The <em>WTF</em> host asks the <em>Fresh Air</em> host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up.
Banks makes her directorial debut with <em>Pitch Perfect</em> <em>2</em>; she talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about breaking into directing, the true meaning of a cappella, and how the Barden Bellas are really Rocky.
<em>Mad Max: Fury Road </em>reboots a testosterone-fueled franchise with some tough new female characters. Director George Miller says women were an organic element as he rethought the original movies.
Comics creator Noelle Stevenson has written for Boom! Studios and Marvel's new female Thor. Her webcomic <em>Nimona, </em>about a young shapeshifter with a streak of villainy, has just been released as a book.
On the 70th anniversary of the books that spawned <em>Thomas The Tank Engine</em>, NPR's Elizabeth Blair considers the economic model of Thomas's home island of Sodor, and its elaborate railway system.