After starring in Broadway shows like 'The Music Man' and 'Candide,' Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Her memoir is 'Then and Now' is out in paperback. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Tony Allen's tribute to drummer Art Blakey.
West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the country. 'New Yorker' writer Margaret Talbot interviewed addicts, their families, and health professionals to understand why. Also, actor Sam Elliott (Tombstone, Road House, The Big Lebowski) says that being cautious about the roles he takes has helped him maintain his acting career for nearly 50 years. He plays an aging actor with a stalled career in the new film, 'The Hero.'
'Vox' correspondent Sarah Kliff says Republicans determined to replace and repeal Obamacare are finding it's "awfully difficult to write a bill that would get rid of it entirely." Also, David Edelstein reviews 'Baby Driver,' a film by Edgar Wright.
In 'The Best Land Under Heaven,' Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. He says "there's so much more" to the story. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Okja,' coming to Netflix this week.
Author James Ledbetter says many of the nation's worst economic catastrophes happened while on the gold standard. His new book traces the fascination with gold as a symbol of permanence and quality. His book is 'One Nation Under Gold.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Sexmob's album 'Cultural Capital.'
Roxane Gay has finally written the book that she "wanted to write the least." Gay's new memoir, 'Hunger,' is about being hundreds of pounds overweight, and how she first started gaining weight after being sexually assaulted when she was 12. Also, Sherman Alexie discusses his new memoir about growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington, where poverty and violence were routine. His new book is 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me.'