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Tom Hanks

This week we're replaying some of the best interviews of 2016. Tom Hanks spoke to Terry Gross in April about his film, 'A Hologram for the King.' He talks about playing brave men in films like 'Captain Phillips' and 'Saving Private Ryan,' his unusual childhood, and charming his way out of difficult situations. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the soundtrack to the new Netflix series 'The Get Down,' about the rise of early hip-hop.

Tom Hanks

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Best Of: 'Office' Actor John Krasinski / Our Aging And Unstable Electrical Grid

John Krasinski says he's thankful for his big break "every single day." Three years after the wrap of 'The Office,' he continues to branch out — he's now directing and co-starring in the film 'The Hollars.' Ken Tucker reviews 'Real' from singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless. Also, in her new book, 'The Grid,' Gretchen Bakke argues that the under-funded power grid is incapable of taking the U.S. into a new energy future.

Best Of: 'Office' Actor John Krasinski / Our Aging And Unstable Electrical Grid

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Gloria Steinem

The feminist icon says she is free of the "demands of gender" that she faced from adolescence onward. Her memoir is 'My Life on the Road,' is now out in paperback. David Edelstein reviews 'Southside With You,' a film based on the real story of Barack and Michelle Obama's first date.

Gloria Steinem

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Inside Private Prisons: Crowding, Under-Staffing, And Inmate Deaths

Seth Freed Wessler reported on the substandard medical care in privately-run prisons in the federal corrections system for 'The Nation.' His work may have led the Justice Department to phase out private prisons. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two reissues from saxophonist Teddy Edwards.

Inside Private Prisons: Crowding, Under-Staffing, And Inmate Deaths

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'Office' Actor John Krasinski

Krasinski says he's thankful for his big break "every single day." Three years after the wrap of 'The Office,' he continues to branch out — he's now directing and co-starring in the film 'The Hollars.' Also, Milo Miles shares an appreciation of African bandleader E.T. Mensah.

'Office' Actor John Krasinski

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Trump Revealed: The Man Behind The 'In-Your-Face Provocateur'

'Washington Post' reporters Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher talk about Donald Trump's upbringing, business dealings, and philosophy, "When you're hit, hit back ten times harder." Their new book is 'Trump Revealed.' Ken Tucker reviews 'Real' from singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless.

Trump Revealed: The Man Behind The 'In-Your-Face Provocateur'

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Our Aging And Unstable Electrical Grid

In her new book, 'The Grid,' Gretchen Bakke argues that the under-funded power grid is incapable of taking the U.S. into a new energy future. Bakke says, "We can make a lot more electricity than we can use, and we can make more electricity than the grid can carry, but the grid is the weakest link." Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews 'Let Me Tell You,' by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen in collaboration with soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan.

Our Aging And Unstable Electrical Grid

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Best Of: Julie Klausner Of 'Difficult People' / The 'Microbes Within Us'

Julie Klausner plays an unsuccessful comic who quips about celebrities in her Hulu series, 'Difficult People.' She says that she and her co-star Billy Eichner bonded over their shared love of show business and pop culture. John Powers reviews 'War Dogs,' a new comedy about the business of war. Science writer Ed Yong says billions of microbes that live on and within our bodies affect digestion, immunity, body weight and general health. His new book is 'I Contain Multitudes.'

Best Of: Julie Klausner Of 'Difficult People' / The 'Microbes Within Us'

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'Disgruntled' Novelist Drew From Her Own Childhood

Asali Solomon's novel 'Disgruntled' is about a girl growing up in West Philadelphia whose parents were black nationalists. "My parents taught us to revere Africa — people at school made fun of Africa," she says. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares a batch of previously unknown Charlie Parker performances. John Powers reviews the new satirical film 'War Dogs' starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill.

'Disgruntled' Novelist Drew From Her Own Childhood

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Microbes: 'Our Partners In Life'

Science writer Ed Yong says billions of microbes that live on and within our bodies affect digestion, immunity, body weight and general health. His new book is 'I Contain Multitudes.' Also, Milo Miles reviews the 'Best Of' album from Brazilian trio Bossacucanova.

Microbes: 'Our Partners In Life'

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