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Fast-Paced And Proudly Unusual, 'Maniac' Dives Into The Mysteries Of The Mind
Jonah Hill and Emma Stone star in a new, 10-part Netflix series about the psychological exploration of alternative realities and identities. Critic David Bianculli says Maniac is "a blast."
Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes On The Power Imbalance Of Sex Work In 'The Deuce'
When the creators of HBO's The Deuce approached Gyllenhaal about starring as a sex worker on the show, she accepted the role — but only if she could produce as well as act.
Aaron Lee Tasjan Mixes Yearning Vocals And Strong Guitar On 'Karma For Cheap'
Tasjan has played in bluegrass festivals and also opened for punk bands. Critic Ken Tucker says regardless of the musical genre, the singer-songwriter's third album "proves its worth."
Manafort's Guilty Plea Details His Entanglement With Russian-Backed Oligarchs
New York Times reporter Ken Vogel says that Paul Manafort engaged in illegal lobbying to burnish the image of Viktor Yanukovych, the authoritarian president of Ukraine.
Memoirist: Evangelical Purity Movement Sees Women's Bodies As A 'Threat'
In Pure, Linda Kay Klein reflects on the "deep, long-lasting shame" caused by churches that claim women and girls are responsible for the sexual desires of men.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Examines The 'Unspoken Alliance' Between Science And War
In his new book, Accessory to War, the astrophysicist argues that people who work in his field are often complicit to military development — despite being overwhelmingly liberal and anti-war.
Wayne Shorter's 'Emanon' Is An Oversized, Mixed-Media Jazz Event
Decades after he changed modern music as member of Miles Davis' 1960s quintet, and then as co-founder of the band Weather Report, Shorter continues to break ground with a new triple album.
Did A Real-Life Kidnapping Inspire Nabokov's 'Lolita'?
Sarah Weinman's The Real Lolita offers a compelling argument that Nabokov's 1955 novel had its roots in the 1948 abduction of 11-year-old Sally Horner — despite the author's claim to the contrary.
Fresh Air Weekend: Michael Che And Colin Jost Of 'SNL'; Chef José Andrés
The SNL head writers have different attitudes toward co-hosting the Emmy awards Monday night. Jost admits to being nervous, but Che says, "there's nothing to be afraid of."
A Child's Best Interest Is The Subject Of Complex Debate In 'The Children Act'
A new — and nuanced — legal drama features Emma Thompson as a family court judge trying to determine whether a minor can be forced to undergo a blood transfusion against his will.
For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind
The Turtles All The Way Down author says OCD "starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have." Originally broadcast Oct. 19, 2017.
Michael Che And Colin Jost On 'SNL,' Hosting The Emmys And Hating Twitter
The SNL head writers have different attitudes toward co-hosting the Emmy awards Monday night. Jost admits to being nervous, but Che says, "It's comedy! ... There's nothing to be afraid of."
'The First' Is A Human Mission To Mars, With A Focus On The Humans
Hulu's new series features Sean Penn as a veteran astronaut facing the personal sacrifice of deep space travel. Critic David Bianculli says the characters are explored just as deeply as outer space.
Claire Tomalin Moves 'Between The Trivial And The Tragic' In 'A Life Of My Own'
After writing biographies of Charles Dickens and Mary Wollstonecraft, Tomalin turned to memoir. Her new work tells of her conflicting desires to have children and to lead a meaningful working life.
Bob Woodward: 'People Need To Wake Up' To What's Happening Under Trump
The veteran journalist was shocked by the tactics White House staff use to circumvent Trump: "I've never heard in any way of staff going around a president this way." Woodward's new book is Fear.