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The author of the bestsellers 'The Corrections' and 'Freedom,' talks about his new novel, 'Purity.' Also, science writer Steve Silberman, author of the new book, NeuroTribes, discusses how our understanding of autism has changed over the decades, and how myths about autism caught on.
We remember director Wes Craven by listening back to several interviews Terry Gross recorded with him over the years. Craven, who is best known for his horror films 'Scream,' and 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' died Sunday, August 30th. Also, critic Milo Miles reviews a new collection of songs by Argentina's most famous pop star. And commentator Jessica Grose considers the challenges of parenting when pre-schools are making it harder for working parents.
The New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos discusses his article about Trump's white nationalist support. Also linguist Geoff Nunberg examines new attacks on the word "so" and considers whether "so" is being overused.
Science writer Steve Silberman talks about how different factors — including Nazi extermination plans and a (now discredited) journal article about vaccines — have shaped our current understanding of autism. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Jonathan Franzen's new novel, 'Purity.'
Best Of: Alison Bechdel's 'Fun Home' / 'Blackout' Author Sarah Hepola
The musical and graphic novel 'Fun Home' describe Alison Bechdel's coming out, and her dad's closeted homosexuality. She says, "In many ways ... my professional career has been a reaction to my father's life." 'Fun Home' won five Tonys this year, including the award for best musical. Lyricst Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori join Bechdel in the conversation. Sarah Hepola once got so drunk that she gave a presentation to 300 people — and didn't remember a thing the next day. She wrestles with her reasons for drinking in the memoir 'Blackout.'
From 'Batman' to 'Birdman,' Michael Keaton knows suits and superheroes. The actor talks about his Oscar-nominated performance and growing up the youngest of seven kids. [Originally broadcast February 2015] Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the debut album from vocalist Tiffany Austin.
Larry David / Writer Chris Offutt On His Father, The Pornographer
Writer Chris Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Offutt discusses his father's career. Also, Larry David talks about his Broadway show 'Fish in the Dark,' and how his character on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' changed him in real life. [Originally broadcast March 2015]
Actor Adam Driver of 'Girls' stars in Noah Baumbach's film, 'While We're Young.' He talks about leaving the Marines for Juilliard, doing sex scenes in 'Girls,' and why he'll never watch his own performances. [Originally broadcast April 2015] John Powers reviews the the USA series 'Mr.Robot.'