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Remembering Loretta Lynn
Country music star Loretta Lynn died Oct. 4 at the age of 90. Her life story was made famous in the film Coal Miner's Daughter. She had 16 No. 1 hits, some controversial in their day because they were about drinking, divorce, wayward husbands, and birth control. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2010.
Also, we remember Sue Graham Mingus, who died Sept. 24 at the age of 92. After the death of her husband, composer and bassist Charles Mingus in 1979, she devoted her life to keeping his legacy alive.
Rachel Bloom On 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' & 'Reboot'
Bloom talks about writing songs for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and losing her musical collaborator Adam Schlesinger, who died from COVID-19 complications in March 2020. She now stars in the Hulu series Reboot as a writer who wants to reboot an old family sitcom from the early 2000s — but make it darker and edgier. She spoke with contributor Ann Marie Baldonado.
Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews Celeste Ng's new novel Our Missing Hearts.
Inside The World's Most Powerful Consulting Firm
When McKinsey Comes to Town authors Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe say the consulting firm helped companies boost tobacco and opioid sales — while at the same time working for the FDA. "McKinsey's working for the companies and also the regulators that regulate them," Forsythe says. "I think most reasonable people would look at that and say, 'I think that's a problem.'"
John Powers reviews the latest season of Ramy on Hulu.
Best Of: Hilary Mantel / British Vogue's Edward Enninful
We remember British author Hilary Mantel who died Sept. 22. Mantel was best known for her trilogy of novels about Thomas Cromwell, the political fixer for Henry VIII. In 2012 she spoke with Terry Gross about her love of history. "Instead of thinking there was a wall between the living and the dead, I thought there was a very thin veil. It was almost as if they'd just gone into the next room."
Also, we'll talk with Edward Enninful, editor-in-chief of British Vogue, about bringing diversity into the fashion industry. As a child, Enninful emigrated from Ghana to England. Early in his career, he was told Black women don't sell magazines. He proved that was false.
Maureen Corrigan reviews Less is Lost, the follow up to Andrew Sean Greer's Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical novel Less.
The Dangerous Early Days Of The Space Race
Historian Jeff Shesol recalls the early days of the U.S. space program, when rockets often blew up in test launchings, and no one was sure John Glenn would make it through America's first orbital flight alive. In his book Mercury Rising, he describes how Soviet success in space forced a reluctant President Kennedy to embrace the program.
And film critic Justin Chang reviews Bros, the new gay rom-com starring Billy Eichner.
The Water Crisis In The American West
40 million people rely on water from the Colorado River, but overuse and global warming have combined to create a water emergency. Tough choices must be made soon, or farms and cities will face critical shortages. We talk with ProPublica investigative reporter Abrahm Lustgarten.
Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a recording by pianist Mal Waldron.
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Even though the focus is American, great interviews with writers, artist, and on current affairs.