Iranian-American comic and actor Maz Jobrani reacts to the news that Iran is considering severing its links to the Internet and creating its own internal one. Jobrani is a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.
In his new book, The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, author David Cay Johnston examines the fees that companies have added over the years that have made bills incrementally larger. He tells Fresh Air that companies are misusing language to "confuse people."
The Scottish actress plays Margaret Thompson, a young Irish widow who marries a corrupt politician on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Macdonald, who got her start in Trainspotting, tells Fresh Air that she enjoys playing a "strong character" for a change.
Artist Nicole Bourgea has created 10 life-size oil paintings of random people she has met this year. On Oct. 1, she will place each portrait back at the location where she first saw the subject with a note: "If this is you, this painting is yours to take."
The singer-songwriter has gone multiplatinum in dozens of countries, winning a Grammy, a Latin Grammy and Canadian and British equivalents. Furtado describes her fifth album, out this month, as fun, with lots of big beats and adrenaline but also a spiritual thread.
Writer-director Kevin Smith discusses his favorite movies and TV shows with NPR's Steve Inskeep. His picks include the classic baseball movie The Bad News Bears and the popular AMC zombie drama The Walking Dead.
In his new book, Doug Saunders says there are those who believe immigration and high birth rates will make Muslims a majority in Europe in coming decades — and their hostility to Western values makes them a threat. Saunders tells Fresh Air that such fears are based on inaccurate assertions of fact.
Susanna Moore tells the saga of an ambitious girl, a family's artistic fortune and a world at war. Young heroine Beatrice Palmer is whisked off to Berlin where she is put to work packing up priceless artwork in a wealthy family's mansion.
This election year, everybody's getting in on the action. Along with the usual posters, T-shirts and lapel pins, other presidential election tie-ins are popping up across the land. Here are a few of the most unusual political marketing ploys that caught our eye.
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