Fresh Air
Billie Jean King, seen here in 1977, learned to play tennis on the public courts near her Long Beach, Calif., home.

Interviews

Pioneer Billie Jean King Moved The Baseline For Women's Tennis

A PBS documentary looks at King's legacy as both a tennis champion — she has a record 20 Wimbledon titles — and the leader of a female player uprising that demanded fairer treatment and pay. She tells Fresh Air about the challenges of being a female player before there was a women's league.

Jane Ira Bloom.

Music Reviews

Too Much Of A Good Thing? Jane Ira Bloom's Beautiful Ballads

On Sixteen Sunsets, the soprano saxophonist varies and honors melody like Billie Holiday.

Flyover Lives

Book Reviews

Midwestern Memoir Tracks 'Flyover Lives' Of Author's Forebears

Diane Johnson often writes about American heroines living in France, but when she began her memoir, she found herself drawn back to her native ground in America's heartland. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Flyover Lives "lets scenes and conversations speak for themselves, accruing power as they lodge in readers' minds."

Bemsha Swing Jessica Williams 0:29

Details

Details

Listen to music preview
    Artist
    Jessica Williams
    Track
    Bemsha Swing
    Album
    And Then There's This
    Label
    Second Floor Music/timeless Holland

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) Deodato 0:29

Details

Details

Listen to music preview
    Artist
    Deodato
    Track
    Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)
    Album
    Prelude
    Label
    King

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Gershwin's Skyline (I Loves You Porgy) Jane Ira Bloom 1:05

Details

Details

Listen to music preview
    Artist
    Jane Ira Bloom
    Track
    Gershwin's Skyline (I Loves You Porgy)
    Album
    Sixteen Sunsets

Machine Gun The Commodores 0:29

Details

Details

Listen to music preview
    Artist
    The Commodores
    Track
    Machine Gun
    Album
    Boogie Nights [Original Soundtrack]
    Label
    Capitol

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

...And Justice for All Metallica

Details

Details

Listen to music preview
    Artist
    Metallica
    Track
    ...And Justice for All
    Album
    ...And Justice for All
    Label
    Elektra

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

On the Street Where You Live Cootie Williams

Details

Details

Listen to music preview
    Artist
    Cootie Williams
    Track
    On the Street Where You Live
    Album
    Cootie Williams in Hi Fi
    Label
    RCA

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

An American in Paris Willem Breuker Kollektief

Details

Details

Listen to music preview
    Artist
    Willem Breuker Kollektief
    Track
    An American in Paris
    Album
    Willem Breuker Kollektief/Vera Beths/Mondriaan Strings
    Label
    BVHaast

Coming Up

Fresh Air

Friday

View show View show

Thursday

View show View show