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09/22/2022

Extreme heat, flooding and wildfires: How climate change supercharged the weather https://n.pr/3LxW5ad

We talk with British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful -- the first and only Black person to hold that position. He ...
09/21/2022
'British Vogue' editor-in-chief wants his magazine to reflect the world he sees

We talk with British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful -- the first and only Black person to hold that position. He was told Black women don’t sell magazines. He proved that was false. His book is 'A Visible Man.'

Edward Enninful grew up in Ghana, assisting his mother in her dressmaking shop. "For me, fashion was always such an inclusive, beautiful thing," he says. His memoir is A Visible Man.

Geoffrey Berman served as U.S. Attorney in the Southern District. In his memoir, 'Holding the Line,' he describes how th...
09/20/2022

Geoffrey Berman served as U.S. Attorney in the Southern District. In his memoir, 'Holding the Line,' he describes how the Dept. of Justice demanded he use his office to aid the Trump administration. Listen: https://n.pr/3xCue2A

Sterlin Harjo, co-creator and showrunner of the FX/Hulu series 'Reservation Dogs' talks about Indigenous representation ...
09/19/2022
'Reservation Dogs' co-creator says the show gives audiences permission to laugh

Sterlin Harjo, co-creator and showrunner of the FX/Hulu series 'Reservation Dogs' talks about Indigenous representation in pop culture and the storytellers in his family who inspired him.

Sterlin Harjo says there's a tendency to be "very precious with Native people ... that's kind of how the world is trained to view us." The irreverent series follows four teens on a reservation.

Review: Ken Burns' new six-hour series brings World War II history to life -- and reminds us that our life, right now, i...
09/15/2022
Ken Burns connects the past and the present in 'The U.S. and the Holocaust'

Review: Ken Burns' new six-hour series brings World War II history to life -- and reminds us that our life, right now, is indeed history in the making.

Burns' new six-hour series brings World War II history to life — and reminds us that our life, right now, is indeed history in the making.

Review: Nothing is just one thing in 'Bliss Montage': Satire swirls into savagery; a gimmicky premise into poignancy. Li...
09/14/2022
Ling Ma's stories start out familiar but get very, very weird

Review: Nothing is just one thing in 'Bliss Montage': Satire swirls into savagery; a gimmicky premise into poignancy. Ling Ma writes with such authority that readers are simply swept along.

Nothing is just one thing in Bliss Montage: Satire swirls into savagery; a gimmicky premise into poignancy. Ma writes with such authority that readers are simply swept along.

Nina Totenberg, NPR's's legal affairs correspondent, talks with us about her longtime friendship with the late Justice R...
09/14/2022
Nina Totenberg looks back on her decades-long friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Nina Totenberg, NPR's's legal affairs correspondent, talks with us about her longtime friendship with the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The NPR legal affairs correspondent met the future SCOTUS justice in the early '70s, when Totenberg interviewed Ruth Bader Ginsburg for a story about a decision pertaining to women's rights.

We talk with journalist David Enrich about how lawyers from one giant law firm, Jones Day, became part of the Trump admi...
09/13/2022
How lawyers from one giant DC firm influenced Trump's Supreme Court picks

We talk with journalist David Enrich about how lawyers from one giant law firm, Jones Day, became part of the Trump administration, helping shape the agenda and move the Supreme Court to the right. His book is 'Servants of the Damned.'

Servants of the Damned author David Enrich says lawyers from the firm of Jones Day were deeply embedded in the Trump White House — and helped create policy designed to limit the federal government.

Sheryl Lee Ralph is Emmy nominated for her role as a veteran teacher on the hit sitcom 'Abbott Elementary.' We talk abou...
09/12/2022
From 'Dreamgirls' to 'Abbott Elementary,' Sheryl Lee Ralph forged her own path

Sheryl Lee Ralph is Emmy nominated for her role as a veteran teacher on the hit sitcom 'Abbott Elementary.' We talk about her long career in showbiz -- from 'Dreamgirls' to 'Moesha,' and how she made her own way in an industry that didn't offer many parts to Black women.

Ralph is up for an Emmy for her role as a no-nonsense kindergarten teacher on Abbott Elementary. She says classroom management is about "letting [kids] know that boundaries are there for a reason."

