Fresh Air http://kuow.org en Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker http://kuow.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 32676 at http://kuow.org Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir http://kuow.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 32678 at http://kuow.org Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War http://kuow.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 32594 at http://kuow.org Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel http://kuow.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 32593 at http://kuow.org Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors http://kuow.org/post/modern-medicine-may-not-be-doing-your-microbiome-any-favors There are lots of theories about why food allergies, asthma, celiac disease and intestinal disorders like Crohn's disease have been on the rise. Dr. Martin Blaser speculates that it may be connected to the overuse of antibiotics, which has resulted in killing off strains of bacteria that typically live in the gut.<p>Blaser is an expert on the human microbiome, which is the collection of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes that live in and on the body. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:17:00 +0000 editor 32513 at http://kuow.org Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors Fresh Air Weekend: 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Mad Men' And 'Frozen' http://kuow.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-nurse-jackie-mad-men-and-frozen 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>Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication:</strong> Falco plays ER nurse Jackie Peyton, who is competent at her high-stress job but struggles with addiction. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:21:00 +0000 editor 32448 at http://kuow.org Fresh Air Weekend: 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Mad Men' And 'Frozen' Colbert Moves Into Letterman's Coveted Late Night Spot http://kuow.org/post/colbert-moves-lettermans-coveted-late-night-spot CBS announced Thursday that the spot held by David Letterman for 21 years will go to Stephen Colbert. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:41:00 +0000 editor 32390 at http://kuow.org Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men' http://kuow.org/post/without-giving-too-much-away-heres-what-we-can-say-about-mad-men <em>This review discusses the plotline of </em>Mad Men<em>, up through the end of Season 6.</em><p>Matthew Weiner's <em>Mad Men </em> begins its seventh season Sunday on AMC. Every season, as this outstanding period drama has made its way through the 1960s, Weiner has been increasingly insistent about the things he doesn't want critics to reveal in advance. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 David Bianculli 32369 at http://kuow.org Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men' At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make http://kuow.org/post/last-david-o-russell-making-films-he-was-meant-make <em>This interview was originally broadcast on</em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/02/20/280181717/russell-says-at-last-hes-making-the-films-he-was-meant-to-make">Feb. 20, 2014.</a><p>Filmmaker David O. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 editor 32370 at http://kuow.org At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology http://kuow.org/post/songwriters-behind-frozen-let-go-princess-mythology If you have young children, you may know by heart the songs from the Disney animated musical <em>Frozen</em>, including its massively ubiquitous "Let It Go." The songwriting team behind the Oscar-winning hit is Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, a married couple with two children who each sing on the soundtrack.<p>Robert Lopez co-wrote the satirical Broadway musicals <em>Avenue Q</em> and <em>The Book of Mormon</em>, which is now touring. He is now an EGOT, the acronym for the select few who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:20:00 +0000 editor 32326 at http://kuow.org Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication http://kuow.org/post/edie-falco-sobriety-sopranos-and-nurse-jackies-self-medication <em>This interview discusses the plotline of Nurse Jackie through the end of season five and beginning of season six.</em><p>In <em>Nurse Jackie</em>, Edie Falco plays an ER nurse who does a lot of self-medicating. Addicted to pills, she finally got sober last season and started going to 12-step meetings. But she saved <em>one</em> pill, and right before going to the party celebrating one year of sobriety, she took it. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:06:00 +0000 editor 32200 at http://kuow.org Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen http://kuow.org/post/nonbeliever-tries-make-sense-visions-she-had-teen Barbara Ehrenreich is known for her books and essays about politics, social welfare, class, women's health and other women's issues. Her best-seller <em>Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, </em>explored the difficulties faced by low-wage workers. So fans of Ehrenreich's writing may be surprised at the subject of her new memoir — the mystical visions she had as a teenager.<p>To make her new book an even more unlikely subject, Ehrenreich describes herself as a rationalist, a scientist by training, and an atheist who is the daughter of atheists. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:10:00 +0000 editor 32127 at http://kuow.org A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen 'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right http://kuow.org/post/parenthood-hard-nbc-gets-family-drama-right During a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/28/295742261/the-good-wife-delivers-a-game-changing-stunner">recent <em>Fresh Air </em>review</a> of the CBS series <em>The Good Wife, </em>I referred to it as one of my "go-to" shows whenever anyone asks me to name a drama series on broadcast TV that's as good as the ones on cable these days. Ever since, I've wanted to give equal time to my <em>other </em>go-to choice. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:06:00 +0000 David Bianculli 32126 at http://kuow.org 'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism http://kuow.org/post/peter-matthiessen-writing-and-zen-buddhism Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. The publication of Peter Matthiessen's final novel "In Paradise" is coinciding with his obituary. He died Saturday at the age of 86. We're going to listen back to an excerpt of my interview with him. Matthiessen was a naturalist, as well as writer, and his fiction and nonfiction books were often inspired by his travels to remote regions, including mountains and rainforests. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:06:00 +0000 editor 32054 at http://kuow.org If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One? http://kuow.org/post/if-jesus-never-called-himself-god-how-did-he-become-one When Bart Ehrman was a young Evangelical Christian, he wanted to know how God became a man, but now, as an agnostic and historian of early Christianity, he wants to know how a man became God.<p>When and why did Jesus' followers start saying "Jesus as God" and what did they mean by that? His new book is called <em>How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee.</em><p>"In this book I actually do not take a stand on either the question of whether Jesus was God, or whether he was actually raised from the dead," Ehrman tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:57:07 +0000 editor 32050 at http://kuow.org If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?