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Host Of The Prison Podcast 'Ear Hustle' Reflects On His 27 Years Behind Bars
Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor started the podcast Ear Hustle when Woods was a prisoner in San Quentin. Woods' sentence was recently commuted, but the two continue to tell stories of life behind bars.
Journalist Recounts The Absurdity And Torture Of 544 Days In Iran's Evin Prison
After being accused of spying, Jason Rezaian was held in Iran's notorious prison for a year and a half. Throughout it all, he never considered giving up writing and reporting.
The 'Very Particular' History Being Presented At Confederate Sites
Journalist Brian Palmer toured several Confederate sites and monuments across the South and found a distorted message that celebrates the Confederacy and often omits the fact of slavery all together.
Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. On DNA Testing And Finding His Own Roots
As host of the PBS series Finding Your Roots, Gates tells celebrities about their family history. He reflects on his own history and some of the more controversial aspects of DNA testing.
Fresh Air Weekend: Rachel Maddow On The Lessons Of Spiro Agnew; John C. Reilly
Maddow and her former producer Mike Yarvitz revisit the Agnew story in the podcast Bag Man. Justin Chang reviews M. Night Shyamalan's Glass. Reilly plays Oliver Hardy in the new film Stan & Ollie.
M. Night Shyamalan's Superhero Thriller 'Glass' Overflows With Preposterousness
Shyamalan's latest film stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy in an eccentric, perilously self-indulgent sequel that braids together two previous movies: Unbreakable and Split.
Memoirist Retraces Her Journey From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D.
Growing up, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. She writes about her transition into the mainstream in Educated. Originally broadcast Feb. 20, 2018.
How Ted Kennedy's '80 Challenge To President Carter 'Broke The Democratic Party'
Journalist Jon Ward talks about the chaos that led Kennedy to challenge Carter for the Democratic nomination — and the long-lasting damage it did to the party. Ward's new book is Camelot's End.
Breezy And Irreverent 'Brexit' Captures Big Truths About Today's Politics
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the top strategist for Britain's "Leave" campaign in a new HBO film that offers a jaunty — if incomplete — take on the U.K.'s pending departure from the EU.
2 New Albums Confirm Thelonious Monk's Genius As A Composer
Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two new interpretations of Monk's complete works: Monk's Dreams, by pianist Frank Kimbrough, and Work, by guitarist Miles Okazaki.
How The 1965 Immigration Act Made America A Nation Of Immigrants
For many years, U.S. immigration favored immigrants from northern Europe. NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten explains how a 1965 law changed things — and led to the current debate about border security.
'Ghost Wall' Is An Eerie Coming-Of-Age Tale That Begs For A Second Read
Sarah Moss' beautifully written novel is set in the 1970s in the rugged countryside of the far north of England, where a group of campers are reenacting the daily lives of Iron Age Britons.
John C. Reilly On The Comedy Of Laurel And Hardy: 'It's Almost Like A Ballet'
"The brilliant thing about their work when you watch it, it seems so nonchalant," Reilly says of the iconic slapstick duo. He plays Oliver Hardy in the new film Stan & Ollie.
New Recording Of 'Doctor Atomic' May Be The Opera's Definitive Performance
John Adams' opera, which premiered in 2005, centers on the first atomic bomb test at Los Alamos, N.M. Now, a new album features a recording of Doctor Atomic conducted by the composer himself.
A Surgeon Reflects On Death, Life And The 'Incredible Gift' Of Organ Transplant
Joshua Mezrich has performed hundreds of kidney, liver and pancreas transplants. He shares stories from the operating room in his book, When Death Becomes Life.