1. Last night Breaking Bad won its second consecutive prize for outstanding drama series.  Its star, Bryan Cranston, won his fifth Emmy. Fresh Air spoke to Cranston while he was on Broadway playing President Johnson in All the Way. In the interview, he tells Terry about his short-lived stand-up career: 

"I did it for about nine months in 1981, I believe it was. I did it solely for the purpose of overcoming fear, because I looked at that and I said to myself, "Oh, my God, that’s got to be the scariest thing to do." There’s a microphone and a light on you, and that’s it. It’s all you, and so I wanted to do that. I got into the idea of going from club to club. I was never paid for it, nor should I have been, because I never rose above the level of mediocrity. But it was a great, great experience, very humbling. My respect and admiration for those who do it for a living, like Jerry [Seinfeld], was just enormous."


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    Last night Breaking Bad won its second consecutive prize for outstanding drama series.  Its star, Bryan Cranston, won his fifth Emmy. Fresh Air spoke to Cranston while he was on Broadway playing President Johnson in All the Way. In the interview, he tells Terry about his short-lived stand-up career: 

    "I did it for about nine months in 1981, I believe it was. I did it solely for the purpose of overcoming fear, because I looked at that and I said to myself, "Oh, my God, that’s got to be the scariest thing to do." There’s a microphone and a light on you, and that’s it. It’s all you, and so I wanted to do that. I got into the idea of going from club to club. I was never paid for it, nor should I have been, because I never rose above the level of mediocrity. But it was a great, great experience, very humbling. My respect and admiration for those who do it for a living, like Jerry [Seinfeld], was just enormous."

    Photo: Andreas Laszlo Konwrath via Variety 

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  1. Happy 60th Birthday to Elvis Costello. Here’s a 1989 interview from the Fresh Air archives. He brought his guitar to the studio! 

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  1. Tonight, Late Night host and SNL alum Seth Meyers will be hosting the Emmy Awards. Terry spoke to Seth in the spring shortly after he took over from Jimmy Fallon. Here he’s talking about his desk on the Late Night set:

The first [desk] I thought was a bit — didn’t quite have much personality. I sort of like this Danish modern desk. We did a little bit of work to it because originally you could see my feet, which turns out, I think accurately was criticized as being a mistake. Especially because I realize I tap my foot to keep time. … I think just to keep my own internal rhythm, if that makes sense, to keep joke time. That’s something I noticed, because at Weekend Update I felt like my foot was always tapping, even when I was talking — which you realize when you’re doing a monologue, you’ve got to stop, lest you look like Fred Astaire getting ready to start a big number.


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    Tonight, Late Night host and SNL alum Seth Meyers will be hosting the Emmy Awards. Terry spoke to Seth in the spring shortly after he took over from Jimmy Fallon. Here he’s talking about his desk on the Late Night set:

    The first [desk] I thought was a bit — didn’t quite have much personality. I sort of like this Danish modern desk. We did a little bit of work to it because originally you could see my feet, which turns out, I think accurately was criticized as being a mistake. Especially because I realize I tap my foot to keep time. … I think just to keep my own internal rhythm, if that makes sense, to keep joke time. That’s something I noticed, because at Weekend Update I felt like my foot was always tapping, even when I was talking — which you realize when you’re doing a monologue, you’ve got to stop, lest you look like Fred Astaire getting ready to start a big number.

    photo via Rolling Stone by Peter Yang

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Photo of the Day: Preparing a Meal for the Monks
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    Photo of the Day: Preparing a Meal for the Monks

    Photo by Kyaw Kyaw Winn (Yangon, Myanmar); Bago Myanmar

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  1. An essay from Lena Dunham's fortcoming memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, was released today in The New Yorker. It’s about growing up with various therapists. 
It opens: 

"I am eight, and I am afraid of everything. The list of things that keep me up at night includes but is not limited to: appendicitis, typhoid, leprosy, unclean meat, foods I haven’t seen emerge from their packaging, foods my mother hasn’t tasted first so that if we die we die together, homeless people, headaches, rape, kidnapping, milk, the subway, sleep."


Read the essay or hear Fresh Air’s most recent interview with Dunham. 

Photo of Little Lena found on Pinterest 

    An essay from Lena Dunham's fortcoming memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, was released today in The New Yorker. It’s about growing up with various therapists. 

    It opens: 

    "I am eight, and I am afraid of everything. The list of things that keep me up at night includes but is not limited to: appendicitis, typhoid, leprosy, unclean meat, foods I haven’t seen emerge from their packaging, foods my mother hasn’t tasted first so that if we die we die together, homeless people, headaches, rape, kidnapping, milk, the subway, sleep."

    Read the essay or hear Fresh Air’s most recent interview with Dunham

    Photo of Little Lena found on Pinterest 

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  1. Allison Janney won an Emmy last week in the category of Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Margaret Scully on Masters of Sex. Janney spoke to Fresh Air a few weeks ago about filming the sex scenes: 

"The situation is so awkward that you do have to become fast friends [with the other actors], or you look for anything to be comfortable with your scene partner. Maybe that’s sharing some silly thing that happened with you in bed your first time or whatever — anything to break the ice.


