SCOTUS And Abortion

‘New York Times’ correspondent Adam Liptak talks about how President Trump’s two appointees might change the Supreme Court — including its direction on abortion: “It’s not hard to write a decision striking down Roe,” he says. “It’s built on quicksand.”

Also, Kevin Whitehead reviews drummer Jeff Williams’ new album ‘Bloom.’

Inside ‘Sara Berman’s Closet’

The art installation ‘Sara Berman’s Closet’ chronicles the life of a woman who grew up in a shtetl in Belarus, fled with family to Palestine, and then eventually moved to New York City to start a new life. Berman’s daughter, children’s book author and illustrator Maira Kalman and Berman’s grandson, designer Alex Kalman, tell her story in a new book accompaniment to the museum exhibit.

Also, we remember Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Tony Horwitz. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1998 when ‘Confederates in the Attic’ was published. He died this week at age 60. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews his new book ‘Spying on the South,’ published just weeks before his death.

The Mental Health ‘Epidemic’ On College Campuses

As colleges and universities across the country report an explosion of mental health problems, a new book argues that college life may actually be more stressful than ever. Dr. Anthony Rostain, co-author of ‘The Stressed Years of Their Lives,’ notes that today’s college students are experiencing an “inordinate amount of anxiety” — much of it centered on “surviving college and doing well.” Co-author and family therapist B. Janet Hibbs joins Rostain to talk about the root causes of the stress and how families can help.

Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews four newly released books by Asian writers.

Sir Elton John

The new biographical musical film ‘Rocketman’ is based on Elton John’s life story. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2013 about what he calls “Elton John excess,” his fear of sex as a young man, and how Liberace’s example encouraged him to make the piano a star instrument and embrace wild costumes.

Best Of: John Waters / Lizzo

John Waters has made a career out of rebelling against the norm. The ‘Pink Flamingos’ and ‘Hairspray’ director returns to ‘Fresh Air’ to talk about what he was like as a kid, and how he still finds ways to break the rules as a self-described “filth elder.” His new book about his career in Hollywood is ‘Mr. Know-It-All.’

Rapper, singer and flutist Lizzo talks to Terry Gross about collaborating with Prince, feminism, and using music to help people find a positive place within themselves. Her new album is ‘Cuz I Love You.’

Michael Pollan On the ‘New Science’ Of Psychedelics

Pollan discusses the history of psychedelic drugs, including LSD and magic mushrooms, and explains how they’re currently being used experimentally in therapeutic settings to treat depression, addiction, and fear of death. The author experimented with psychedelics for research. “I had an experience that was by turns frightening and ecstatic and weird,” he says. ‘How To Change Your Mind’ is now out in paperback.

Also, critic John Powers reviews ‘Booksmart,’ a film about two brainy girls who are desperate to party with the cool kids in the final 24 hours before high school graduation.


The flute-playing pop star celebrates self-love on her latest album, ‘Cuz I Love You.’ About 10 years ago, “I made the decision that I just wanted to be happy with my body,” she says. Lizzo talks to Terry Gross about collaborating with Prince, feminism, and using music to help people find a positive place within themselves.

The ‘Power Struggle’ Within The NRA

‘New York Times’ reporter Danny Hakim discusses conflicts within the NRA’s leadership, its lawsuit against its advertising and PR company, and what leaked documents reveal about the organization.

Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews ‘The Secret Between The Shadow and the Soul’ from saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and TV critic David Bianculli looks ahead to the ABC special ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience,’ which recreates individual episodes of two vintage shows.

A New Approach To Dementia

While caring for her mother, who had dementia, bioethicist Tia Powell began imagining a different way to approach the disease. Her new book, ‘Dementia Reimagined,’ looks at long-term care options and end-of-life decisions.

Also, movie critic Justin Chang reviews ‘The Souvenir,’ about a film student who falls into an intense and fraught relationship with an older man.

John Waters On Being A ‘Filth Elder’

The cult filmmaker, 73, has plenty of ideas about what older people should and shouldn’t do. “You can’t be trying too hard to rebel [when] you’re older,” Waters says. He talks about what he was like as a kid, why he’s done making movies, and what he wants on his tombstone. His new book about his life in Hollywood is ‘Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder.’

Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘Spying On The South.’