Fresh Air on WUTC http://wutc.org en 'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control http://wutc.org/post/strain-and-extant-play-fears-forces-out-our-control They say every generation gets the science fiction it deserves, built around its biggest and most primal fears. Well, maybe they don't say that — but they should. In the '50s, all those movies about mutant giant monsters going berserk were a way for us to channel our fears about the atomic bomb. In the same way, in that same decade, all those body-snatcher movies were about being unable to tell friend from foe, or trust even your closest loved ones — the perfect paranoid parable for the Communist witch-hunting era.<p>So what are we watching this decade, more than anything else? Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:46:00 +0000 David Bianculli 40013 at http://wutc.org 'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control If Jim Lauderdale Is A Song, More People Should Hear It http://wutc.org/post/if-jim-lauderdale-song-more-people-should-hear-it <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16295727/jim-lauderdale">Jim Lauderdale</a>'s new album is called <em>I'm A Song</em>, a title that suggests his deep Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:37:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 40011 at http://wutc.org Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' http://wutc.org/post/biologist-says-promoting-diversity-key-keeping-bees Every year, more than half of the honeybee hives in the United States are taken to California to pollinate the state's almond crop.<p>Biologist Laurence Packer says this illustrates both our dependence on honeybees to pollinate many plants people rely on for food and the devastating decline in the domestic honeybee population in recent years.<p>The loss of honeybees has been attributed to a variety of causes, from <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/30/308349393/smiting-the-mite-to-save-the-bees-and-the-crops-they-pollinate">nasty parasites</a> to the stress of being transported Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:37:00 +0000 editor 40012 at http://wutc.org Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Side http://wutc.org/post/hazards-probing-internets-dark-side Late last year, hackers breached Target's data security and stole information from millions of credit cards. Brian Krebs, who writes about cybercrime and computer security for his blog, <a href="http://krebsonsecurity.com/">Krebs on Security</a>, broke the story. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 editor 39968 at http://wutc.org The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Side 'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like http://wutc.org/post/violette-evokes-exasperating-self-pity-trait-french Americans put a lot of stock in being likable. Pollsters take surveys of the president's likability. Test screenings check whether we like the characters in movies. And when a literary novelist like Claire Messud mocks the notion that fictional characters should be someone we'd like to be friends with, writers of popular fiction attack her for snootiness.<p>You rarely find such disputes in France, which finds our fetish of likability charmingly simple, rather like our shock at politicians committing adultery. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:51:00 +0000 John Powers 39969 at http://wutc.org 'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like 'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor http://wutc.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-actor-meshach-taylor Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. The actor Meshach Taylor died on June 28 at the age of 67. We're going to remember him by listening back to our 1990 interview. Taylor was best known for his role on the TV sitcom "Designing Women" playing Anthony Bouvier, an ex-convict who's a deliveryman for a company of women interior designers in Atlanta. He eventually became their partner in the company.<p>Meshach Taylor was on the show from 1986 to 1993. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 editor 39893 at http://wutc.org The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz http://wutc.org/post/westerlies-come-home-horvitz The Westerlies is a quartet of young New York brass players who know each other from school days in Seattle. Their debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Horvitz and the Westerlies are a perfect fit. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 39894 at http://wutc.org 'Fresh Air' Remembers Screenwriter Paul Mazursky http://wutc.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-screenwriter-paul-mazursky Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. The screenwriter, director and actor Paul Mazursky died one week ago at the age of 84. Today we remember him by listening back to excerpts of two interviews we recorded. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 editor 39895 at http://wutc.org Fresh Air Weekend: Joel McHale, 'Friendship,' And 'The Great Fish Swap' http://wutc.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-joel-mchale-friendship-and-great-fish-swap 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>Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller:</strong> The host of <em>The Soup</em> co-stars in the thriller <em>Deliver Us From Evil</em>. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 15:44:00 +0000 editor 39838 at http://wutc.org Fresh Air Weekend: Joel McHale, 'Friendship,' And 'The Great Fish Swap' In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together http://wutc.org/post/big-bill-broonzys-blues-brothers-find-way-sing-together-0 Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. "His persona was so big to me," Phil Alvin tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross.<p><em>Originally broadcast June 11, 2014.</em> <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=In+Big+Bill+Broonzy%27s+Blues%2C+Brothers+Find+A+Way+To+Sing+Together&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEyMzg0OTk0MDEzODE1MjM2ODE2ODgyMg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:35:00 +0000 editor 39807 at http://wutc.org In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life http://wutc.org/post/charming-film-begin-again-music-can-save-life Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Director John Carney had a surprise hit with his low-budget musical "Once." And he returns to the musical arena - this time in New York and not Dublin - with his new movie "Begin Again." Keira Knightley plays a heartbroken singer-songwriter who teams up with a down and out drunken producer played by Mark Ruffalo. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:14:00 +0000 David Edelstein 39760 at http://wutc.org 'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death http://wutc.org/post/life-itself-unflinching-documentary-roger-eberts-life-and-death Roger Ebert was often considered the most famous film critic of his generation. Now filmmaker Steve James has produced a documentary about his life and death, called <em>Life Itself</em>.<p>In 2002, Ebert was diagnosed with cancer. Four years later, he had surgery to remove part of his lower jaw. It left him unable to eat, drink or speak. For the rest of his life, he was fed through a tube.<p>But his popularity seemed to only increase as he blogged and tweeted about films. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:14:00 +0000 editor 39761 at http://wutc.org 'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death As Supreme Court Term Ends, Journalist Examines Its Decisions http://wutc.org/post/supreme-court-term-ends-journalist-examines-its-decisions The Supreme Court term ended Monday. The New York Times correspondent and lawyer Adam Liptak talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about what the decisions reveal about the nine justices. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:50:00 +0000 editor 39707 at http://wutc.org 'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger http://wutc.org/post/friendship-startlingly-nice-novel-tough-girl-blogger Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>Our book critic, Maureen Corrigan, has a review of the new novel "Friendship" by Emily Gould who made her name in the blogosphere. A recent profile in the New York Times Sunday style section described Gould as a forerunner to Lena Dunham and other confessional female bloggers, writers and filmmakers or whom over-sharing has become an art form.<p>MAUREEN CORRIGAN, BYLINE: The most startling thing about Emily Gold's debut literary novel is how nice it is. Even its title, "Friendship," is meant to be taken at face value. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:49:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 39708 at http://wutc.org Strand Of Oaks: Songs Heal All Wounds http://wutc.org/post/strand-oaks-songs-heal-all-wounds If you're going to be downbeat, glum, or morose, it's best to do it the way Timothy Showalter does it. Which is, with an energy and purpose that doesn't contradict the melancholy, but rather frames it as various stories — studies in seriousness. He records under the name Strand of Oaks, he writes and performs nearly all of the music on this new album himself. It's titled <em>Heal</em> as in "healing a wound," something Strand of Oaks frequently seems in need of. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:49:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 39709 at http://wutc.org