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- 2118 - Best Of: Comic Sarah Silverman / Poet Diana Goetsch
As a kid, Sarah Silverman says, the fact that she wet the bed was her "deepest, darkest shame." Decades later, she wrote about the humiliation in her 2010 memoir The Bedwetter — now adapted into a musical. The comic talks with Terry Gross about the songs, cringing at some of her old jokes, and satirizing the Left in I Love You, America.
Book critic Maureen Corrigan shares four books for early summer reading.
Diana Goetsch grew up in a time when she didn't have the language to help her understand what it meant to be trans. The poet chronicles her later-in-life transition in the memoir This Body I Wore.Sat, 28 May 2022
- 2117 - Angela Lansbury
In June, Lansbury will receive the Tony Award for lifetime achievement. The Murder, She Wrote star previously won Tonys for her performances in Gypsy and Sweeney Todd. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2000.
Also, David Bianculli reviews the PBS Great Performances documentary about Stephen Sondheim'sCompany.Fri, 27 May 2022
- 2116 - How A Disinformation & Harassment Expert Became A TargetThu, 26 May 2022
- 2115 - Diana Goetsch's Long Journey To Living As A Woman
Diana Goetsch grew up in a time when she didn't have the language to help her understand what it meant to be trans. The poet chronicles her later-in-life transition in the memoir This Body I Wore. "I felt that the universe owed me 50 years as a female living this way," she explains. "That's crazy, but it's this sense that I wanted more life."Wed, 25 May 2022
- 2114 - Comic Sarah Silverman
As a kid, Silverman says, the fact that she wet the bed was her "deepest, darkest shame." Decades later, she wrote about the humiliation in her 2010 memoir The Bedwetter — now adapted into a musical. The comic talks with Terry Gross about the songs, cringing at some of her old jokes, and satirizing the Left in I Love You, America.Tue, 24 May 2022
- 2113 - Novelist Emma Straub
Straub's new novel, This Time Tomorrow, is a time-travel fantasy about a 40-year-old woman who's tending to her ailing father — until, that is, the day she's transported to her childhood home on her 16th birthday. Straub owns the independent bookstore Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She spoke with contributor Tonya Mosley about pre-grieving, rejection, and what she'd tell her 16-year-old self.
Also, Justin Chang reviews Top Gun: Maverick.Mon, 23 May 2022
- 2112 - Best Of: George Floyd's Life / The Queer History Of A Women's Prison
We remember George Floyd as we approach the second anniversary of his murder. We'll speak with Washington Postreporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa. They argue that George Floyd's struggles in life reflect the challenges and pressures of institutional racism in the country. Their new book is His Name is George Floyd.
Also, we'll hear about the Women's House of Detention, the forgotten women's prison in Greenwich Village that played a role in the gay rights movement of the '60s, including the Stonewall Uprising. Angela Davis and Afeni Shakur, Tupac's mother, were incarcerated there. We'll talk with Hugh Ryan, whose new book is about what this prison tells us about queer history.
David Bianculli will review the new HBO documentary George Carlin's American Dream.Sat, 21 May 2022
- 2111 - George Carlin
Carlin was one of the most famous comics to emerge from the '60s counterculture. After it was broadcast on radio, his comic monologue Seven Dirty Words You Can't Say on Television became the focus of an obscenity case that made it all the way to the Supreme Court. Carlin is the subject of a new two-part HBO documentary by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. Carlin spoke with Terry Gross in 1990 and 2004. Our TV critic, David Bianculli also reviews the documentary.
Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the reissue of Max Roach's classic 1960 albumWe Insist! Freedom Now Suite. Last month, it was named to the National Recording Registry.Fri, 20 May 2022
- 2110 - Political Discord In The White Evangelical ChurchNew York Times journalist Ruth Graham says many pastors are being pressured to resist vaccines and mask mandates, embrace Trump's claims about election fraud and adopt QANON-based conspiracy theories.
