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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.
Comic Aparna Nancherla
Comedian, writer, and actor Aparna Nancherla has starred in the TV shows BoJack Horseman, Master of None, and Corporate. She's written for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, and Late Night with Seth Meyers, and has comedy specials on Netflix and Comedy Central. She spoke with Ann Marie Baldonado about her anxiety, depression, and imposter syndrome, despite her career success. Her new book is Unreliable Narrator.John Powers reviews the Paramount TV+ heist drama series The Gold.
How Saudi Arabian Oil Money Is Influencing Men's Pro Golf
New York Times reporter Alan Blinder says the kingdom poured millions into a pro golf circuit to rival the PGA. The two sides recently announced a joint venture, raising anti-trust issues. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new season of The Morning Show.
Inside America’s First Family
I love Fresh Air! So glad I’ve been able to follow Terry Gross all over the world as I travel for work.
But this particular episode of “Inside America’s First Family”, it played half of the commercial opening then suddenly no audio. Can you check why? Or is it just mine didn’t download properly?
I’ve been able to listen all episodes. This is the first time this happened.
NPR lister in Kyoto, Japan
I'm a great fan of Terry Gross! Her English is clear and easy to listen to a non-native English speakers.
A Great International Treat from iTunes!
Fresh Air is one of NPR's best features...ever! When I lived in the States it was always good. Now I've lived in Japan for almost 20 years and I just rediscovered this show as a podcast. What a lucky break: I downloaded as many as they had on hand and that included their December review selection: "Best of 2009"! Terry Gross, with her wonderful voice and interesting guests, is still a breath of "fresh air" after all this time, and global mileage. Thank you, iTunes Japan!