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Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist Max Brooks; 'What She Ate'; Poet Molly McCully Brown
Brooks discusses Minecraft: The Island. Maureen Corrigan recommends a book about the appetites of notable women. Brown, who has cerebral palsy, imagines life inside the "Virginia State Colony."
Billy Eichner Makes A Career Out Of Love/Hating Celebrity Culture
In addition to starring in Hulu's Difficult People, Eichner roams the streets of NYC, asking open-ended questions about celebrities in Billy on the Street. Originally broadcast Dec. 12, 2016.
Snark Aside, Julie Klausner Says 'Difficult People' Is Inspired By Love
Klausner plays an unsuccessful comic who quips about celebrities in her Hulu series, which recently launched its third season. Originally broadcast Aug. 16, 2016.
High Spirited 'Patti Cake$' Dresses Its Cinderella Story In Dirty Jersey Drag
A hard-working aspiring rapper rises above her dead-end existence with the help of some supportive friends and her own irrepressible talent. Critic Justin Change says Patti Cake$ is irresistible.
'Cabaret Hurricane' Bridget Everett Moves To The Big Screen In 'Patti Cake$'
The comic and cabaret performer says she's had audience members walk out of her raunchy live act. In her new film, she plays a washed-up local rock star whose daughter is an aspiring rap artist.
In 'Columbus,' John Cho Reckons With His Own First-Generation Culture Clash
Cho, who moved to the U.S. from South Korea as a child, says the cultural distance his Columbus character feels towards his immigrant father was "an unwelcome reflection of my own life."
In Trump's Government, The 'Regulated Have Become The Regulators'
Eric Lipton of The New York Times says lobbyists now working for the government are leading a regulatory roll back that is benefiting the industries they used to represent.
In 'Defenders,' Netflix Enlists Marvel Superheroes In Quest For TV Domination
Netflix's plan was to take relatively minor or underused Marvel titles and heroes, and star them in their own season-long TV series. After that, they'd feature them together in an all-star team-up.
Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents
Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.
Reissued 'Party Of One' Captures Nick Lowe At His Witty, Melodic Best
Six albums the British songwriter recorded between 1982 and 1990 are being reissued in remastered versions. Critic Ken Tucker singles out Party of One as being among Lowe's finest works.
The Bill Evans Trio Plays With Spontaneity And Grace On 'Another Time'
In 1968, jazz pianist Bill Evans led a trio with Jack DeJohnette and Eddie Gomez. They spent five weeks in Europe; a newly unearthed concert recording catches them live in a Dutch radio studio.
Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built
Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she'd been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the "Virginia State Colony," an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.
Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Perrotta; 'Lost In America'; The 'Battling' Kellogg Brothers
Novelist Tom Perrotta explores the empty nest in Mrs. Fletcher. Albert Brooks' Lost in America proves a comedy for the ages. Howard Markel chronicles the family drama behind Kellogg's cereal.
Remembering Broadway's Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'
Cook, who starred in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, died on Tuesday. She spoke to Fresh Air in 2016 about her struggle with addiction and her second career as a cabaret singer.
Stylishly Gritty, This Chase Thriller Really Is A 'Good Time'
Robert Pattinson plays an amateur crook who maneuvers from one hair-raising situation to another. It's a relentless chase thriller, a funny problem-solving exercise and an exhilarating mood piece.