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'Sex, Lies And Stardom': Exploitation In Howard Hughes' Hollywood
Karina Longworth's new book, Seduction, tells the story of 10 women who had sexual relationships with Hughes. "These things have always happened and they were never talked about publicly," she says.
'Fresh Air' Remembers Marvel Comics Writer And Editor Stan Lee
The Spider-Man and Hulk creator spoke to Fresh Air in 1991 about coming up with Spider-Man, inventing new sound effects for his comics and why superheroes have colorful costumes.
Counting The Bugs And Bacteria, You're 'Never Home Alone' (And That's OK)
Ecologist Rob Dunn's new book describes the tiny life forms, helpful and risky, that live in different parts of the home, including on floors and in water faucets, basements and heating systems.
Stolen Stories: A Literary Con Man Climbs To Success In 'Ladder To The Sky'
A charismatic young writer poaches plot points from the lives of established authors in John Boyne's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls A Ladder to the Sky "erudite and ingeniously constructed."
Fresh Air Weekend: Turning To Religion After Tragedy; Chef José Andrés
Elaine Pagels reflects on loss and faith in her book, Why Religion? Ken Tucker reviews Interstate Gospel by Pistol Annies. Andrés talks about growing up in Spain and why he thinks vegetable are sexy.
Queen Guitarist Brian May On Writing Anthems And Studying Astrophysics
Brian May spoke to Fresh Air in 2010 about writing "We Will Rock You," recording the many vocals in "Bohemian Rhapsody" and getting a Ph.D. The biopic Bohemian Rhapsody details Queen's meteoric rise.
Life's Cruelty Is A Constant In The Coen Brothers' Mixed Bag Western 'Ballad'
Joel and Ethan Coen's new film is a feature-length collection of six stories set in the Old West. Justin Chang says the tall tales featured in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs are an odd, melancholy lot.
Plagued By War and Famine, Yemen Is 'No Longer A Functioning State,' Journalist Warns
In 2015, Saudi Arabia initiated a bombing campaign against Yemen that continues today. Journalist Robert Worth says the results have been devastating — and that the U.S. shares some of the blame.
'Interstate Gospel' Showcases Pistol Annies' Impressive Range Of Style
The trio of three country-music stars who make up Pistol Annies — Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley — mix humor with righteousness and drama on their new album.
Novelist Revisits The Assassination And Conspiracies That Fueled Colombia's Civil War
Juan Gabriel Vásquez's novel, The Shape Of The Ruins, centers on the 1948 assassination of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, the years of violence that followed and the conspiracy theories surrounding his death.
Did Law Enforcement Overlook The Threat Of Far-Right Extremism?
Janet Reitman of The New York Times Magazine says counter-terrorism strategists failed to adequately address right-wing domestic extremism — which enabled the movement to become even more dangerous.
How The Fugitive Slave Act Ignited A 'Struggle For America's Soul'
Author Andrew Delbanco says the 1850 law paved the way for the Civil War by endangering the lives of both escaped slaves and free black men and women in the North. His book is The War Before The War.
Inside This Deceptively Simple Story Lurks A 'Burning' Psychological Thriller
Director Lee Chang-dong's film centers on two young men and the woman who brings them together. Critic Justin Chang calls Burning the most absorbing — and enigmatic — new movie he's seen all year.
'Why Religion?' Asks 'How Hearts Can Heal' After Tragedy
Religion scholar Elaine Pagels lost her young son to terminal illness and her husband a year later in an accident. Her new book combines memoir and biblical scholarship to reflect on loss and faith.
An Intimate Pontormo Show Outshines The Met's Big Delacroix Retrospective
In the age of blockbuster art exhibitions, a small show sometimes makes just as big an impression as a large one. That's what happened to critic Lloyd Schwartz on a recent trip to New York.