Jan 26, 2012 — This week, an up-close look at the lives of Manhattan chef Gabrielle Hamilton, rapper Ice-T, novelist J.D. Salinger, best-selling author Stieg Larsson and his partner Eva Gabrielsson, and the great philosophers.
Nov 25, 2011 — Jay-Z is one of the most successful hip-hop artists of all time. On Fresh Air, he discusses growing up in Brooklyn surrounded by drugs and violence, and the stories behind many of his famous songs.
Nov 3, 2011 — Nonfiction rules the week with humorist Nora Ephron on aging, Simon Winchester on the history of the Atlantic Ocean, Brian Greene on the parallel universes that surround us, rapper Jay-Z on his life and lyrics, and entrepreneur Russell Simmons on what it means to be rich.
Apr 27, 2011 — Ice-T hustled in his early days and performed with Body Count, known for their song "Cop Killer." In 1991 he got his big break playing a cop in New Jack City. And he's still carrying a badge — on TV — for Law & Order: SVU. In his memoir, Ice, he shares his story, from gangbanging to making it in Hollywood.
Mar 15, 2011 — Tea Obreht makes her sparkling debut with the folkloric Tiger's Wife, and another new author, Cara Hoffman, holds her own with the creepy but elegant So Much Pretty. A Jay-Z biography falls short, but Jonathan Coe's humorous novel about Internet loneliness is an acerbic glimpse of modern times.
Dec 30, 2010 — Jay-Z is one of the most successful hip-hop artists of all time. On Fresh Air, he discusses growing up in Brooklyn surrounded by drugs and violence, and the stories behind many of his famous songs.
Nov 16, 2010 — Jay-Z is one of the most successful hip-hop artists of all time. On Fresh Air, he discusses growing up in Brooklyn surrounded by drugs and violence, and the stories behind many of his famous songs.
Jun 29, 2010 — When Queen Latifah realized how many young women are stuck in violent relationships, putting themselves down and dealing with other personal challenges, she decided to reach out. In Put On Your Crown, she tries to encourage young women by admitting her own mistakes, and sharing the lessons she's learned.
Oct 19, 2009 — Robert F. Diggs is affectionately known to fans as The RZA of the popular hip-hop group The Wu-Tang Clan. But aside from his successful rap career, Diggs is also a songwriter (he was the lead composer for the film Kill Bill: Volume 1), actor, avid chess player and — with his latest endeavor — an author. The RZA sits with Host Michel Martin to talk about his new book The Tao of Wu, which explores seven pillars of wisdom. Diggs explains how pivotal moments in his life inspired him to write about the lessons he's learned. (5:) In Your Ear: Raven-Symone — Former child actress ("The Cosby Show" and "That's So Raven") and pop artist Raven-Symone opens her music file and tells listeners what music is playing in her ear (in addition to her own hits, of course). Simone's top picks include everyone from musician Karsh Kale, to music supercouple Jay-Z and Beyonce and soul singer Meshell Ndegeocello.
Jan 16, 2009 — Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are synonymous with the birth of hip hop. But unknown to many, Flash was not part of the one song most associated with the group — "The Message." He tells Farai Chideya: "That particular record was part of the catalyst of me going into my drug addiction."