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How Gen. Michael Flynn Became A Central Figure In The Russia Hacking Scandal
Matthew Rosenberg of The New York Times began writing about Gen. Flynn in 2009 in Afghanistan; now he's investigating Flynn's role in Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Aziz Ansari On 'Master Of None' And How His Parents Feel About Acting
Now that the second season of his Netflix series is out, the comic is looking forward to some down time. "Forget season three of Master of None," he says. "I'm ... doing season 34 of Aziz Ansari."
Searching For A Summer Escape? These 6 Books Will Carry You Away
Journeys, near and far, into the past and even into near space, are the subject of the novels, memoirs and narrative histories that make up book critic Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list.
Harry Styles And Dan Auerbach Strive For Authenticity On 2 New Solo Albums
Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Styles' self-titled solo album, as well as Waiting on a Song, by Auerbach of The Black Keys. Tucker says the new albums "meet in a middle-ground of forced humility."
'Times' Book Review Editor Shares Her Love Of Reading In 'My Life With Bob'
Pamela Paul of The New York Times talks about her own new book, which chronicles every book she's read since she was 17 years old. Even if a work isn't great, she refuses to brush it aside cavalierly.
'Smile Stealers' Recalls A Time When Dentists Routinely Reached For The Pliers
Medical historian Richard Barnett traces the history of dentistry in his new book. He says that prior to the 18th century, the profession was often practiced by charlatans with "big muscles."
'Twin Peaks' Makes A Moody And Eccentric Return To TV
A quarter of a century later, Showtime has revived the series some fans consider the most inventive of all time. Critic David Bianculli offers his first impressions of Twin Peaks: The Return.
Churchill, Orwell And The Fight Against Totalitarianism
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Tom Ricks says the writings of Winston Churchill and George Orwell still resonate today. Ricks also discusses the generals serving in the Trump administration.
Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Hasan Minhaj; Cape Verdean Dance Music; Jill Soloway
Minhaj talks his work on The Daily Show and Homecoming King, his new Netflix special. Critic Milo Miles reviews Synthesize The Soul. Transparent creator Soloway wants to upend TV with I Love Dick.
A Salute To 30 Years Of 'The Simpsons'
We listen back to interviews with some of the show's cast members and writer-producers, plus its music composer. Among those featured: creator Matt Groening and Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart.
'Alien: Covenant' Mixes Blood And Guts With Existential Questions
Ridley Scott's new installment of the Aliens franchise is a face-grabbing prequel featuring two androids. Critic David Edelstein says that though plodding at times, Alien: Covenant does deliver.
Comic Hasan Minhaj On Roasting Trump And Growing Up A 'Third Culture Kid'
"I'm an Indian-American-Muslim kid," Minhaj says, "but am I more Indian or am I more American? What part of my identity am I?" His new Netflix special is called Homecoming King.
Angaleena Presley Takes Aim At Nashville On 'Wrangled'
Presley makes a passionate, pointed plea about the current state of country music on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker says that despite its melodramatic nature, Wrangled is subtle, nuanced and clever.
Trump's Election Integrity Commission Could Have A 'Chilling Effect' On Voting Rights
Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot, says the new commission will keep alive the idea that voter fraud is rampant — despite the fact that "all the studies show the opposite."
'Synthesize The Soul' Offers A Perfectly Paced Dance Party
A new collection presents synthesizer dance music from the Cape Verde islands in the '70s and '80s. Critic Milo Miles says the music on Synthesize The Soul will sweeps you up with energy and rhythm.