In 2012, Notaro became famous after her stand-up set about her cancer diagnosis went viral. Since then, she created the Amazon series 'One Mississippi,' got married and had twins. She's also recorded a couple more stand-up specials, including one in which she took off her shirt and showed her double-mastectomy scars. Her new special is 'Happy to Be Here.' Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'First Reformer.'
Pollan, author of 'The Omnivore's Dilemma' and 'The Botany of Desire,' talks about his new book, 'How to Change Your Mind.' It covers the history of psychedelic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms, and how they're now being used experimentally in therapeutic settings, to treat depression, addiction, and fear of death. Pollan also talks about his own experience experimenting with psychedelics. "I had an experience that was by turns frightening and ecstatic and weird," he says.
'New York Times' writer Dave Itzkoff examines Williams' comic brilliance and struggle with addiction in the biography 'Robin.' Williams took his own life in 2014; an autopsy later revealed he had Lewy body dementia. Also, 'Jessica Jones' star Krysten Ritter says she loves the complex role of the atypical superhero. "I am doing the most work when I'm not saying lines," she says. Netflix just renewed the series for a third season.
Tracey Thorn (formerly of the band Everything But the Girl) stepped away from performing two decades ago in order to start a family. Now she sings about the different stages of women's lives on her solo album, 'Record.' Maureen Corrigan reviews the book 'Barracoon' by Zora Neale Hurston. Chef Lidia Bastianich talks about growing up eating farm-to-table meals with her Italian family. After she emigrated to America, she drew on those childhood meals in opening her first restaurant. Her new memoir is 'My American Dream.'
Bening starred in the films 'American Beauty,' 'The Grifters,' 'The Kids Are Alright,' and '20th Century Women.' Now she's in the screen adaptation of Anton Chekhov's 'The Seagull.' Bening spoke with Terry Gross about her transition from stage to screen, her stop-and-start approach to show business, and her desire to play characters her own age. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the Showtime miniseries 'Patrick Melrose.'
'New York Times' reporter Eric Lipton says the response to a recent Freedom of Information Act request shows that Scott Pruitt and his staff have gone to great lengths to keep the public and the news media at a distance. Film critic Justin Chang reviews the thriller 'Beast.'