Fresh Air on Wyoming Public Radio http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en If Jim Lauderdale Is A Song, More People Should Hear It http://wyomingpublicmedia.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 61058 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' http://wyomingpublicmedia.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 61059 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' 'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control http://wyomingpublicmedia.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 18:37:00 +0000 David Bianculli 61060 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control 'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like http://wyomingpublicmedia.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 21:17:00 +0000 John Powers 61022 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Side http://wyomingpublicmedia.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 21:00:00 +0000 editor 61021 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Side 'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor http://wyomingpublicmedia.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 60933 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz http://wyomingpublicmedia.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 60934 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'Fresh Air' Remembers Screenwriter Paul Mazursky http://wyomingpublicmedia.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 60935 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fresh Air Weekend: Joel McHale, 'Friendship,' And 'The Great Fish Swap' http://wyomingpublicmedia.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 60874 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.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://wyomingpublicmedia.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 60842 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.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://wyomingpublicmedia.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 60787 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death http://wyomingpublicmedia.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 60788 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death As Supreme Court Term Ends, Journalist Examines Its Decisions http://wyomingpublicmedia.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 60732 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger http://wyomingpublicmedia.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 60733 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Strand Of Oaks: Songs Heal All Wounds http://wyomingpublicmedia.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 60734 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/do-feelings-compute-if-not-turing-test-doesnt-mean-much To judge from some of the <a href="http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/national/news/11264062._Super_computer__passes_Turing_Test/">headlines,</a> it was a very big deal. At an event held at the Royal Society in London, for the first time ever, a computer passed the Turing Test, which is widely taken as the benchmark for saying a machine is engaging in intelligent thought. But like the other much-hyped triumphs of artificial intelligence, this one wasn't quite what it appeared. Computers can do things that seem quintessentially human, but they usually take a different path to get there. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:46:00 +0000 Geoff Nunberg 60668 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much 'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/great-fish-swap-how-america-downgrading-its-seafood-supply What's the most popular seafood in the U.S.? Shrimp. The average American eats more shrimp per capita than tuna and salmon combined. Most of that shrimp comes from Asia, and most of the salmon we eat is also imported. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:46:00 +0000 editor 60669 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/comedian-joel-mchale-talks-dyslexia-bad-tv-and-filming-thriller <em><strong>Update:</strong> Since this story was published, Sony Pictures Television — which produces </em>Community<em> — <a href="http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/community-to-return-for-new-season-on-yahoo-1201255382/">announced</a> that Yahoo will be picking the show up for a sixth season. This story has been updated to reflect that development.</em><p>Comedian Joel McHale, the star of the recently canceled-then-resurrected NBC series <em>Community </em>and host of <em>The Soup</em> on the E! network, says he was excited about his role in the new movie <em>Deliver Us From Evil</em>. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:20:00 +0000 editor 60615 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller Fresh Air Weekend: Mary Gauthier, Miranda Lambert, The Women Behind 'Obvious Child' http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-mary-gauthier-miranda-lambert-women-behind-obvious-child 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>Mary Gauthier De-Romanticizes Romantic Love:</strong><em> Trouble & Love</em> is about a relationship that went bad. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:27:00 +0000 editor 60548 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fresh Air Weekend: Mary Gauthier, Miranda Lambert, The Women Behind 'Obvious Child' 'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Eli Wallach http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-actor-eli-wallach Transcript <p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli, editor of the website TV Worth Watching, sitting in for Terry Gross. Eli Wallach, the veteran stage and screen actor, died Tuesday. He was 98 years old. Wallach appeared in more than four dozen films over the past five decades and received an honorary Oscar in 2010. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 60494 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org After The Rapture, Who Are 'The Leftovers'? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/after-rapture-who-are-leftovers Transcript <p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm TV critic, David Bianculli, sitting in for Terry Gross. Our next guest, Tom Perrotta, is a novelist whose latest book, "The Leftovers," is being turned into an HBO series of the same name which premieres Sunday. Perrotta adapted it along with Damon Lindelof, one of the stars of ABC's "Lost." The story of HBO's "The Leftovers" is the same as in Perrotta's novel.