June 29, 2013 Amy Schumer talks a lot about sex, but her comedy is about much more than that. A new film from Sofia Coppola is based on the true story of a group of California teens that broke into celebrities' homes. The novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores race in contemporary America in her new book.
June 22, 2013 The brains behind the hip-hop parody group Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, talk about comedy, Yo! MTV Raps and adolescence. "Yeezus" is strikingly self-aware. Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion and purpose about the state he loves.
June 15, 2013 Writing partners Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg met as adolescents. Their new project is the disaster-movie spoof This Is the End. A new documentary profiles backup singers whose voices you know but whose names you probably don't. Joss Whedon's new production of Shakespeare's classic is a delight.
June 8, 2013 Arrested Development's creator tells Fresh Air that if the show doesn't get the right ratings this time, he can't blame the time slot. Isbell's new album, Southeastern, hits the spot. In Richard Linklater's third film about Jesse and Celine, the two have coupled up, but it's no fairy tale.
June 1, 2013 King's new book, Joyland is set in a North Carolina amusement park. The book is part horror novel, part supernatural thriller. Random Access Memories finds the French duo trying to sound more human. John Powers returns from the Cannes Film Festival with tales of the good, the bad and the parties.
May 25, 2013 The acclaimed director examines the five-year relationship between Liberace and his young lover. A new box set of Vaughan's music shows her range. In What Maisie Knew, Moore plays a troubled rock star who might initially seem like a rotten person, but Moore's performance humanizes the character.
May 18, 2013 In Frances Ha, a 27-year-old (Greta Gerwig) navigates New York City — and the transition from prolonged adolescence to proper adulthood. Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach co-wrote the script. Dawes has a new album, Stories Don't End. In a documentary, Sarah Polley turns the camera on her own family.
May 11, 2013 In her new novel, Claire Messud explores the complicated relationship between two women. After reading the memoir of Elsa Schiaparelli, Patricia Volk found a new understanding of beauty. In a talk called "Persistence of Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema," the director spoke about film history.
May 4, 2013 The comedian turned his life around when he started "WTF with Marc Maron" out of his garage in 2009. In The Anatomy of Violence, Adrian Raine argues that violent behavior has a biological basis just like depression. In her classic '60s documentary, Shirley Clarke profiles a 33-year-old gay hustler.
April 27, 2013 The best-selling author's diaries have been his jumping-off point for the personal essays in his collections, including his latest, Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls. The creator of the acclaimed AMC series talks about Don Draper as an aging existentialist looking for meaning in a chaotic world.
April 20, 2013 Junger explores the life of his friend, photographer Tim Hetherington. "Accidental Racist" launched an Internet firestorm but shouldn't overshadow everything else on Wheelhouse. In 2003, a nurse named Charlie Cullen was arrested under suspicion of injecting patients with lethal doses of medications.
April 13, 2013 Ryan McIlvain's debut novel, Elders, tells the story of two young Mormons carrying out their missions. For his latest album, Bischoff departs from an indie rock sound and focuses on orchestral arrangements. Cash recorded more than 50 singles and 60 albums for Columbia Records over 28 years.
April 6, 2013 Roach's new book explores the human digestive system. Critic David Bianculli praises the season premiere of AMC's hit show. Linguist Geoff Nunberg describes why and how dictionaries are "redefining" marriage. Burr, Boston Globe film critic, looks at the relationship between stars and their fans.
March 30, 2013 Harris and Crowell always wanted to make an album together, but they never got around to it until now. After hosting a Sunday morning show on MSNBC, Hayes is making the move to weeknights. Obsessive fans of Kubrick's The Shining search for clues as to what the film is really about.
March 23, 2013 In The Still Point of the Turning World Rapp writes about caring for a terminally ill child. Phil Spector is based on the music producer, but it's fiction. Philip Roth is the subject of a PBS documentary. Tom Waits, Patti Smith and others appear on a new compilation of sea songs from Hal Willner.