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3039 - 'Wicked' Director Jon M. Chu On The Hard Work Of Creativity
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  • 3039 - 'Wicked' Director Jon M. Chu On The Hard Work Of Creativity

    Chu takes his inspiration from his dad, a Chinese immigrant who worked both the front room and the kitchen of their family-run restaurant: "The guy that in the back of the kitchen, that was my hero." The director of Crazy Rich Asians andIn the Heights talks with Terry Gross about growing up in Silicon Valley, seeing Wicked for the first time, and learning to be adaptable.

    Maureen Corrigan reviews Dinaw Mengestu's new novel, Someone Like Us.

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    Wed, 24 Jul 2024
  • 3038 - The Dictator Playbook
    Autocracy, Inc.author Anne Applebaum says today's dictators — including Putin and Xi — are working together in a global fight to dismantle democracy, and Trump is borrowing from their playbook: "We're going to have to defend and protect our political system if we want to keep it."

    Also, David Bianculli reviews the Apple TV series Time Bandits.

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    Tue, 23 Jul 2024
  • 3037 - A Former Stunt Performer Shares Tricks Of The Trade

    Filmmaker and stunt coordinator David Leitch says it's easier to do stunts himself than direct his stunt performer friends. "You are responsible for their safety," he explains. "Your heart goes through your chest." His film The Fall Guy is about the unknown performers who put their lives on the line. He talks with Terry Gross about barrel rolling cars, being lit on fire, and doing another take when everything hurts.

    Also, Ken Tucker marks the 50th anniversary of Roxy Music's Country Life.

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    Mon, 22 Jul 2024
  • 3036 - Best Of: A Life Of Self-Contempt / Character Actor Julianne Nicholson

    Humorist/writer Shalom Auslander's new memoir is a satirical look at all the ways a sense of "feh," which is Yiddish for "yuck," has made its way into his psyche and every aspect of his life. Auslander has written extensively over the years about growing up in a dysfunctional ultra-Orthodox Jewish family. His new memoir, aptly titled Feh, is about a journey to write a different story for himself.

    We'll also hear from Julianne Nicholson. Proud to call herself a character actor, she's appeared in dozens of films and TV series, from Ally McBealand Boardwalk Empireto August: Osage County and Mare of Easttown, where she earned an Emmy. Nicholson is starring in the new film Janet Planet.

    And, Ken Tucker takes us back 50 years to Stevie Wonder's album Fulfillingness' First Finale,which he says is an underrated treasure.

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    Sat, 20 Jul 2024
  • 3035 - Remembering Shelley Duvall / Sex Guru Dr. Ruth

    We remember actress Shelley Duvall, who died at the age of 75. Best-known for her role in The Shining, Robert Altman films and her own series about fairytales. She spoke with Terry Gross in 1992 about working with the two directors.

    Also, we remember the famous sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer. And TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Apple TV+ docuseries Omnivore, and John Powers reviews the new summer blockbuster Twisters.

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    Fri, 19 Jul 2024
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