Paleoanthropologist Daniel Lieberman says the concept of "exercise" is a relatively new thing. His new book, 'Exercised,' examines why we run, lift and walk for a workout, when our ancestors didn't. We'll also talk about how sitting and slouching affect our health.
Also, Kevin Whitehead reviews the digital album 'Some Kind of Tomorrow,' recorded over Zoom.
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to earn her medical degree in the United States. Her sister Emily soon after followed in her footsteps. Janice Nimura tells the story of the "complicated, prickly" 19th century trailblazers in her book 'The Doctors Blackwell.' "To me, [the Blackwells] taught me that it's really important in this moment to kind of relearn how to admire women," Nimura says.
Also Ken Tucker reviews 'Peter Stampfel's 20th Century' a new collection from the folk musician.
Filmmaker Sam Pollard talks about his new documentary 'MLK/FBI,' based on newly declassified documents, which exposes the ways that the FBI attempted to discredit Martin Luther King Jr. Pollard talks about how the agency bugged his phones, surveilled hotel rooms, and even sent King a letter suggesting he kill himself.
Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Aftershocks' by Nadia Owusu.
The Netflix docuseries 'Pretend It's a City' features iconoclastic humorist Fran Lebowitz's conversations with Martin Scorsese. Lebowitz talks about why she loves living alone, driving a cab in the '70s, and her friendship with Toni Morrison.
Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the album 'Cloud Script' from Joshua Abrams' quartet.
Historian Kerri Greenidge tells the story of William Monroe Trotter, a Black newspaper editor who was a forceful crusader for civil rights in the early 20th century. He built a national following in his time as a fierce advocate for the full citizenship rights that had been promised to former enslaved people after the Civil War. Greenidge's new book is called 'Black Radical.'
We look back on the lives and careers of three people who have recently died. First, filmmaker Michael Apted, best-known for his documentary series, 'Up,' which followed the lives of a group of British citizens. He updated their stories with a new episode every seven years, from childhood through their 60s. Apted died last week. We also listen back to our interview with screenwriter William Link, who co-created many long-running TV series, including 'Columbo' and 'Murder She Wrote.' Also we remember Vietnam War correspondent Neil Sheehan. He broke the story of the Pentagon Papers, and wrote 'A Bright Shining Lie,' a Pulitzer-Prize winning book about the war.
David Bianculli reviews 'WandaVision,' the new miniseries on Disney+.