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Best Of: 'Living (And Dying) While Black' / "Street Doctor" Treats Boston's Homeless
Author D. Watkins discusses growing up during Baltimore's crack epidemic. Maureen Corrigan reviews Jojo Moyes' novel, 'After You.' "Street doctor" James O'Connell treats Boston's most isolated patients, the homeless.
In the '50s, four people collaborated to create a pill that would allow women to enjoy sex. Jonathan Eig details the history in 'The Birth of the Pill.' [Originally broadcast Oct. 2014.] David Edelstein reviews 'The Martian.'
Baltimore Author On 'Living (And Dying) While Black'
Author D. Watkins says that crack destroyed his East Baltimore neighborhood. "Everybody's parents were junkies, and all the kids were selling or using," he says. His new book is 'The Beast Side.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Jojo Moyes' novel 'After You.'
Journalist Joby Warrick, author of 'Black Flags,' traces the Islamic State's development from an al-Qaida-related insurgency in Iraq to a successful jihadist movement that now holds territory in Syria and Iraq.
James O'Connell refers to himself as a "street doctor." Since 1985, he has cared for homeless patients in Boston, sometimes making visits on park benches or in alleys. His memoir is 'Stories from the Shadows.' David Bianculli gives his first impression of Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show' debut.
Actress Juliette Binoche / Palliative Care Nurse & Author Theresa Brown
Palliative care nurse Theresa Brown provides in-home, end-of-life care to patients. "It's incredible the love that people evoke" at the end of their lives, she says. Brown's new book is 'The Shift.' Julliette Binoche plays Antigone in a new translation of Sophocles' 2,000-year-old tragedy. The Oscar-winning actress spoke to Fresh Air contributor Anna Sale about acting, aging, and family.
Best Of: Pope Francis' Papacy / The 'New Generation' Of Breast Cancer
As the Pope visits the U.S. for the first time, journalist Paul Vallely discuses the reforms Francis is making within the Church as well as the teachings that the pope is unlikely to change. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new edition of Erroll Garner's 'Concert by the Sea.' Dr. Elisa Port, a surgeon who specializes in the care and treatment of patients with breast cancer, says survival rates are better than ever. Her new book is 'The New Generation Breast Cancer Book.'
The mezzo-soprano discovered opera as a 22-year-old pre-med student. She took "a crack at a singing career" and has been at the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years. [Originally broadcast March 2014.] David Edelstein reviews '99 Homes.'
On Saturday, comic Jim Gaffigan will be performing in Philadelphia for an audience that may include Pope Francis. A practicing Catholic, the comic says faith is a central part of his humor. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews the soundtrack of 'The Golden Apple.'
'Policing The Police': How The Black Panthers Got Their Start
In 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,' Stanley Nelson interviews former party leaders, police officers who clashed with the Panthers and an FBI informant who infiltrated the group. Milo Miles reviews Banda De Los Muertos' debut album.