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Helicopter Medevac Pilot Takes Aim At Military Inequality

Maj. Mary Jennings Hegar talks about being shot down by the Taliban, accidentally getting high from burning marijuana fields, and why being told she "shoots like a girl" is a compliment. She served three tours in Afghanistan and received the Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross with a Valor Device.

Trump, Putin, And The New Cold War

David Remnick and Evan Osnos of 'The New Yorker' say Russia was caught off guard by Trump's election. "This was like a bank heist that, instead of blowing the doors off the safe, they blew the safe up entirely," Osnos says. Also, Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Waking Lions' by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen.

Bipolar And Creativity: A Study Of Poet Robert Lowell

Author Kay Redfield Jamison's new book describes how Lowell's manic-depressive illness influenced his life and work. "His manias tended to lead him into writing a fresh kind of poetry," she says. Lloyd Schwartz reviews a reissue of 'Chimes At Midnight' starring Orson Welles, and jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new album from saxophonist Miguel Zenón.

A 'Photo Ark' For Captive Animal Species

'National Geographic' photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to document every captive animal species in the world. So far he's photographed about 6,500 species. He talks about some of the challenges he faces on the job, like getting an arctic fox to hold still, and being chased by elephants. Also, we remember actor Bill Paxton who died this past weekend. Paxton starred in HBO's 'Big Love,' and in the films 'A Simple Plan,' and 'Titanic.' He spoke with Terry Gross in 2002.

Best Of: Neal Brennan / 'High Noon' and the Hollywood Blacklist

After working mostly as a behind-the-scenes guy on 'Chappelle's Show' and 'Inside Amy Schumer,' comic Neal Brennan is stepping out as a performer with his new Netflix special, '3 Mics.' John Powers reviews 'My Favorite Thing is Monsters,' a new graphic novel by first-time writer Emil Ferris. Author Glenn Frankel talks about the Hollywood blacklist and the making of the classic film 'High Noon,' which was written as a parable about the blacklist.

'Moonlight' Creators / '20th Century Women' Dir. Mike Mills

Filmmaker Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell McCraney drew on their own childhood experiences in making 'Moonlight,' a film about a boy growing up in a Miami housing project. 'Moonlight' is nominated for eight Academy Awards including best picture and direction. '20th Century Women' is nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay. Writer and director Mike Mills was inspired by his desire to understand his mother. Set in Santa Barbara in 1979, it stars Annette Bening as a woman figuring out how to raise her teenage son on her own. David Edelstein reviews 'Get Out,' the new horror/comedy film by Jordan Peele.