Best Of: Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin / A Therapist Goes To Therapy

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who conducts New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra, spoke with Terry Gross in front of a live audience for a WHYY event about his style of leadership and using his whole body when he conducts.

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.

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist who started seeing a therapist herself after the man she thought she would marry unexpectedly broke up with her. Gottlieb talks about her experiences in therapy — as both a patient and as a therapist. Her new book is ‘Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.’

Dancer Gwen Verdon Of ‘Fosse/Verdon’

The new FX series ‘Fosse/Verdon’ celebrates the professional and romantic relationship between legendary choreographer Bob Fosse and dancer Gwen Verdon. He created the musicals ‘Chicago,’ ‘Damn Yankees,’ and ‘Sweet Charity’ for her. After David Bianculli reviews the new TV series, we’ll listen back to Terry Gross’ 1993 interview with Verdon, as well as our 1985 interview with choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham.
Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the new sci-fi thriller ‘High Life,’ starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche.

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Nézet-Séguin, who directs the New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra, spoke with Terry Gross in front of a live audience for a WHYY event about his style of leadership, using his whole body when he conducts, and being a high-profile gay man.

Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. / Rob Delaney Of ‘Catastrophe’

Henry Louis Gates Jr. points to post-Civil War Reconstruction as the genesis of white supremacy, as white Southerners looked for ways to roll back the newly acquired rights of African-Americans. His new book is ‘Stony the Road.’

Rob Delaney, the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of the Amazon comedy series ‘Catastrophe,’ talks about his experience writing the fourth season with Sharon Horgan while grieving the death of his young son. Though working on ‘Catastrophe’ didn’t lessen or distract Delaney from his grief, he says he found grief and work “compatible” in that work gave him the structure he needed to “approximate normal behavior.” He spoke with ‘Fresh Air’ producer Sam Briger.

The Ongoing Crisis In Venezuela

‘New York Times’ reporter Nicholas Casey was in Maracaibo, Venezuela, in March 2019 during a six-day power outage that left 30 million people in the dark. “By the fourth day,” he says, “you started to hear shots getting fired in the street.” Shortages of food, water and medicine have become so extreme that 3 million people, a 10th of the population, have left to escape the chaos. President Nicolás Maduro is holding firm against the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, with no resolution in sight. Casey talks about the crisis in Venezuela and how the economic collapse began.

Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new recording of a Betty Carter concert from when she was at the top of her game.

The Motivations & Impact Of SCOTUS Justice John Roberts

CNN legal affairs correspondent Joan Biskupic discusses the roots of Roberts’ conservatism and his work for the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. She says he’s had a conservative impact on the law, but is also deeply concerned about the court’s reputation — something President Trump would be wise to remember. “The more Donald Trump talks about how the court is on his side, the more he’s going to drive John Roberts to the left, because the last thing John Roberts wants to do is to appear Donald Trump’s notion that judges will automatically rule in the favor of the president who appointed them.” Biskupic’s new book is ‘The Chief.’

Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the political novel ‘The Other Americans,’ by Laila Lalami.

Best Of: John Mulaney / Natasha Lyonne

John Mulaney was a writer at ‘Saturday Night Live’ for five years and recently returned to host for the first time. He talks about his ‘SNL’ audition, writing monologues for famous hosts, and drawing on his Catholic upbringing for stand-up material.

Also, critic David Bianculli reviews ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ on FX. The series was created by Jemaine Clement (‘Flight of the Conchords’) and filmmaker Taika Waititi.

Natasha Lyonne’s character on the Netflix series ‘Russian Doll’ keeps dying and coming back to life. It’s a premise that strikes a chord with the actor; Lyonne had a near-death experience in 2005. She talks with Terry Gross about how that experience informs her work, her signature raspy voice, and wanting to be a “tough guy.”

Mexican-American Writer Finds Inspiration In Family, Tragedy & Trump

Luis Alberto Urrea’s book ‘The House of Broken Angels’ borrows from the story of his older brother, who died of cancer. He says the book went through a dramatic rewrite after Trump became president. [Originally broadcast March 2018.]

Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews Jordan Peele’s new ‘Twilight Zone’ reboot.

A Therapist Goes To Therapy (And Gets A Taste Of Her Own Medicine)

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist who started seeing a therapist herself after the man she thought she would marry unexpectedly broke up with her. “I think that therapy at any age, it helps people to relate better to themselves and to the people around them,” she says. “It helps them to examine the way that they live their lives and take responsibility for what’s not working, and also for what they can change.” Her new book is ‘Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.’

Also, critic John Powers reviews the new PBS ‘Masterpiece’ series ‘Mrs. Wilson.’

Natasha Lyonne On ‘Russian Doll’

Lyonne’s character on the Netflix series ‘Russian Doll’ keeps dying and coming back to life. It’s a premise that strikes a chord with the actor; Lyonne had a near-death experience in 2005. She talks with Terry Gross about how that experience informs her work, her signature raspy voice, and wanting to be a “tough guy.”

Also, critic David Bianculli reviews ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ on FX. The series was created by Jemaine Clement (‘Flight of the Conchords’) and filmmaker Taika Waititi.