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The hit parody artist "Weird Al" Yankovic talks about what made him weird — and bringing "the sexy back" to accordion. The new movie Weird, inspired by the story of his life, is a parody of music biopics.TV critic David Bianculli reviews Wednesday, an Addams Familiy spin-off. LA Times columnist Steve Lopez turned the issue of retirement into a reporting project, speaking to geriatric experts, a psychiatrist, a rabbi, plus people who had retired and some who refuse. His book is Independence Day.
Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile

2022-11-2546:291

The Grammy winner got her start onstage as a kid, singing backup for an Elvis impersonator. Her memoir, 'Broken Horses,' is about her early life and the family of misfits she's built. "I think I'm starting to really feel sort of solid and loved in my world. Like maybe I've kind of finally found my place," Carlile says. John Powers reviews the Polish film EO about a wandering donkey.
This week marks the centennial of the birth of Charles Schulz, the creator of Charlie Brown and the beloved Peanuts comic strip. We'll listen back to our 1990 interview with him. Plus, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead talks about pianist Vince Guaraldi, who created the music for A Charlie Brown Christmas.Also, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck have recently been revived in the podcast, "Bugs and Daffy's Thanksgiving Adventure." We mark the occasion by listening to our 1989 interview with Jones, who died this year.
Comedy Legend Mel Brooks

Comedy Legend Mel Brooks

2022-11-2346:141

Brooks wrote countless edgy jokes over the years, but he doesn't regret any of them. In fact, his only regret is the jokes he didn't tell. Brooks calls comedy his "delicious refuge" from the world. His memoir is All About Me! is now out in paperback. David Bianculli reviews Wednesday, the new Addams Family spin-off.
LA Times columnist Steve Lopez turned the issue of retirement into a reporting project, speaking to geriatric experts, a psychiatrist, a rabbi, plus people who had retired and some who refuse. His book is Independence Day.Maureen Corrigan reviews Claire Keegan's Foster.
Physician Siddhartha Mukherjee explains how cellular science could lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer, HIV, Type 1 diabetes and sickle cell anemia. His new book is The Song of the Cell.
Misty Copeland was the first Black principal ballerina for the American Ballet Theatre. We talk about the pressure of being first, touring with Prince, and experiencing homelessness as a child. Her memoir is The Wind at My Back.Michael Imperioli plays a sex-addicted Hollywood producer on vacation in Sicily in HBO's The White Lotus. He's best known for his role as Tony Soprano's hot-headed protégé, Christopher Moltisanti. He talks about both roles with us.
We'll talk about the Yiddish language production of Fiddler on the Roof that's just returned to off Broadway. Our guests will be Joel Grey, who directed it, and Steven Skybell who stars as Tevye. And we'll hear songs from the Yiddish cast recording.Also, Justin Chang reviews She Said, a new film about the New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein story.
New Yorker staff writer Dexter Filkins says war games staged by U.S. commanders suggest a conflict over Taiwan could lead to U.S. attacks on China's mainland — and Chinese attacks on Alaska and Hawaii.
Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic

2022-11-1646:05

The hit parody artist Weird Al Yankovic talks about what made him weird, the legal gray area of parody, and bringing "the sexy back" to accordion. The new movie Weird, inspired by the story of his life, is a parody of music biopics.
Imperioli plays a sex-addicted Hollywood producer on vacation in Sicily in HBO's The White Lotus. He's best known for his role as Tony Soprano's hot-headed protégé, Christopher Moltisanti. In 2021, Imperioli published Woke Up This Morning, an oral history of the series based on his podcast, Talking Sopranos.Podcast critic Nick Quah talks about white noise streams.
Ballerina Misty Copeland

Ballerina Misty Copeland

2022-11-1445:091

Copeland was the first Black principal ballerina for the American Ballet Theatre. We talk about the pressure of being first, the injury that nearly ended her career, and her mentor, pioneering Black ballerina Raven Wilkinson. Her memoir is The Wind at My Back.
For Veterans Day, we feature archival interviews with two men who fought in World War II: Robert Kotlowitz was one of three soldiers in his platoon to survive an ill-advised assault on the Germans. For 12 hours, he lay in a foxhole without moving. Also, we hear from Robert Williams, one of the elite Tuskegee Airmen. The primarily Black group of military pilots faced scorn from the bomber pilots they flew to protect — until it became clear how good they were at their job. Justin Chang reviews Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Steven Spielberg's latest project, The Fabelmans, is semi-autobiographical — focused on his childhood and teen years and his parents' divorce. He jokingly refers to the film as "$40 million of therapy." He speaks with Terry Gross about the first movie he saw in theaters and growing up around Holocaust survivors.Maureen Corrigan reviews Foster by Claire Keegan.Historian Matthew Delmont talks about the more than one million Black people who served in the military in WWII, the contributions they made and discrimination they faced, and those who struggled for equality in civilian life. Delmont's book is Half American.
Our New Climate Reality

