The recent film portrays former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover as a man who had to keep his sexual orientation a secret — while collecting other people's secrets to use against them. Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black explains how he researched the film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio.
The book publisher who championed the works of beat poets and Samuel Beckett, and who defied censors with the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover and Tropic of Cancer, died Tuesday at age 89. Fresh Air remembers Rosset with excerpts from a 1991 interview.
To help U.S. troops ease back into civilian life, veteran Anthony Bravo Esparza has set up a trailer in the parking lot of a Veterans Affairs campus. There, he gives the returning soldiers free haircuts — and a friendly, safe space to hang out.
Advertisers collect information with every digital move people make. They then target ads based on that information. Communications scholar Joseph Turow worries that advertisers will use such data to discriminate against people and put them into "reputation silos."
Through his many New Yorker covers, Barry Blitt has become one of the preeminent satirical cartoonists of America's recent presidents. Now Blitt has trained his eye and pen upon our first president; he's illustrated a new children's book called George Washington's Birthday.
McKenzie, half of the New Zealand musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, wrote five songs in the recent Muppetsmovie. "Man or Muppet" is nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards. [extended cut]
The actress earned her second Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of a maid in the 1960s-era film The Help. She talks about her role. Also, writer Nathan Englander on his new short story collection.
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