Fresh Air Weekend: John Oliver, Parquet Courts And Joshua Ferris

Jun 21, 2014
Originally published on June 21, 2014 12:00 pm

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show: The comedian who was a correspondent on The Daily Show for 7 1/2 years now pokes fun on Last Week Tonight. Oliver talks about tasing his leg, temping for a thief and remaining an outsider.

Parquet Courts' Misery Is Exhilarating: Parquet Courts is a Brooklyn by way of Texas band that has just released its new third record, Sunbathing Animal. The quartet has drawn comparisons to New York rock and punk acts as various as the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and Sonic Youth, but rock critic Ken Tucker says this album proves Parquet Courts is an original.

Joshua Ferris Takes On Atheism In 'To Rise Again': In Joshua Ferris' third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, the protagonist is a dentist wrestling with his atheism. Ferris says his character, like all dentists, is "chronically misunderstood."

You can listen to the original interviews here:

John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show

Parquet Courts' Misery Is Exhilarating

Joshua Ferris Takes On Atheism In 'To Rise Again'

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