Our New Climate Reality

2022-11-1047:123

New York Times science writer David Wallace-Wells brings us some new thinking on global warming — and it isn't all bad. He's been called an alarmist in the past for his warnings about the consequences of dumping carbon into the atmosphere. But in a new article, Wallace-Wells writes that the cost of solar and wind energy has fallen dramatically, and scientists now say the pace of global warming in coming decades will be slower than previously forecast. Wallace-Wells says we're still in for painful, long-lasting changes to the world we inhabit, and nations will have to decide how to adapt to the new climate reality.TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new series Tulsa King starring Sylvester Stallone, and the new season of Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner.
Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg

2022-11-0946:134

Spielberg's latest project, The Fabelmans, is semi-autobiographical — focused on his childhood and teen years and his parents' divorce. He jokingly refers to the film as "$40 million of therapy." He speaks with Terry Gross about the first movie he saw in theaters, filming the iconic D-Day sequence in Saving Private Ryan, and growing up around Holocaust survivors.
We mark the life of the rock 'n' roll pioneer, who died Oct. 28, by listening to archival interviews with his sister, pianist/singer Linda Gail Lewis, and with Myra Lewis Williams, who married Jerry Lee when she was 13. And Ken Tucker reflects on Lewis' 1968 country album.
Historian Matthew Delmont talks about the more than one million Black people who served in the military in WWII, the contributions they made and discrimination they faced, and those who struggled for equality in civilian life. Delmont's book is Half American.Justin Chang reviews Steven Spielberg's new semi-autobiographical film The Fabelmans.
Till tells the story of Mamie Till-Mobley, whose decision to hold an open-casket funeral for her murdered son Emmett served as a catalyst for the civil rights movement. We talk with director Chinonye Chukwu. Ken Tucker reviews Taylor Swift's Midnights. Ramona Emerson's novel, Shutter, is about a police department photographer, who, like Emerson, grew up in the Navajo Nation. The protagonist is haunted by the ghosts of victims from scenes she's photographed. We talk with Emerson about her own experience in forensic photography and how it informed the book.
Porter won an Emmy for Pose, and a Tony for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots. In addition to performing, he's also a star on the red carpet. His memoir, Unprotected, is now out in paperback.
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D.B. Cooper

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Nov 6th
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WildWolf

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Oct 23rd
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WildWolf

Jesus she was boring.

Oct 15th
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WildWolf

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Oct 4th
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Dale Anton

I am really satisfied with the approach taken in this interview. It is a well balanced and reasoned approach that does not take a side. I'm certain it would be possible to put your red or blue glasses on and criticize. But, this goes at the problem of how weather, especially extreme weather affects people. Critical thinking is advocated, the solutions will not be simple or easy.

Sep 23rd
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WildWolf

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Sep 1st
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ID25949159

If his book is translated in China it would make populist nationalism of Chinese revel more than CCP can ever dream of lol In what part of Han Chinese history of the last 800 years at least annex any neighboring countries?!

Aug 27th
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Peter Chaloner

The hundreds of thousands of British stand-up comedians who performed in music halls from the 1700s onwards never knew that they were plagiarising an essentially American art form. They did not know it because the claim is false.

Aug 25th
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WildWolf

So he is a former Republican who is now a centrist dem? That means like the other corporate dems he is good with Americans dying from lack of healthcare. In facts votes to protect the corporates instead of American citizens. Thats the Democratic Party.

Aug 22nd
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Ervin Sharpe

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Jul 14th
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Paz Ibarra-Muñoz

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Jul 5th
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snosaer

form (ever) follow function. i love terry

Jun 23rd
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Deborah Fair

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May 27th
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Paz Ibarra-Muñoz

I had to come here and say how much more I enjoyed this interview after watching Everything Everywhere All at Once

May 26th
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ghates

Iam serious when I say , they should play this episode in what ever school they teach reporting

May 19th
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Meg Mo

don't drill a hole in your head

Mar 29th
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Charlie Wessels

Please

Mar 22nd
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Sue Miller

Great show Teri!!

Mar 11th
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