Terry Gross http://wwno.org en 'Fresh Air' Remembers Poet And Memoirist Maya Angelou http://wwno.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-poet-and-memoirist-maya-angelou In her memoirs, Maya Angelou explored how race and gender affected her life. Her first memoir, <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/138485178/i-know-why-the-caged-bird-sings">I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</a>, was published in 1969 and describes growing up in the segregated South. It includes the story of how, as a child, Angelou was raped by her mother's boyfriend. After the rape, she withdrew into herself and went through a long period of not speaking.<p>Angelou got pregnant and became a mother when she was 16 and unmarried. Wed, 28 May 2014 19:05:00 +0000 Terry Gross 61582 at http://wwno.org 'The Fall Of The House Of Dixie' Built A New U.S. http://wwno.org/post/fall-house-dixie-built-new-us-0 <em>This interview originally aired on <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/08/168793872/the-fall-of-the-house-of-dixie-built-a-new-u-s">Jan. 7, 2013</a>.</em><p>This month marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Lincoln issued on Jan. 1, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:11:00 +0000 Terry Gross 57210 at http://wwno.org Fresh Air Remembers Former Louisiana Congresswoman Lindy Boggs http://wwno.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-former-louisiana-congresswoman-lindy-boggs Lindy Boggs, the former congresswoman from Louisiana, died Saturday at the age of 97. Boggs came to Washington in 1941, the year her husband, Hale Boggs, began his first term as a Democratic congressman from Louisiana. She was 24 years old.<p>In 1972, on a campaign trip through Alaska, Hale Boggs' plane disappeared, never to be found. Lindy Boggs ran for her late husband's seat and won, becoming the first woman elected to Congress from her state. She remained in Congress through 1990. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 18:27:00 +0000 Terry Gross 40589 at http://wwno.org 'Quartet': Dustin Hoffman, Behind The Camera http://wwno.org/post/quartet-dustin-hoffman-behind-camera In December, the actor Dustin Hoffman sat in a box seat at the Kennedy Center as his old friend, Robert De Niro, saluted him at a celebration marking one of the highest accolades for an artist in the United States: a Kennedy Center Honor.<p>It was a recognition of Hoffman's decades-long career as an actor, during which he has played some of the silver screen's most memorable characters: Benjamin Braddock in <em>The Graduate</em>, Ratso Rizzo in <em>Midnight Cowboy</em>, Dorothy Michaels in <em>Tootsie</em>, Raymond Babbitt in <em>Rain Man</em>, Carl Bernstein in <em>All The President's Men</em Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:53:00 +0000 Terry Gross 27128 at http://wwno.org 'The Fall Of The House Of Dixie' Built A New U.S. http://wwno.org/post/fall-house-dixie-built-new-us This month marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Lincoln issued on Jan. 1, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. The document declares that all those held as slaves within any state, or part of a state, in rebellion "shall be then, thenceforward and forever free."<p>Historian Bruce Levine explores the destruction of the old South and the reunified country that emerged from the Civil War in his new book, <em>The Fall of the House of Dixie</em>. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:50:00 +0000 Terry Gross 26565 at http://wwno.org Quentin Tarantino, 'Unchained' And Unruly http://wwno.org/post/quentin-tarantino-unchained-and-unruly Quentin Tarantino's film <em>Django Unchained</em> is a spaghetti western-inspired revenge film set in the antebellum South; it's about a former slave who teams up with a bounty hunter to target the plantation owner who owns his wife.<p>The cinematic violence that has come to characterize Tarantino's work as a screenwriter and director — from<em> Reservoir Dogs</em> at the start of his career in 1992 to 2009's <em>Inglourious Basterds </em>-- is front and center again in <em>Django</em>. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 16:48:00 +0000 Terry Gross 26160 at http://wwno.org Doris Day: A Hollywood Legend Reflects On Life http://wwno.org/post/doris-day-hollywood-legend-reflects-life-0 <em>As part of our year-end wrap up, we are sharing the best </em>Fresh Air<em> interviews of 2012. This interview was originally broadcast on April 2,</em><em> 2012</em><em>. </em><p>The biggest female box-office star in Hollywood history, Doris Day started singing and dancing when she was a teenager, and made her first film when she was 24. After nearly 40 movies, she walked away from that part of her life in 1968, and started rescuing and caring for animals.<p>Now 90, the actress lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 16:48:00 +0000 Terry Gross 25882 at http://wwno.org 'Not Fade': Rock 'N' Roll, Here To Stay http://wwno.org/post/not-fade-rock-n-roll-here-stay In some ways, the film <em>Not Fade Away</em> is an extension of the friendship between the film's writer and director, David Chase, and its executive producer and musical supervisor, Steven Van Zandt.<p>Chase, the creator of <em>The Sopranos</em>, first encountered Van Zandt on TV, when Van Zandt introduced the Rascals to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:37:00 +0000 Terry Gross 25369 at http://wwno.org 'Unchained' Admiration Between Actor And Director http://wwno.org/post/unchained-admiration-between-actor-and-director When Christoph Waltz auditioned for the role of SS officer Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film <em>Inglourious Basterds</em>, he read the passage assigned for the audition, then kept going until he had gone through the entire role as Tarantino himself filled in for the other parts.<p>"It was partly hilarious, partly just fabulous, partly scary," Waltz tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:14:13 +0000 Terry Gross 25300 at http://wwno.org A Daughter Remembers Her 'Entertainer' Father http://wwno.org/post/daughter-remembers-her-entertainer-father If you look up the name Lyle Talbot on IMDb, you'll find dozens of films and television shows he appeared in, starting with the 1931 short <em>The Nightingale</em> and ending with roles on <em>Newhart</em> and <em>Who's the Boss.</em> He made a movie with Bogart before Bogart was a star. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:45:00 +0000 Terry Gross 23833 at http://wwno.org