This week marks the release of Harper Lee’s new book Go Set a Watchman, her first novel to be published in 55 years. Based on the discarded first draft of her only other novel, 1960’s Pulitzer-Prize winning To Kill a Mockingbird, the story focuses on the same protagonist, Scout Finch, who is decades older than her character in To Kill a Mockingbird, lives in New York, and travels home to face her racist father, Atticus (no longer a beacon of tolerance and justice). Also on this week’s show, John Powers, film critic at Vogue magazine and NPR’s Fresh Air, joins your hosts to talk about the relentless positivity of American film, TV, and book reviews.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin.

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