Maureen Corrigan shares four terrific novels perfect for your early summer reading: This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub, Search by Michelle Huneven, One-Shot Harry by Gary Phillips, and Knock Off the Hat by Richard Stevenson.Thu, 19 May 2022
- 2109 - How Systemic Racism Shaped George Floyd's Life
As we approach the second anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, two journalists report on the life of the man whose death sparked a massive protest movement and a national conversation about race. Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa drew on hundreds of interviews and countless public and private records to reconstruct the course of Floyd's often-troubled life. A gentle man who sometimes worried that his size intimidated people, George Floyd grew up in poverty, and had big aspirations. But the authors argue his opportunities were limited time and again by the effects of systemic racism. Their new book is His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life, and the Struggle for Racial Justice.Wed, 18 May 2022
- 2108 - Frank Bruni On Vision Lost & Found
After experiencing a rare kind of stroke, NYTwriter Frank Bruni suddenly became blind in his right eye. Doctors told him there was a decent chance the same could happen to his other eye. It forced him to make a decision: He could focus on what had been lost or on what remained. He chose the latter. Bruni's new memoir is The Beauty of Dusk.Tue, 17 May 2022
- 2107 - The Queer History Of The Women's House Of Detention
In New York City, in the 20th century, tens of thousands of women and transmasculine people were incarcerated at the so-called "House of D." Author Hugh Ryan says that in many cases, the prisoners were charged with crimes related to gender non-conforming behavior. "Drunkenness, waywardism, disobedience to their parents, being out at night by themselves, wearing pants, accepting a date from a man, accepting a ride from a man," Ryan says. "All of these things could have gotten you arrested if you were perceived as the 'wrong kind of woman.'" In his new book, The Women's House of Detention, Ryan writes about the prison, and about the role it played in the gay rights movement of the '60s, including the Stonewall Uprising of 1969.Mon, 16 May 2022
- 2106 - Best Of: Rosie Perez / Stephen Merchant
Rosie Perez was a dancer on Soul Train, the choreographer for "the Fly Girls," the dancers on the sketch comedy show In Living Color,and she did the now-famous dance in the opening credit sequence of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. She's now co-starring in the HBO max series The Flight Attendant. We'll talk about her career and how she managed to become so successful after having been raised as a ward of the state in St. Joseph's Catholic Home for Children in New York, and later in foster care.
Maureen Corrigan reviews Hernan Diaz's new novel, Trust.
Also, we speak with comedian, writer, director and actor Stephen Merchant. With Ricky Gervais, he co-created the British comedy The Office. He has a new comedy thriller series calledThe Outlaws.Sat, 14 May 2022
- 2105 - Met Opera Star Anthony Roth Costanzo
A decade ago, Costanzo had surgery that threatened to destroy his singing voice. Now he stars as a gender-fluid Egyptian pharaoh in the Met Opera's production of Philip Glass' Akhnaten. He's a countertenor, meaning he sings in a high range that's associated with women's voices. He knows all about the history of countertenors and their predecessors, castrati.
Justin Chang reviews the new filmMemoria, starring Tilda Swinton, which he calls a "sonic detective story."Fri, 13 May 2022
- 2104 - How Tucker Carlson Conquered CableThe New York Times did an exhaustive survey of the Fox News hosts' broadcasts. Reporter Nicholas Confessore says Carlson's show is based on ideas that were once "caged in a dark corner of American life."
Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Trust by Hernan Diaz.Thu, 12 May 2022
- 2103 - Former Attorney General Eric HolderWed, 11 May 2022
- 2102 - British Comedy Writer & Actor Stephen Merchant
Merchant co-created the British OfficeandExtras with Ricky Gervais. His new show, The Outlaws, is about people court-ordered to do community service for low-level crimes. He spoke with producer Sam Briger about what inspired the new series, his best writing advice, and how being very tall (6'7") has informed his personality.
Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new album from The Clarinet Trio.Tue, 10 May 2022
- 2101 - Rosie Perez
Raised in a convent for abandoned kids, The Flight Attendantco-star used to dream of stability and a loving home. Now that she has it, Perez says, "It's priceless." We talk with Perez about overcoming the trauma of her childhood, how a fight with Spike Lee helped land her breakthrough role in Do the Right Thing, and her brief — but impactful — time dancing on Soul Train.Mon, 09 May 2022
- 2100 - Best Of: Alexander Skarsgård / Comedy Writer Jessi Klein
Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård describes himself as "quite a mellow guy." Playing a Viking warrior in the film The Northmangave Skarsgård a chance to tap into his animalistic nature. We talk about being a child actor in Sweden, growing up in a bohemian family, and his roles in Big Little Lies and Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" music video.
Ken Tucker reviews Bonnie Raitt's new album, Just Like That...
Jessi Klein was the head writer of Inside Amy Schumer and is one of the lead voices in the animated Netflix series Big Mouth. She has a new book of essays about motherhood calledI'll Show Myself Out. Klein talks about how having a baby made her feel like a stranger in her own body and life. "There's just no way to comprehend how completely your old identity vanishes," Klein says.Sat, 07 May 2022
- 2099 - 'Better Things' Star Pamela Adlon
Adlon is the co-creator, director and star of the FX comedy series Better Things, which ended its fifth and final season last month. The Peabody award-winning series has been heralded as a "masterpiece of unreal realism." Her character, like Adlon herself, is the single mother of three girls, who is also helping her aging mother, and trying to keep her acting career alive.
Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviewsStar Trek: Strange New Worlds and Justin Chang reviews the French filmHappening.Fri, 06 May 2022
- 2098 - How The UK Became A Safe-Deposit Box For Russian Oligarchs
We talk with journalist Oliver Bullough about how Russian oligarchs have stashed their wealth and laundered their money in Britain, and how that's helped Putin – and the Russian state – launch its war in Ukraine. There's so much oligarch money in London, it's been nicknamed "Londongrad." Bullough says the UK has developed a system of bankers, lawyers, accountants and PR managers who work to help Russian kleptocrats hide their wealth.Thu, 05 May 2022
- 2097 - Alexander Skarsgård
The Swedish actor describes himself as "quite a mellow guy." Playing a Viking warrior in the film The Northmangave Skarsgård a chance to tap into his animalistic nature. We talk about being a child actor in Sweden, growing up in a bohemian family, and his roles in Big Little Lies, Succession, and Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" music video.
Also, John Powers reviews HBO Max's new drama seriesThe Staircase, inspired by the true crime story and documentary series about the 2001 suspicious death of Kathleen Peterson.Wed, 04 May 2022
- 2096 - How GOP Leaders (Briefly) Turned Against Trump After Jan. 6
In their book, This Will Not Pass,NYT journalists Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns reveal that GOP leaders, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Sen. Mitch McConnell privately discussed removing Trump from office.Tue, 03 May 2022
- 2095 - Stopping Mass Shootings Before They HappenMother Jonesnational affairs editor Mark Follman has studied mass shootings in America for much of the past decade. He says a growing number of mental health experts, educators and law enforcement leaders are engaged in the emerging field of behavioral threat assessment. They study the psychology and behavior of past mass shooters, interviewing many in prison. They then train local personnel to look for those patterns at schools or workplaces, and intervene to get troubled people help before they turn to violence. The approach raises privacy questions, but its advocates believe it's already been effective in preventing tragedies. Follman's new book is Trigger Points: Inside the Mission to Stop Mass Shootings in America.
Ken Tucker reviews Bonnie Raitt's new album, Just Like That...Mon, 02 May 2022
- 2094 - Best Of: Tim McGraw / Zain Asher
Country music singers McGraw and Faith Hill star in the Paramount+ series 1883. The show tells the story of a group of Eastern European immigrants trying to make their way in covered wagons from Texas to Oregon. We talk with McGraw about the series and learning about his birth father, MLB pitcher Tug McGraw.
