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The 'Sad And Absurd' Story Of Birobidzhan

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen discusses the Soviet effort, in 1929, to create an autonomous Jewish state in the USSR's far eastern region. Gessen is the author of 'Where The Jews Aren't.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'Musical Monsters,' a newly issued recording of Don Cherry.

Actress Pamela Adlon On 'Better Things'

Pamela Adlon says her long-time collaboration with Louis C.K. helped hone her writing voice. Her new series for FX, 'Better Things,' is based on her experiences as the single mother of three daughters. Also, the media have used a variety of epithets to describe white working-class Trump supporters. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says these terms embody the class contention that is central to this year's election.

Best Of: Jacqueline Woodson / Culinary History of the Depression

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson's new novel 'Another Brooklyn' is based in part on her memories of growing up there in the 1970s. Woodson describes adolescence as an "amazing and urgent moment" in life. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the soundtrack to the new Netflix series 'The Get Down,' about the rise of early hip-hop. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares a batch of previously unknown Charlie Parker performances. Jane Ziegelman and Andy Coe, authors of 'A Square Meal,' discuss the food trends of the Depression.

Actress Sarah Paulson

Our best of 2016 series continues with Sarah Paulson. She's nominated for two Emmys, one for her performance in 'American Horror Story:Hotel,' the other for her portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark in the FX series 'The People vs. O.J. Simpson.' The series is based on the bestselling book about the 1995 trial by legal reporter and analyst Jeffrey Toobin. Paulson also talks about her role in the film 'Carol' and her relationship with actress Holland Taylor.

Remembering Gene Wilder

Actor Gene Wilder died Monday at 83. Wilder, known for roles in films like 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,' and 'Blazing Saddles,' spoke to Terry Gross in 2005 about how he met Mel Brooks, what he learned from Richard Pryor, and his relationship with Gilda Radner.

Best Of: 'Office' Actor John Krasinski / Our Aging And Unstable Electrical Grid

John Krasinski says he's thankful for his big break "every single day." Three years after the wrap of 'The Office,' he continues to branch out — he's now directing and co-starring in the film 'The Hollars.' Ken Tucker reviews 'Real' from singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless. Also, in her new book, 'The Grid,' Gretchen Bakke argues that the under-funded power grid is incapable of taking the U.S. into a new energy future.