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  • 45 minutes 32 seconds
    How Satchel Paige Helped Integrate MLB
    Hall of Famer Satchel Paige started his career pitching in the Negro leagues and later became a major league star. Author Larry Tye tells his story in Satchel. Plus, Justin Chang reviews Inside Out 2.

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    14 June 2024, 4:07 pm
  • 43 minutes 47 seconds
    How Formerly Enslaved People Were Stripped Of Land
    Journalist Alexia Fernández Campbell says that some freed men and women were given titles to land following the Civil War — but after President Lincoln's death, the land was taken back. Campbell is a contributor to 40 Acres And A Lie, a three-part series featured in Mother Jones and the public radio show and podcast Reveal, which explores how the land loss deprived Black people of building intergenerational wealth.

    David Bianculli reviews the new Apple TV+ series, Presumed Innocent.

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    13 June 2024, 8:53 pm
  • 44 minutes 14 seconds
    Rob McElhenney On 'Welcome To Wrexham'
    'The Always Sunny in Philadelphia' co-creator and co-star bought a Welsh football club during the pandemic. McElhenney says he and actor Ryan Reynolds bought the team to "bring hope to a town that had fallen on hard times." The FX series 'Welcome to Wrexham,' now in its third season on Hulu, chronicles the team, its owners and fans.

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    12 June 2024, 9:02 pm
  • 46 minutes 1 second
    Questlove On Hip-Hop And History
    Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson still remembers the first time he heard The Sugarhill Gang's 1980 hit "Rapper's Delight." It felt like a paradigm shift: "Suddenly they start talking in rhythmic poetry and we didn't know what to make of it," The Roots bandleader says. Questlove's new book is Hip-Hop is History.

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    11 June 2024, 7:25 pm
  • 44 minutes 45 seconds
    Actor Griffin Dunne Revisits His Hollywood Childhood
    Dunne grew up in Beverly Hills, in a family of storytellers — including his father, author Dominic. He talks about his complicated relationship with fame and the trauma the family experienced after the 1982 murder of his sister, Dominique. Dunne's new memoir is 'The Friday Afternoon Club.'

    Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Consent,' by Jill Ciment.

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    10 June 2024, 6:29 pm
  • 48 minutes 12 seconds
    Best Of: 'Merrily We Roll Along'; MSNBC Host Ali Velshi
    Stephen Sondheim's musical Merrily We Roll Along flopped when it debuted in 1981. But its Broadway revival has been a hit, garnering seven Tony nominations. We talk with director Maria Friedman, who was a friend of Sondheim's, and actor Jonathan Groff.

    MSNBC host Ali Velshi traces his family's migration across three continents, from a village in India to South Africa — where his grandfather crossed paths with Mahatma Gandhi — to Kenya, Canada and the U.S. Velshi's new memoir is Small Acts of Courage.

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    8 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 44 minutes 14 seconds
    Julio Torres Spins Immigration Stress into Satire
    Comic, actor and filmmaker Julio Torres came to the U.S. from El Salvador in his early 20s — and he says he is personally familiar with "all the Catch-22s of the immigration system." Torres addressed immigration in Problemista; his new HBO comedy series is Fantasmas. Plus, John Powers reviews Becoming Karl Lagerfeld.

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    7 June 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 43 minutes 17 seconds
    Ronan Farrow on the link between #MeToo, Weinstein and Trump
    While reporting on Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement, Farrow unearthed details of the National Enquirer's plan to pay for damaging stories about Trump and then bury those stories — a practice known as "catch and kill." The connection between that practice and the 2016 election gave prosecutors a felony case against the former president.

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    6 June 2024, 6:57 pm
  • 46 minutes 11 seconds
    Colson Whitehead returns to 1970s NYC in 'Crook Manifesto'
    Whitehead's sequel to Harlem Shuffle centers on crime at every level, from small-time crooks to Harlem's elite. "My early '70s New York is dingy and grimy," the Pulitzer Prize-winning author says.

    Plus, Ken Tucker reviews Swamp Dogg's new album, Blackgrass.

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    5 June 2024, 7:31 pm
  • 45 minutes 8 seconds
    MSNBC Host Ali Velshi Traces His Ancestors' Migration
    In his memoir, Small Acts of Courage, Velshi chronicles his family's journey, from a village in India to South Africa — where his grandfather crossed paths with Mahatma Gandhi — to Kenya, Canada and the U.S. Plus, David Bianculli reviews Hit Man.

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    4 June 2024, 6:18 pm
  • 45 minutes 15 seconds
    'Merrily We Roll Along' Revival Is A Love Letter To Sondheim
    Stephen Sondheim's 1981 flop is now a Broadway hit. This revival of Merrily We Roll Along is nominated for seven Tony Awards. Two of those nominees, actor Jonathan Groff and director Maria Friedman, talk with Terry Gross about the show.

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    3 June 2024, 7:38 pm
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