When CNN international anchor Zain Asher was 5, her father died in a car accident in Nigeria. Asher's new memoir, Where the Children Take Us, is largely about her mother's remarkable life – surviving poverty, genocide and civil war in Nigeria, then raising four children in a struggling neighborhood in London, and giving them the skills, resilience and determination to be successful in life.Sat, 30 Apr 2022
- 2093 - The Wonder of the Human Voice
We talk with 'New Yorker' writer John Colapinto, author of This Is the Voice, about how voices work, how they evolved in our prehistoric ancestors, how babies learn to vocalize words of their parents' languages so quickly, and what makes voices sexy or authoritative. Colapinto's own vocal injury led him to explore this subject.
Film critic Justin Chang reviews Petite Maman, a new film by Portrait of a Lady on Fire director Céline Sciamma.Fri, 29 Apr 2022
- 2092 - Moral Panic in the Classroom
Florida officials recently rejected a slew of math textbooks, claiming they included "prohibited topics." NYTjournalist Dana Goldstein theorizes the objections related to social-emotional learning. The goal of social-emotional learning is to provide kids with a set of skills that they can draw on when they face challenges later in life, Goldstein explains. But some conservatives see it as something that opens the door to larger discussions about race, gender and sexuality.Thu, 28 Apr 2022
- 2091 - Comedy Writer Jessi Klein On Motherhood
Klein was the head writer of Inside Amy Schumer and is one of the lead voices in the animated Netflix series Big Mouth. She has a new book of essays about motherhood calledI'll Show Myself Out. Klein talks about how having a baby made her feel like a stranger in her own body and life. "There's just no way to comprehend how completely your old identity vanishes," Klein says.
TV critic David Bianculli reviews two new shows: Gaslit, about Watergate, andThe Offer, about the making of The Godfather.Wed, 27 Apr 2022
- 2090 - CNN Anchor Zain Asher
When Asher was five, living with her family in London, her mother got a call informing her that her husband and son, who were on a road trip in Nigeria, their ancestral home, had been in a terrible accident. She was told her husband or her son had survived, but the caller didn't know which. That story opens Asher's new memoir, Where the Children Take Us,which is largely about her mother's remarkable life – surviving poverty, genocide and civil war in Nigeria, then raising four children in a struggling neighborhood in London, and giving them the skills, resilience and determination to be successful in life. Asher made it in TV news. Her brother, Chiwetel Ejiofor, is an award-winning actor.
Maureen Corrigan reviews Tasha, novelist Brian Morris's memoir about his smart, difficult and funny mother.Tue, 26 Apr 2022
- 2089 - Michelle Yeoh
When Yeoh first read the script forEverything Everywhere All at Once, she gave a big sigh of relief: Finally, here was a film that put a middle-aged mother in the role of action hero. She spoke with Tonya Mosley about her path from dancer to martial artist to leading lady, as well as joining the boys' club of stunt work.
Also, Justin Chang reviews The Northman.Mon, 25 Apr 2022
- 2088 - Best Of: Comic Jerrod Carmichael / Musician Richard Thompson
Comic, actor and writer Jerrod Carmichael goes deeper into the secrets he reveals in his new HBO comedy special, Rothaniel —secrets about his real name, his family tree, and his sexual orientation. Carmichael's new special is directed by Bo Burnham. A previous one was directed by Spike Lee.
Also, songwriter, singer and guitarist Richard Thompson, talks about his formative years. He co-founded the band Fairport Convention, which created a new genre – a hybrid of traditional music of the British isles and rock. His memoir,Beeswing, is out in paperback.Sat, 23 Apr 2022
- 2087 - Pianist Jeremy Denk
Acclaimed classical pianist Jeremy Denk's new memoir begins with his first piano lessons and ends with his last formal lesson when he was 26. He'll talk about the obsessive practicing and repetition that's essential to reach his level of proficiency, and what he's learned about technique and conveying emotion. We'll also hear music from his new album.
