Fresh Air on WUTC http://wutc.org en From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei' http://wutc.org/post/star-trek-lgbt-spokesman-what-it-takes-be-takei Many fans know George Takei from his role as Mr. Sulu on the 1960s show <em>Star Trek</em>. But in the past decade, he has drawn followers who admire him because of who he is — not just who he has played. Now, the new documentary <a href="http://tobetakei.com/">To Be Takei</a> may interest more people in Takei's life.<p>Takei's personal story offers insights into a couple of key chapters of American political and cultural history.<p>After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, Takei and his family were among the 127,000 Americans of Japanese descent forced into internment camps. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:55:00 +0000 editor 40851 at http://wutc.org From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei' Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With http://wutc.org/post/jenny-lewis-voyager-album-spend-time <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Jenny+Lewis%27+%27The+Voyager%27+Is+An+Album+To+Spend+Time+With&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Our rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of the new album by Jenny Lewis called "The Voyager." Lewis began her career as a child actress. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:52:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 40852 at http://wutc.org Fresh Air Weekend: 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,' 'Hard Day's Night,' Arthur Allen http://wutc.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-trans-bodies-trans-selves-hard-days-night-arthur-allen Fresh Air Weekend<em> highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:08:00 +0000 editor 40791 at http://wutc.org Fresh Air Weekend: 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,' 'Hard Day's Night,' Arthur Allen Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man' http://wutc.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-leaves-indelible-bond-most-wanted-man <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Philip+Seymour+Hoffman+Leaves+Indelible+Bond+In+%27Most+Wanted+Man%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzM1ODU4MDEzMTg5NjcxOTBkZGJhOA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 David Edelstein 40749 at http://wutc.org Tim Gunn: On And Off The Runway, 'Life Is A Big Collaboration' http://wutc.org/post/tim-gunn-and-runway-life-big-collaboration-0 "Make it work," the fashion guru tells designers on <em>Project Runway.</em> But life hasn't always "worked" for Gunn. He talks with Terry Gross about being bullied, being gay in the '60s and '70s, and how his mother thinks he should "dress more like Mitt Romney."<em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 editor 40750 at http://wutc.org Human Rights Watch Researcher Reports ISIS Abuses In Iraq http://wutc.org/post/human-rights-watch-researcher-reports-isis-abuses-iraq <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Human+Rights+Watch+Researcher+Reports+ISIS+Abuses+In+Iraq&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 editor 40705 at http://wutc.org 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story http://wutc.org/post/panic-suitcase-puts-fresh-spin-coming-america-story There's a wonderful 1982 memoir called <em>An Orphan in History</em> by the late <em>Village Voice</em> writer Paul Cowan. It's about Cowan's search for his European Jewish roots, and in it he says something about the sacrifices of older generations of immigrants that's always stayed with me. Cowan says: "Millions of immigrant families . . . Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 40706 at http://wutc.org 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained http://wutc.org/post/cat-pda-vs-human-pda-and-other-animal-behavior-explained From feisty kittens to pacing cheetahs, Vint Virga knows animal behavior.<p>A veterinarian who specializes in behavioral medicine, Virga has treated many household pets in his clinic. But for the past five years he has been working mostly with leopards, wolves, bears, zebras and other animals living in zoos and wildlife parks. He deals with such issues as appetites, anxiety and obsessive behavior.<p>"I'm always trying to provide every single animal I come into contact with ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:25:00 +0000 editor 40658 at http://wutc.org Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained 'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy http://wutc.org/post/hard-days-night-pop-artifact-still-crackles-energy <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHas50cupCA</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:15:00 +0000 John Powers 40657 at http://wutc.org 'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory' http://wutc.org/post/how-scientists-created-typhus-vaccine-fantastic-laboratory When Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II, Nazi commanders had another worry besides the Red Army. Epidemics of typhus fever, which is transmitted by body lice, killed untold numbers of soldiers and civilians during and after World War I.<p>As World War II raged, typhus reappeared in war-torn areas and in Jewish ghettos, where cramped, harsh conditions were a perfect breeding ground for lice.<p>So the Nazis employed Dr. Rudolf Weigl to produce a typhus vaccine. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 editor 40592 at http://wutc.org How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory' Fresh Air Remembers Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch http://wutc.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-actress-and-singer-elaine-stritch <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Fresh+Air+Remembers+Actress+And+Singer+Elaine+Stritch&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MDA0NzIzMDEzMTM3NjQ4NzBhNjYxZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. We're going to listen back to an excerpt of my interview with Elaine Stritch, a performer lucky enough to have debuted songs by Noel Coward and Stephen Sondheim and to have been coached by each of them. She died last Thursday at the age of 89. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 editor 40593 at http://wutc.org On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation http://wutc.org/post/tomlinson-hill-journalist-seeks-truth-and-reconciliation As the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders, journalist Chris Tomlinson wanted to find out what crimes his ancestors had committed to maintain power and privilege.<p>So he went to Tomlinson Hill, the plantation his ancestors built in the 1850s, to not only explore the slave-owning part of his family tree, but also to find the descendants of the slaves who kept the Tomlinson name after they were freed.<p>Tomlinson had spent 11 years for the <em>Associated Press</em> reporting on wars and conflicts, mostly in Africa, including the end of apartheid and the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:31:00 +0000 editor 40537 at http://wutc.org On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation Fresh Air Weekend: Angela Ricketts; Chaz Ebert And Steve James http://wutc.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-angela-ricketts-chaz-ebert-and-steve-james Fresh Air Weekend<em> highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:</em><p><strong>An Army Wife Charts Her Struggles In 'No Man's War':</strong> In her new book, Angela Ricketts writes about raising three kids while her husband deployed eight times over 22 years. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:38:00 +0000 editor 40482 at http://wutc.org Fresh Air Weekend: Angela Ricketts; Chaz Ebert And Steve James 'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered http://wutc.org/post/live-present-charlie-haden-remembered <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkudQrnQFHc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8eMfc6TjoA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeNMnMY9VWE</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:16:00 +0000 editor 40441 at http://wutc.org 'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves': A Modern Manual By And For Trans People http://wutc.org/post/trans-bodies-trans-selves-modern-manual-and-trans-people The growing number of people who identify as transgender is raising a lot of interesting and complicated questions about gender identity.<p>The new book <em>Trans Bodies, Trans Selves</em> is a collection of essays describing the varied experiences of transgender people — and the social, political and medical issues they face. It's written by and for transgender and gender-nonconforming people.<p>The idea was inspired by the groundbreaking 1970s feminist health manual <em>Our Bodies, Ourselves</em>.<p>That book "was put together ... by a group of women who ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:33:00 +0000 editor 40390 at http://wutc.org 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves': A Modern Manual By And For Trans People