Comedian Jerry Seinfeld last sat down with Fresh Air in September 1987, before his TV series made him an international celebrity. Now he’s back, and in a big way: Bee Movie, the animated comedy he’s written and produced for DreamWorks, opens this Friday. (Watch clips.) It’s about Barry B. Benson, a bee who learns about life outside the hive — and eventually sues humanity for stealing honey. Seinfeld begins his conversation with Fresh Air guest host Dave Davies with an observation on the difference between writing a screenplay and doing stand-up comedy. “The trouble with it is, you have this story — which is such a nuisance,” Seinfeld says. “You know, in stand-up you just tell the funny part. But in a movie, the audience demands that you tell them some sort of story that makes sense. And this is a tremendous handicap for me.”
Journalist CARL BERNSTEIN joins Marty to talk about his new book “A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Clinton.” Listen to this show via Real Audio
By all estimates, 56 million standardized reading and math tests will be administered this year to our nation’s school children. What do test scores tell us about how a child is learning and how schools and teachers are doing their jobs? We talk with two educators whose work focuses on the issue of testing — DANIEL KORETZ of Harvard and ANDREW PORTER, Dean of Penn’s Graduate School of education. Listen to this show via Real Audio
Wednesday October 31, 2007 Devendra Banhart
Devendra Banhart joins host David Dye on the World Café upon the release of his new album, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. Banhart wields a musical repertoire as eclectic as the assorted places he’s called home, areas as diverse as Venezuela, France and San Francisco. His varied songs showcase gospel arrangements, traditional Brazilian samba music, and ‘70s-style guitar riffs, accompanied by sometimes-poetic, sometimes-nonsensical lyrics. The result is a truly unique “freak-folk” sound that is at once timeless and revolutionary.
DEVENDRA BANHART: Don’t Look Back In Anger