John Powers reviews the new CNN documentaryNavalny, about the Russian dissident who survived a murder attempt and is now in prison. And jazz critic Kevin Whitehead pays tribute to bassist Charles Mingus on the 100th anniversary of his birth.Fri, 22 Apr 2022
- 2086 - Inside The Murdoch Media Empire
The new CNN+ docuseries The Murdochs looks inside the Fox media empire and the family's behind-the-scenes in-fighting. Journalist Jim Rutenberg says the real-life drama rivals HBO's Succession. "I ... have always suspected that theSuccessionwriters have some mole in the family because it's just too many things they seem to know," Rutenberg says. "It's just got all the drama you want in television, but democracy hinges on its future."Thu, 21 Apr 2022
- 2085 - Fairport Convention Band Co-Founder Richard Thompson
The British singer, songwriter and guitarist talks about his formative years, and about pioneering a new musical genre that blended rock with traditional music of the British isles. Thompson's new memoir is Beeswing.Wed, 20 Apr 2022
- 2084 - Tim McGraw
Country music singers McGraw and Faith Hill are starring in the Paramount+ series 1883. The show tells the story of a group of Eastern European immigrants trying to make their way in covered wagons from Texas to Oregon. Before they filmed, they attended "cowboy camp," to learn the basics of riding horses and driving wagons. We talk with McGraw about the series, falling in love with Faith Hill, and learning about his birth father, MLB pitcher Tug McGraw.Tue, 19 Apr 2022
- 2083 - Comic Jerrod Carmichael Reveals His Secrets
In his new HBO comedy special, Rothaniel, Carmichael opens up about his real name, his family tree, and his sexual orientation. We'll go deeper into these issues — and talk about how being honest about them changed his comedy and his life. "The more honest I am, the freer I am," he says.Mon, 18 Apr 2022
- 2082 - Best Of: Molly Shannon / Delia Ephron
In addition to SNL, Molly Shannon has co-starred in the comedy seriesThe Other Two and The White Lotus, and will soon appear in the Showtime comedy series I Love That for You. We talk with Shannon about the tragic event of her childhood that changed her life, and how she found comedy. Her memoir is Hello, Molly!
Ken Tucker reviews a debut album from Wet Leg.
Delia Ephron, who co-wrote the '90s film You've Got Mail with her sister Nora, found herself in the plotline of a romantic comedy. In her new memoirLeft on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life, Delia Ephron writes about finding new love at age 72, in the face of grief and cancer.Sat, 16 Apr 2022
- 2081 - Remembering Jazz Pianist & Composer Jessica WilliamsFri, 15 Apr 2022
- 2080 - Trump, The GOP Kingmaker / Remembering Gilbert GottfriedNYT correspondent Shane Goldmacher says Trump doles out endorsements to Republican candidates to elevate allies, punish enemies, and make the "Big Lie" that the 2020 election was stolen into a party litmus test.
Also, we remember comic Gilbert Gottfried who died this week. Known for his unusual voice and cranky stage persona, he was a perfect fit to play the evil parrot Iago in Disney's Aladdin. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1992.Thu, 14 Apr 2022
- 2079 - Writer Delia Ephron's Real-Life Rom-Com
Delia Ephron, who co-wrote the '90s film You've Got Mail with her sister Nora, found herself in the plotline of a romantic comedy. In her new memoirLeft on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life, Delia Ephron writes about finding new love at age 72, in the face of grief and cancer.
Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews The First Lady on Showtime.Wed, 13 Apr 2022
- 2078 - The Pandemic Profiteers
ProPublica reporter David McSwane tells the story of people and businesses that profited from the COVID-19 pandemic. He found the government awarded lucrative contracts to many people with a history of fraudulent business practices documented in public records, if anyone had bothered to check. His new book is Pandemic, Inc.Tue, 12 Apr 2022
- 2077 - Actor & Comedian Molly Shannon
When Molly Shannon started finding success on Saturday Night Live, she remembers feeling depressed. "I realized that really the only person I wanted to say, 'Oh my gosh, I'm so, so proud of you, Molly' was my mom," she says. But Shannon's mother, along with her younger sister and a cousin, had died decades earlier in a car crash. Shannon's new memoir Hello, Molly!recounts the tragic as well as the wonderful turning points in her life. In addition to SNL, Shannon has co-starred in the comedy series The Other Two and The White Lotus, and will soon appear in the Showtime comedy series I Love That for You.Mon, 11 Apr 2022
- 2076 - Best Of: Groundbreaking Conductor Marin Alsop / Poet Ocean Vuong
In 2007, Alsop became the first woman to lead a major American orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony. But on the way to great success, she faced plenty of rejection. "Girls can't do that," Alsop recalls her violin teacher told her at age nine, of becoming a conductor. "I'd never heard a phrase like that," Alsop says. "You know, it never occurred to me that there was something that girls couldn't do." Alsop was mentored by Leonard Bernstein, and has conducted major orchestras around the world.
Also, John Powers reviews the new HBO Max crime thriller Tokyo Vice.
Finally, Vuong is author of the acclaimed novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. His novel was published in 2019, the same year he won a MacArthur "genius" grant. It was also the same year his mother died. "Ever since I lost her, I've felt that my life has been lived in only two days," Vuong tells Tonya Mosley. "There's the today where she is not here, and then the vast and endless yesterday where she was." Vuong has a new poetry collection called Time Is a Mother, which he describes as "a search for life in the aftershocks of death."Sat, 09 Apr 2022
- 2075 - Acclaimed Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro
The Nobel Prize-winning novelist's latest book, Klara and the Sun, is set in the future and has an artificially intelligent narrator. "I wanted some of that childlike freshness and openness and naivety to survive all the way through the text in her," he says. We talk about his writing process, hitchhiking in the '60s, and his family history in Nagasaki.
Also, David Bianculli reviews 61st Street, a new AMC series about crime, the police, and the courts.Fri, 08 Apr 2022
- 2074 - The Abortion Underground
Activists are mobilizing in preparation for the weakening or end of Roe v. Wade. That's the subject of Jessica Bruder's new cover story for The Atlantic. "There are lots of people who want to keep abortion accessible for everybody who might want access to abortion, regardless of what the Supreme Court does," she says. Bruder is also author of the book Nomadland, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film.
Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews Sea of Tranquility the new novel by Emily St. John Mandel.Thu, 07 Apr 2022
- 2073 - Actor Adam Scott On 'Severance'
Scott is known for TV comedies like Parks and Recreation and Party Down, the drama series Big Little Lies, and the film Step Brothers. Now Scott stars in the Apple TV+ series Severance, which gives a sci-fi take on work-life balance. He plays a man who's chosen to have a chip implanted in his brain to separate his work life from his home life. "I now have no real separation, nor have I ever," he says of his own work as an actor.
Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of Ornette Coleman's first two albums.
And John Powers reviews the new HBO Max crime thriller Tokyo Vice.Wed, 06 Apr 2022
- 2072 - Poet & Author Ocean Vuong
Vuong is author of the acclaimed novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. It was published in 2019, the same year he won a MacArthur "genius" grant. It was also the same year his mother died. "Ever since I lost her, I've felt that my life has been lived in only two days," Vuong tells Tonya Mosley. "There's the today where she is not here, and then the vast and endless yesterday where she was." Vuong has a new poetry collection called Time Is a Mother, which he describes as "a search for life in the aftershocks of death."
Also, Ken Tucker reviews the new album by Wet Leg, who he describes as indie-rock's newest obsession.Tue, 05 Apr 2022
- 2071 - Groundbreaking Conductor Marin Alsop
In 2007, Alsop became the first woman to lead a major American orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony. But on the way to great success, she faced plenty of rejection. "Girls can't do that," Alsop recalls her violin teacher telling her at age nine, of becoming a conductor. "I'd never heard a phrase like that," Alsop says. "You know, it never occurred to me that there was something that girls couldn't do." Alsop was mentored by Leonard Bernstein, and has conducted major orchestras around the world.Mon, 04 Apr 2022
- 2070 - Best Of: Sam Waterston / A Civil Rights Leader Who Investigated Lynchings
Waterston joined the cast of Law & Order in 1994 on a one-year contract. He wound up staying 16 years, until the series wrapped in 2010. Now the show's back — and so is he. We talk about working into his 80s, Grace and Frankie, and how the 1984 filmThe Killing Fields changed his life and career.
