Actor Patricia Arquette

Arquette has won awards for her performances in ‘Escape at Dannemora,’ ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Medium.’ She currently stars in ‘The Act’ on Hulu, based on the real-life story of Dee Dee Blanchard, a woman who falsely convinced her daughter, Gypsy Rose, and everyone they knew — including doctors — that Gypsy Rose was seriously ill and needed to use a wheelchair. Dee Dee Blanchard was murdered in 2015, and posthumously diagnosed with Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Arquette talks about playing a series of complex roles in the past few years, and also tells Terry Gross about growing up on a commune, her father’s conversion to Islam, and a time early in her career when she walked away from a project.

Best Of: ‘Lear’ Actor Glenda Jackson / Baseball History In 10 Pitches

The 82-year-old British actor is currently playing Shakespeare’s famed tragic figure on Broadway — a role traditionally played by a man. “As we get older, those absolute barriers that define gender begin to crack,” she says. Jackson took a 23-year break from acting when she was elected to Parliament in 1992. Also, linguist Geoffrey Nunberg talks about the true meaning of the s-word: “socialism.” And ‘New York Times’ baseball writer Tyler Kepner spoke to 22 hall-of-fame pitchers about what they throw, and how they get a mental edge over hitters. His new book is ‘K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches.’

The Revelations And Redactions Of The Mueller Report

‘Washington Post’ investigative reporter Rosalind Helderman broke some of the big stories on the Trump’s team’s ties to Russia. She co-wrote commentary and analysis for the Post’s publication of the Mueller report. Helderman notes what’s new in the report, the questions left unanswered, and how encrypted texts and witnesses stymied the investigation.

Also, critic Justin Chang reviews ‘Avengers: End Game.’

How Psychiatry Turned To Drugs To Treat Mental Illness

The new book ‘Mind Fixers’ examines psychiatry’s search for a biological understanding of mental illnesses, like depression and bipolar disorder. Science historian Anne Harrington talks about the revolution in medications — from Prozac to Xanax — and why pharmaceutical companies are leaving the psychiatric field.

Maureen Corrigan reviews Janny Scott’s memoir ‘The Beneficiary,’ about growing up in a wealthy Main Line family in Philadelphia. Scott’s grandmother was said to be the inspiration for the Katharine Hepburn character in the film ‘The Philadelphia Story.’ Also, linguist Geoffrey Nunberg talks about the true meaning of the s-word: “socialism.”

Actor Glenda Jackson Is King Lear

The 82-year-old British actor is currently playing Shakespeare’s famed tragic figure on Broadway — a role traditionally played by a man. “As we get older, those absolute barriers that define gender begin to crack,” she says. Jackson took a 23-year break from acting when she was elected to Parliament in 1992. She talks about playing kings and queens and what it was like having her own constituency.

How The Navy Failed Its Sailors

ProPublica journalist T. Christian Miller says outdated equipment and a shortage of sailors contributed to two separate collisions involving Navy destroyers in 2017, in which 17 sailors were killed.

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Herlin Riley’s album ‘Perpetual Optimism.’

Best Of: Robert Caro / Christopher Meloni

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robert Caro was never interested in only telling the stories of great men. Instead, he says, “I wanted to use their lives to show how political power worked.” He talks about his two most famous works — biographies of Lyndon Johnson and New York City planner Robert Moses. His new memoir about his process is called ‘Working.’

Also, Ken Tucker reviews The Mekons’ new album ‘Deserted,’ their first in 8 years.

After 12 seasons on ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ Christopher Meloni plays a disgraced policeman-turned-hit man in the second season of the Syfi Channel series ‘Happy!.’ Meloni talks about playing tough guys, and life after ‘Law & Order.’

From Fastballs To Greaseballs, A History Of Baseball In 10 Pitches

‘New York Times’ baseball writer Tyler Kepner spoke to 22 hall-of-fame pitchers about what they throw, and how they get a mental edge over hitters. His new book is ‘K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches.’

Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel ‘Lost and Wanted’ by Nell Freudenberger, about an MIT physicist who finds her rational understanding of the universe challenged by the death of a friend.

Actor Christopher Meloni / Tiger Woods’ Historic Comeback

After 12 seasons on Law & Order: SVU, Christopher Meloni plays a disgraced policeman-turned-hit man in the second season of the Syfi Channel series Happy!. Meloni talks about being a bouncer before he broke into acting, playing tough guys, and life after ‘Law & Order.’

Tiger Woods’ recent Masters title follows a 10-year drought of major tournament victories. Jeff Benedict, co-author of the biography ‘Tiger Woods,’ says the golfer’s comeback “transcends sports.”