Maggie O'Farrell has survived some terrifying episodes. She's had a machete pressed to her throat during a robbery, once contracted amoebic dysentery while traveling, and nearly bled out while giving birth. Her new memoir 'I Am, I Am, I Am,' details 17 near-death experiences, and what she's learned from them. Also, critic John Powers reviews the thriller novel 'This is What Happened,' and the German TV series 'Babylon Berlin' on Netflix.
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.' Fresh Air also spoke with Patrice Banks about her new book, 'Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide.' Banks left a six-figure salary as an engineer to pursue her dream of owning an auto shop. She went to technical school, worked for free, and in 2016 she opened Girls Auto Clinic. Her auto shop is staffed with women mechanics, and caters to female customers.
With the Academy Awards only a few weeks away, we're revisiting Terry Gross' interviews with filmmakers Greta Gerwig and Dee Rees. Gerwig, who co-wrote and starred in 'Frances Ha' and 'Mistress America,' makes her directorial debut with the film 'Lady Bird.' It's about a high school senior preparing for college and trying to assert her independence from her mother. 'Lady Bird' has five Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director. Dee Rees' film 'Mudbound' follows two families — one black and one white — just before, during and after WWII. Rees says the film was informed by her Nashville, Tenn., childhood. 'Mudbound' is nominated for four Oscars, including best adapted screenplay and cinematography. Critic Justin Chang reviews the Hungarian movie 'On Body and Soul,' which is nominated for best foreign language film.
Robert Mueller started as director of the FBI a week before the Sept. 11 attacks. We talk with journalist Garrett Graff about Mueller's leadership style, his reputation in Washington, and what might happen to the current investigation of the Trump campaign if Mueller is fired as special counsel.
Investigative reporter Ronen Bergman says that while Israel's shootings, poisonings, bombings and drone strikes against its perceived enemies were "tactical successes," they were also diplomatically harmful. His book is 'Rise and Kill First.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews guitarist Wes Montgomery's 1965 Paris concert.
'Atlantic' journalist Franklin Foer says before Manafort became Trump's campaign manager, he rewrote the rules of lobbying and then became entangled in the world of dictators, oligarchs and dirty money. Foer's article is called 'The Plot Against America.'