Jeanne Moreau, an icon of French New Wave cinema, died on Monday at 89. She starred in the films 'Jules and Jim' and 'The Lovers.' She spoke with Terry Gross in 1993 about disobeying her father to pursue acting and working with director Louis Malle. Sam Shepard, who died Sunday, penned more than 55 plays, including 'Buried Child.' His breakthrough film role was as astronaut Chuck Yeager in 'The Right Stuff.' He talked with Terry Gross in 1998. Ken Tucker reviews Randy Newman's new album 'Dark Matter.'
Journalist Bill Moyers once worked as the special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, and, 52 years ago, witnessed firsthand the political maneuvering that resulted in the landmark passage of Medicare. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Wind River.'
The 'New Yorker' writer was five months pregnant when she took a writing assignment in Mongolia. She miscarried alone in her hotel room, and shortly after her return home, her marriage fell apart. Levy's new memoir 'The Rules Do Not Apply,' explores her loss of identity as a wife and mother, and how writing saved her. TV critic David Bianculli reviews three series worth checking out this August.
Perrotta's previous books 'Election' and 'Little Children' were made into films, and 'The Leftovers' became an HBO series. His new book, 'Mrs. Fletcher,' tells the story of a single mother whose only child has left for college. Perrotta says the book was inspired by the upheaval he experienced when his own kids moved out. Also, Lloyd Schwartz reviews a collection from Austrian pianist Artur Schnabel.
The '2 Dope Queens' co-host talks about growing up in a religious family, landing a job on 'The Daily Show' at 22, and her new Netflix film 'The Incredible Jessica James.' Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of noir writer Chester Himes. 'New York Times' Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker has covered the last four presidents. He says President Trump has crossed so many boundaries that "it's easy to become inured to it."