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Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes
Investigator Paul Holes spent his career cracking cold cases. His work led to the arrest of the so-called Golden State Killer in 2018. He spoke with us about the case the the impact the work has had on his mental health. His memoir is Unmasked.
Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews Mohsin Hamid's latest novel, The Last White Man.
How This Political Era Of Partisan Warfare & Conspiracies Came To Be
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank examines how the GOP got to where it is today, with some elected leaders and candidates still endorsing the lie that Trump won. His book is The Destructionists.
'Yellowjackets' Star Melanie Lynskey
Melanie Lynskey spoke with Fresh Air producer Ann Marie Baldonado about coming up as an actress in the '90s and 2000s, when she was typecast as the best friend. Now she's the lead in the Showtime series Yellowjackets.
John Powers reviews the second season of Reservation Dogs.
Best Of: Soccer Star Briana Scurry / How The Opioid Industry Operated Like A Cartel
The first time women's soccer was included in the Olympics, in 1996, the U.S. team won the gold, and Briana Scurry was the team's goalie. She went on to win a second gold medal and a World Cup. Her soccer career was ended by a severe concussion, in a collision on the field. Unable to work, broke and in despair, she pawned her gold medals. She got them back–and got the surgery she needed– with the help of the woman who became her wife.
Also, we'll talk with Washington Post reporter Scott Higham about how America's opioid industry resembled a drug cartel. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead will review a new album by the Tyshawn Sorey Trio.
Remembering Celtics Legend Bill Russell
Russell, who led the Boston Celtics to 11 NBA titles, died Sunday at the age of 88. He was also the first Black head coach in the NBA and a civil rights activist. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2001. Also, we remember a champion of traditional Irish music, Mick Moloney. He died last week at 77. He was a musician and a musicologist who revived forgotten Irish songs. His passion was finding connections between Irish, African and American roots music.
And Ken Tucker reviews Beyoncé's RENAISSANCE.
Undercover Journalist Finds Afghan Women Are Being Abducted & Imprisoned By Taliban
Journalist Ramita Navai went undercover in Afghanistan to film her new PBS Frontline documentary and found that girls and women are being arrested for violating the morality code. Also many girls are abducted and forced to marry Talibs.
Terry @ The Peak of Her Power
Terry Gross, as any NPR listener knows well, interviews the broadest set of people anywhere and excels in her warm and friendly interview style. Ignore the 1 Star rants which began appearing in reviews circa 2016 from the QANON usual suspects.
Terry’s never tried to hide her liberal views, but it hardly defines the show. I suspect she has a long waiting list of guests who are frequently heard telling her what an honor it is to be on her show. They’re right. 👍
Great show, but poorly edited as podcast
I was very excited to have access to Fresh Air as a podcast since I'm usually working when the show airs. The interviews are great, but the editing has been disappointing. Segment changes are choppy and episodes often end mid-sentence. The Ken Burns segment of March 15 was a particular disappointment, ending less than 10 minutes into the episode. I love the show! I just hope the editing improves.
Propaganda, all of it!