The Emotional Lives Of Primates

Primatologist Frans de Waal has spent 40 years studying the behavior and emotions of primates. He talks about how primates experience jealousy, reconciliation, and empathy — just like humans. “That’s a spectrum of behavior that we have, and the same thing is true for many other species.” His new book is ‘Mama’s Last Hug.’

Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal’ by Yuval Taylor.

Exposing The Health Risks Of Incarceration

Dr. Homer Venters spent nine years overseeing the care of thousands of inmates on New York City’s Rikers Island. He details horrific cases of inmate deaths from beatings and neglect, and how a new medical record system could be used as a human rights tool. “Jail settings [are] incredibly dehumanizing, and they dehumanize the individuals who pass through them,” Dr. Venters says. Security staff and health staff can stop seeing inmates as people. “They look at them as problems. They look at them as liars, as malingerers.”

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews unusual recordings of familiar pieces by Beethoven and Mozart.

Best Of: Aidy Bryant / Finding God In The Faith Of Others

‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member Aidy Bryant mourns the time she lost in her teens and early 20s feeling self-conscious about her weight and living in fear of judgment about her body. “The second I stopped being afraid of someone calling me fat, I was able to start to focus on my goals and my dreams,” Bryant says. Now she stars in the Hulu series ‘Shrill,’ based on Lindy West’s memoir about being fat and feminist. The series follows Annie, a journalist struggling with body acceptance. Bryant talks about her own journey to being fat positive and her road to ‘SNL’ with Terry Gross.

Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews two Ray Charles albums of country music that have just been re-issued.

Barbara Brown Taylor, an ordained Episcopal priest, left her job as rector of a church to become a professor of religion. Her new book, ‘Holy Envy,’ is about how teaching the religions of the world changed her understanding of her own faith, and how her students, who were mostly Christian, responded when she took them to mosques, synagogues, and Buddhist and Hindu temples.

Remembering Drummer Hal Blaine / Chef Lidia Bastianich

Hal Blaine, one of the most prolific drummers in rock ‘n’ roll history, played on recordings with the Beach Boys, Elvis, Sinatra and many others. He died Monday at age 90. Blaine was part of the group of sought-after studio musicians known as “The Wrecking Crew.” He spoke with Terry Gross in 2001.

Chef Lidia Bastianich grew up eating farm-to-table meals with her Italian family. After they fled Europe as refugees, she drew on those meals in opening her first restaurant. Her 2018 book, ‘My American Dream,’ is out in paperback.

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘Ash is Purest White,’ a drama that follows a woman and her gangster boyfriend over the span of 17 years.

Aidy Bryant On ‘SNL’ & ‘Shrill’

‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member Aidy Bryant mourns the time she lost in her teens and early 20s feeling self-conscious about her weight and living in fear of judgment about her body. She recalls counting calories, trying diets and hating everything about her body. “The second I stopped being afraid of someone calling me fat, I was able to start to focus on my goals and my dreams,” Bryant says. Now she stars in the Hulu series ‘Shrill,’ based on Lindy West’s memoir about being fat and feminist. The series follows Annie, a journalist struggling with body acceptance. Bryant talks about her own journey to being fat positive and her road to ‘SNL’ with Terry Gross.

John Powers reviews a new restoration of the 1970 film ‘Wanda,’ a classic of women’s cinema. It was written and directed by its star, Barbara Loden.

Why Emergency Room Visits Cost So Much

How could an ER visit in which a patient receives nothing more than a Band-Aid cost $629? Sarah Kliff, a health policy reporter for ‘Vox,’ spent over a year reading ER bills and investigating the reasons behind the high costs. Emergency rooms have a facility fee, which can range from the low hundreds to the high thousands, where the patient pays essentially for just walking through the door. Kliff will also talk about the GOP’s latest attempts to cut back Obamacare, and what a Medicare-for-all plan would entail.

Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews two books about forgotten stories from Hollywood’s past, ‘The Lady from the Black Lagoon’ and ‘Giraffes on Horseback Salad.’

Inside The Fight For Free Press

David McCraw, deputy general counsel for ‘The New York Times,’ talks about legal issues he’s faced on the job — from the president’s lawyer threatening to sue for libel to the decision to publish WikiLeaks documents and #MeToo allegations. His book is ‘Truth in Our Times.’

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the album ‘Take the Neon Lights’ from Steph Richards’ quartet.

Finding God In the Faith Of Others

Barbara Brown Taylor, an ordained Episcopal priest, left her job as rector of a church to become a professor of religion. Her new book, ‘Holy Envy,’ is about how teaching the religions of the world changed her understanding of her own faith, and how her students, who were mostly Christian, responded when she took them to mosques, synagogues, and Buddhist and Hindu temples. “I hoped it would be a way to convince them that they could find things they liked about other traditions, and it would not make them disloyal to their own,” Taylor says. “And it worked most of the time.”

Also, critic John Powers reviews the British true crime drama series ‘Manhunt.’

Best Of: ‘Never Look Away’ Asks, Why Make Art? / Inside The Fox News White House

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s new film, ‘Never Look Away,’ tells the story of an artist who grows up in Nazi Germany, comes of age in East Germany and travels to the West to find freedom for himself and his art.

Jane Mayer’s explosive new ‘New Yorker’ article reveals that Fox News killed the Stormy Daniels story in 2016 before the election to protect Donald Trump, and that President Trump tried to order the Justice Department to file a lawsuit to stop AT&T from acquiring Time Warner — a deal that would hurt Fox News. Mayer talks about the “revolving door” between Fox News and the Trump White House with Terry Gross.

50 Years Of ‘The Godfather’

We mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Mario Puzo’s novel ‘The Godfather’ by listening back to our ’96 interview with Puzo and our ’16 interview with director Francis Ford Coppola, who adapted the novel into the iconic film.

Film critic Justin Chang reviews the new ‘Captain Marvel,’ starring Brie Larson.