'New Yorker' staff writer Jane Mayer tells the story of ex-spy Christopher Steele, the man behind the unverified dossier detailing Trump's ties with Russia. We'll talk about how the dossier was compiled, and why so little was done about its findings during the campaign — even after Steele told the FBI. Steele also wrote a memo after the election about the possibility that Russians blocked Trump's first choice for Secretary of State, Mitt Romney.
Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney 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." They're hosting the Independent Spirit Awards March 3. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two new compilations of Nina Simone's early singles, and Doug Jones, who is a frequent collaborator of Guillermo del Toro's, tells 'Fresh Air' producer Sam Briger about playing the fish man in the Oscar-nominated film 'The Shape of Water.'
Set in 1950s London, Anderson's new film, 'Phantom Thread,' stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a renowned and obsessive fashion designer. The director says he was inspired by fashion icons like Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga. 'Phantom Thread' has six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Also, we remember sex and relationship columnist Cynthia Heimel, who died on Sunday. She was known for the humorous advice she doled out in columns for 'The Village Voice' and 'Playboy.' She spoke with Terry Gross in 1991.
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.'