Terry Gross Hear former Marine Captain Josh Rushing, music-comedy duo Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, and linguist Geoff Nunberg, on this edition of Fresh Air.
Josh Rushing was the media liaison officer at Central Command (Centcom) in the early days of the Iraq war. His job was to represent the Marines to the worldwide media covering the war in Iraq, including the Arab TV network Al-Jazeera. He was featured in the documentary Control Room. After retiring from the Marines, he took a job as a correspondent with Al Jazeera International, reporting from Washington D.C. His new memoir is Mission Al Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World.
Flight of the Conchords is the comedy duo of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie. They hail from New Zealand and were named Best Alternative Comedy Act at the 2005 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. They now star in a new HBO series, Flight of the Conchords, which debuts Sunday, June 17th, at 10:30 ET. It's about two transplanted New Zealanders who live on New York City's Lower East Side.
Finally, Geoff Nunberg has some thoughts on the recent ruling by the Court of Appeals that the FCC could not fine the Fox network for indecency for broadcasting a "fleeting expletive" during an awards show. [Broadcast Date: June 14, 2007]
Terry Gross British comedian, stand-up performer, and actor Eddie Izzard on this edition of Fresh Air. Izzard is currently selling out venues in the U.S. and Canada with his new stand-up show Circle. He has won over fans with his quirky comedy and his cross-dressing. The Chicago Tribune says, "Izzard lives up to his billing. He's very bright, very fast, and very hip." As an actor, Izzard has appeared in the films Mystery Men, The Avengers, and Velvet Goldmine. (Broadcast Date: May 30, 2000)
Terry Gross Late night talk show host Conan O'Brian on this edition of Fresh Air. He celebrates ten years on the air Sunday September 14 2003 with a primetime special on NBC. In 1993, he moved into the Late Night host slot when David Letterman went to CBS. Prior to Late Night, O'Brien was a writer for Saturday Night Live and writer/producer for The Simpsons. (Broadcast Date: September 8, 2003)
Terry Gross Comedian and political commentator Al Franken on this edition of Fresh Air. His new book is Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. Franken recently made headlines when the Fox News Channel tried to sue him over the phrase "fair and balanced," which Fox claimed as its own. Fox lost, and Franken got lots of publicity for the book, and it is now a best seller. Al Franken is an alumnus of Saturday Night Live, where his most memorable character was the simpering self-help sap Stuart Smalley. His last book was Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot. (Broadcast Date: September 3, 2003)
Terry Gross Political satirist Bill Maher on this edition of Fresh Air. He's just published When you ride ALONE you ride with bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism. It's a coffee table book of post 9/11 political posters, with slogans such as "Political Correctness is Dangerous...Demand Real Security," and "Put a Flag on Your Car...It's Literally the Least You Can Do/Empty Gestures Don't Win Wars." For nine years, Maher was the host of the TV talk show Politically Incorrect, which aired first on Comedy Central and then on ABC. The network pulled the show in June of this year, citing declining ratings. (Broadcast Date: November 7, 2002)
Terry Gross Singer and Songwriter Tom Waits on this archive edition of Fresh Air. Since the 1973 release of his first album, Closing Time, Waits has won over fans with his original songwriting and distinctive, gravely vocal style. One reviewer calls Waits "the Ultimate hobo boho, a Jack-in-the-box cum storyteller." Musicians including Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, and Rod Stewart have recorded covers of his songs. He has also acted in films, including Sylvester Stallone's Paradise Alley, Jim Jarmusch's Down By Law, and Robert Altman's Short Cuts. Waits has two new CDs: Alice and Blood Money, a pair of very different sounding albums, were written and produced by Tom Waits and his wife and long-time collaborator, Kathleen Brennan. (Original Broadcast Date: May 21, 2002)
Terry Gross Neil Young talks with Fresh Air host Terry Gross about his latest project, a musical novel. As well, there is a DVD, Inside Greendale, which includes in-studio footage of the band and scenes from the film. Over the years, Young has made excursions into country, blues, electro, rockabilly, and soul. Early in his career, he formed the Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills. He was then part of Crosby Stills Nash and Young, which eventually morphed into Crosby, Stills and Nash when Young embarked on a solo career. (Broadcast Date: March 30, 2004)
Terry Gross Hear all about actor John Cusack's prolific acting career on this edition of Fresh Air. He stars in the new film America's Sweethearts opposite Julia Roberts. By the time Cusack was 22 he had a number of films to his credit: The Sure Thing, Eight Men Out, Say Anything, and Fat Man and Little Boy. Later he went on to make The Grifters, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Thin Red Line, and Grosse Pointe Blank, which he co-wrote. His most recent film was High Fidelity, based on the Nick Hornby novel. (Original Broadcast Date: March 28, 2000)
Terry Gross Hear British scientist Richard Dawkins and geneticist Francis Collins on this edition of Fresh Air.
Richard Dawkins is a professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford University. The New York Times Book Review has hailed him as a writer who "understands the issues so clearly that he forces his reader to understand them too". In his latest book, he writes about what he sees as the irrationality of a belief in God, examines conceptions of God in all forms, and sets down his arguments for atheism. His book (and audiobook) The God Delusion is now out in paperback. (Original Airdate: 3/28/2007)
Then, Francis Collins, the director of the National Human Genome Research Project. Previously, as head of the National Genome Project, he helped decode the human genome. Collins is also an evangelical Christian and author of the book The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, which is now out in paperback. (Original Airdate: 3/29/2007) [Broadcast Date: March 7, 2008]
Terry Gross Actress Amy Sedaris and writer Clifford Wright on this edition of Fresh Air. Sedaris is the star of the comedy series Strangers with Candy that airs on Comedy Central. She plays Jerri Blank, a 47-year-old ex-con, ex-prostitute, lesbian high school freshman. She's the sister of David Sedaris, a humor writer who has been on Fresh Air several times. Amy and David have produced and written several plays together, including the 1996 Obie award winning One Woman Shoe. Wright's new book is A Mediterranean Feast. As you can tell from the title, it's a comprehensive look at Mediterranean foodstuffs, cooking and culture, at over 800 pages. It won the James Beard Cookbook of the Year award, and it is being developed into a 13-part series for PBS called A Cook's Tour. (Broadcast Date: May 25, 2000)