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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.
He Felt He Could No Longer Be Funny, Says Robin Williams Biographer
Dave Itzkoff examines Williams' life and death in a new biography. Williams took his own life in 2014; an autopsy later revealed he had Lewy body dementia.
Fresh Air Weekend: Singer-Songwriter Tracey Thorn; Chef Lidia Bastianich
Thorn sings about the different stages of women's lives on her new solo album. Maureen Corrigan reviews Barracoon, by Zora Neale Hurston. Bastianich's new memoir is My American Dream.
Rapper Cardi B Expands Her Musical Range On 'Invasion Of Privacy'
Though Cardi B's instinctive pose is that of a tough realist, her debut album allows for more vulnerable moments. Critic Ken Tucker calls Invasion of Privacy a "statement of principles."
How Black Leaders Unwittingly Contributed To The Era Of Mass Incarceration
In Locking Up Our Own, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Forman Jr. argues that African-American leaders helped shape policies that harmed black communities. Originally broadcast July 17, 2017.
Annette Bening: Acting Is 'A Fabulous Way To Expand Your Own Heart'
Bening stars in a new screen adaptation of Anton Chekhov's 1895 play The Seagull. Though she's made her career in film and television, Bening was initially much more comfortable onstage.
Cumberbatch Is A Riveting 'Patrick Melrose,' An Aristocrat Haunted By His Past
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the Showtime miniseries, based on novels by Edward St. Aubyn. Critic David Bianculli finds the show wickedly funny, searingly dramatic and unforgettably gripping.