The New Yorker’s John Seabrook tells us how hit pop songs are made. Abel Ferrara and Willem Dafoe discuss their new film “4:44 Last Day on Earth” and other projects. A History of the World in 100 Objects explores the silk road through a 7th-century Chinese painting. Dr. Ira Byock looks at ways to reform end-of-life care. Plus, James Kunen tells us about going through the process of losing a corporate PR job and, as a result, finding a life.