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May 9, 2017

Before she turned to writing, Gaitskill ran away from home and worked as a stripper. Her new collection of personal essays is ‘Somebody with a Little Hammer.’ Also, Julia Turshen speaks with ‘Fresh Air’ producer Sam Briger about her new cookbook ‘Small Victories.’

May 8, 2017

Sidibe’s break-out role was in 'Precious,' Lee Daniels’ 2009 film about a girl who is sexually abused by her father and physically abused by her mother. She speaks with Terry Gross about landing the title role despite the fact she didn’t have acting experience, overcoming anxiety and depression as a kid, and how working for a phone sex hotline prepared her for acting (and interviews).

May 6, 2017

Bell talks with Terry Gross about interviewing white nationalist Richard Spencer for his CNN series 'United Shades of America’ and doing stand-up in black comedy rooms. He has a new memoir.  Also, Ken Tucker reviews Kendrick Lamar's album 'Damn.' Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox have written obituaries for thousands of people, ranging from heads of state to the inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch. They are featured in the new documentary 'Obit.'

May 5, 2017

The Philly-based chef talks about his Israeli roots, and the secret to his award-winning hummus. He is the recipient of a 2017 James Beard award for outstanding chef. John Powers reviews ‘Risk,’ the new Laura Poitras documentary about Julian Assange. Also, comic Chris Gethard talks about his one man show ‘Career Suicide,’ which premieres on HBO on Saturday. And David Edelstein reviews ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2.’

May 4, 2017

‘New Yorker’ staff writer Evan Osnos discusses the likelihood that impeachment or the 25th Amendment will be used to remove President Donald Trump from office.

May 3, 2017

Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were tantamount to a "state-sponsored system of segregation," in which people of color were purposely excluded from suburbs. His new book is ‘The Color of Law.’ Critic David Bianculli shares an appreciation of late director Jonathan Demme’s ‘Who Am I This Time?’ which was made for TV.

May 2, 2017

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist revisits the lives and deaths of his parents in his new memoir, ‘Between Them.’ "As much as they loved me, an only child, they loved each other more," he says. Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘Anything is Possible’ by Elizabeth Strout.

May 1, 2017

Bell talks with Terry Gross about interviewing white nationalist Richard Spencer for his CNN series 'United Shades of America,' doing stand-up in black comedy rooms, and how being an asthmatic "indoor kid" affected him. His new memoir is 'The Awkward Thoughts Of W. Kamau Bell.' 

Apr 29, 2017

Rich says the HBO series is about the "craven desire for power." He also writes a column for 'New York' magazine about the intersection of politics and pop culture. Maureen Corrigan reviews the book 'Hourglass' by Dani Shapiro. Rick Ankiel entered the major leagues in 1999 as an extremely gifted pitcher, then one day he suddenly lost it. His new memoir, 'The Phenomenon,' describes his struggle with an anxiety condition called "the Yips," as we'll as his unlikely comeback.

Apr 28, 2017

Hearst was abducted in 1974 and then declared allegiance to her captors. Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin does not believe Hearst was brainwashed, but rather, "responded rationally to the circumstances." His book ‘American Heiress’ is now out in paperback. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘The Circle,’ starring Tom Hanks.

Apr 27, 2017

Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox have written obituaries for thousands of people, ranging from heads of state to the inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch. They are featured in the new documentary ‘Obit.’ Also, Ken Tucker reviews Kendrick Lamar’s album ‘Damn.’

Apr 26, 2017

Rich says the HBO series is about the “craven desire for power.” Rich also writes a column for ‘New York’ magazine about the intersection of politics and pop culture. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ which was released today on Hulu. 

Apr 25, 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Ford treated mentally ill inmates in New York City for more than a decade. It was almost universal, she says, that they suffered abuse or significant neglect as children. Her book is ‘Sometimes Amazing Things Happen.’ Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead celebrates Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday.

