‘Maid’ Details How It’s ‘Impossible’ To Live On Minimum Wage

Stephanie Land’s new memoir is about her struggle to make ends meet as a single mom while cleaning houses and relying on government assistance. Land, who left an abusive relationship and was homeless, talks about how she got out of poverty, went back to school and pursued writing.

Also, Ken Tucker reviews Sharon Van Etten’s new album ‘Remind Me Tomorrow.’

Journalist Digs ‘Underground,’ Finds The Secret World Beneath

Will Hunt is fascinated with the world below us: “Every manhole, every doorway, every stairway going down into the dark [feels] like a potential portal into this like separate world.” His book about exploring sewers, subway tunnels, and other hidden places around the world is ‘Underground.’

Also, we remember pianist and composer Michel Legrand who died Saturday. He won Oscar Awards for his compositions in ‘Yentl,’ ‘Summer of ’42’ and ‘The Thomas Crown Affair.’ Legrand spoke with Terry Gross in 1996.

Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the coming-of-age novel ‘The Falconer,’ by Dana Czapnik.

Best Of: Hosts Of Prison Podcast ‘Ear Hustle’ / Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor started the podcast ‘Ear Hustle’ when Woods was a prisoner in San Quentin. Woods’ sentence was recently commuted, but the two continue to tell stories of life in prison.

Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two new interpretations of Thelonious Monk’s complete works.

As the host of the PBS TV series ‘Finding Your Roots,’ Henry Louis Gates Jr. tells celebrities about their family history. Terry Gross asked Gates about his own roots.

Comic Roy Wood Jr. / Alan Alda

In 2018, Roy Wood Jr. explained how the years he spent performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest — sometimes in places where he felt unsafe as a black man — prepared him for ‘The Daily Show.’ Wood has a new Comedy Central special called ‘No One Loves You.’

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the reissue of Eric Dolphy’s 1963 ‘Musical Prophet’ sessions.

Actor Alan Alda is the recipient of the 2019 lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1997 about M*A*S*H and his unusual childhood growing up in a burlesque club.

TV critic David Bianculli reviews the TNT miniseries ‘I Am the Night,’ from ‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins, starring Chris Pine.

Novelist Grapples With Suicide, Grief And Student-Teacher Relationships

Sigrid Nunez’s National Book Award-winning novel, ‘The Friend,’ is narrated by a woman grieving the suicide of her longtime friend and former writing professor, whom she slept with once. Nunez talks about how the subjects of the book relate to her own life.

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘The Kid Who Would Be King,’ a fantasy movie based on the legend of King Arthur.

Journalist Jason Rezaian On His 544 Days In Iranian Prison

After being accused of being a spy, ‘Washington Post’ Tehran Bureau Chief Jason Rezaian was held in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison for two and a half years. Throughout it all, he never considered giving up on writing and reporting. He talked to Terry Gross about his imprisonment and release. His memoir is ‘Prisoner.’

Historian & ‘Finding Your Roots’ Host Henry Louis Gates Jr.

As the host of the PBS TV series ‘Finding Your Roots,’ Gates tells celebrities about their family history. Terry Gross asked Gates about his own roots, and some of the more controversial aspects of DNA testing.

Also, journalist Brian Palmer has written recently about taxpayer funding for confederate monuments, and groups that portray the confederate cause as noble and slavery as a benign institution. His article for ‘Smithsonian Magazine’ is called ‘The Costs of the Confederacy.’

Best Of: Rachel Maddow On Spiro Agnew’s Bribery Scandal / John C. Reilly

Richard Nixon’s first vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in 1973 amidst charges of bribery and tax evasion. Now, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and producer Mike Yarvitz revisit the Agnew scandal in the hit podcast ‘Bag Man.’ “The parallels with what was going on in the Nixon and Agnew administration 45 years ago to the efforts by the Trump administration right now … is uncanny,” Maddow says.

Justin Chang reviews ‘Glass,’ a film by M. Night Shyamalan.

By his own count, John C. Reilly has acted in almost 80 movies, including ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Chicago,’ ‘Talladega Nights’ and ‘Walk Hard.’ Now, he’s co-starring with Steve Coogan as half of the iconic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy in ‘Stan & Ollie.’ Reilly talks about the extreme prosthetic makeup and bodysuit he wore for the role, physical comedy, and bonding with Joaquin Phoenix while filming ‘The Sisters Brothers.’

From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D.

Growing up in rural Idaho, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn’t go to school. Her deeply religious parents stockpiled food and weapons for a government invasion or the end of the world. In her memoir, ‘Educated,’ Westover writes about how she defied her parents, and made her way to college and graduate school.

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘Glass’ directed by M. Night Shyamalan.