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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 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 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: Gina Prince-Bythewood's latest film is a rousingly old-fashioned action-drama about women warriors in 19th-century West Africa.
Gina Prince-Bythewood's latest film is a rousingly old-fashioned action-drama about women warriors in 19th-century West Africa.
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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 '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 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 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.'"
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 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."
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.
Review: Tilda Swinton plays a literary scholar who has an encounter with a wish-granting genie, played by Idris Elba, in this flashy and ornate new fantasy film.
Tilda Swinton plays a literary scholar who has an encounter with a wish-granting genie, played by Idris Elba, in this flashy and ornate new fantasy film.
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."
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 increasingly aggressive with its Asian neighbors and with the U.S. Listen: https://n.pr/3dUfKUJ
Comedian Mo Amer's new Netflix show about his life is called 'Mo.' His family is Palestinian, and fled the first Gulf War, so Amer grew up in Houston from age nine. https://www.npr.org/2022/08/23/1118987138/comic-mo-amer-draws-on-his-palestinian-and-texan-roots-in-a-new-netflix-series
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.'
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. '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.'
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 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 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 crossed the border illegally -- it was the intent. Some administration officials worked to keep families separated longer.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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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