Fresh Air http://peoriapublicradio.org en Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley' http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-missing-microbes-both-and-mike-judges-silicon-valley Fresh Air Weekend<em> </em><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>Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors:</strong> In <em>Missing Microbes,</em> Dr. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 editor 22039 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley' 'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/inside-amy-schumer-its-not-just-sex-stuff-1 <em>This interview was originally broadcast on</em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/25/188698578/inside-amy-schumer-its-not-just-sex-stuff">June 25, 2013</a>.<p>One of Amy Schumer's comedy routines begins with the declaration, "I'm a little sluttier than the average bear. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:21:00 +0000 editor 21990 at http://peoriapublicradio.org 'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/undead-hipsters-and-abstract-alien-star-two-arty-horror-pics Every so often a high-toned arthouse director dips a toe into the horror genre and the results are uplifting: You realize vampires and space aliens are subjects too rich to be the sole property of schlockmeisters. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:20:00 +0000 David Edelstein 21991 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics A Duo's Debut Album: A Collaboration From 'The Both' http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/duos-debut-album-collaboration-both Transcript <p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST: <p>The Both is the name for the duo formed by veteran singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. "The Both" is also the name of their debut album. The two began performing together in 2012, when Ted Leo was Mann's opening act. Mann began joining Leo onstage during his set. They liked the sound their voices together and started collaborating. Rock critic Ken Tucker has this review of "The Both."<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE GAMBLER")<p>THE BOTH: (singing) The ball dropped in the cold like dawn on a cold eastern morning. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:57:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 21949 at http://peoriapublicradio.org 'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/bintel-brief-and-hellfighters-american-stories-powerfully-illustrated <em>A Bintel Brief</em> and <em>The Harlem Hellfighters</em> are two New York Stories. That's why I'm combining them in this review; not because — as some purists still think — they're lesser works of literature because they're graphic novels. If Egyptian hieroglyphics, the Bayeux Tapestry, and Art Spiegelman's 1991 classic, <em>Maus,</em> haven't yet convinced the high-art holdouts of the value of stories told in visual sequence, nothing I say now about these two books is likely to. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 21943 at http://peoriapublicradio.org 'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated 'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really Making The World Better? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/silicon-valley-asks-your-startup-really-making-world-better Mike Judge is no stranger to workplace comedy — back in 1999, he wrote and directed the cult classic <em>Office Space,</em> which poked fun at desk job-induced ennui in a 1990s software company.<p>Now, more than a decade later, Judge continues to find humor in the tech industry. In his new HBO sitcom, <em>Silicon Valley,</em> Judge explores what happens when young computer geeks become millionaires.<p>"The tech world has become really interesting to me, especially in recent years," Judge tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Dave Davies. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:34:00 +0000 editor 21942 at http://peoriapublicradio.org 'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really Making The World Better? Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/edward-snowden-geeky-dropout-nsa-leaker Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has revealed some of the group's most carefully guarded secrets.<p>The reporting on the documents he leaked won a Pulitzer Prize for the <em>Washington Post</em> and <em>The Guardian,</em> announced on Monday.<p>But there's still a lot we don't know about Snowden himself — and his motivation.<p>In a new article in <em>Vanity Fair, </em>Bryan Burrough, Suzanna Andrews and Sarah Ellison take a closer look at Snowden in an effort to explain how a high school dropout, a "seemingly aimless geeky kid from the Maryland suburbs," came to posses Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:44:00 +0000 editor 21870 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/exploring-lifes-incurable-soiledness-father-italian-noir Although there's no rigid dividing line, fans of the crime genre generally fall into two camps. There are those who prefer stories which, after titillating us with dark transgressions, end by restoring order — the show <em>Law & Order</em> is an aptly named example. And then there are those who prefer stories which, even after the mystery is solved, leave you swimming in the murk — think <em>Chinatown</em>. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:33:00 +0000 John Powers 21871 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/fxs-fargo-neither-remake-nor-sequel Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. The FX cable network premieres a new drama series tonight. It's called "Fargo" and has the same title as the 1996 Coen brothers movie. Our TV critic David Bianculli says it's a wonderful show in that same wacky spirit, but he says it's just as important to note what this new "Fargo" is not. It's not a remake, and it's not a sequel.<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, BYLINE: The 1996 Coen brothers' "Fargo" film is a brilliant movie. Let's start there. If you've seen it, chances are you haven't forgotten it and smile a bit just at the mention of it. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:33:00 +0000 David Bianculli 21818 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/pakistan-taliban-and-real-enemy-afghanistan-war Carlotta Gall's new book opens in 2006, when undercover Pakistani intelligence agents punched her in the face, after breaking into her hotel room and confiscating her phone and computer.<p>It's just one example of how risky her job — covering Afghanistan for <em>The New York Times</em> — has been. Gall writes that over 12 years, she lost friends and acquaintances in suicide bombings and shootings and saw others close to her savagely maimed.<p>"You don't think it's ever going to happen to you," Gall tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. "You're always focused on the story. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:33:00 +0000 editor 21819 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War