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Kerry Washington's Self-Discovery
Award-winning actor and producer Kerry Washington was an adult when she learned that she had been conceived via artificial insemination and the man she considered her father was not her biological dad. Her new memoir about her journey of self-discovery is Thicker than Water. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead celebrates Sam Rivers on what would've been his 100th birthday.
The Incomparable Etta James (Fresh Air+)
Today, we're bringing you a remarkable interview from nearly 30 years ago, even though there's no anniversary or birthday or new album release to tie it to. The incomparable singer, Etta James, spoke to Terry Gross in 1994, and they talked about James' career, her gospel influences and so much more. Hear the full Etta James interview here: https://n.pr/3sVvoa0. Listen to the full Fresh Air Archive, completely for free, at https://FreshAirArchive.org.
Best Of: Casting Dir. Allison Jones / The Nazi's Jazz Propaganda
Casting director Allison Jones is considered one of the greatest comedy casting directors of our time. Her credits include films and TV shows like Freaks and Geeks, The Office, Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Bridesmaids, and now Barbie. She spoke with Terry Gross about some of these projects. Maureen Corrigan reviews Lauren Groff's new novel, The Vaster Wilds. Also, NPR's Scott Simon gives the history of why jazz was banned in Hitler's Germany, and how it was repurposed as propaganda on shortwave radio. His new audiobook is Swingtime for Hitler.
Actor Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup stars in The Morning Show, now back for its third season. We also talk about going to rock star camp for his role in Almost Famous and his iconic Mastercard commercials.Also, Justin Chang reviews A Haunting in Venice.
Leslie Jones says performing stand-up for the first time as a freshman in college felt like putting on a shirt that fit perfectly: "It was just so natural." She talks with Tonya Mosley about the best advice she got, her bittersweet time at SNL, and why she loves physical comedy. Her memoir is Leslie F*cking Jones.Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews Lauren Groff's new novel, The Vaster Wilds.
How The Nazis Used Jazz As A Propaganda Tool
Hitler's Germany banned jazz because it was deemed degenerate music made by Jews and Black people. But NPR host Scott Simon says the Nazis used it abroad to weaken British and American resolve. His new audiobook about this history is Swingtime for Hitler.
Still waiting for Sarah Silverman to apologize for her ch**k slur
Still waiting for Sarah Silverman to apologize for her ch**k slur she and Bill Maher threw off for laughs. Haven’t been able to stand either of them since
Sarah Silverman and her “ch**k” slur
I saw her expression and body language when she repeated the slur on Maher show clip, very proud of herself. But Fortunately, for me, I don’t come across them for a decade at a time. They are irrelevant in my sphere.
Kudos to Sarah Silverman
She is a bight courageous individual. Don’t listen to those who love to shame women yet voted for Trump! Terry Gross is the best!