Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt are experts in what makes democracies healthy — and what leads to their collapse. They warn that American democracy is in trouble. Ken Tucker reviews Charli XCX's album 'Pop 2,' and book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Perfect Nanny,' by award-winning Moroccan-French author Leïla Slimani.
The Netflix series 'The Crown,' now in its second season, centers on a young Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family. Creator Peter Morgan talks about how he works with a team of researchers to reconstruct history, and how he takes creative liberties. Also, TV critic David Bianculli discusses the comeback of the anthology series. Finally, we speak with Melba Pattillo Beals. In 1957 she was part of the "Little Rock Nine," a group students chosen by the NAACP to integrate a high school after the Supreme Court declared school segregation unconstitutional. She shares her experience being tormented and bullied by white students. Her new book is 'I Will Not Fear.'
Frank, who died this week, created the radio drama series 'Work in Progress' and was known for his intimate on-air monologues, sketches, and interviews. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1989. Also, we talk with Daniel Ellsberg. He leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in 1971, in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He is portrayed in the new film 'The Post.' Film critic David Edelstein reviews the documentary 'The Final Year,' which follows President Obama's foreign policy team as the presidency comes to an end.
Christian Picciolini spent eight years as a member of a violent, white power skinhead group. He eventually withdrew and co-founded a nonprofit to help extremists disengage. His new book is 'White American Youth.'
Medical journalist Jeanne Lenzer warns that implanted medical devices are approved with far less scrutiny and testing than pharmaceutical drugs. As a result, she says, some have caused harm and even death. "Walmart tracks heads of lettuce they have on a shelf at any given time. They know how many they have to replace. They can track those a lot better than we're tracking medical devices implanted in people," Lenzer says. Her new book is 'The Danger Within Us.' Also, TV critic David Bianculli discusses the comeback of the anthology series.
The Netflix series, now in its second season, centers on a young Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family. One of the figures in the series is Elizabeth's uncle, the former King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936 and was ostracized by the family. "What we have here is a fantastic family saga," Morgan says. "And no family is complete without an embarrassing uncle, and [Edward] is the ultimate embarrassing uncle." Morgan also wrote the screenplays for the films 'Frost/Nixon' and 'The Queen.' Also, John Powers reviews the second installment of 'American Crime Story' with 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace.'