Wood says the years he spent performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest — sometimes in places where he felt unsafe as a black man — helped him understand the psyche of the country. He grew up the son of a civil rights journliast in Birmingham, Ala., and joined 'The Daily Show' in 2015, after working for ESPN and as a radio personality.
Religion scholar Bart Ehrman says that the early spread of Christianity transformed the entire history of the West — for better or worse. His new book examines how the once forbidden religion swept the world.
Trump "has made nationalist policy into the policy of the executive branch," says 'New York Times' editor Jonathan Weisman. His new book, '(((Semitism))),' details how he became the target of neo-Nazi trolls and the connection between white nationalism and Donald Trump's campaign and presidency. Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a collection of recordings celebrating the New York Philharmonic's 175th birthday.
Luis Alberto Urrea's 'The House of Broken Angels' borrows from the story of his older brother, who died of cancer. Urrea talks about being the son of a Mexican father and an American mother, feeling like there was a border wall in his own home growing up. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a box set of recordings of pianist Teddy Wilson. Writer and cartoonist Tim Kreider admits unabashedly that the longest relationship of his adult life was with the stray cat that became his companion for 19 years. His new collection of personal essays details his many unconventional relationships, which include the girlfriend he traveled with on a circus train, a married woman he fell in love with and his whirlwind romance with a sexual performance artist.
In 2017 binge-watch, humblebrag, photobomb, NSFW, truther, face-palm and listicle were among the new additions to the dictionary. The words must meet three criteria, says Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Stamper's book is 'Word by Word.' Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'The Old Guys' by Amy Rigby.
Over the past five years, artificial intelligence technology has evolved at a rapid pace. Computers can now mimic human language and drive cars. 'New York Times' technology reporter Cade Metz discusses how computers can learn on their own, what their limitations are, and the dangers of them making mistakes. Critic Milo Miles reviews two recent collaborations by the Kronos Quartet.