Nobel Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison discusses her novel, 'God Help the Child.' At 84, she looks back on her life and says she regrets everything. "It's not profound regret," she says. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." [Originally broadcast April 2015] TV critic David Bianculli reviews the 'X-Files' reboot on Fox.
New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells tells us about some of his more infamous reviews, including his zero star review of Guy Fieri's Times Square 'Kitchen & Bar.' Also, chef Danny Bowien talks about opening 'Mission Chinese,' and the hurdles he overcame along the way. John Powers considers the 5-part BBC America series 'London Spy.'
Kevin Bales discusses the lives of enslaved people and the environmental impact of human bondage. Slavery often exists in places where "the local environment [has] just been destroyed," Bales says. His book is 'Blood and Earth.' Ken Tucker reviews Benji Hughes' album 'Songs in the Key of Animals.'
Jane Mayer investigates the Koch family and how 'Dark Money' enters and influences our political system. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Past' by Tessa Hadley.
Regina Mason's great, great, great grandfather, a man named William Grimes, was as runaway slave and the author of what is now considered the first fugitive slave narrative. Mason talks about finding out her family's secret history. Kevin Whitehead reviews two unusual cross-cultural recordings from musicologist Joachim-Ernst Berendt.
Ray Liotta has a reputation for playing tough guys — but he says he's never actually been in a fight. The 'Goodfellas' actor talks about the ups and downs of his career, and how he's now starring as a corrupt cop in the NBC series 'Shades of Blue.' Also, John Powers reviews the Showtime series 'Billions.' Then, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout discusses her latest novel, 'My Name is Lucy Barton.'
Sheldon Harnick and the late Jerry Bock wrote the songs for the Broadway show 'Fiddler on the Roof.' They spoke to Terry Gross about putting themselves into the "soul of the characters." John Powers reviews the Showtime series 'Billions.'
Years before he became the leader of the Third Reich, Adolph Hitler went on trial and served prison time for an attempted coup. Author Peter Ross Range says 1924 paved the way for his rise to power. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews '13 Hours.'
Elizabeth Strout, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'Olive Kitteridge,' says she was a "bad lawyer" before turning her energies to writing. Her latest novel, 'My Name is Lucy Barton,' is about an aspiring writer. Then, commentator Sarah Hepola tells us how online dating taught her something she's struggled to do all her life: Tell men the truth. Finally, The singular, gender-neutral usage of "they" is now acceptable on college campuses, among the genderqueer and in the 'Washington Post.' Linguist Geoff Nunberg traces the rise of the new "they."
Ray Liotta has a reputation for playing tough guys -- but he says he's never been in a fight in his whole life. The 'Goodfellas' actor talks about the ups and downs of his career, and how he's now starring in the NBC series 'Shades of Blue' as a corrupt cop opposite Jennifer Lopez. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Scott and Jeff Hamilton's 'Live in Bern.'
We remember David Bowie, who died Sunday, with his 2002 interview. He talks about creating -- and leaving behind -- the Ziggy Stardust persona, gender-bending in the early '70s, and why he's not "a very keen performer." Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Last Interview' series. Linguist Geoff Nunberg picks 'gig' as his word of 2015, and we listen back to an excerpt of late soul singer Otis Clay's 1999 interview.
Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy and director Todd Haynes discuss their new film, 'Carol,' about two women who find themselves in an unlikely love affair. The movie, which is set in the 1950s, is based on the novel 'The Price of Salt' by Patricia Highsmith. Also, Ken Tucker reviews Ellie Goulding's new album, 'Delirium.' Then, former paramedic Kevin Hazzard shares stories of rescuing people from choking, overdoses, cardiac arrest, gunshot wounds and a host of other medical emergencies. His memoir is, 'A Thousand Naked Strangers.'
Singer-songwriter Carole King just received a Kennedy Center Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. During the ceremony, Aretha Franklin brought down the house with her rendition of '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.' In celebration of these women, we listen back to their 2012 and 1999 interviews.
Robin Wright, who writes about Saudi Arabia and Iran in the current issue of 'The New Yorker,' says the latest conflict between the countries comes at an especially sensitive moment. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Anomalisa.'
Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy and director Todd Haynes discuss their new film, 'Carol.' Based on the novel 'The Price of Salt,' by Patricia Highsmith, Nagy describes the story as "extremely forward thinking." Also, we remember late French composer and musical provocateur Pierre Boulez in an excerpt of his 2005 interview.
Former paramedic Kevin Hazzard has rescued people from choking, overdoses, cardiac arrest, gunshot wounds and a host of other medical emergencies. His memoir is, 'A Thousand Naked Strangers.' Also, we remember late cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond in an excerpt of his 1990 interview.
Founded in 1991 as a temporary shelter for Somalis, the Dadaab complex in northern Kenya now houses nearly half a million refugees. Ben Rawlence profiles nine of its residents in his new book, 'City of Thorns.' Also, Ken Tucker reviews Ellie Goulding's new album, ' Delirium.'
Book critic Maureen Corrigan, TV critic David Bianculli, film critic David Edelstein, and rock critic Ken Tucker share their favorites of 2015.
Cécile McLorin Salvant initially studied classical voice, but turned to jazz because it offered her more range. "In jazz I felt I could sing these deep husky lows," she says. Her new album is 'For One to Love.'
Our Best of 2015 series continues. DJ, musician and record producer Mark Ronson talks about his life in music. Ronson had his first big success producing Amy Winehouse and has produced recordings by Paul McCartney, Adele, Christina Aguilera, Nas, and Lily Allen. Then we hear from writing partners Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, who bonded over their similar experiences as first-generation Asian-Americans living very different lives from their parents. Their new Netflix series is 'Master of None.'
Our Best of 2015 series continues. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem says at 81 she is free of the "demands of gender" that she faced from adolescence onward. Her new memoir is 'My Life on the Road.' Jeffrey Tambor plays a 70-something transgender woman on the Amazon series 'Transparent.' It's a role he loves. As Maura, Tambor says, "I find myself much more vulnerable and I find myself less protective."
Our Best of 2015 series continues with National Book Award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates. Growing up in Baltimore, Coates faced threats from both the streets and police. His book, 'Between the World and Me,' is an open letter to his teenage son. Also, we remember renowned cinematographer Haskell Wexler, who passed away Sunday at 93.
As part of our Best of 2015 series we listen back to our interview with Larry Wilmore. The host of Comedy Central's 'Nightly Show' says it took a few months — and some advice from Jon Stewart — for him to get comfortable in his new role. Also, Saturday Night Live 'Weekend Update' co-anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che talk about working with Trump, the perils of cue cards, and how they got started in comedy.
The Oscar-winning actress talks about portraying QVC Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano in David O. Russell's new film, 'Joy.' Also, Justin Chang reviews 'The Hateful Eight' and filmmakers Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson talk about their new stop-motion animated film 'Anomalisa.'