I had to ask for just a little shot of courage before I had my first sex scene with Teddy Sears [on Masters of Sex] who is just the most gorgeous, wonderful, handsome specimen. … When I say courage, just a little shot of bourbon … I just wanted something to take the edge off because I was beyond nervous. Who gets to do a sex scene when you’re 50?” 

    Allison Janney won an Emmy last week in the category of Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Margaret Scully on Masters of Sex. Janney spoke to Fresh Air a few weeks ago about filming the sex scenes: 

    "The situation is so awkward that you do have to become fast friends [with the other actors], or you look for anything to be comfortable with your scene partner. Maybe that’s sharing some silly thing that happened with you in bed your first time or whatever — anything to break the ice.

    I had to ask for just a little shot of courage before I had my first sex scene with Teddy Sears [on Masters of Sex] who is just the most gorgeous, wonderful, handsome specimen. … When I say courage, just a little shot of bourbon … I just wanted something to take the edge off because I was beyond nervous. Who gets to do a sex scene when you’re 50?” 

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  1. Writers You Want to Punch in the Face(book)

    Check out Rebecca Makkai’s great post on the fine balance between promoting work on social media and being obnoxious. 

    "This is the story of Todd Manly-Krauss, the world’s most irritating writer. He’s a good enough guy in real life (holds his liquor, fun at parties, writes a hell of a short story)—but give the guy a social media account, and the most mild-mannered of his writer friends will turn to blood lust."

    Fresh Air even gets a shout out: 

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  1. 
"Starting in 1970 with Even Dwarfs Started Small – an anarchic tale of rebellion by a group of little people — Werner Herzog unleashed a torrent of ten films, including Nosferatu and Fitzcarraldo, that remain the heart of his achievement.


All those movies, and six later ones, are included in the tremendous new boxed-set, Herzog: The Collection.  Some of them are great, others are good, and a couple are truly terrible.  Yet every single one has something going on.  Herzog has never been limited by anybody else’s idea of propriety, good sense, or artistic neatness.  He pushes us into unsettling mental spaces that make the strange familiar and the familiar strange.”
- John Powers, reviewing Herzog: The Collection 


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    "Starting in 1970 with Even Dwarfs Started Small – an anarchic tale of rebellion by a group of little people — Werner Herzog unleashed a torrent of ten films, including Nosferatu and Fitzcarraldo, that remain the heart of his achievement.

    All those movies, and six later ones, are included in the tremendous new boxed-set, Herzog: The Collection.  Some of them are great, others are good, and a couple are truly terrible.  Yet every single one has something going on.  Herzog has never been limited by anybody else’s idea of propriety, good sense, or artistic neatness.  He pushes us into unsettling mental spaces that make the strange familiar and the familiar strange.”

    - John Powers, reviewing Herzog: The Collection 

    How the “I believe in Werner Herzog” grafiti started 

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  1. Phil Balboni, the CEO of the online international news company GlobalPost, spoke to Fresh Air today about the hostage and brutal execution of journalist James Foley (above). Foley was covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria at the time of his kidnapping. Balboni tells Terry Gross about the communication he had with Foley’s captors: 

“The original demand from the captors was November of 2013. At that moment we’d never had a communication from Jim, and we’d never had an official “proof of life,” as it’s called. During that communication with the kidnappers, they offered us the opportunity to get proof of life, and the Foleys drafted a series of questions that only Jim could answer. They were extremely difficult — obscure family events that only Jim could know. When those proof-of-life questions came back answered correctly, perfectly, it was a hair-raising moment for all of us because we knew definitively, with certainty, that we were dealing with the people who were holding Jim.”
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    Phil Balboni, the CEO of the online international news company GlobalPost, spoke to Fresh Air today about the hostage and brutal execution of journalist James Foley (above). Foley was covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria at the time of his kidnapping. Balboni tells Terry Gross about the communication he had with Foley’s captors: 

    The original demand from the captors was November of 2013. At that moment we’d never had a communication from Jim, and we’d never had an official “proof of life,” as it’s called. During that communication with the kidnappers, they offered us the opportunity to get proof of life, and the Foleys drafted a series of questions that only Jim could answer. They were extremely difficult — obscure family events that only Jim could know. When those proof-of-life questions came back answered correctly, perfectly, it was a hair-raising moment for all of us because we knew definitively, with certainty, that we were dealing with the people who were holding Jim.”

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  1. View from the top of the tallest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls in Venezuela. 
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    View from the top of the tallest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls in Venezuela. 

    via LAEM 

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  1.  Maureen Corrigan reviews the new graphic novel from Jules Feiffer:

The title, Kill My Mother, has about as much subtlety as a migraine, but Jules Feiffer isn’t going for subtlety in this, his first graphic novel.  Instead, he’s going for ricocheting bullets, imploding nuclear families, knuckle sandwiches, booze, broads, and paranoia gone ballistic. In short, at the ripe old age of 85, Feiffer has returned to the seedy comic strips, hard-boiled novels and B movies of his youth: this time out, he’s going for noir.
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     Maureen Corrigan reviews the new graphic novel from Jules Feiffer:

    The title, Kill My Mother, has about as much subtlety as a migraine, but Jules Feiffer isn’t going for subtlety in this, his first graphic novel.  Instead, he’s going for ricocheting bullets, imploding nuclear families, knuckle sandwiches, booze, broads, and paranoia gone ballistic. In short, at the ripe old age of 85, Feiffer has returned to the seedy comic strips, hard-boiled novels and B movies of his youth: this time out, he’s going for noir.

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  1. 
[Jazz violinist]  Jean-Luc Ponty’s long rococo lines helped set the style for jazz rock fusion, via his work with Frank Zappa, who wrote him the album “King Kong,” and then the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Ponty drew inspiration from horn players, but he shares one failing with some other jazz violinists: he rarely pauses to take a breath. Even Groucho put the cigar down/took the cigar out once in awhile.
- Kevin Whitehead


Photo: Jean-Luc Ponty in 1971  View in High-Res

    [Jazz violinist]  Jean-Luc Ponty’s long rococo lines helped set the style for jazz rock fusion, via his work with Frank Zappa, who wrote him the album “King Kong,” and then the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Ponty drew inspiration from horn players, but he shares one failing with some other jazz violinists: he rarely pauses to take a breath. Even Groucho put the cigar down/took the cigar out once in awhile.

    - Kevin Whitehead

    Photo: Jean-Luc Ponty in 1971 

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  1. FXX is going to have a 12-day Simpsons marathon, playing all 552 episodes.  In appreciation of the series, we’ve compiled several of our Simpsons interviews into one show. 

Since The Simpsons began, Fresh Air’s Terry Gross has interviewed many people who have had a hand creating the show – from Matt Groening in 1989 and 2003 to  two of the writers Al Jean and Mike Reiss in 1992. Gross also talked with actors who do the voices, including Nancy Cartwright, who plays Bart, in 2007; Julie Kavner, the voice of Marge in 1994; Hank Azaria, the voice of Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum and others in 2004.

Here, Simpsons creator Matt Groening tells Terry about how they occasionally got in trouble with the Fox network: 

"At the beginning, virtually anything we did would get somebody upset and now it seems like the people who are eager to be offended — and this country is full of people who are eager to be offended. They’ve given up on our show. We got into trouble a few years ago for — Homer is watching an anti-drinking commercial and it said, "Warning! Beer causes rectal cancer." And Homer responds by saying, "Mmm beer." Fox didn’t want us to do that because beer advertisers are a big part of the Fox empire and it turns out the writer was able to track down the actual fact where some studies show that indeed it does — or did or has a tendency to [cause cancer] — so we were able to keep it in."


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    FXX is going to have a 12-day Simpsons marathon, playing all 552 episodes.  In appreciation of the series, we’ve compiled several of our Simpsons interviews into one show. 

    Since The Simpsons began, Fresh Air’s Terry Gross has interviewed many people who have had a hand creating the show – from Matt Groening in 1989 and 2003 to  two of the writers Al Jean and Mike Reiss in 1992. Gross also talked with actors who do the voices, including Nancy Cartwright, who plays Bart, in 2007; Julie Kavner, the voice of Marge in 1994; Hank Azaria, the voice of Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum and others in 2004.

    Here, Simpsons creator Matt Groening tells Terry about how they occasionally got in trouble with the Fox network: 

    "At the beginning, virtually anything we did would get somebody upset and now it seems like the people who are eager to be offended — and this country is full of people who are eager to be offended. They’ve given up on our show. We got into trouble a few years ago for — Homer is watching an anti-drinking commercial and it said, "Warning! Beer causes rectal cancer." And Homer responds by saying, "Mmm beer." Fox didn’t want us to do that because beer advertisers are a big part of the Fox empire and it turns out the writer was able to track down the actual fact where some studies show that indeed it does — or did or has a tendency to [cause cancer] — so we were able to keep it in."

    Photo: Courtesy of Fox 

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  1. Today we’re doing a Simpsons-themed show. We’ve got interviews with the actors who voice Bart and Marge Simpson, Moe/Apu, the head writers/producers and creator Matt Groening. 
Starting Thursday morning FXX is doing a 12-day marathon of all 552 episodes. So do a dance, Lisa style. 

    Today we’re doing a Simpsons-themed show. We’ve got interviews with the actors who voice Bart and Marge Simpson, Moe/Apu, the head writers/producers and creator Matt Groening

    Starting Thursday morning FXX is doing a 12-day marathon of all 552 episodes. So do a dance, Lisa style. 

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