutal story."
Inside DARPA, The Pentagon Agency Whose Technology Has 'Changed the World'
Journalist Sharon Weinberger discusses the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, which develops innovative scientific technologies for the military. Her new book is The Imagineers of War.
How For-Profit Colleges Sell 'Risky Education' To The Most Vulnerable
Tressie McMillan Cottom worked in enrollment at two for-profit colleges, but quit because she felt uncomfortable selling students an education they couldn't afford. Her new book is Lower Ed.
Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Pete Holmes; Ron Powers Discusses His Sons' Schizophrenia
Holmes, who grew up a devout Christian, says he draws on his early career and "churchy" roots in HBO's Crashing. Powers talks about mental illness and his efforts to help his sons.
A Middle-Aged Misanthrope Reconnects With His Long Lost Daughter In 'Wilson'
Daniel Clowes' angst-ridden graphic novel is the basis for a new film starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Critic David Edelstein says Wilson's abrasive protagonist is worth getting to know.
The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations
In the early 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in Imbeciles. Originally broadcast March 7, 2016.
Remembering Chuck Barris, Self-Proclaimed 'King Of Daytime Television'
Barris, who died Tuesday in New York, created The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show, and later wrote the autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Originally broadcast in 1986.
An 'Intimate Portrait' Of Dorothy Day, The Catholic Activist With A Bohemian Past
Kate Hennessy drew from family letters, diaries and memories in writing Dorothy Day, a biography of her late grandmother. Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement and is now a candidate for sainthood.
Inside The Wealthy Family That Has Been Funding Steve Bannon's Plan For Years
Jane Mayer writes in the New Yorker about Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, who have poured millions of dollars into Breitbart News, and who pushed to have Bannon run Trump's campaign.
Smart, Satirical 'Devil And Webster' Takes On College Identity Politics
Jean Hanff Korelitz's new novel surveys student life at a New England college in turmoil. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Devil and Webster is "wittily on target."
Comic Pete Holmes Draws On His Early Career And 'Churchy' Roots In 'Crashing'
Holmes, who grew up a devout Christian, says he saw himself as a "Good Boy" comic in the early stages of his career. "I was basically picturing [Jesus] in the back of the club."
Remembering Rock N' Roll Pioneer Chuck Berry
The legendary guitarist, songwriter and singer died Saturday at the age of 90. Rock historian Ed Ward looks back on Berry's music and career. Originally broadcast in May 2008.
Father Of 2 Sons With Schizophrenia Talks Of His Struggle To Save Them
"There is no greater ... feeling of helplessness than to watch two beloved sons deteriorate before [your] eyes," says Ron Powers. His new book is No One Cares About Crazy People.
Fresh Air Weekend: Jordan Peele; 'Monk Dreams'; Novelist Sebastian Barry
Get Out Director Jordan Peele discusses his love of horror films. Kevin Whitehead reviews Frank Carlberg's new tribute to Thelonious Monk. Barry's novel, Days Without End, features Irish immigrants.