Comedian and "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah joins us to discuss his early life growing up during the final years of apartheid as the son of a white Swiss-German father and a devoutly Christian black Xhosa mother. Their relationship was punishable by up to five years in prison. He reveals how his early life experiences influenced his stand-up comedy and his current role as host of "The Daily Show." Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri joins us to discuss her translation of Ties, a new novel by bestselling Italian novelist and screenwriter Domenico Starnone, winner of Italy's most prestigious literary award, The Strega. Ties tells the story of Vanda and Aldo's strained marriage, when Aldo decides to leave Vanda and their children for a younger woman. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen joins us to discuss The Refugees; his new collection of eight stories exploring immigration. Set in the United States and Vietnam, Nguyen gives voice to an array of people including a young Vietnamese refugee who lives with two gay men in San Francisco, and a Vietnamese writer who is haunted by the ghosts of civilians and soldiers killed in the war. Jessica Nutik Zitter joins us to discuss her career path from wanting to be an ICU physician to becoming a doctor who specializes in palliative care. She writes about her own realization that the old and the ill are put on what she calls the “End-of-Life Conveyor belt,” and details how she works with patients, families and caregivers.
Note: All of the segments in this episode of the Leonard Lopate Show originally aired in March 2017.