The stand-up comic turned director discusses his deeply empathetic documentary, "Call Me Lucky," which follows the life and career of Barry Crimmins, and the comedian/activist's fight against child pornography.
Oscar-nominated documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer discusses his follow-up to "The Act of Killing." In "The Look of Silence,"an Indonesian genocide survivor confronts killers still in power.
Writer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro draws inspiration from her previous role as producer for nine seasons of "The Bachelor" to bring in her newest series, "UnREAL." Find out why her own experience on "The Bachelor" was "kind of like a vegan getting hired to work in a slaughterhouse." Plus, Rico and Sarah exchange tips on surefire ways to make a 20-something cry.
Nina Simone, known as the "high priestess of soul," has returned to the zeitgeist recently and is the subject of a new documentary released this week on Netflix -- the first they've ever commissioned -- called "What Happened, Ms Simone?" The film's director, Liz Garbus, talks with Brendan about the singer's brilliant musical talent, her struggle with bipolar disorder, and her passion for the civil rights movement.
The writer of "Red: A History of the Redhead" teaches us some dinner party-worthy fun facts about the history of redheads, with a little pop culture trivia to boot.
The director talks about bonding with the secluded subjects of her documentary and capturing their struggle to establish their independence.
The "Fight Club" author schools us on a few of his former antics as a member of the Cacophony Society, a network of individuals who seek to disrupt the mainstream through hilarious means.
Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg started a filmmaking movement with Dogme 95, recently earned an Oscar nomination for the chilling drama "The Hunt," and now turns to a Thomas Hardy adaptation in "Far From the Madding Crowd." He reflects on the vicissitudes of fate and the emergence of feminism... and then shows off a hidden talent.
Director Brett Morgen talks to Brendan about his comprehensive documentary, which explores the late rock star's life through the lens of Cobain's own home videos, art and music.
Environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett showers us with facts about precipitation, like why it always "pours" when it rains, and how our prune-y fingers may have been an adaptation to cope with a wetter world.