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Ronan Farrow: 'I Was Raised With An Extraordinary Sense Of Public Service'
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist talks about growing up the son of famous parents, investigating the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and writing his new book, War on Peace.
'The Split' Explores The Price And Permutations Of Breaking Up
The six-part series centers around members of the Defoe family — high-end lawyers specializing in marital issues whose own private lives are as furtive and messy as the cases they're handling.
New Book Explores The Science Of Pregnancy 'Like A Mother'
As a first-time mother, journalist Angela Garbes craved unbiased, scientific information — not just anecdotal advice. Her new book debunks myths and assumptions about pregnancy and childbirth.
Courtney Barnett's New Album Blends Forceful Guitar With Lyrical Complexity
Barnett sings about fame, feminism and self-doubt on her new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel. Ken Tucker says the songs are like "inner monologues, shaped and sharpened for public consumption."
'Rocky And Bullwinkle' Reboot Is Good — Just Not As Great As The Original
Critic David Bianculli describes Amazon's Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle as a slightly more stylized — though ultimately "hit and miss" — version of the classic cartoon.
Novelist Michael Chabon: 'My Family And Kids Have Been My Gang'
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author writes about his relationship with his father, as well as his own experiences as the parent of four, in Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces.
Fresh Air Weekend: Actress Annette Bening; Comic Tig Notaro
Bening describes acting as "a fabulous way to expand your own heart." Critic Ken Tucker reviews Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy. Notaro's new Netflix special is Happy to Be Here.
HBO's Heavy-Handed 'Fahrenheit 451' Lacks The Poetry Of Ray Bradbury's Original
Critic Dave Bianculli says that the new TV movie "dilutes and deflates" the 1953 novel it draws from. Viewers should "skip the movie, and go back and read Bradbury's book."
In Life And Fiction, Edward St. Aubyn Sheds The Weight Of His Past
St. Aubyn's semi-autobiographical novels featuring Patrick Melrose, an Englishman from a posh but monstrous family, are now the basis of a Showtime miniseries. Originally broadcast May 20, 2014.
How Trump's 'War' On The 'Deep State' Is Leading To The Dismantling Of Government
New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos says that hundreds of non-partisan civil servants, considered not loyal enough to the administration, have been marginalized or pushed out of government entirely.
'First Reformed' Asks: 'Will God Forgive Us For Destroying His Creation?'
Director Paul Schrader's film tackles war and climate change with a fierce moral anger. Critic Justin Chang says Schrader makes no attempt to conceal the fact that he's written a polemic.
Comic Tig Notaro Wants You To Know She's 'Happy To Be Here'
After her set about having cancer went viral in 2012, Notaro struggled with the perception that her stand-up was only "dark and edgy." Her new Netflix special begins streaming May 22.
Tom Wolfe: Writing Nonfiction 'Became A Great Game And A Great Experiment'
Wolfe began experimenting with nonfiction writing techniques in the 1960s. The "new journalism" pioneer and best-selling author died Monday. He spoke with Fresh Air in 1987 and 2012.
'Reluctant Psychonaut' Michael Pollan Embraces The 'New Science' Of Psychedelics
Author Michael Pollan, who experimented with mushrooms, LSD and other psychedelics while researching his latest book, says: "I had an experience that was by turns frightening and ecstatic and weird."
'I'm Just So Invested': Krysten Ritter On Becoming 'Jessica Jones'
Ritter loves the complex role of the atypical superhero. "I am doing the most work when I'm not saying lines," she says. The second season was released on Netflix in March.