Porter has an Emmy for his starring role on 'Pose,' and a Tony for his lead role in the Broadway musical 'Kinky Boots.' Fourteen years after his initial diagnosis, Porter announced publicly that he is HIV-positive. He says being open about his health status felt like a rebirth: "I set myself free, honey. No more secrets." His new memoir is 'Unprotected.'
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Best Of: Dave Grohl / Will Smith
50:14Grohl talks about his journey from playing small punk clubs to giant stadiums in his new memoir, 'The Storyteller.' He reflects on how he taught himself drums, his friendship with Kurt Cobain, and reinventing himself after Cobain's death with Foo Fighters.Also, Justin Chang reviews the new Jane Campion movie 'The Power of the Dog.' And Smith speaks with guest interviewer Tonya Mosley about how he crafted a joyful image to cover up for a trauma that happened when he was 9. He saw his father beat his mother. He reflects on how that moment has impacted his life. He has a new movie 'King Richard,' and a memoir called 'Will.'
Stanley Tucci / Julia Child
45:35With Thanksgiving, the season of cooking, eating, and getting together has begun. Tucci has published two cookbooks and hosted a CNN series about regional cuisine in Italy. Now he has a new memoir, 'Taste,' about his experiences with good food and cooking. Also, the one and only Julia Child, recorded in 2009.Finally, Justin Chang reviews the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie 'Licorice Pizza.'
Sir Paul McCartney
46:49Paul McCartney talks about his life through some of his songs. His new two-volume book collects his lyrics and the stories behind them. We'll also talk about the new documentary, 'Get Back,' which has previously unseen footage from the period The Beatles wrote, rehearsed and recorded the songs on their album 'Let it Be.' The album was released just after The Beatles broke up.
Dave Grohl On Nirvana & Foo Fighters
45:52Grohl talks about his journey from playing small punk clubs to giant stadiums in his new memoir, 'The Storyteller.' He reflects on how he taught himself drums, his friendship with Kurt Cobain, and reinventing himself after Cobain's death. "I was heartbroken," he says. "I didn't really know if I ever wanted to play music again, until I realized that music was the one thing that had healed me my entire life." Grohl joined us from his studio, and also played a few songs.
Remembering 'Schoolhouse Rock!' Songwriter Dave Frishberg
46:34Frishberg was a prolific jazz composer, lyricist, and vocalist, best known for his songs on the series 'Schoolhouse Rock!,' such as "I'm Just a Bill." He died Nov. 17 at age 88. Many of his songs were witty, including "I'm Hip" and "My Attorney Bernie." But he also wrote beautiful ballads, like "Heart's Desire" and "You are There." Frishberg came to the 'Fresh Air' studio in 1998 to play some of his songs and talk about them.
Former Gun Industry Insider On His Battle Against The NRA
46:51'Gunfight' author Ryan Busse was once a rising star in the gun industry. But he became disillusioned after Columbine when, he says, the NRA began to use "fear and conspiracy and hatred" to bolster sales. Busse talks about turning points within the NRA and his career, and the state of the industry today. Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Sinner and the Saint,' a new book about experiences in Dostoyevsky's life that led to his classic novel 'Crime and Punishment.'
Best Of: Dogsledder Blair Braverman / '1619 Project' Creator Nikole Hannah-Jones
48:54Writer Blair Braverman takes us inside the world of dog mushing. Braverman and her racing partner / husband Quince Mountain have a book, 'Dogs on the Trail,' that profiles their team of Alaskan huskies. We talk about the Iditarod race and her experience on the Discovery reality show 'Naked and Afraid.'We also talk with Nikole Hannah-Jones, who created the '1619 Project,' marking the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery, when a ship carrying enslaved Africans landed in the British colony of Virginia. It started as a 'New York Times Magazine' edition and is now a book called 'The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story.' Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize for her essay in the project.And David Bianculli reviews a new documentary about Kurt Vonnegut that was almost 40 years in the making.
Choreographer Twyla Tharp / Photographer Gordon Parks
46:52Twyla Tharp is one of the most celebrated and innovative dancers and choreographers of our time. Her work combines ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, and other dance forms in a way that was initially considered radical. She's the subject of a recent PBS 'American Masters' documentary. Also, we revisit our interview with Gordon Parks, the photographer who chronicled the Black experience in 'Life' magazine. He also was the first Black director of a Hollywood film. He's the subject of a new documentary.Justin Chang reviews the new gothic Western 'The Power of the Dog' by director Jane Campion.
Why The Autocrats Are Winning
46:28Historian and 'Atlantic' journalist Anne Applebaum talks about how authoritarian rulers have joined together, creating a network of economic and political support that counteracts the impact of sanctions, while suppressing the spread of democracy. Also, John Powers reviews HBO Max's comedy series 'Sort Of.'
Nikole Hannah-Jones On 'The 1619 Project'
46:01Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says the contributions of Black people are often left out of the American story. Her mission, with 'The 1619 Project,' is to reframe U.S. history through the lens of slavery. She spoke with contributor Arun Venugopal about the project, the term "woke," and how she handles the backlash to her work. David Bianculli reviews the IFC documentary 'Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time.'