The comics channel the indignities of puberty in their animated Netflix comedy series 'Big Mouth.' Looking back on his own adolescence, Mulaney says: "I was always mystified." The duo are hosting the Independent Spirit Awards this Saturday. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Red Sparrow' starring Jennifer Lawrence.
When she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Sarah McBride became the first trans person to speak at a major party's convention. Now she's the spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ organization. Her new memoir is 'Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality.' Also, critic John Powers reviews the new season of Donald Glover's FX series 'Atlanta.'
Psychologist and journalist Lauren Slater, who suffers from depression and bipolar disorder, has first-hand experience with psychotropic drugs; she's been taking medication for 35 years. "As a nation, we're consuming them; we're gobbling them down," Slater tells Terry Gross. "And we don't really know what we're taking into our bodies." Her new book, in part about the science and history of mood-altering drugs, is titled 'Blue Dreams.' Also, Kevin Whitehead reviews two new compilations of Nina Simone's early singles.
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. "One of the few conclusions I may have reached from writing this book is that when we say 'relationship' or 'marriage' we all think we're talking about the same thing," Kreider says. "But I think there are a lot of different deals out there." And Maureen Corrigan reviews the debut memoir by Matt Young, a combat veteran of the Iraq War, titled 'Eat the Apple.'
Growing up, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. She writes about her trying transition into the mainstream in 'Educated: A Memoir.' Also, critic David Bianculli reviews BBC's nature documentary series 'Blue Planet II,' which he calls a "dazzling piece of television." And Richard Jenkins wasn't cast in a movie until he was in his 30s. Now 70, he's up for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in 'The Shape of Water.'
New York Times reporter Scott Shane discusses special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians who allegedly participated in a complex social media operation to undermine the 2016 election. And critic Ken Tucker reviews Brandi Carlile's new album 'By the Way, I Forgive You.'