Luis Alberto Urrea's 'The House of Broken Angels' borrows from the story of his older brother, who died of cancer. Urrea talks about being the son of a Mexican father and an American mother, feeling like there was a border wall in his own home growing up. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a box set of recordings of pianist Teddy Wilson. Writer and cartoonist Tim Kreider admits unabashedly that the longest relationship of his adult life was with the stray cat that became his companion for 19 years. His new collection of personal essays details his many unconventional relationships, which include the girlfriend he traveled with on a circus train, a married woman he fell in love with and his whirlwind romance with a sexual performance artist.
In 2017 binge-watch, humblebrag, photobomb, NSFW, truther, face-palm and listicle were among the new additions to the dictionary. The words must meet three criteria, says Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Stamper's book is 'Word by Word.' Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'The Old Guys' by Amy Rigby.
Over the past five years, artificial intelligence technology has evolved at a rapid pace. Computers can now mimic human language and drive cars. 'New York Times' technology reporter Cade Metz discusses how computers can learn on their own, what their limitations are, and the dangers of them making mistakes. Critic Milo Miles reviews two recent collaborations by the Kronos Quartet.
Trejo's made a career playing menacing tough guys, from 'Breaking Bad' to 'Machete.' He says that his experience standing in the yard waiting for a prison riot in San Quentin prepared him for acting: "You're absolutely scared to death ... [but] you have to pretend you're not." Also, we'll hear an excerpt of Terry Gross' 1993 interview with writer and former inmate Eddie Bunker, who was a mentor to Trejo. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'The Death of Stalin.'
Journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn have been at the forefront of the investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. Their new book, 'Russian Roulette,' attempts to put all the pieces of the story together. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two books about cold cases.
Rania Abouzeid has been covering Syria since 2011 — despite the fact that she's been called a spy, placed on wanted lists by Syrian intelligence and banned from entering the country. In her new book, 'No Turning Back,' she writes about rebel fighters, and families caught in the middle. Critic John Powers reviews 'The Sparsholt Affair,' by novelist Alan Hollinghurst.