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Movie Interviews
12:31 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

At 76, Actor Ian McKellen Embodies An Older Sherlock In 'Mr. Holmes'

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Fresh Air Weekend
10:55 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow; Jason Isbell; Ta-Nehisi Coates

Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, stars Schumer as a woman who lives her life without apologies.
Mary Cybulski Universal 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:

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Movie Reviews
2:13 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

In 'Trainwreck', A Screwball Comedy Fades To Family-Values Formulaic

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Author Interviews
2:13 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

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Movie Interviews
4:00 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow Talk Storytelling, Commitment And Spooning

Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, stars Schumer as a woman who lives her life without apologies.
Mary Cybulski Universal Pictures

Comedian Amy Schumer is — by her own admission — an oversharer. Whether she's talking about one-night stands or drinking habits, she has a tendency to bare all.

In 2011, Schumer's blend of honesty and humor caught the attention of director Judd Apatow, who heard her being interviewed on the radio by Howard Stern.

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Commentary
2:36 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Tracing The Origin Of The Campaign Promise To 'Tell It Like It Is'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has promised to "tell it like it is" during his presidential campaign.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 5:50 pm

"I tell it like it is." Chris Christie made this his campaign slogan. Donald Trump repeats it whenever he's challenged on something he has said. And Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Rick Santorum have said the same thing. It's the conventional pledge of candor, or what passes for it in American public life.

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Author Interviews
2:26 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

'Cartel' Author Spins A Grand Tale Of Mexico's Drug Wars

In 2013, residents of some towns in western Mexico took up arms in an effort to defend their villages against drug gangs.
Marco Ugarte AP

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 3:42 pm

Novelist Don Winslow has spent 10 years immersed in the Mexican drug wars. He has studied all the players, from the lowly traffickers to the kingpins who head up the cartels. One of the characters in his new novel, The Cartel, is based on drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo, who escaped from a Mexican prison over the weekend.

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Shots - Health News
2:35 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

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Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 10:25 am

A year and a half ago, Dr. David Casarett did not take medical marijuana very seriously. "When I first started this project, I really thought of medical marijuana as a joke," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Book Reviews
2:14 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Jason Isbell's 'Something More Than Free' Rings With The Promise of Joy

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 5:47 pm

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Author Interviews
12:59 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates On Police Brutality, The Confederate Flag And Forgiveness

Ta-Nehisi Coates is national correspondent for The Atlantic. He is also the author of The Beautiful Struggle.
Nina Subin Random House

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 3:52 pm

Growing up in West Baltimore, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates was no stranger to violence. "Everyone had lost a child, somehow, to the streets, to jail, to drugs, to guns," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Coates' new book, Between the World and Me, is an effort to protect his son from the same threats he experienced as a youth. Written in the form of a letter, Coates draws on history as well as personal experience to discuss the different forms of violence young African-Americans face on the street, in school and from the police.

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