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Fresh Air Weekend
8:49 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay And Writer George Pelecanos

Ava DuVernay is up for a Golden Globe for best film director. This makes her the first African-American woman to be nominated in that category.
Atsushi Nishijima Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

The Sounds, Space And Spirit Of 'Selma': A Director's Take: Ava DuVernay's new film dramatizes a turning point in civil rights history. She says she wanted to "elevate [Selma] from a page in your history book and really just get it ... into your DNA."

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Author Interviews
11:38 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.

Originally aired March 31, 2014.

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Movie Reviews
11:38 am
Fri January 9, 2015

The 'Selma' Criticism For How It Portrays Lyndon B. Johnson: Is It Fair?

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Movie Interviews
11:05 am
Thu January 8, 2015

The Sounds, Space And Spirit Of 'Selma': A Director's Take

Selma portrays a period of history when Martin Luther King Jr. led marches to demand rights for black people who were systematically prevented from registering to vote in the South. Coleman Domingo (from left) plays Ralph Abernathy, David Oyelowo plays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Andre Holland plays Andrew Young and Stephan James plays John Lewis.
Atsushi Nishijima Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 2:21 pm

For the new movie Selma, director Ava DuVernay, who until now mostly directed independent films, faced a new kind of challenge.

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Latin America
10:34 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Did Editorials Influence Obama's Decision To Normalize Relations With Cuba?

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Television
10:19 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Matt LeBlanc Has Quietly Made 'Episodes' A Must-See Comedy

In Episodes, Matt LeBlanc plays an exaggerated version of himself, a self-centered womanizer who uses celebrity and money to coast through life, much like Larry David does in Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Des Willie Courtesy of Showtime

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 12:14 pm

After the holidays, it didn't take any time at all for TV to get back into the swing of things, at least on Sunday nights. Last Sunday, both The Good Wife on CBS and Downton Abbey on PBS returned with strong new episodes to start the New Year — and ABC premiered an odd little musical comedy series, called Galavant. All those shows are back with fresh episodes this Sunday, and this weekend, they're joined by a handful of returning cable series as well.

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Music
10:36 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Horace Tapscott's Giant Re-Awakened In A Reissue

Horace Tapscott led a big band in 1969, but his debut was for a quintet drawn from its ranks. Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of The Giant is Awakened.

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Author Interviews
10:36 am
Tue January 6, 2015

D.C. Author George Pelecanos Writes What He Knows In 'The Martini Shot'

George Pelecanos is a crime novelist who was a writer and producer for the HBO series The Wire and Treme.
Rosa Pelecanos Courtesy of Little, Brown and Co.

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 12:46 pm

When writer George Pelecanos was growing up in Washington, D.C., he was chased by the police several times.

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Music
11:10 am
Mon January 5, 2015

At The Peak Of Her Powers: Barbara Lynn's 'Complete Atlantic Recordings'

Barbara Lynn wrote her own material, played stinging left-handed guitar, and recorded scores of wonderful records for a number of labels. With The Complete Atlantic Recordings released by Real Gone Music, Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward has a look in to a vital part of her career.

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Shots - Health News
11:10 am
Mon January 5, 2015

'America's Bitter Pill' Makes Case For Why Health Care Law 'Won't Work'

Steven Brill is a journalist who also founded Court TV, American Lawyer magazine, 10 regional legal newspapers and Brill's Content Magazine. He teaches journalism at Yale.
Courtesy of Random House

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 8:46 am

While reporting on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, journalist Steven Brill was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition that required heart surgery.

"There I was: a reporter who had made hospital presidents and hospital executives and health care executives and insurance executives sweat because I asked them all kinds of questions about their salaries and about their profit margins," Brill tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "And now I was lying on a gurney in a hospital in real fear of my life."

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