Review: Jonathan Escoffery's 'If I Survive You' is an intensively granular, yet panoramic depiction of what it's like to...
09/09/2022
'If I Survive You' is a sweeping portrait of a family's fight to make it in America

Review: Jonathan Escoffery's 'If I Survive You' is an intensively granular, yet panoramic depiction of what it's like to try to make it -- or not -- in this kaleidoscopic madhouse of a country.

Jonathan Escoffery's If I Survive You is an intensively granular, yet panoramic depiction of what it's like to try to make it — or not — in this kaleidoscopic madhouse of a country.

Review: Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall play a Southern Baptist pastor and his wife trying to redeem their legacy in t...
09/09/2022
'Honk for Jesus' is an uneven but entertaining saga about scandal and redemption

Review: Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall play a Southern Baptist pastor and his wife trying to redeem their legacy in the wake of a public scandal in 'Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.'

Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall play a Southern Baptist pastor and his wife trying to redeem their legacy in the wake of a public scandal in Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.

Review: There's nothing mythic about this series, which acts as a sequel to Paul Schrader's hit 1980 movie. This 'Americ...
09/08/2022
Showtime's 'American Gigolo' sequel lacks the highfalutin glitz of the original

Review: There's nothing mythic about this series, which acts as a sequel to Paul Schrader's hit 1980 movie. This 'American Gigolo' relies too much on people caring about a film that was made four decades ago.

There's nothing mythic about this series, which acts as a sequel to Paul Schrader's hit 1980 movie. This American Gigolo relies too much on people caring about a film that was made four decades ago.

Amanda Shires' album, 'Take it Like a Man,' includes songs she wrote during a difficult period in her marriage to musici...
09/07/2022
Amanda Shires examines the fault lines in her marriage on her new album

Amanda Shires' album, 'Take it Like a Man,' includes songs she wrote during a difficult period in her marriage to musician Jason Isbell. She sings and plays fiddle throughout this interview.

Shires' album, Take it Like a Man, includes songs she wrote during a difficult period in her marriage to musician Jason Isbell. She sings and plays fiddle throughout this interview.

Tennis legend John McEnroe talks about wins, losses, and infamous outbursts on the court. He's the subject of a new docu...
09/06/2022
John McEnroe grapples with his legacy as tennis' bad boy

Tennis legend John McEnroe talks about wins, losses, and infamous outbursts on the court. He's the subject of a new documentary on Showtime.

McEnroe reflects on his career in a new Showtime documentary: "I was very taken aback, actually, when I went to Wimbledon in London for the first time, and I was like, 'Wow, they're so polite here.'"

09/02/2022

Here's the final lineup for our week of music interviews:

Friday: Smokey Robinson / Isaac Hayes
Saturday: James Brown / Ellie Greenwich
Monday: Pete Seeger / Bruce Springsteen

New interviews start Tuesday with tennis legend John McEnroe.

Rosanne Cash on the list of 100 songs her father, Johnny Cash, gave her when she was 18: "He covered every critical poin...
09/01/2022

Rosanne Cash on the list of 100 songs her father, Johnny Cash, gave her when she was 18:

"He covered every critical point in Southern and American music, early folk songs, protest songs, Delta blues, Southern gospel, early country music, Appalachian. Everything that fed into modern country music was on that list. So his overview was really of a musicologist but formed by his instincts and just the rhythm in his own blood. So I realized when he gave me the list at the age of 18 that this was an important document, and I set about learning these songs. But it took me, I think, until now to realize that he was really giving me himself -- a part of his heart and soul."

Listen: https://n.pr/3KDjo1C

08/30/2022

As summer comes to a close, we’re doing our annual week-long series of archival interviews. This year the theme is music/concert interviews. Monday is Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones and Brian May of Queen. Tuesday is jazz legend Charlie Haden. Wednesday is Jay-Z and Lizzo. Thursday is Rosanne Cash. And Friday is Smokey Robinson and Isaac Hayes. Labor Day is Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen. You can find all these on our website or via the podcast.

Journalist Jesse Eisinger says the IRS data obtained by ProPublica is "probably the biggest single trove of private tax ...
08/25/2022

Journalist Jesse Eisinger says the IRS data obtained by ProPublica is "probably the biggest single trove of private tax information that's ever been obtained by any journalistic or academic entity in the history of the country."
Listen: n.pr/3RsgDCP

Review: Set in 1989 Germany shortly before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, 'Kleo' on Netflix centers on a cocky f...
08/25/2022
Netflix's cheerfully murderous 'Kleo' is reminiscent of 'Killing Eve'

Review: Set in 1989 Germany shortly before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, 'Kleo' on Netflix centers on a cocky female assassin and puts a playful spin on the end of communism.

Set in 1989 Germany shortly before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this series centers on a cocky female assassin and puts a playful spin on the end of communism.

China scholar Michael Beckley says China is engaged in the largest military buildup since World War II, and is being inc...
08/24/2022

China scholar Michael Beckley says China is engaged in the largest military buildup since World War II, and is being increasingly aggressive with its Asian neighbors and with the U.S. Listen: https://n.pr/3dUfKUJ

Tim Miller is a former Republican communications operative who held moderate views and backed moderate candidates for ye...
08/22/2022

Tim Miller is a former Republican communications operative who held moderate views and backed moderate candidates for years. But he says in practicing the dark arts of opposition research and planting negative stories about rival candidates, he worked with increasingly extreme right-wing media outlets and fed populist outrage that would radicalize much of the Republican voter base. Miller examines his past work, and considers why so many Republicans who thought Trump unfit for office nonetheless backed him, in a new book, called 'Why We Did It.'
Listen: https://n.pr/3AeBiDd

Arizona GOP primary winners not only supported the overturning of the 2020 election results -- they made it central to t...
08/18/2022
How the hard-right turn in the Arizona GOP is an anti-democracy experiment

Arizona GOP primary winners not only supported the overturning of the 2020 election results -- they made it central to their campaign platform. Those who did not were defeated, NYT Magazine journalist Robert Draper says. Listen below.

2020 election deniers won key races in the GOP primary. New York Times Magazine journalist Robert Draper says the swing state is a bellwether for the rest of the nation.

Since Oxycontin was released in the mid '90s, the CDC estimates more than 1 million Americans have died of drug overdose...
08/17/2022

Since Oxycontin was released in the mid '90s, the CDC estimates more than 1 million Americans have died of drug overdose. 'Dopesick' author Beth Macy and harm-reduction specialist Michelle Mathis talk about citizen volunteers and grassroots organizations working in communities ravaged by the opioid epidemic. Macy's new book is 'Raising Lazarus.'
Listen: https://n.pr/3T8nHWO

Congressman Adam Schiff talks about the investigations of Donald Trump, and the significance of the top secret documents...
08/16/2022

Congressman Adam Schiff talks about the investigations of Donald Trump, and the significance of the top secret documents that the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago last week. He now serves on the House Committee investigating January 6th and attempts to overturn the election. Listen: https://n.pr/3QK4etq

Review: An art-school dropout seizes control of her life and livelihood by branching out into credit card fraud in this ...
08/15/2022
Aubrey Plaza plays a fraudster in the mostly engrossing 'Emily the Criminal'

Review: An art-school dropout seizes control of her life and livelihood by branching out into credit card fraud in this Los Angeles noir. Aubrey Plaza is both vulnerable and fierce as a woman on the take.

An art-school dropout seizes control of her life and livelihood by branching out into credit card fraud in this Los Angeles noir. Plaza is both vulnerable and fierce as a woman on the take.

Review: A Pakistani immigrant and an Irish-born grandmother fall in love in a bleak English town in this sunny and upbea...
08/12/2022
The ordinariness of 'Ali & Ava' is what makes it extraordinary

Review: A Pakistani immigrant and an Irish-born grandmother fall in love in a bleak English town in this sunny and upbeat film. 'Ali & Ava' is a lovely, charming surprise.

A Pakistani immigrant and an Irish-born grandmother fall in love in a bleak English town in this sunny and upbeat film. Ali & Ava is a lovely, charming surprise.

