"My early films look terrible!" says filmmaker John Waters. "I didn't know what I was doing. I learned when I was doing it. I never went to film school." Waters, who is known for films such as the outlandish Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, has written a new book, Carsick. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

toggle caption Kathy Willens/AP

Author Interviews

John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It

The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever" and admits he always kept his luggage with him.

Book Reviews

'Rise And Fall' Carries On Vagabond Adventure Tale Tradition

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers — the latest from Imperfectionists author Tom Rachman — follows the travels of a young bookstore proprietor. It's a "strange" book that requires a bit of patience.

"My early films look terrible!" says filmmaker John Waters. "I didn't know what I was doing. I learned when I was doing it. I never went to film school." Waters, who is known for films such as the outlandish Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, has written a new book, Carsick. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

toggle caption Kathy Willens/AP

John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/320645960/320729816" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Tuesday

View show

Actor Gene Wilder, who entertained audiences with his performances in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, The Producers and Blazing Saddles, died Monday. He was 83 years old. Art Selby & Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Art Selby & Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Remembrances

In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

When he was 8, Wilder's mother had a heart attack, and he took it upon himself to cheer her up. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview with the comic actor, who died Monday at age 83.

In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491944275/491977215" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
View show

Monday

View show

Movie Interviews

Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'

"No matter what we've done, there comes a point where you think, ... 'When are they going to discover that I am, in fact, a fraud?' " Hanks says. Originally broadcast April 26, 2016.

Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491800907/491828920" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Music Reviews

Hip-Hop Meets Disco On The Electrifying Soundtrack To 'The Get Down'

A new drama series on Netflix chronicles the rise of early hip-hop music in the late '70s. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the show's soundtrack is dense, complex and delightful.

Hip-Hop Meets Disco On The Electrifying Soundtrack To 'The Get Down'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491807393/491827718" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
View show

Saturday

View show

Actor John Krasinski spent 2 1/2 years in New York trying to get his acting career off the ground. After landing a few commercials and some "off- off- off-Broadway" plays, he was about to call it quits. But his mother encouraged him to stick it out a little while longer, and three weeks later, he landed the role of Jim on The Office. Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/AP hide caption

toggle caption Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: John Krasinski; Lydia Loveless' 'Real'; The Aging Electrical Grid

Actor John Krasinski discusses The Office and his "lottery-ticket life." Ken Tucker reviews Lydia Loveless' latest solo album. Gretchen Bakke says America's current power grid is aging and unstable.

Fresh Air Weekend: John Krasinski; Lydia Loveless' 'Real'; The Aging Electrical Grid

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491352399/491626711" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
View show