An Alternate View

On today’s show: a UN statistician and economist takes a look at how the United States compares to similar countries in the areas of health, safety and education and why we’re often ranked near the bottom. Two of the actors and the director of the new play called “Cock” talk about the production. Stephen Carter describes his new novel, an alternate history titled The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. Plus, linguists have reconstructed what they believe to be the sound of Elizabethan speech, and Patricia T. O’Conner talks about what Shakespeare’s productions would have sounded like in the 17th century.