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Fresh Air Weekend: Jordan Peele; 'Monk Dreams'; Novelist Sebastian Barry
Get Out Director Jordan Peele discusses his love of horror films. Kevin Whitehead reviews Frank Carlberg's new tribute to Thelonious Monk. Barry's novel, Days Without End, features Irish immigrants.
The Happiness One Lucky Leprechaun Created In Yonkers
Jess Buzzutto was known as "The Leprechaun of Yonkers." Every day he wore green from head to toe and with a bit of luck, brought happiness to those around him.
'Get Out' Sprang From An Effort To Master Fear, Says Director Jordan Peele
As a kid, Peele was terrified of "the demons that lurked in the dark." Then he realized that by making a horror-thriller, he "would be wielding this power, as opposed to being a victim to it."
Fresh Air Weekend: Samantha Bee; 'Personal Shopper'; Novelist Mohsin Hamid
For Bee and her Full Frontal co-creator, Trump's election meant doubling down on their White House coverage. Justin Chang reviews Personal Shopper. Hamid discusses his novel Exit West.
Dan Ariely: When Are Our Decisions Made For Us?
We often think that our decisions are our own. But Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely explains how our environment — even something as simple as how a question is framed — can affect what we choose.
Ruth Chang: How Can Making Hard Choices Empower Us?
One choice isn't always better than the other. Philosopher Ruth Chang says, once we realize that, it's easier to embrace the hard work of decision-making.
Sheena Iyengar: Why Are Some Choices So Paralyzing?
Psycho-economist Sheena Iyengar explains how we can actively use choice as a tool to help us arrive at decisions we can live with.
Malcolm Gladwell: Do More Choices Make Us Happier?
We assume that our choices come with prepackaged consequences. But author Malcolm Gladwell explains how we aren't simply passive recipients of our decisions.
A Grandson And Daughter Recall The Legacy Of An 'Actual Superhero'
Camaran Henson remembers his late grandpa as larger than life. He "could probably fly," Camaran tells his mother at StoryCorps. The legacy her son leaves, she says, is the one that honors his grandpa.
From Mom Jokes To Trump-Era Racism, Cristela Alonzo Aims To Skewer Latino Stereotypes
The star of the new Netflix special Lower Classy talks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about how she writes her Mexican-American identity into comedy, along with stories from her childhood on the border.
Fresh Air Weekend: Women In Combat; 'Bette And Joan'; 'The Photo Ark'
Maj. Mary Jennings Hegar discusses her memoir, Shoot Like a Girl. David Bianculli says Bette and Joan is "wickedly funny." Joel Sartore talks about his effort to photograph 12,000 animal species.
Resistance Radio: Darkly Reimagining The '60s Sound
A conversation with musician/producer Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) about creating an album inspired by an alternative universe in which Germany and Japan win World War II.
Transgender Boy Finds His 'Bros,' And Himself, At Camp
Gabe López, a fourth grader in Arizona, worried about telling his mom he was transgender because he thought she liked him as a girl. But since he told her, the two still have fun as mother and son.
Fresh Air Weekend: Neal Brennan; 'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters'; 'High Noon'
Chappelle's Show co-creator Brennan discusses his special, 3 Mics. Critic John Powers reviews Emil Ferris' graphic novel debut. Glenn Frankel links the film High Noon to the Hollywood blacklist era.
A Difficult Childhood Inspires A Dad To Do Better
Michael Ryan, a juvenile judge in Ohio, says his mom was a drug addict, and the way he parents his own son is to do the opposite. His son gets it. "I don't want to see you in court," his son says.