TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Netflix show based on 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler). Handler spoke to Terry Gross in 2001 and in 2012, when he brought his accordion to the studio. Also, we remember celebrated Indian actor Om Puri, who died last week. David Edelstein reviews the German comedy 'Toni Erdmann.'
New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter talks about the dramatic advances in genetic research. He says there are new tools that allow scientists "to edit genes in the way a word processor would edit words," so they can alter, delete, and rearrange the DNA of living organisms. Critic at large John Powers reviews '20th Century Women,' the new film written and directed by Mike Mills.
Carrie Fisher, the actress who became a pop culture icon for her performance as Princess Leia in 'Star Wars,' has died at age 60. She spoke to Terry Gross in 1990, 2004 and most recently in 2016 for her memoir, 'The Princess Diarist.' Rock critic Ed Ward reflects on The Ramones' self-titled first album, which debuted 40 years ago.
Gaby Hoffmann grew up in the Chelsea Hotel with her mother, an actress in Andy Warhol's Factory. Gaby appeared in 'Field of Dreams' and other films as child, but says she saw acting as "a means to an end." She now stars in the Amazon series 'Transparent.' [Originally broadcast October 2016] Kenya Barris' ABC comedy series 'Black-ish' was inspired by his own family experiences. He says the show is about "raising your kids in a different environment than you were accustomed to being raised in." [Originally broadcast May 2016]