Pius IX, who became head of the Catholic church in 1846, saw progress and freedom of speech as anti-Catholic and instituted the doctrine of Papal infallibility. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Kertzer says his exile led to the emergence of modern Italy. His book is 'The Pope Who Would Be King.' Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Zama.'
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo's new memoir, 'Air Traffic,' chronicles his complicated relationship with his father, a labor organizer who lost his job following the air traffic controllers' 1981 strike. Pardlo also talks about his brief time in the Marines, and his family's appearance on the A&E show 'Intervention.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Art of the Wasted Day' by Patricia Hampl.
Former FBI director James Comey tells Terry Gross that he wants to sound the alarm about the "forest fire" of the Trump presidency — and also to defend the FBI against charges of partisanship. "People love the FBI when they think it's on their side," Comey says. "We were not — and are not — on anybody's side." Also, Ken Tucker reviews John Prine's first new album in 13 years, 'The Tree of Forgiveness.' Brian Tyree Henry plays Alfred Miles, a.k.a. rapper "Paper Boi," on the Emmy Award-winning FX series 'Atlanta.' He talks about his parents' record collection and singing in show choir in high school.
Milos Forman was an Academy Award-winning director known for the films 'One Few Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' 'Amadeus,' and 'The People vs. Larry Flynt.' He spoke with Terry Gross in 1994. Harry Anderson was a con man and magician turned actor who was best known for playing Judge Harry Stone on the sitcom 'Night Court.' His 'Fresh Air' interview was in 1989. Also, David Edelstein reviews Amy Schumer's new film, 'I Feel Pretty.'
'New York Times' journalist Robert Draper says "no one understands Trump's base" better than White House social media director (and former golf caddie) Dan Scavino. Draper tells Terry Gross about how Scavino edits many of the president's tweets and also about his possible ties to Russia. TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new seasons of HBO's 'Westworld' and Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale.'
Henry plays Alfred Miles, a.k.a. rapper "Paper Boi," on the Emmy Award-winning FX series 'Atlanta.' He talks about authenticity, studying at Yale School of Drama, and his eclectic music taste. Also, we remember former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at 92. She spoke with Terry Gross in 1994 about meeting her husband George, losing a child, and overcoming depression.