Also, David Bianculli reviewsJulia, a new HBO series about Julia Child.
And White Lies author A.J. Baime tells the story of Walter White, a light-skinned Black man whose ancestors had been enslaved. For years White risked his life investigating racial violence in the South.Sat, 02 Apr 2022
- 2069 - The Extraordinary Lives Of Migratory Birds
Author Scott Weidensaul talks about the millions of birds flying unseen over our heads in the night sky, how the bar-tailed godwit can fly more than a week over water without stopping, and how new tracking technology may help with strategies to keep them alive. His book is A World on the Wing.
Also, Justin Chang reviews Nitram, the new film about events leading up to a mass shooting in Australia.Fri, 01 Apr 2022
- 2068 - How Ukraine Is Fighting On The Digital BattlefieldTime's Vera Bergengruen says Ukraine's citizen IT force, led by a 31-year-old minister of digital transformation, is blunting Russian disinformation and galvanizing international support. The Ukrainian government has enlisted as many as 300,000 citizens to volunteer for the so-called IT army. "There are people who worked at tech companies, who had startups, who are cybersecurity experts, and many of them are just ordinary citizens who raised their hands," Bergengruen says.
Also, John Powers reviewsSlow Horses, the new six-part spy thriller series on Apple TV+, starring Gary Oldman.Thu, 31 Mar 2022
- 2067 - How A Civil Rights Leader Risked His Life to Investigate LynchingsWhite Lies author A.J. Baime tells the story of Walter White, a light-skinned Black man whose ancestors had been enslaved. For years White risked his life investigating racial violence in the South.Wed, 30 Mar 2022
- 2066 - The History Of Surgery
Medical historian and surgeon Ira Rutkow points to physical evidence that suggests Stone Age people conducted — and survived — brain surgery. We talk about the evolution of surgery from ancient societies to robotic surgery today. His new book is Empire of the Scalpel.
Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart.Tue, 29 Mar 2022
- 2065 - Sam Waterston On Returning To 'Law & Order'
Waterston joined the cast of the original NBC series in 1994 on a one-year contract. He wound up staying 16 years, until the series wrapped in 2010. Now the show's back — and so is he. We talk about working into his 80s, Grace and Frankie, and how the 1984 filmThe Killing Fields changed his life and career.
Also, David Bianculli reviewsJulia, a new HBO series about Julia Child.Mon, 28 Mar 2022
- 2064 - Best Of: Pianist Jeremy Denk / Columnist Frank Bruni
MacArthur "genius" grant winner Jeremy Denk talks about what he learned from his piano teachers, his pivotal artistic moments and his failures and frustrations. Denk's new memoir is Every Good Boy Does Fine.
John Powers reviews Life & Beth on Hulu, created by and starring Amy Schumer.
After experiencing a rare kind of stroke, NYT writer Frank Bruni suddenly became blind in his right eye. Doctors told him there was a decent chance the same could happen to his other eye. It forced him to make a decision: He could focus on what had been lost or on what remained. He chose the latter. Bruni's new memoir isThe Beauty of Dusk.Sat, 26 Mar 2022
- 2063 - Remembering Secretary Of State Madeleine Albright
Appointed by President Clinton in 1997, Albright advocated for the expansion of NATO into the former Soviet bloc countries of Eastern Europe. She died March 23. Originally broadcast in 2003 and 2018.
Justin Chang reviewsEverything Everywhere All At Oncestarring Michelle Yeoh.Fri, 25 Mar 2022
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