Best Of: How Ordinary People Got Us To The Moon / Actor Damian Lewis

This summer marks 50 years since the first Apollo moon landing. Journalist Charles Fishman’s new book ‘One Giant Leap’ focuses on the untold stories of the ordinary men and women who worked behind-the-scenes on the Apollo missions. “Apollo was the biggest non-military effort in the history of human civilization,” Fishman says. He talks about the team at Playtex who designed the spacesuits, the computer programmers, and the state of the U.S. space program today.

Ken Tucker reviews Bruce Springsteen’s new solo album, ‘Western Stars.’

Classically-trained British actor Damian Lewis plays a ruthless hedge-fund manager on Showtime’s ‘Billions,’ which recently ended its fourth season. He also starred in the series ‘Homeland’ as Nicholas Brody, a Marine sergeant who converts to Islam in captivity.

‘I Wrote This Book Because I Love You’

Writer and cartoonist Tim Kreider admits unabashedly that the longest relationship of his adult life was with the stray cat that became his companion for 19 years. His collection of personal essays details his many unconventional relationships, which include the girlfriend he traveled with on a circus train, a married woman he fell in love with and his whirlwind romance with a sexual performance artist. “One of the few conclusions I may have reached from writing this book is that when we say ‘relationship’ or ‘marriage’ we all think we’re talking about the same thing,” Kreider says. “But I think there are a lot of different deals out there.” (Originally broadcast Feb. 2018)

Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Showtime cop drama ‘City on a Hill.’

How Hackers Pose A Threat To Cities & Elections

‘New York Times’ cybersecurity correspondent Nicole Perlroth says hacking tools developed by the NSA were stolen, posted online and are now being used in cyberattacks, including one on the city of Baltimore.

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco.’

How Ordinary People Got Us To The Moon

This summer marks 50 years since the first Apollo moon landing. Journalist Charles Fishman’s new book ‘One Giant Leap’ focuses on the untold stories of the ordinary men and women who worked behind-the-scenes on the Apollo missions. “Apollo was the biggest non-military effort in the history of human civilization,” Fishman says. He talks about the team at Playtex who designed the spacesuits, the computer programmers, and how NASA nearly forgot to send an American flag into space.

Inside Kim Jong Un’s North Korea

‘Washington Post’ journalist Anna Fifield visited North Korea and interviewed many of its citizens — including members of Kim Jong Un’s family — for her new book about the country and its leader. Her book is ‘The Great Successor.’

Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel ‘The Body in Question’ by Jill Ciment, about jurors on a murder trial.

Actor Damian Lewis

The classically-trained British actor plays a ruthless hedge-fund manager on Showtime’s ‘Billions,’ which recently ended its fourth season. Lewis describes his character as “the embodiment of the American dream.” He also starred in the series ‘Homeland’ as Nicholas Brody, a Marine sergeant who converts to Islam in captivity.

Also, Soraya Nadia McDonald reviews ‘When They See Us,’ Ava DuVernay’s devastating new miniseries about the Central Park Five.

Best Of: Christina Applegate / The Future Of Food

Christina Applegate stars in the Netflix series ‘Dead to Me,’ opposite Linda Cardellini, as a woman grieving the sudden death of her husband. She speaks with Terry Gross about her own experience with grief and loss, her double mastectomy, and working as a teen actress in ‘Married with Children.’

Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new installments of the Netflix anthology series ‘Black Mirror.’

Environmental journalist Amanda Little talks about efforts to create a global food supply for a world that will be hotter, drier and more crowded. Little writes about meat cultured in a lab, 3D printed food, and indoor vertical farming in ‘The Fate of Food.’

Remembering Musician Dr. John

New Orleans musician Mac Rebennack, A.K.A. Dr. John, died yesterday at 77. He was known for his raspy voice and hits such as “Right Place, Wrong Time” and “Such A Night.” Rebennack spoke with Terry Gross in 1986.

Contributor Zahra Noorbakhsh, who is Muslim and Iranian-American, shares a story about how the Christchurch shooting coincided with a personal health crisis.

Film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘Late Night,’ starring Emma Thompson as a seasoned late night talk show host whose recent drop in ratings has her fighting for her job. She hires a new writer (Mindy Kaling) in hopes of saving the show.

Trump, M.B.Z. & The United Arab Emirates

We talk with ‘NYT’ international correspondent David Kirkpatrick about how Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (M.B.Z.), the ruler of the United Arab Emirates, became one of the most influential foreign voices in Washington. He’s urged the U.S. to adopt his increasingly aggressive position against his enemies, including Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Also, John Powers reviews the new season of HBO’s hit series ‘Big Little Lies.’

Actor Christina Applegate

Applegate stars in the Netflix series ‘Dead to Me,’ opposite Linda Cardellini, as a woman grieving the sudden death of her husband. She speaks with Terry Gross about her own experience with grief and loss, her double mastectomy, ‘Married with Children,’ and doing ‘Sweet Charity’ on Broadway.

Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new installments of the Netflix anthology series ‘Black Mirror.’