Apr 24, 2017

Ankiel entered the major leagues in 1999 as an extremely gifted pitcher, then one day he suddenly lost it. His new memoir, ‘The Phenomenon,’ describes his struggle with an anxiety condition called "the Yips," as we’ll as his unlikely comeback. Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the book ‘Hourglass’ by Dani Shapiro

Apr 22, 2017

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked in the Obama White House for six exhilarating and exhausting years. She talks about running on adrenaline, planning for worst case scenarios, and wearing Snuggies on Air Force One. Her new memoir is 'Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?' Film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘A Quiet Passion.’ Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper talks about how words (like "f-bomb") are added to the dictionary, finding the first-known use of a word, and how English continues to evolve. Her book is ‘Word by Word.’

Apr 21, 2017

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to sexuality, girls hear that "they're supposed to be sexy, they're supposed to perform sexually for boys, but ... their sexual pleasure is unspoken." Orenstein discusses the effect hook-up culture, porn, and pop stars have had on girls' lives. Her book ‘Girls & Sex’ is now out in paperback. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘A Quiet Passion.’

Apr 20, 2017

As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office, ‘New York Times’ White House correspondent Maggie Haberman says "the magnitude of the job is sinking in for him." 

Apr 19, 2017

Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper talks about how words (like “f-bomb” or “bodice ripper”) are added to the dictionary, finding the first-known use of a word, and how English continues to evolve. TV critic David Bianculli reviews the Netflix series ‘Bill Nye Saves The World' and the return of the FX series ‘Fargo.'

Apr 18, 2017

Mastromonaco worked in the West Wing for six exhilarating and exhausting years. She talks about running on adrenaline, planning for worst case scenarios, and wearing Snuggies on Air Force One. Her new memoir is ‘Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?’ Also, John Powers reviews the film ‘Norman,’ starring Richard Gere.

Apr 17, 2017

Members of the Osage Indian Nation became very wealthy in the 1920s after oil deposits were found on their land. Then local whites began targeting the tribe, killing them off one by one in mysterious and disturbing ways. Journalist David Grann tells the story in his book ‘The Killers of the Flower Moon.’ Also, Ken Tucker reviews an album from The Menzingers.

Apr 15, 2017

In 1978, more than 900 followers of the Rev. Jim Jones committed mass suicide in Guyana by drinking cyanide-laced Flavor Aid. Journalist Jeff Guinn details how Jones captivated his followers in his new book, 'The Road to Jonestown.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new season of AMC's 'Better Call Saul.' Also, comic Sasheer Zamata speaks with ‘Fresh Air’ producer Ann Marie Baldonado about her road to ‘SNL.’

Apr 14, 2017

The British actor plays a reverend in ‘The Leftovers,’ the HBO series about what happens after 2 percent of the world's population vanishes in a mysterious event. Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘The Lost City of Z.’

Apr 13, 2017

Journalist David Owen says that convoluted legal agreements and a patchwork of infrastructure determine how water from the Colorado is allocated. How can the river continue to support 36 million people in 7 states? His new book is ‘Where The Water Goes.’ Also, comic Sasheer Zamata talks with ‘Fresh Air’ producer Ann Marie Baldonado about her new special ‘Pizza Mind’ and her road to ‘SNL.’

Apr 12, 2017

‘New Yorker’ staff writer Jeffrey Toobin discusses Leonard Leo, the conservative lawyer who is responsible, to a considerable extent, for one third of the justices on the Supreme Court — Roberts, Alito, and now Gorsuch. Leo is the Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society. Also, Ken Tucker reviews Jessi Colter’s new album, ‘The Psalms.’

Apr 11, 2017

In 1978, more than 900 followers of the Rev. Jim Jones committed mass suicide in Guyana by drinking cyanide-laced Flavor Aid. Journalist Jeff Guinn details how Jones captivated his followers in his new book, ‘The Road to Jonestown.

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