Fresh Air http://ualrpublicradio.org en Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/seth-meyers-late-night-challenge-what-do-his-hands Seth Meyers already had his dream job. As the host of<em> Saturday Night Live</em>'s<em> Weekend Update,</em> "I sort of had already accomplished the job I never thought I would accomplish," he tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. He joined the cast in 2001 and was there for 12 years.<p>But in one of the recent rounds of musical chairs/desks in the late-night talk show scene, Meyers landed <em>Late Night</em>. Lorne Michaels, executive producer of <em>Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show </em>and<em> Late Night</em>, encouraged Meyers to host the 12:30 a.m. spot and make it his own. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:44:00 +0000 editor 22220 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/jessica-lea-mayfield-sometimes-sanity-better-option <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meHGilIpCbE</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:44:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 22221 at http://ualrpublicradio.org For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option 'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/forcing-spring-tells-one-chapter-story-marriage-equality In her new book, <em>Forcing the Spring,</em> investigative reporter Jo Becker tells the behind-the-scenes story of an important chapter in the fight for marriage equality. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:51:00 +0000 editor 22175 at http://ualrpublicradio.org 'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/comic-hari-kondabolu-explaining-joke-joke At first, Hari Kondabolu's comedy was mostly about catharsis: "I was doing some work in detention centers and meeting families who had family members who were going to be deported," he tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. "It was really powerful work ... but it was incredibly hard and performing at night was a relief. It was cathartic. It was just a way to get things out."<p><a href="http://www.harikondabolu.com/">Kondabolu</a> was working as an immigrant-rights organizer in Seattle and performing standup at night. In 2008, he got his M.A. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:14:00 +0000 editor 22107 at http://ualrpublicradio.org For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley' http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-missing-microbes-both-and-mike-judges-silicon-valley Fresh Air Weekend<em> </em><em>highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:</em><p><strong>Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors:</strong> In <em>Missing Microbes,</em> Dr. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 editor 22033 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley' 'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/inside-amy-schumer-its-not-just-sex-stuff-1 <em>This interview was originally broadcast on</em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/25/188698578/inside-amy-schumer-its-not-just-sex-stuff">June 25, 2013</a>.<p>One of Amy Schumer's comedy routines begins with the declaration, "I'm a little sluttier than the average bear. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:21:00 +0000 editor 21988 at http://ualrpublicradio.org 'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/undead-hipsters-and-abstract-alien-star-two-arty-horror-pics Every so often a high-toned arthouse director dips a toe into the horror genre and the results are uplifting: You realize vampires and space aliens are subjects too rich to be the sole property of schlockmeisters. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:52:00 +0000 David Edelstein 21987 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics A Duo's Debut Album: A Collaboration From 'The Both' http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/duos-debut-album-collaboration-both Transcript <p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST: <p>The Both is the name for the duo formed by veteran singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. "The Both" is also the name of their debut album. The two began performing together in 2012, when Ted Leo was Mann's opening act. Mann began joining Leo onstage during his set. They liked the sound their voices together and started collaborating. Rock critic Ken Tucker has this review of "The Both."<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE GAMBLER")<p>THE BOTH: (singing) The ball dropped in the cold like dawn on a cold eastern morning. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:57:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 21953 at http://ualrpublicradio.org 'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really Making The World Better? http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/silicon-valley-asks-your-startup-really-making-world-better Mike Judge is no stranger to workplace comedy — back in 1999, he wrote and directed the cult classic <em>Office Space,</em> which poked fun at desk job-induced ennui in a 1990s software company.<p>Now, more than a decade later, Judge continues to find humor in the tech industry. In his new HBO sitcom, <em>Silicon Valley,</em> Judge explores what happens when young computer geeks become millionaires.<p>"The tech world has become really interesting to me, especially in recent years," Judge tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Dave Davies. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:11:00 +0000 editor 21946 at http://ualrpublicradio.org 'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really Making The World Better? 'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/bintel-brief-and-hellfighters-american-stories-powerfully-illustrated <em>A Bintel Brief</em> and <em>The Harlem Hellfighters</em> are two New York Stories. That's why I'm combining them in this review; not because — as some purists still think — they're lesser works of literature because they're graphic novels. If Egyptian hieroglyphics, the Bayeux Tapestry, and Art Spiegelman's 1991 classic, <em>Maus,</em> haven't yet convinced the high-art holdouts of the value of stories told in visual sequence, nothing I say now about these two books is likely to. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 21947 at http://ualrpublicradio.org 'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated