With the Academy Awards only a few weeks away, we're revisiting Terry Gross' interviews with filmmakers Greta Gerwig and Dee Rees. Gerwig, who co-wrote and starred in 'Frances Ha' and 'Mistress America,' makes her directorial debut with the film 'Lady Bird.' It's about a high school senior preparing for college and trying to assert her independence from her mother. 'Lady Bird' has five Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director. Dee Rees' film 'Mudbound' follows two families — one black and one white — just before, during and after WWII. Rees says the film was informed by her Nashville, Tenn., childhood. 'Mudbound' is nominated for four Oscars, including best adapted screenplay and cinematography. Critic Justin Chang reviews the Hungarian movie 'On Body and Soul,' which is nominated for best foreign language film.
Robert Mueller started as director of the FBI a week before the Sept. 11 attacks. We talk with journalist Garrett Graff about Mueller's leadership style, his reputation in Washington, and what might happen to the current investigation of the Trump campaign if Mueller is fired as special counsel.
Investigative reporter Ronen Bergman says that while Israel's shootings, poisonings, bombings and drone strikes against its perceived enemies were "tactical successes," they were also diplomatically harmful. His book is 'Rise and Kill First.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews guitarist Wes Montgomery's 1965 Paris concert.
'Atlantic' journalist Franklin Foer says before Manafort became Trump's campaign manager, he rewrote the rules of lobbying and then became entangled in the world of dictators, oligarchs and dirty money. Foer's article is called 'The Plot Against America.'
Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson talks about his new film, 'Phantom Thread,' which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a renowned and obsessive fashion designer. It's nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'The Perfect Nanny,' inspired by a tragic murder of two kids by their nanny. 'New York Times' reporter John Leland followed six people above the age of 85 for one year. That series changed his understanding of old age — and inspired his book, 'Happiness is a Choice You Make.'
In 1986 Sam Baker was on a train in Peru when a bomb exploded in the luggage rack above him. His body was torn apart, he had a brain injury, and severe hearing loss. Somehow, during his long recovery, songs started coming to him. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2014 about how the bombing changed his life and made him a musician. His new album is 'Land of Doubt.'