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May 31, 2018

Talley felt like a misfit growing up — until he stumbled upon a copy of the iconic fashion magazine. Paging through 'Vogue,' he says, was like traveling down a "rabbit hole [into] a world of glamour." The fashion titan talks about loneliness, working in Andy Warhol's Factory, and his signature caftans. Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the future of cursive handwriting, and critic David Edelstein reviews the heist film 'American Animals.'

May 30, 2018

Feminist activist and journalist Masih Alinejad discusses her campaign against a law requiring that Iranian women and girls to cover their heads with a hijab. Her new memoir is 'The Wind in My Hair.' Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the funny new novel 'My Ex-Life,' and jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the album 'Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics' by Saxophonist Jon Irabagon. 

May 29, 2018

The best-selling humorist writer talks about his hobby picking up trash on the side of the road, the secret to being in a long relationship, and his new collection of stories, 'Calypso.' Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews violist Johnny Gandelsman's recording of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas.

May 28, 2018

Todd Purdum's new book, 'Something Wonderful,' is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind such hit shows as 'Oklahoma!,' 'Carousel,' 'South Pacific' and 'The Sound of Music.' (Rebroadcast from April, 2018)

May 26, 2018

Farrow won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. He talks about his childhood growing up with 13 siblings, many of whom have disabilities, being raised by a single mother, Mia Farrow, and going to college at age 11. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the new album 'Tell Me How You Really Feel' from Courtney Barnett. Also, 'Jessica Jones' star Krysten Ritter talks about why she loves the complex role of the atypical superhero.

May 25, 2018

We continue our tribute to literary giant Philip Roth with excerpts of interviews about his novels 'The Plot Against America’ and 'Everyman.' Roth died Tuesday at age 85. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Amazon series 'Picnic at Hanging Rock.'

May 24, 2018

The influential novelist won almost every major literary award, but still found the writing process was full of discovery. "Each and every sentence is a revelation," he said. Roth died Tuesday at 85. He spoke with Terry Gross seven times over the years. Over two episodes we'll listen back to excerpts of those interviews. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

May 23, 2018

Farrow won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. He was threatened while reporting the piece, in an attempt to suppress his investigation. We'll also talk about his childhood growing up with 13 siblings, many of whom have disabilities, being raised by a single mother, Mia Farrow, and going to college at age 11. His new book is 'War on Peace.'

May 22, 2018

'Like a Mother' author Angela Garbes explains the importance of the placenta, the nutritional and immunological components of breast milk and the difficulties she faced in childbirth. Also, Ken Tucker reviews a the new album 'Tell Me How You Really Feel' from Courtney Barnett, and John Powers reviews the new British series 'The Split' on SundanceTV.

May 21, 2018

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author writes about his relationship with his father, as well as his own experiences as the parent of four, in 'Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews the reboot of 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' on Amazon.

May 19, 2018

Bening starred in the films 'American Beauty,' 'The Kids Are All Right,' '20th Century Women,' and most recently, 'The Seagull.' Bening spoke with Terry Gross about her transition from stage to screen, her stop-and-start approach to show business, and her desire to play characters her own age. Also, critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Invasion of Privacy' by rapper Cardi B. In 2012, comic Tig Notaro became famous after her stand-up set about her cancer diagnosis went viral. Since then, she created the Amazon series 'One Mississippi,' got married and had twins. Her new special is 'Happy to Be Here.'

May 18, 2018

Wolfe began experimenting with nonfiction writing techniques in the 1960s. The "new journalism" pioneer and best-selling author died Monday. He spoke with  Terry Gross in 1987. Also, we listen back to a 2014 interview with author Edward St. Aubyn. His semi-autobiographical novels 'Patrick Melrose' have been adapted into a Showtime miniseries. And TV critic David Bianculli reviews the HBO movie 'Fahrenheit 451.' 

May 17, 2018

'New Yorker' staff writer Evan Osnos says that hundreds of non-partisan civil servants, considered not loyal enough to the administration, have been marginalized or pushed out of government entirely. 

