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Steve Silberman on the Legacy of Autism
How has our understanding of autism changed over the decades? And how did certain myths about autism catch on? Terry Gross talks with science writer Steve Silberman, author of the new book, "NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity."

Wed, Sep 2, 2015 -- 1:00pm


Recently on Fresh Air:

Sep 01, 2015
Jonathan Franzen On Writing: It's An 'Escape From Everything'

The author of The Corrections and the new novel Purity likens writing to losing himself in a dream. "When it's really going well ... you're in a fantasy land and feeling no pain," he says.

Aug 31, 2015
Oliver Sacks: A Neurologist At The 'Intersection Of Fact And Fable'

The neurologist, who died Sunday, saw "infinitely moving, dramatic, romantic situations" during his decades studying the human brain. Fresh Air remembers Sacks with two interviews from 1985 and 2012.

Aug 29, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend: Alison Bechdel's 'Fun Home'; 'Blackout' Drunkenness

Lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel talks about how her dad's closeted homosexuality affected her. Sarah Hepola examines how alcohol fit in with — and distorted — her idea of being an empowered woman.

Aug 28, 2015
Jazz Vocalist Issues A Convincing Calling Card With 'Nothing But Soul'

In her debut album, Tiffany Austin puts her own improvisational, jazzy spin on songs by the late composer Hoagy Carmichael. Critic Kevin Whitehead calls Austin "a singer to keep an ear on."

Aug 28, 2015
From 'Batman' To 'Birdman,' Michael Keaton Knows Suits And Superheroes

Keaton says his 1989 bat suit was claustrophobic, but he somehow made it work. In Birdman, Keaton plays a washed-up, insecure actor looking for a second shot at fame. Originally broadcast Feb 9, 2015.

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