'New York Times' reporter Nicholas Confessore explains how Trump's election was a boon to those with access to the president. "If you had a Trump connection, you could write your own ticket," he says. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'American Made' starring Tom Cruise.
Simon and Pelecanos (creator/producer of 'The Wire') talk about their new HBO series 'The Deuce,' which takes place in 1971 New York City, when the streets were rife with sex workers and the porn industry was beginning to take off. "The 'pornographication' of America has been profound," Simon says. "You don't have a multi-billion dollar industry operating every year and not have it transform the way we think about ourselves and each other."
Author Candice Millard argues that Churchill's battlefield coverage and daring escape from capture while serving as a correspondent for a British newspaper during the Boer War were turning points in his life. Millard's book is 'Hero of the Empire.' Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Manhattan Beach' by Jennifer Egan. Contributor Haroon Mogul talks about how a minor encounter at a border crossing helped him out of depression.
Litt says that writing speeches and jokes for President Obama was often a delicate task: "There's a whole industry of people trying to take your words out of context." Litt's new memoir is 'Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years.' Also, Ken Tucker reviews two new albums from the band Deer Tick.
Wainwright III has written remarkable songs about family, and how we hurt and heal each other. Now he details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir 'Liner Notes.' David Bianculli reviews the new Jerry Seinfeld Netflix special. Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick talk about their new 10-part PBS series 'The Vietnam War,' which tells the story of the war from multiple perspectives, including the North Vietnamese.
John Powers remembers the monumental 'Battle of the Sexes' match between tennis players Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, and we listen back to our 2013 interview with 20-time Wimbledon champion Billie Jean King, who led a movement that demanded fairer treatment and pay for female players. Her famous 'Battle of the Sexes' is now at the center of a feature film starring Emma Stone. She talked to 'Fresh Air' about the challenges of being a female player before there was a women's league. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'To Love And Be Loved' by pianist Harold Mabern.