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Best Of: 'Loving Day' Author Mat Johnson / 'Dope' Director Rick Famuyiwa

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, writer Mat Johnson identified as black – but looked white. His new novel 'Loving Day' is about a man who returns to his hometown after inheriting a run-down mansion. Also TV critic David Bianculli says Jon Stewart, Larry Wilmore, John Oliver and Bill Maher are keeping news outlets honest. Rick Famuyiwa's new film 'Dope' is about a black high-school student who's into 90s hip hop and Japanese comic books. He calls the film a celebration of kids whose interests don't fit into pop-culture norms. The director talks about geekdom, the n-word, and confronting racism with comedy.

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'Inside Out' Director / Pokey LaFarge

The new Pixar film 'Inside Out' illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind. Her emotions — Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy — are the stars. Director Pete Docter joins us. Also, singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge brings his guitar to the studio and plays new songs from 'Something in the Water' and some favorites from the 1920s and '30s.

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SCOTUS Reporter On The Most Liberal & Snarky Term In Recent History

Adam Liptak of The New York Times discusses the Supreme Court's most recent term and says the rulings reveal deep philosophical differences regarding the role of judges and the Constitution. Also David Edelstein reviews 'Magic Mike XXL' and 'Terminator Genesys.'

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'Dope' Director Rick Famuyiwa

Rick Famuyiwa's new film 'Dope' is about a black high-school student who's into 90s hip hop and Japanese comic books. He calls the film a celebration of kids whose interests don't fit into pop-culture norms. The director talks about geekdom, the n-word, and confronting racism with comedy. Also David Bianculli says Jon Stewart, Larry Wilmore, John Oliver and Bill Maher are keeping news outlets honest.

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Author Vendela Vida / Dobro Master Jerry Douglas

The main character in Vendela Vida's new novel is alone in Morocco when her bag with her passport and credit cards is stolen. Vida says 'The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty' was inspired by her own travels. Also, Jerry Douglas is considered by many to be the best dobro player in the world. He brings his instrument to the studio and talks about his new album, 'The Earls of Leceister,' a tribute to Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

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Writer Mat Johnson On Being Biracial In America

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, writer Mat Johnson identified as black – but looked white. His new novel 'Loving Day' is about a man who returns to his hometown after inheriting a run-down mansion. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the new album from trumpeter Terell Stafford.

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Best Of: Inside The World Of Art Forgery / Marc Maron On Interviewing Obama

Comedian Marc Maron debriefs after interviewing President Obama for his podcast, 'WTF.' Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Patience And Fortitude' about the fight to save NYC's storied public library. Art scholar Noah Charney discusses his new book, 'The Art of Forgery,' where he traces a tradition of fakes and forgeries that dates back to the Renaissance.

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How Scientists Battled The Typhus Epidemic And Sabotaged The Nazis

Writer Arthur Allen describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis. Also, we remember country musician Johnny Gimble, the "king of swing fiddle." He passed away last month at 88.

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How A Historical Blunder Helped Create The Water Crisis In The West

In 1922, seven states drew up a plan for dividing the waters of the Colorado River. But they over-estimated how much water the river could provide — and now 40 million Americans face a water crisis. Investigative reporter Abrahm Lustgarten joins us. Ken Tucker reviews Leon Bridges' album 'Coming Home.'

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A Former L.A. Gang Member On 'Project Fatherhood'

Former L.A. gang member Mike Cummings and professor Jorja Leap are working with other former gang members to help them become better fathers. Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Patience And Fortitude' about the fight to save the New York Public Library.

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