Filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski spent nearly 10 years filming Christopher Rainey and his family, who run a recording studio in a working-class African-American neighborhood of North Philadelphia. During the course of the film we see the Raineys get married, raise their daughter, and try to recover from a traumatic turn of events when she is hit by a stray bullet. Olshefski and Christopher “Quest” Rainey join us. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘The Post.’
In her new book 'Moral Combat,' academic R. Marie Griffith writes about how battles around sex, gender and sexual orientation became part of American politics, including issues of women's suffrage and marriage equality. Also, writer Dagoberto Gilb tells a story about his much-anticipated trip to Mexico, in which he found himself stuck indoors during an earthquake strike. And critic Kevin Whitehead remembers some of the jazz musicians who died this year.
Chef-turned-advocate Barton Seaver works to get people excited about fish. He says there are a lot of species that are not endangered that we should be eating. Film critic Justin Chang picks his top 12 movies of 2017. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jennifer Egan talks about her work of historical fiction, ‘Manhattan Beach,’ which imagines the lives of women who worked on the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II. Rock critic Ken Tucker looks back on the year in music.
Spike Lee's 1986 debut feature film, 'She's Gotta Have It,' centered on a young black artist who loves sex, but isn't interested in a committed relationship. Now he returns to the character in an expanded, 10-part Netflix series. Also, 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.
The new Spielberg film ‘The Post’ stars Meryl Streep as Graham and Tom Hanks as Bradlee as they defy a federal judge by publishing the Pentagon Papers. Graham and Bradlee each spoke with Terry Gross, in 1997 and 1995, respectively, about how they decided whether or not to publish the top-secret documents. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.'
Lee's 1986 debut feature film, ‘She’s Gotta Have It,’ centered on a young black artist who loves sex, but isn't interested in a committed relationship. Now he returns to the character in an expanded, 10-part Netflix series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.’
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.
‘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.
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.’
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.
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.’
Journalists Jane Mayer and Rebecca Traister look back on Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, in which Hill's testimony brought sexual harassment into the popular consciousness. “She served as kind of a canary in the coal mine for women about what happens when you do speak up against a powerful man, even though she hadn’t even asked to speak up,” Mayer says.
Anthony Atamanuik and Peter Grosz’s new Comedy Central series is set up like a late night talk show, hosted by President Trump with Vice President Pence as his sidekick. Justin Chang reviews ‘The Shape of Water.’
Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo specializes in pediatric anesthesiology and treats 1,000 children a year — from micro-preemies to teenagers. His new memoir is called ‘Counting Backwards.’ Also, National Book Award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward talks with producer Sam Briger about her book ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ about a boy with a black mother and white father, growing up in contemporary rural Mississippi.
After the sudden death of his wife in April 2016, 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.’
Gerwig, the co-writer and star of 'Frances Ha' and 'Mistress America,' is making her directorial debut with the new film 'Lady Bird.' It's about a high school senior preparing for college and trying to assert her independence from her mother. Film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘Darkest Hour.’ 'Mudbound' follows two families — one black and one white — just before, during and after WWII. Director Dee Rees says her experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., in the 1980s informed her film.
Wainwright has written remarkable songs about family, and how we hurt and heal each other. Now he details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir 'Liner Notes.’
The 'Tonight Show' host talks with Terry Gross about parenting, being entertaining in times of tragedy, and the biggest thing he learned from his time at 'SNL.' Film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘Darkest Hour.’
Nashville singer-songwriter Margo Price pawned her wedding ring — and her husband sold their car — to pay for the recording studio to make her 2016 debut album, ‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.’ It made her a beak-out star. Now she’s released her second album, ‘All American Made,’ an overtly political and feminist record that grapples with the current political climate. She plays old and new songs in studio — including a bit of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘HUMBLE.’