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What Paul Manafort's Guilty Plea Reveals

'New York Times' reporter Ken Vogel says that Paul Manafort engaged in illegal tactics in his campaign to burnish the image of Russian-backed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Vogel explains how Manafort pioneered a new kind of lobbying in Washington, and how Manafort's plea deal might affect the next phase of the Mueller investigation. Also, Ken Tucker reviews Aaron Lee Tasjan's album 'Karma For Cheap.'

What Paul Manafort's Guilty Plea Reveals

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Breaking Free From The Evangelical Purity Movement

In her book 'Pure,' Linda Kay Klein reflects on the "deep, long-lasting shame" caused by churches that claim women and girls are responsible for the sexual desires of men. "It was all about how [a woman] needed to be a good Christian by protecting [men] from the threat that is you — the threat that is your body. The threat that is your sexuality." Klein left the evangelical church in her 20s and is the founder of Break Free Together, an organization that tries to help people escape the sexual shame from their upbringing.

Breaking Free From The Evangelical Purity Movement

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson On Astrophysics & The Military

In his new book, 'Accessory to War,' the astrophysicist argues that people who work in his field are often complicit to military development — despite being overwhelmingly liberal and anti-war. Tyson also talks about President Trump's "Space Force."

Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Wayne Shorter's 'Emanon' and Maureen Corrigan reviews Sarah Weinman's non-fiction book 'The Real Lolita,' about a kidnapping that may have inspired Nabokov's classic novel.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson On Astrophysics & The Military

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Best Of: Colin Jost & Michael Che / Chef José Andrés

Jost and Che are the co-head writers and 'Weekend Update' anchors for 'Saturday Night Live.' They talk about doing the show in the Trump era, why they hate Twitter, and hosting the Emmys Monday, Sept. 17.

When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, chef José Andrés and his team sprung into action. "After a hurricane, you see a lot of chaos, and people go hungry and people go thirsty. But what [chefs] are very good at is understanding the problem and adapting," Andrés says. "And so a problem becomes an opportunity." His new memoir is 'We Fed an Island.'

Best Of: Colin Jost & Michael Che / Chef José Andrés

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Novelist John Green On OCD

Green is the author of popular young adult novels including 'The Fault in Our Stars,' which was adapted into a film, and 'Turtles All the Way Down,' about a teenage girl with OCD — which John also has. He says it "starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have." Green and his brother Hank have a popular video blog called Vlogbrothers; their followers call themselves "nerdfighters." The brothers go on tour this month. (Originally broadcast October 2017)

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Children Act,' starring Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.

Novelist John Green On OCD

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SNL's Colin Jost & Michael Che

The co-head writers talk with Terry Gross about doing 'Saturday Night Live' in the Trump era, Twitter, and hosting the 2018 Emmys. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Hulu series 'The First,' about a mission to Mars set in the near future, starring Sean Penn.

SNL's Colin Jost & Michael Che

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Biographer Claire Tomalin On 'A Life Of My Own'

After writing biographies of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Mary Wollstonecraft, Claire Tomalin turned to memoir. Her new work tells of her conflicting desires to have children and to lead a meaningful working life, her first husband's infidelity, and how long it took to find herself professionally.

Biographer Claire Tomalin On 'A Life Of My Own'

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Journalist Bob Woodward

Woodward has written books on every U.S. president since Richard Nixon — nine in total. But in all his years covering politics, he says he's never encountered a president like President Trump. Woodward's sources describe situations that reveal the president as uninformed and unaware of the possible consequences of his actions. "We are at a pivot point in history," Woodward says. His new book is 'Fear: Trump in the White House.'

Journalist Bob Woodward

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Chef José Andrés On His 'Crazy Dream' To Feed Puerto Rico

When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, Andrés and his team sprung into action. "After a hurricane, you see a lot of chaos, and people go hungry and people go thirsty. But what [chefs] are very good at is understanding the problem and adapting," Andrés says. "And so a problem becomes an opportunity." His new memoir is 'We Fed an Island.' Andrés also talks about feeding people in his award-winning restaurants, where he likes to experiment with imaginative approaches to food.

Chef José Andrés On His 'Crazy Dream' To Feed Puerto Rico

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Best Of: Women's Rights Activist Khalida Brohi / John Kerry

Growing up in tribal Pakistan, Khalida Brohi knew of several honor killings of women in her village. Her cousin's death motivated Brohi to become an activist. Brohi's new memoir is 'I Should Have Honor.' Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Blaze,' directed by Ethan Hawke. And during the 2004 presidential election, John Kerry's opponents used falsehoods to attack his military record. The former secretary of state reflects on that campaign — and on the current state of American politics — in his memoir, 'Every Day is Extra.'

Best Of: Women's Rights Activist Khalida Brohi / John Kerry

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