Four years ago, Eels founder Mark Oliver Everett decided to take a break from music. He went on what he calls a project of self-improvement, during which he got married, got divorced and, at the age of 54, had a son. He also spent time reckoning with the losses he'd experienced earlier in life, including his sister's suicide, his mother's death from cancer and his father's fatal heart attack. Now he's back, with a new album, 'The Deconstruction,' a reflection on both the pain and joy of life.
The former secretary of state describes President Trump as "the most anti-democratic leader that I have studied in American history." Albright's new book is 'Fascism: A Warning.' Also, critic at large John Powers marks the 50th anniversary of the Stanley Kubrick film, '2001: A Space Odyssey.'
Steven Bochco, who died Sunday, created numerous series, including 'Hill Street Blues' and 'NYPD Blue.' TV Critic David Bianculli looks back on Bochco's impact, then we listen to his 1989 'Fresh Air' interview. Yunte Huang's new book, 'Inseparable,' chronicles the lives of the "original Siamese twins," Chang and Eng Bunker, who were brought to America in 1829 and forced to perform in a freak show. They later married and fathered 21 children.
Roy Wood Jr. 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 journalist in Birmingham, Ala., and joined 'The Daily Show' in 2015, after working for ESPN and as a radio personality. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Ready Player One.' And writer Sara Saedi was 2 when her parents fled Iran and moved to California. Her new memoir, 'Americanized,' describes her 18-year-long path to citizenship, and the lingering anxiety of being undocumented.
Comic actor Bill Hader spoke with Terry Gross in 2012 about his recurring 'SNL' character Stefon, doing voices and his love of classic Hollywood films. His latest project is the HBO series 'Barry.' Also, former Obama White House staffer Alyssa Mastromonaco reflects on her six years running on adrenaline working for the president. Her memoir 'Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?' is now out in paperback. And film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Ready Player One.'