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Comic Roy Wood Jr. Taps Into America's Psyche On 'The Daily Show'
Wood says the years he spent performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest — sometimes in places where he felt unsafe as a black man — prepared him for his work on The Daily Show.
Author Traces Christianity's Path From 'Forbidden Religion' To A 'Triumph'
Religion scholar Bart Ehrman says that the early spread of Christianity transformed the entire history of the West — for better or worse. His new book is The Triumph Of Christianity.
CD Set Offers A Long, Satisfying View Of The New York Philharmonic Orchestra
The New York Philharmonic celebrates its 175th birthday with a box set dating back to its very first recordings a century ago, featuring some of the greatest musicians of the 20th-century.
Attacked By Alt-Right Trolls, A Jewish Journalist Links Trump To The Rise Of Hate
Trump "has made nationalist policy into the policy of the executive branch," says New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman. His new book, (((Semitism))), is about being Jewish in the Trump era.
Fresh Air Weekend: Author Luis Alberto Urrea; Personal Essayist Tim Kreider
Urrea's new novel borrows from the story of his brother, who died of cancer. Kevin Whitehead reviews a box set by the late pianist Teddy Wilson. Kreider discusses Because I Love You.
Amy Rigby Maintains Her Punk Mischievousness On 'The Old Guys'
Rigby's new album, which features jangly guitars and thumping drums, sounds like an old-fashioned rock 'n' roll album. But critic Ken Tucker says that The Old Guy is definitely not "a nostalgia item."
From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English
New words that enter the dictionary must meet three criteria, says Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Originally broadcast April 19, 2017.
The Kronos Quartet Explodes Its Range On Two New Collaborations
Two new records showcase the quartet's recent collaborations with Laurie Anderson and a group from Mali. Critic Milo Miles says it's evident how much time and care went into Landfall and Ladilikan.
Robots Are Now 'Creating New Robots,' Tech Reporter Says
The evolution of artificial intelligence has exploded over the past five years, leading to computers that can drive and talk. New York Times' Cade Metz explains how machines are learning on their own.
From The 'Fresh Air' Archives: Eddie Bunker, Who Honed His Writing Craft In Prison
Bunker, who died in 2005, spent 18 years in prison before becoming a successful writer. He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1985 film Runaway Train, which helped launch the career of actor Danny Trejo.
Humor Blends With Tragedy In The Farcical 'Death of Stalin'
Armando Iannucci's new film satirizes the days in 1953 when the Soviet Union lost its totalitarian leader and members of his inner circle argued, plotted and killed while selecting a successor.
Danny Trejo On Acting, Addiction And Playing 'The Mean Chicano Dude'
Trejo says that his experience standing in the San Quentin prison yard waiting for a riot prepared him for acting: "You're absolutely scared to death ... [but] you have to pretend you're not."
'Russian Roulette' Authors Seek To Connect The Dots Between Trump And Putin
Journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn have been at the forefront of the investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. Their new book attempts to put all the pieces of the story together.
2 Books Investigate The Mysteries Of Agatha Christie And The Golden State Killer
Maureen Corrigan recommends two books that grapple with real-life mysteries: Laura Thompson's biography of the sphinxlike Agatha Christie, and I'll Be Gone In The Dark, by the late Michelle McNamara.
'The Sparsholt Affair' Confirms Alan Hollinghurst's Status As A Literary Master
Hollinghurst's new domestic epic leapfrogs across seven decades to examine how the laws of social propriety shape the destinies of a father and son. Critic John Powers says the novel is fascinating.