Jonah Hill

Hill always wanted to be a writer and director, but an unexpected complement in an acting class shifted him towards performing instead. He co-starred in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘Superbad,’ and ‘Moneyball.’ Now he’s written and directed his first movie, ‘Mid90s,’ about a group of young skateboarders. He talks about toxic masculinity, self-acceptance, and his experience directing for the first time.

Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘Let The People See,’ the story of Emmett Till.

White Nationalism And The Synagogue Massacre

Journalist Eli Saslow says white nationalism inspired the man who killed 11 at a Pittsburgh synagogue: “In the horrific hierarchy of white nationalist beliefs, they really consider Jews their primary enemy.” Saslow spoke with Terry Gross Monday morning about the tragedy and its “straight line” to the white nationalist movement.

Also, we’ll listen back to an excerpt of the interview with Saslow and former white nationalist Derek Black from September. Saslow’s book, ‘Rising Out of Hatred,’ focuses on Derek, who was once a leading voice in the white nationalist movement but has since denounced his views.

Best Of: Melissa McCarthy / Paul Dano

McCarthy is not interested in playing pleasant characters. “Who wants to watch that?” she says. “There’s nothing to sink your teeth into. … The people I love and like are filled with quirks and eccentricities.” McCarthy spoke with Terry Gross about playing Sean Spicer on ‘SNL’ and her role as literary forger Lee Israel in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissued album, from 1981, featuring diverse musicians playing songs that Nino Rota composed for Federico Fellini movies.

The ‘Love & Mercy’ and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ actor steps behind the camera for ‘Wildlife,’ an adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel about a boy whose parents are separating. The film was informed by Dano’s own parents’ relationship.

Lou Reed: A Life

Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for ‘Rolling Stone,’ says he sought to write the biography that Lou Reed “deserved.” DeCurtis didn’t shy away from writing about the darker side of Reed’s life, including addiction and domestic abuse. “It wasn’t like I had to go looking for the drugs and the sex,” he says. “Lou wrote about it … so I felt it was fair game.” ‘Lou Reed: A Life’ is now out in paperback. DeCurtis spoke with Terry Gross in 2017.

Corruption, Scandal & The Big Business Of College Basketball

A federal jury on Wednesday convicted three men of conspiring to use cash payments to recruit players to top basketball programs. Writer Michael Sokolove says the case exposes the sordid competition for young athletes, involving apparel companies, scouts, coaches, parents and so-called street agents, or runners, who seek out players as young as 12. “They’re exploitative, they’re dealers in human, athletic flesh, and they’re trying to get their hooks into kids, and get their hooks into families and get into their inner circles, and then to see what’s in it for me?” Sokolove’s new book is ‘The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino.’

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the new fantasy thriller ‘Suspiria,’ from ‘Call Me By Your Name’ director Luca Guadagnino.

Actor Paul Dano On Anxiety, Directing, And ‘Wildlife’

The ‘Love & Mercy’ and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ actor steps behind the camera for ‘Wildlife,’ an adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel about a boy whose parents are separating. The film was informed by Dano’s own parents’ relationship. “I think someone else would have wanted to make a film about a kid who rebels; for me, I remember being in the middle, feeling the ground shake and not wanting to tip,” he says.

Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissued album, from 1981, featuring diverse musicians playing songs that Nino Rota composed for Federico Fellini movies.

How Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Are Targeting Minorities

Twenty-four states have implemented new voting restrictions disproportionately affecting minorities — ranging from requiring voter IDs to closing polling places. We talk with ‘Mother Jones’ reporter Ari Berman about voter suppression and the ongoing fight for voter rights. “The 2018 election could go in two different ways,” he says. “It could be tainted by voter suppression, or it could be remembered as an election in which voting rights were expanded for millions of people.”

Melissa McCarthy

McCarthy is not interested in playing pleasant characters. Flawless women with perfect clothes and relationships? Nope, not for her. “Who wants to watch that?” she says. “There’s nothing to sink your teeth into. … The people I love and like are filled with quirks and eccentricities.” McCarthy spoke with Terry Gross about ‘Bridesmaids,’ playing Sean Spicer on ‘SNL,’ and her role as literary forger Lee Israel in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Also, John Powers reviews the BBC drama ‘Bodyguard,’ dropping on Netflix Oct. 24.

Best Of: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Creator / ‘Hey, Kiddo’ Author

Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s animated comedy series for Netflix, ‘BoJack Horseman,’ satirizes Hollywood using a mix of human and animal characters. “Part of the original pitch was like, ‘What’s Mr. Ed like behind the scenes?'” BoJack (a horse) is a depressed, alcoholic, sexist former sitcom star in the #MeToo era.

Justin Chang reviews ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ starring Melissa McCarthy as a con artist who forges letters from famous authors.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s National Book Award-nominated graphic memoir ‘Hey, Kiddo’ is about growing up with a mother addicted to heroin. Krosoczka initially didn’t want to write about his childhood because he felt it was too dark. “It took it took a long time for me to gain that courage to make this book,” he says.

A Father & Son’s Story Of Addiction And Recovery

David Sheff and his son Nic both wrote memoirs about the family’s experience with Nic’s addition. Their stories are now the basis of the film, ‘Beautiful Boy,’ starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. They spoke with Terry Gross in 2008 and 2013.

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ stars Melissa McCarthy as a misanthropic con artist who forges letters from famous authors. Critic Justin Chang feels like McCarthy’s entire career has been working toward this role.