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Dec 13, 2017

Esther Perel has spent the past six years focusing on couples who are dealing with infidelity. "It's never been easier to cheat -- and it's never been more difficult to keep a secret," she says. Her new book is ‘The State of Affairs.’ Also, we remember Smithereens’ lead singer Pat DiNizio. And critic at-large John Powers shares his list of things he wishes he reviewed in 2017.

Dec 12, 2017

Three members of the band Ranky Tanky perform songs from their self-titled debut album. Their name and music derives from the Gullah tradition, slave descendants from the Georgia and South Carolina coast. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan picks her best books for a chaotic 2017. 

Dec 11, 2017

Writer and director Scott Frank says his Netflix series ‘Godless’ was inspired by historical records from 19th century Southwestern towns in which women took over after the men died in an accident. He talks about wanting to make a Western and embracing the genre’s clichés. 

Dec 9, 2017

James Franco’s new film, 'The Disaster Artist,’ is about the making of the 2003 cult classic ‘The Room,’ which has been called the 'Citizen Kane' of bad movies. Franco talks about what drew him to ‘The Room,’ and its star, Tommy Wiseau. And linguist Geoff Nunberg shares his word of 2017. Also, director Guillermo del Toro discusses 'The Shape of Water,’ which is set in 1962 and features a fairy tale romance between an amphibious water creature and a mute woman.

Dec 8, 2017

In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Eventually the entire black population of Forsyth County was driven out. Patrick Phillips, author of ’Blood at the Root,’ tells the story. Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘I, Tonya.’

Dec 7, 2017

Robert Mueller is conducting a "full and thorough investigation of the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election," and any possible links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. Any such links could be called collusion, but is collusion a crime? ‘New Yorker’ staff writer and CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin discusses the Mueller investigation and the approach President Donald Trump’s legal team is taking. Film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘Foxtrot.’

Dec 6, 2017

Franco's new film, ‘The Disaster Artist,’ is a behind-the-scenes take on the making of the 2003 cult classic ‘The Room,’ which has been called the ‘Citizen Kane’ of bad movies. Franco also talks about his roles in HBO’s ‘The Deuce,’ and the controversy surrounding his 2014 film ‘The Interview.’ Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg shares his word of the year.

Dec 5, 2017

‘Vanity Fair’ editor-at-large Cullen Murphy grew up the son of a cartoonist. His father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular Prince Valiant strip, which Murphy eventually wrote for 14 years. His new memoir is ‘Cartoon County.’  Also, director Guillermo del Toro says his new film ’The Shape of Water’ centers on “love beyond words.” Set in 1962, his new film features a fairy tale romance between an amphibious water creature and a mute woman.

Dec 4, 2017

Daniel Ellsberg became one of the best-known opponents of the Vietnam War in 1971, when he leaked the Pentagon Papers, a secret Defense Department study of the war, to the ‘New York Times.’ He has a new memoir ‘The Doomsday Machine,’ about his years as a young national security analyst looking at top secret plans for nuclear war. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of Ezra Pound, ‘The Bughouse,’ and John Powers reviews the new Amazon series ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.’

Dec 2, 2017

After the sudden death of his wife in April 2016, comic Patton Oswalt felt his life slipping away. But over the past year, things took a turn: He fell in love again. His new Netflix special is 'Patton Oswalt: Annihilation.’ Justin Chang reviews 'The Shape of Water.' Anthony Atamanuik and Peter Grosz's new Comedy Central series, 'The President Show,' is set up like a late night talk show, hosted by President Trump with Vice President Pence as his sidekick. 

Dec 1, 2017

For World AIDS Day we’re listening back to our 2016 interview with activist Cleve Jones. He lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic and became an activist after Harvey Milk’s assassination. “Meeting Harvey, seeing his death, it fixed my course.” Jones is co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and started the AIDS memorial quilt. Film critic Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of ‘The Astaire Story.’ Film critic David Edelstein reviews James Franco’s ‘The Disaster Artist.’

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