The one-hour program features Terry Gross' in-depth interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures, as well as distinguished experts on current affairs and news.
Airs on KQED Public Radio weekdays at 1pm and 7pm
Terry Gross talks with Frank Rich, an executive producer of the HBO series Veep, that satirizes American politics. Season 6 is underway. Rich is a former New York Times theater critic who also had a Sunday Times column about the intersection of politics and popular culturea subject he continues to write about in New York Magazine.
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Fitzgerald, who died in 1996, had her first hits with Chick Webb's big band before going out on her own in the 1940s. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Fitzgerald at her best is as good as it gets.
Dr. Elizabeth Ford treated mentally ill inmates in New York City for more than a decade. It was almost universal, she says, that they had suffered abuse or significant neglect as children.
Ankiel entered the major leagues in 1999 as a gifted pitcher, but one day suddenly lost that gift. He talks about his pitching demons, his troubled childhood and his way back to baseball.
Dani Shapiro's new memoir dramatizes the dizzying ways a lifetime passes, loops around, speeds up and sometimes seems to stand still. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an incisive and charged work.
Alyssa Mastromonaco talks about her years working in the West Wing. Justin Chang reviews Terence Davies' new film about Emily Dickinson. Kory Stamper explains how new words get into the dictionary.