<p>One day, with no warning and no explanation, 2 percent of the world's population just vanishes into thin air - old people, parents, children, even babies. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 60495 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip 'Transformers,' See 'Snowpiercer' http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mood-apocalypse-skip-transformers-see-snowpiercer Transcript <p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Opening today, in many theaters, is the fourth in Michael Bay's "Transformer" series, "Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction." It's inspired by the Hasbro toys that turn mostly cars and trucks into robots. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:58:00 +0000 David Edelstein 60496 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The Women Behind 'Obvious Child' Talk Farts, Abortion And Stage Fright http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/women-behind-obvious-child-talk-farts-abortion-and-stage-fright When director Gillian Robespierre co-wrote the new romantic comedy <em>Obvious Child</em>, she says she wanted to bring attention to an empowered, funny woman who has a realistic, safe abortion.<p>"We ... wanted to combine a lot of things that we felt our culture was suppressing," Robespierre tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross.<p>In the movie, Jenny Slate stars as Donna, a 27-year-old stand-up comic who still doesn't think of herself as an adult. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:49:00 +0000 editor 60453 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The Women Behind 'Obvious Child' Talk Farts, Abortion And Stage Fright Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Has A Firm Grasp On Pop History http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lana-del-reys-ultraviolence-has-firm-grasp-pop-history <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/145913023/lana-del-rey">Lana Del Rey</a> is a figure of some controversy for her suggestive lyrics, and critical debate as to the extent of her vocal talent versus her talent for publicity. She recently caused a stir when she gave an interview in which she said, quote, "I wish I was dead already," and drew criticism from, among others, Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Bean. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:09:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 60451 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'Most Dangerous Book': A Rich Treasury Charting James Joyce's 'Ulysses' http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/most-dangerous-book-rich-treasury-charting-james-joyces-ulysses There are many heroes in the tale of how James Joyce's masterpiece, <em>Ulysses</em>, which was banned for over 10 years throughout the English-speaking world, finally won its long battle to be legally published, sold and read. Kevin Birmingham tells that extraordinary story in his new book about <em>Ulysses,</em> called <em>The Most Dangerous</em> <em>Book</em>.<p>As I said, there are many heroes in it, but James Joyce himself isn't one of them. Narcissistic, manipulative, mean, and dissolute, Joyce was a handful from the time he was a teenager. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:09:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 60452 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Dexter Filkins On ISIS And The 'Bitter Consequences' Of The Iraq War http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/journalist-dexter-filkins-explains-bitter-consequences-iraq-war The journalist who covered the war in Iraq, and its aftermath, details the militant Sunni Islamist group, the power it has in Iraq and Syria and how its war is destabilizing neighboring countries. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:54:00 +0000 editor 60387 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mary Gauthier De-Romanticizes Romantic Love http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mary-gauthier-de-romanticizes-romantic-love <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ2t-5n8iU4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ee6uaQH-L4</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:02:00 +0000 editor 60311 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mary Gauthier De-Romanticizes Romantic Love 50 Years Ago, Students Fought For Black Rights During 'Freedom Summer' http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/50-years-ago-students-fought-black-rights-during-freedom-summer This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a movement to open the polls to blacks in Mississippi and end white supremacy in the state.<p>Freedom Summer was organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, which recruited 700 college students — mostly white students from the North — to travel to Mississippi and help African-Americans register to vote. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:14:00 +0000 editor 60250 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 50 Years Ago, Students Fought For Black Rights During 'Freedom Summer' 'Fresh Air' Remembers Writer And Middle East Scholar Fouad Ajami http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-writer-and-middle-east-scholar-fouad-ajami In 1988, Ajami spoke with Terry Gross about an essay he'd written about how political catastrophe came to Beruit, Lebanon, and how the city where he grew up became a land of cruelty and hatred. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:14:00 +0000 editor 60251 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fresh Air Weekend: John Oliver, Parquet Courts And Joshua Ferris http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-john-oliver-parquet-courts-and-joshua-ferris 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>John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show:</strong> The comedian who was a correspondent on <em>The Daily Show</em> for 7 1/2 years now pokes fun on <em>Last Week Tonight</em>. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:33:00 +0000 editor 60189 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fresh Air Weekend: John Oliver, Parquet Courts And Joshua Ferris