On this edition of Fresh Air, we remember stage actress and acting teacher Uta Hagen. She died on Wednesday at the age of 84. She taught acting for more than 40 years, teaching such actors as Jack Lemmon, Sigourney Weaver, Matthew Broderick, and the late Geraldine Page.
Hear drummer Levon Helm (formerly with The Band), Canadian author Jane Rule, and TV critic David Bianculli, on this edition of Fresh Air. When The Band supported Bob Dylan on stage in 1965, Time magazine described the combination as "in some ways, the most decisive moment in rock history." They went on to record their own highly influential albums Music From Big Pink and The Band in 1968 and 1969.
Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and filmmaker Jon Favreau on this edition of Fresh Air. Last year, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovered a manuscript.
Humorist Fran Lebowitz and writer Anne Lamott on this archive edition of Fresh Air. The Washington Post called Fran Lebowitz "The funniest woman in America." Humorist Lebowitz has come out with her first children's book, Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet The Pandas. In 1978, she wrote the critically acclaimed book Metropolitan Life a collection of witty essays on life. Writer Anne Lamott's new book is Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
Writer David Sedaris and actor Alan Cumming, on this edition of Fresh Air. Sedaris is best known for his contributing work with public radio's This American Life. He's written three books of essays, Barrel Fever, Naked, and his newest Me Talk Pretty One Day which was just released in paperback. Scottish actor Alan Cumming co-wrote, co-directed, and is co-starring in the new film The Anniversary Party, along with Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Writer Sarah Waters and actor John Malkovich on this edition of Fresh Air. Sarah Waters is the author of three novels which she calls "lesbo Victorian romps." The lesbian themed books are: Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, and Fingersmith. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Tipping the Velvet was made into a BBC miniseries and it will be shown on the cable channel BBC America later this month.
Former New York Times Balkans Bureau Chief and Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Hedges on this edition of Fresh Air. Hedges is currently living in New York. He's covered war zones in Central America, the Middle East, and the Balkans for more than 20 years and is the author of the new book, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.
Paintings have been falling off of walls, a loud and loyal dog has gone missing, a gurgled message is being transmitted by walkie-talkie - strange things are happening all over the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Called upon to investigate these suspicious incidents, young Lemony Snicket collects clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case. Join the investigation and tackle the mysteries alongside Snicket, then turn to the back of the book to see the solution revealed.
Hear writers Michael Chabon and Jon Savage on this edition of Fresh Air. Michael Chabon won a Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. His new novel is The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel. His other books include The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and a collection of stories entitled Werewolves in Their Youth. He has also written for many publications, including The New Yorker, Harpers,, and Esquire.
Hear actor, comic, and Howard Stern Show cast member Artie Lange, writer Grace Paley, and film critic David Edelstein, on this edition of Fresh Air. Artie Lange is co-producer, co-writer, and star of the film Artie Lange's Beer League which makes its network television premiere on Comedy Central. He will also host Friday Night Stand-up on Comedy Central.
Hear film director/writer Wes Anderson, actor Jason Schwartzman, TV critic David Bianculli, and jazz critic Kevin Whitehead on this edition of Fresh Air. Wes Anderson's new film starring Jason Schwartzman is The Darjeeling Limited (which also stars Owen Wilson, and Adrien Brody). It's about three estranged brothers who go to India on a spiritual quest. Anderson's other films include The Royal Tennenbaums, Bottle Rocket, and Rushmore.
On this edition of Fresh Air, journalist Sebastian Junger talks about profiling Ahmad Shah Massoud, the legendary leader of the guerrilla war against the Soviets, who had been fighting the Taliban. Massoud was assassinated by Osama binLaden s associates days before the World Trade Center attack.
Writer Stephen King on this edition of Fresh Air. King has just received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at this year's National Book Award ceremony. Author of several best sellers, he is credited with ushering in a whole new era of horror with his first novel, Carrie, published in 1974.
Former US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ron Suskind on this edition of Fresh Air. The two have collaborated on the new book, The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill. The book chronicles his nearly two years with the Bush administration.
Novelist Stephen King on this edition of Fresh Air. In 1999, the prolific and popular horror writer experienced something that could have come out of one of his books: he was struck by a car while walking along a rural road in Maine and nearly killed. Six operations and a long recovery followed. Five weeks after the accident, King started writing again and published the novella, The Plant over the Internet. His latest book is On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.
Though Fresh Air has been categorized as a "talk show", it hardly fits the mold. Its 1994 Peabody Award citation credits Fresh Air with "probing questions, revelatory interviews, and unusual insights." And a variety of top publications count Gross among the country's leading interviewers. The show gives interviews as much time as needed, and complements them with comments from well-known critics and commentators.
British historian Charles Tripp on this edition of Fresh Air. Tripp is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Studies, at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He's the author of A History of Iraq. Tripp talks about how Iraq became a nation, how Saddam became it's strongman, and what the U-S would likely face if it overthrows him.
Cage, Keitel, Coppola, and 15 other stars of the stage and screen speak candidly with Fresh Air's Terry Gross in this compilation of classic interviews. Also available: Fresh Air: Laughs, featuring Pryor, Carey, Mason, and more.
British novelist Martin Amis and actress Lauren Bacall on this edition of Fresh Air.
Singer and Hollywood legend Rosemary Clooney on this archive edition of Fresh Air. Clooney starred in the 1954 film White Christmas. She talks about her life as a singer and performer, and you can listen to songs from throughout her career. Her 1999 autobiography, Girl Singer, reads like a who's who from the Golden Age of Hollywood. She also released a CD companion to the book. Its called Songs from the Girl Singer.