May 16, 2018

In 2012, Notaro became famous after her stand-up set about her cancer diagnosis went viral. Since then, she created the Amazon series 'One Mississippi,' got married and had twins. She's also recorded a couple more stand-up specials, including one in which she took off her shirt and showed her double-mastectomy scars. Her new special is 'Happy to Be Here.' Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'First Reformer.' 

May 15, 2018

Pollan, author of 'The Omnivore’s Dilemma' and 'The Botany of Desire,' talks about his new book, 'How to Change Your Mind.' It covers the history of psychedelic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms, and how they’re now being used experimentally in therapeutic settings, to treat depression, addiction, and fear of death. Pollan also talks about his own experience experimenting with psychedelics. "I had an experience that was by turns frightening and ecstatic and weird," he says. 

May 14, 2018

'New York Times' writer Dave Itzkoff examines Williams' comic brilliance and struggle with addiction in the biography 'Robin.' Williams took his own life in 2014; an autopsy later revealed he had Lewy body dementia. Also, 'Jessica Jones' star Krysten Ritter says she loves the complex role of the atypical superhero. "I am doing the most work when I'm not saying lines," she says. Netflix just renewed the series for a third season. 

May 12, 2018

Tracey Thorn (formerly of the band Everything But the Girl) stepped away from performing two decades ago in order to start a family. Now she sings about the different stages of women's lives on her solo album, 'Record.' Maureen Corrigan reviews the book 'Barracoon' by Zora Neale Hurston. Chef Lidia Bastianich talks about growing up eating farm-to-table meals with her Italian family. After she emigrated to America, she drew on those childhood meals in opening her first restaurant. Her new memoir is 'My American Dream.' 

May 11, 2018

Yale Law professor James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community. He received a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for his nonfiction book 'Locking Up Our Own.' Also, critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Invasion of Privacy' by rapper Cardi B.

May 10, 2018

Bening starred in the films 'American Beauty,' 'The Grifters,' 'The Kids Are Alright,' and '20th Century Women.' Now she's in the screen adaptation of Anton Chekhov's 'The Seagull.' Bening spoke with Terry Gross about her transition from stage to screen, her stop-and-start approach to show business, and her desire to play characters her own age. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the Showtime miniseries 'Patrick Melrose.' 

May 9, 2018

'New York Times' reporter Eric Lipton says the response to a recent Freedom of Information Act request shows that Scott Pruitt and his staff have gone to great lengths to keep the public and the news media at a distance. Film critic Justin Chang reviews the thriller 'Beast.'

May 8, 2018

Filmmaker siblings Jay and Mark Duplass have been making movies together since they were kids. Their short film, 'This is John,' made for $3 on a VHS tape, went to the Sundance Film Festival. They've gone on to do HBO's 'Togetherness,' and films like 'The Puffy Chair.' Their new memoir, 'Like Brothers,' is about the rewards and difficulties of being in such a close, collaborative relationship. Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the book 'Barracoon.'

May 7, 2018

Bastianich grew up eating farm-to-table meals with her Italian family. After she emigrated to America, she drew on those childhood meals in opening her first restaurant. Her new memoir is 'My American Dream.' Also, critic at large John Powers reviews the novel 'The Mars Room' by Rachel Kushner. 

May 5, 2018

In an exclusive interview after the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Wolf addresses the backlash to her set. "I wouldn't change a single word. I'm very happy with what I said, and I'm glad I stuck to my guns." Also, CBS News contributor Alex Wagner talks about her search for the roots of her mixed-race ancestry. She used her reporting skills to investigate, digging through archives and getting multiple and conflicting genetic tests. Her book is 'Futureface.'

May 4, 2018

The new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., honors the victims of lynching and racial terrorism in the U.S. 'Fresh Air' looks back on the history of lynching, including the grotesque picture postcards sold as lynching mementos. Historian Philip Dray and collector James Allen join us. Also contributor Mat Johnson talks about how his great-grandfather escaped being lynched. 

May 3, 2018

The Everything But the Girl singer stepped away from performing two decades ago in order to start a family. Now she sings about the different stages of women's lives on her solo album, 'Record.' 

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