'Atlantic' journalist Caitlin Dickerson writes that family separation wasn't a side effect of prosecuting parents who cr...
08/11/2022

'Atlantic' journalist Caitlin Dickerson writes that family separation wasn't a side effect of prosecuting parents who crossed the border illegally -- it was the intent. Some administration officials worked to keep families separated longer.
Listen: https://n.pr/3bNcfil

Investigator Paul Holes spent his career cracking cold cases. His work led to the arrest of the so-called Golden State K...
08/10/2022
After a career of cracking cold cases, investigator Paul Holes opens up

Investigator Paul Holes spent his career cracking cold cases. His work led to the arrest of the so-called Golden State Killer in 2018. He spoke with us about the case the the impact the work has had on his mental health.

Holes spent more than 20 years investigating crimes in California and played a critical role in identifying Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. as the so-called Golden State Killer. His new book is Unmasked.

Mohsin Hamid is known for his celebrated novels, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Exit West. Our book critic Maureen Cor...
08/09/2022
'The Last White Man' spins a deft, if narrow, fantasy about identity

Mohsin Hamid is known for his celebrated novels, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Exit West. Our book critic Maureen Corrigan, a Twilight Zone fan, says she can imagine the voice of Rod Serling narrating Hamid’s latest novel, The Last White Man. Here’s her review.

Mohsin Hamid's surreal new novel centers on a white man who awakens one morning to find that his skin has turned brown. The Last White Man only seriously strains credulity at its very end.

"I wasn't a very light teenager. I was quite sort of depressed a lot of the time," says Melanie Lynskey. "If you've ever...
08/08/2022
'Lord of the Flies' with teen girls? 'Yellowjackets' actor leans into the role

"I wasn't a very light teenager. I was quite sort of depressed a lot of the time," says Melanie Lynskey. "If you've ever been shy, if you've ever been awkward, it's almost impossible to stop feeling that way."

Lynskey gets to channel some of that teen angst in the Showtime series "Yellowjackets."

Melanie Lynskey is up for an Emmy for her leading role in the Showtime series about a girls' soccer team who go down in a plane crash in 1996, and have to survive in the wilderness for over a year.

It's been a year since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan. We talk with journalist Ramita Navai, who went underco...
08/04/2022
Undercover journalist in Afghanistan finds Taliban are abducting, imprisoning women

It's been a year since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan. We talk with journalist Ramita Navai, who went undercover in Afghanistan to film her new Frontline PBS documentary about how women are being controlled, abducted and punished by the Taliban.

Filmmaker Ramita Navai has seen girls and women forced to marry Taliban members or arrested for violating the morality code. Her new PBS Frontline documentary is Afghanistan Undercover.

In the new book, 'American Cartel,' Scott Higham and co-author Sari Horwitz make the case that the pharmaceutical indust...
08/02/2022
New book chronicles how America's opioid industry operated like a drug cartel

In the new book, 'American Cartel,' Scott Higham and co-author Sari Horwitz make the case that the pharmaceutical industry operated like a drug cartel, with manufacturers at the top; wholesalers in the middle; and pharmacies at the level of "street dealers."

Two Washington Post journalists say pharmaceutical companies collaborated with each other — and with lawyers and lobbyists — to create laws to protect the industry. Their new book is American Cartel.

Review: Gabrielle Zevin's beautifully written novel 'Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow' tells the story of two childhoo...
07/28/2022
The immersive novel 'Tomorrow' is a winner for gamers and n00bs alike

Review: Gabrielle Zevin's beautifully written novel 'Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow' tells the story of two childhood friends who become legendary names in the world of video game design.

Gabrielle Zevin's beautifully written novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow tells the story of two childhood friends who become legendary names in the world of video game design.

After a traumatic brain injury left Briana Scurry in terrible pain and unable to work, the legendary goalie had to sell ...
07/27/2022
A brain injury cut short Briana Scurry's soccer career. It didn't end her story

After a traumatic brain injury left Briana Scurry in terrible pain and unable to work, the legendary goalie had to sell her Olympic gold medals to get by. She tells her story -- and how she got them back -- in this interview.

After a traumatic brain injury left her in terrible pain and unable to work, the legendary goalkeeper had to pawn her Olympic medals. Scurry charts her road to recovery in My Greatest Save.

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