Our Best of 2017 series continues with 'Daily Show' correspondent Hasan Minhaj. He describes himself as a "third-culture kid" who doesn't fully belong in either the world of his parents or that of his hometown of Davis, Calif. Also we'll hear from 'Late Night' host Seth Meyers. He spent spent 13 years at 'Saturday Night Live,' first as a performer, then as head writer and the co-host of 'Weekend Update.' He talks about political satire in the Trump era and being a comedian without demons.
Smith, who died Saturday, was discovered by bandleader Louis Prima as a teenager. She later married Prima, and the two became a popular Las Vegas lounge act. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2000. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new album from trombonist Roswell Rudd, and film critic David Edelstein reviews Paul Thomas Anderson's new film 'Phantom Thread,' starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
Siegel, the longtime host of NPR's 'All Things Considered,' will retire in January after hosting for 30 years. We talk about his career in radio. Rock critic Ken Tucker looks back on the year in music. Also, filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski spent nearly 10 years filming Christopher "Quest" Rainey and his family, who run a recording studio in a working-class African-American neighborhood of North Philadelphia. Olshefski and Rainey discuss the film.
The longtime host of 'All Things Considered' will retire in January. Siegel joined NPR in 1976 when, as he says, the network had only been on the air for five years and, "we really could make it up as we went along." Also, TV critic David Bianculli shares his picks for best shows of 2017.
Filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski spent nearly 10 years filming Christopher Rainey and his family, who run a recording studio in a working-class African-American neighborhood of North Philadelphia. During the course of the film we see the Raineys get married, raise their daughter, and try to recover from a traumatic turn of events when she is hit by a stray bullet. Olshefski and Christopher "Quest" Rainey join us. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Post.'
In her new book 'Moral Combat,' academic R. Marie Griffith writes about how battles around sex, gender and sexual orientation became part of American politics, including issues of women's suffrage and marriage equality. Also, writer Dagoberto Gilb tells a story about his much-anticipated trip to Mexico, in which he found himself stuck indoors during an earthquake strike. And critic Kevin Whitehead remembers some of the jazz musicians who died this year.